US, Sri Lanka Navy Divers Conclude Training in Guam


Story Number: NNS170824-04Release Date: 8/24/2017 8:15:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Micah Blechner

SANTA RITA, Guam (NNS) -- U.S. Navy and Sri Lanka Navy divers concluded a subject matter expert exchange (SMEE) on Naval Base Guam, Aug. 17.

The five-day SMEE event was conducted to ensure divers were familiar with each other's equipment, ensure safety proficiency, and identify common practices in the water, in preparation for the upcoming Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Sri Lanka exercise later this summer.

"We might not always speak the same language, but all of us divers speak 'Deep Sea,'" said Master Chief Navy Diver Joshua Dumke, a master diver with Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific. "Events like this are important tools divers can use to foster great working relationships and enable us to respond quickly in case of emergency operations."

During the SMEE event, participants conducted more than 20 dive evolutions, spending approximately 11 hours in the water. They also observed a chamber response drill in accordance with local Bends directives at the Naval Base Guam Dive Locker.

"We are all looking forward to CARAT Sri Lanka where we can build on the skills we worked over the past week," said Dumke.

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A Sri Lankan navy diver enters the water for a surface-supplied dive during a diving subject matter expert exchange (SMEE) with Mobile Diving Salvage Unit (MDSU) 1 at Naval Base Guam.
170815-N-CW570-0047 GUAM (Aug. 15, 2017) A Sri Lankan navy (SLN) diver enters the water for a surface-supplied dive during a diving subject matter expert exchange (SMEE) with Mobile Diving Salvage Unit (MDSU) 1 at Naval Base Guam. MDSU-1 conducts SMEEs to strengthen the relationship and understanding between SLN and U.S. Navy divers through surface-supplied and SCUBA diving operations. (U.S. Navy Combat Camera photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Arthurgwain L. Marquez/Released)
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