WASHINGTON – The Coast Guard announced in April the establishment of the diver enlisted rating and corresponding chief warrant officer specialty.
About 50 enlisted personnel and three chief warrant officers will initially transition to the Diver (DV) rating and Diving (DIV) specialty, respectively.
The newly-minted divers received certificates signed by the commandant and the master chief petty officer of the Coast Guard at several locations throughout the service.
Divers support a variety of Coast Guard missions by servicing aids to navigation, conducting subsurface search and recovery, inspecting and maintaining Coast Guard vessels, and providing technical expertise with remotely operated vehicles, sonar equipment, and underwater imagery.
In addition to the new specialty, the Coast Guard is scheduled to establish Regional Dive Locker Pacific in Honolulu this summer. Divers will be stationed at one of three dive lockers or at other units throughout the country.
For more information on the history of the Coast Guard’s diving program, please visit: http://www.uscg.mil/history/articles/CoastGuardDivingProgramCOTPSanFran.pdf.
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