Saturday, March 28, 2009

Under Pressure as a United States Coast Guard Diver

Here's a great article with insight into some of the missions and challenges faced by a U.S. Coast Guard Diver.

Submerged beneath the cold, murky waters of Elliot Bay are the elite team of Coast Guard members whose typical day in the office consists of being surrounded by cold-blooded aquatic animals while breathing through a self-contained underwater breathing apparatus.

Coast Guard Regional Dive Locker West, Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) 91109 San Diego, recently deployed to Seattle to support the Coast Guard Cutter Midgett and scavenge for tools accidentally dropped into the water below Station Seattle's boathouse.

The Coast Guard Regional Dive Lockers, West and East, are made of up of dive teams who go below the waters surface to uphold the security of maritime assets and support aids-to-navigation and polar operations. They were established Oct. 1, 2008, and have been highly effective in both the safety of the dive teams and in safeguarding our shores to prevent maritime based terrorist attacks.

"There's about twenty people at each dive locker consisting of both enlisted and officers." said Petty Officer 1st Class David Straky, a Coast Guard Regional Dive Locker West dive team member. "We inspect ships, piers and high value assets for any type of explosive devices; anything that has to do with Homeland Security and anything else the Coast Guard might need us for in the marine environment,"

"We do pier sweeps and ship sweeps," said Petty Officer 1st Class Victor Leon, a Coast Guard Regional Dive Locker West dive team member. "If there's an important asset coming in through the port, we'll go in there, dive, clear the pier and make sure there are no underwater threats."

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