Navigation for Extreme Diving in New Zealand
RNZ Navy Operational Dive Team
Lynda Chanwai-Earle is given a personal tour through the Devonport Naval Base, Auckland with Lieutenant Commander Trevor Leslie and Warrant Officer, diving instructor Lance Graham to find out what inspires our most elite of scuba divers.
The HMNZS Manawanui.
Warrant Offficer, Diving Instructor Lance Graham and Lieutenant Commander Trevor Leslie.
Another day at the office.
In the office.
Aft of the hmnz manawanui
Closed at sea
Life-ring for the HMNZS Manawanui.
Example of a navy wetsuit.
The original diving hard hat, made of brass, 1837.
Lieutenant Commander Trevor Leslie and Lynda next to the mines the navy continue to disarm.
TYPE H MK2: "The TYPE H MK 2 was the first reliable British contact mine. This was copied from the German Herz-Horn contact mine. Production started in early 1917 but was not available in useful numbers until November 1917. Spherical in design, with a total weight of 700lbs include a charge weight of 320lbs of 145kg. It used hertz horns and was still in use during the early days of WWII" Navy information notice.
The RNZN Zodiac.
Looking down onto the hyperbaric chamber.
Hyperbaric chamber on board the HMNZS Manawanui.
Lynda in the hyperbaric chamber.
The portal for first aid or food.
The oxygen mask.
Oxygen cylinders to be loaded.
Gauges inside the diving bell.
Life support oxygen gauges diving bell.
Lynda inside the diving bell.
The hook to hang unconscious divers in the diving bell.
Explosives Ordinance Disposal - land and sea mine clearance.
Example of a grenade our navy must disarm.
FFE Ordinance for practice land mines that our navy disarm.
Storage for MCM>
Retrieved anchors lost overboard.
The hall of fame at the base.
Lance points out his graduation photo.
Disarming mines in nz seas during ww2
Early operational dive team
The dive school of the 1970s.
The operational dive team today.
Honouring those fallen.
View across the harbour
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