Tag Archives: diving

Tiger Rifles Azure 2017

Unit: 6 Rifles
Location: Malta
Date: October 2017
Activities: Diving
On the 19th October 2017, 10 reservists and 1 regular soldier boarded a flight to Malta in order to begin Exercise Tiger Rifles Azure; the annual 6 RIFLES scuba diving expedition. The aims of the exercise were to qualify divers ranging from Ocean Diver to Dive Leader, develop the skills...

Belizean Adventure

Unit: RNR Air Branch, RN and RM
Location: Belize
Date: July 2016
Activities: Diving
Personnel were from across the RNRM service, including: CTCRM, 30 Cdo RM, HM Surface Ships, HM Submarines and the Fleet Air Arm. From 2 - 17 July 16 Commando Training Centre Royal Marines led Adventurous Training (AT) in three phases on the mainland and cayes of Belize. The aim of phase...

Finn Sappersoaker 2017 – 71 Engr Regt

Unit: 71 Engr Regt
Location: Belize
Date: April 2017
Activities: Canoeing, diving
“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever” - Jacques Yves Cousteau 27 soldiers from 71 Royal Engineer Regiment have completed a two week multi activity expedition to Belize. Meeting in Heathrow on Easter Monday 2017 after travelling from Northern Ireland and Scotland, 12 divers...

Ex Dragon Gozo Eagle – various British Army units

Unit: 580 Sqn, 157 Regt RLC. SSW, MOD A Block
Location: Gozo, Malta
Date: June 2016
Activities: Diving
On the 4th June 2016 11 divers set off for the small Island of Gozo. The expedition was made up of various ranks from Private to Captain, all of whom were looking forward to progressing their diver training, refresh their skills or just get back in the water. My participation on...

Ex Yeoman Nautilus – 6 Army Air Corps

Unit: 6 AAC
Location: Gibraltar
Date: June 2016
Activities: Diving
After months in the planning, the fortunate few to pass the dive medical gathered to depart for Gibraltar on Ex Yeoman Nautilus 5-14 Jun 16. Capt C Tate 6 Regt AAC Having recently qualified as an Open water recreational diver, I thought nothing could be easier than getting a few guys away...

Ex Cockney Abyss – 106 Regt RA

Unit: 106 Regt RA
Location: Malta
Date: April 2016
Activities: Diving
Following the 2016 Easter period, 106 Regiment Royal Artillery travelled to sunny Malta to commence Exercise Cockney Abyss, a SCUBA diving expedition aimed at developing competency and confidence in the sub aqua discipline. Nine troops enjoyed a challenging and rewarding endeavour in which they were able to develop their diving...

Ex Northern Plunge – 37 Sig Regt, 1 JSSU + 208 Field Hospital

Unit: 37 Sig Regt, 1JSSU, 208 Field Hospital
Location: Cyprus, local areas
Date: November 2016
Activities: Diving
For most of us Exercise Northern Plunge started back in August 2016 when the fourteen intrepid explorers of 37 Signal Regiment were despatched to Army Medical Centres to undergo fitness to dive medicals. Certified fit (and for the most part human) we were all keen for November to come while...

Ex Maltese Mission – Cambridge University Air Squadron

Unit: Cambridge University Air Squadron
Location: Malta
Date: March 2016
Activities: Diving
Day 1 saw a total of 8 members of Cambridge University Air Squadron (CUAS), travel to Malta for Exercise Maltese Mission after meeting at Cambridge Headquarters at an early time of 03:30 before heading to Luton Airport for the flight to Malta. After about an hour's delay due to fog...

Ex Northern Blue Juice – The Queen’s Own Yeomanry

Unit: Queen's Own Yeomanry
Location: Spain, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
Date: October 2016
Activities: Diving
In October 2016 The Queen’s Own Yeomanry and a selection from other Reservist units, deployed on Exercise Northern Blue Juice to Fuerteventura. The aim of the expedition was to conduct diver training and to qualify all participants in either the BSAC Ocean Diver or Sports Diver. We were...

Ex Red Wyvern – 165 & 17 Port and Maritime Regiments

Unit: 165 & 19 Port and Maritime Regt
Location: Red Sea, Egypt
Date: January 2016
Activities: Diving
Ex Red Wyvern was an overseas Exped to the Red Sea in Egypt, operating on a dive liveaboard vessel that not only acted as a diving platform, but provided us all our accommodation and real life support needs. The Exped was mainly comprised of Reserve and Regular Soldiers from 165...

Ex BURNU Dive ASI – Birmingham URNU

Unit: Birmingham University Royal Navy Unit
Location: Ascension Island
Date: August 2015
Activities: Diving
In August  2015, 9 members of Birmingham University Royal Naval Unit (BURNU) conducted a major Adventurous Training Expedition to Ascension Island (ASI).  Exercise BURNU Dive ASI as it was known had all the ingredients of a classic AT exped from the start, with the experienced diving supervisory team of a...

Ex RGS Island Venturer – Royal Grammar School Guildford CCF

Unit: Royal Grammar School, Guildford
Location: Montserrat
Date: July 2015
Activities: Diving, Trekking
At the beginning of July a team from the RGS, Guildford CCF set out on an expedition to the Caribbean Island of Montserrat. Montserrat is a British Overseas Territory that hit the headline news in 1995 due to the reawakening of its volcano leading to a mass-evacuation of the islanders...

Ex Dragon Jerboa Plunge – HQ 7 Inf Bde and 3 PWRR

Unit: HQ 7 Inf Bde and 3 PWRR
Location: Egypt
Date: September 2015
Activities: Diving
The seven day diving expedition was based in Marsa Nakari, Egypt.  We were a group of ten personnel which included regular, reserve and civilian SADS from Harrogate.  The expedition ranged in ability from novice diver undertaking the BSAC Ocean Diver qualification to Open Water Instructor trainers.  The main objective of...

Ex Ascension Serpent – 208 Field Hospital

Unit: 208 Field Hospital, 201 Field Hospital, 37 Sig Regt, RAF Waddington
Location: Ascension Island
Date: June 2015
Activities: Diving
After a relatively comfortable, sleepless eight-hour flight from RAF Brize Norton, the plane finally touched down on the Ascension Island and we emerged from the cabin into the bright and humid South Atlantic air. Our 12-strong party, comprising Army, Air Force and (retd) Navy personnel had been brought together to conduct...

Ex Submerged Battlefield (Dragon) – Army Training Unit (West Midlands)

Unit: ATU(WM)
Location: Malta
Date: August 2015
Activities: Diving
“Oh, I could never do that…I can’t even bear to put my face underwater.” Curious to know who had commented on Justin Maker’s near perfect forward roll into the blue waters of the Mediterranean, I turned round to see a middle-aged British tourist sitting with two of her friends on the...

Exercise Cabot Coral – Bristol University Officer Training Corps

Unit: Bristol UOTC
Location: Northern Red Sea, Egypt
Date: July 2015
Activities: Diving
After a brisk walk to the boarding gate, 16 members of Bristol University Officer Training Corps and 4 external instructors were en route to Sharm El Sheikh, with complimentary extra legroom to boot. Upon arrival in Egypt we were greeted with warmth from both the local climate and the lively...