FDU Mem­bers Men­tor­ship

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Mem­bers of Fleet Div­ing Unit (FDU) (At­lantic) are ac­cus­tomed to a va­ri­ety of roles in their daily op­er­a­tions, and ex­panded those roles to in­clude in­ter­na­tional men­tor­ship in June. As a part of the United States South­ern Com­mand-sup­ported ex­er­cise TRADEWINDS 14 tak­ing place in the Caribbean Basin, FDU(A) mem­bers are shar­ing their knowl­edge with an ea­ger group of al­lied divers.

From lec­tures on IED aware­ness to su­per­vised team­build­ing dives, the men­tor­ship that FDU(A) mem­bers have pro­vided is cru­cial to en­sur­ing that par­tic­i­pat­ing al­lied divers leave the ex­er­cise with stronger skill sets and a more com­pre­hen­sive un­der­stand­ing of their role as naval divers.

“The train­ing our divers re­ceive at home is sec­ond to none, so to be able to par­tic­i­pate in a multi­na­tional ex­er­cise like TRADEWINDS 14 and adopt the role of men­tors re­ally speaks to that. Our divers are em­brac­ing the op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent Canada as lead­ers in their field and are en­sur­ing par­tic­i­pants re­ceive the same ex­pert guid­ance and train­ing we have at home,” said Lieu­tenant-Com­man­der Stephan Julien, Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer FDU(A).

TRADEWINDS 2014 is a multi­na­tional ex­er­cise that pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for part­ner na­tions to im­prove in­ter­op­er­abil­ity and ef­fec­tively ex­e­cute fu­ture mar­itime and land op­er­a­tions, in­clud­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance and dis­as­ter re­sponse.

Divers sur­face after suc­cess­fully find­ing a (dummy) limpet mine un­der FDU(A) staff su­per­vi­sion dur­ing a hull search of United States Aux­il­iary Ves­sel New

Or­leans.

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