For the first time in 11 years, after the tragic deaths of Lt. Jessica Hill and Petty Officer 2nd Class Steven Duque, divers returned to the icy Arctic waters in support of the 2017 Coast Guard Research and Development Center Arctic patrol of Coast Guard Cutter Healy.
During the patrol, the team conducted cold water ice dive operations from both the small boat and a dive platform that was lowered from the Healy. A total of 18 dives were performed with a maximum depth of 38 feet and subsurface time of 18 minutes.
Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook in Sandy Hook, New Jersey, participate in an annual joint dive training with wounded warriors and local agencies as part of the “Warriors with Disabilities Dive Project.” During the hard hat helmet dive, trainees are given the opportunity to don the helmet and dive with a certified diver in Sandy Hook Bay.
On April 1, 2015, 48 Coast Guard members began their journey towards proficiency in an entirely new career field by becoming the first Coast Guard men and women to be formally recognized by the Coast Guard’s 22nd rating.
The service has established an enlisted diver rating, and soon will have the first rated enlisted divers and warrant officers with a dive specialty. Allowing these dedicated individuals to focus on diving as their primary duty, rather than as a collateral one, represents an unprecedented change in the wake of the tragedy that took the lives of two Coast Guard divers, and is perhaps the greatest way to honor the service and legacy of Lt. Hill and Petty Officer 2nd Class Duque.
The creation of the DV rating – the Coast Guard’s 22nd rate – and DIV specialty was the result of a 17-month analysis by the Diver Career Management Working Group that considered mission requirements, safety issues and longstanding workforce management considerations. Following the review of the working group’s results, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp directed the establishment of the DV rating with at least 64 enlisted personnel and seven DIV warrant officers.
For years, artificial reefs have been used to encourage algae and invertebrates, such as barnacles, to provide habitat for fish and other marine life. Yesterday, the USS Mohawk entered a second life as an artificial reef when it was sunk nearly 30 miles off the coast of Fort Meyers, Fla. Since a current Coast Guard cutter homeported in Key West, Fla. bears the same name, it seemed somehow fitting that Mohawk would find a new home in sub-tropical waters.
Post Written by Petty Officer Second Class Amir Lawal Coast Guard Dive Locker?? You may be wondering why the Coast Guard has a dive locker or maybe even what it is. Well let me tell you, it’s just about one of the coolest jobs in the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard has two dive lockers,