RCN Divers making waves in the Baltic Sea

"Bravo Zulu" / June 12, 2014

Each week we celebrate the exploits of the exceptional men and women of your Navy from coast to coast.

We mark these outstanding achievements using the traditional naval signal for a job well done...

…Bravo Zulu!


Bravo Zulu to the Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic) for contributing two teams to simultaneous exercises taking place in the Baltic Sea in May.

A 10-member Royal Canadian Navy dive team led the diving contingent of EXERCISE DYNAMIC MONARCH 14 in Gdynia, Poland from 12-23 May. The team was comprised of eight members from FDU(A), with an additional two joining from Fleet Diving Unit (Pacific). Together, these members formed an Under Water Engineering & Salvage Team to lead the bi-annual NATO submarine search and rescue exercise. Lt(N) John Keenan was the RCN Contingent Commander, with Lt(N) Joel Cormier acting as the Team Officer in Command. This contribution exemplified the significant level of responsibility that our divers assume to maintain a high readiness for submarine search and rescue response capabilities within the navy.

Additionally, FDU(A) deployed 11 members as part of OPERATION OPEN SPIRIT 2014 in Latvia from 9-22 May to form a Mine Counter Measure Clearance Diving Team. The team assisted in clearing the coastline of ordnance remnants dating back as far as the First World War, contributing to safer shipping lanes and living conditions for the local population. The Officer in Command of the dive team was Lt(N) James Gallant of FDU(A).