FDU Members Mentorship
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