Div­ing deep for suc­cess

Surrey Advertiser - - Front Page -

ABLE Sea­man Diver Sean Gro­gan-Ed­wards, 25, from Guild­ford, has just com­pleted spe­cial­ist clear­ance diver train­ing at the De­fence Div­ing School in Portsmouth, re­ceiv­ing his cer­tifi­cate and div­ing badge from Rear Admiral John Clink, Flag Of­fi­cer Sea Train­ing.

Sean, orig­i­nally from Guild­ford where his par­ents An­nie and David still live, joined the navy be­cause he wanted a chal­leng­ing new ca­reer.

The for­mer St Peter’s Catholic Com­pre­hen­sive School pupil en­joys foot­ball in his free time and has played in the Com­bined Ser­vices Cup dur­ing his time with the Royal Navy. He also rep­re­sented the RN dur­ing the Lon­don Poppy Day col­lec­tions and was a flag-bearer at an Eng­land foot­ball game at Wem­b­ley.

Sean said the high­light of his ca­reer so far is un­der­go­ing the deep div­ing phase of his train­ing and he is now look­ing for­ward to div­ing in the Gulf. He added: “I’m very happy and proud to have passed as a Royal Navy Clear­ance Diver.”

Navy divers are cur­rently serv­ing in a va­ri­ety of the­atres in­clud­ing Afghanistan.

As newly trained RN Clear­ance Divers they will ini­tially be em­ployed in ei­ther mine coun­ter­mea­sures based in Scot­land (Faslane) or in Portsmouth and will de­ploy in a mine coun­ter­mea­sure ves­sel as re­quired to sup­port world­wide op­er­a­tions.

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