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Navy Divers by Gregor Salmon Sample Chapter

Navy Divers by Gregor Salmon Sample Chapter

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Rising out of the Second World War, the Australian clearance diver has become one of the most respected and versatile operators in the military world.

In cold, murky water, working by touch alone, they can defuse a mine powerful enough to sink a battleship. Under the burning Afghan sun, they can dismantle a Taliban roadside bomb. Welcome to the world of the Royal Australian Navy clearance divers.

Bomb and mine disposal is but one of their roles. As covert swimmers they can infiltrate enemy waters. As boarding parties they are on the anti-piracy frontline. As counterterrorist special forces they are on call 24/7. They are simply one of the best diving units in the military world.

Their story goes back to the Second World War, when Hitler's secret weapon - the magnetic mine - had Britain on her knees. Four extraordinary Aussies were among the brave naval volunteers who tackled Nazi mines on land and under water. The men who followed their path share the same brand of courage. From the rivers of Vietnam to the deserts of Afghanistan, navy divers have excelled under the most dire pressure, yet we know very little of their heroic deeds. Their incredible story has remained behind closed doors. Until now . . .
Rising out of the Second World War, the Australian clearance diver has become one of the most respected and versatile operators in the military world.

In cold, murky water, working by touch alone, they can defuse a mine powerful enough to sink a battleship. Under the burning Afghan sun, they can dismantle a Taliban roadside bomb. Welcome to the world of the Royal Australian Navy clearance divers.

Bomb and mine disposal is but one of their roles. As covert swimmers they can infiltrate enemy waters. As boarding parties they are on the anti-piracy frontline. As counterterrorist special forces they are on call 24/7. They are simply one of the best diving units in the military world.

Their story goes back to the Second World War, when Hitler's secret weapon - the magnetic mine - had Britain on her knees. Four extraordinary Aussies were among the brave naval volunteers who tackled Nazi mines on land and under water. The men who followed their path share the same brand of courage. From the rivers of Vietnam to the deserts of Afghanistan, navy divers have excelled under the most dire pressure, yet we know very little of their heroic deeds. Their incredible story has remained behind closed doors. Until now . . .

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Copyright © Gregor Salmon 2011. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, transmittedin any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the publisher.
 
An Ebury Press bookPublished by Random House Australia Pty LtdLevel 3, 100 Pacifc Highway, North Sydney NSW 2060www.randomhouse.com.auFirst published by Ebury Press in 2011Copyright © Gregor Salmon 2011The moral right o the author has been asserted.All rights reserved. No part o this book may be reproduced or transmitted by any person orentity, including internet search engines or retailers, in any orm or by any means, electronic ormechanical, including photocopying (except under the statutory exceptions provisions o theAustralian
Copyright Act 1968
), recording, scanning or by any inormation storage and retrievalsystem without the prior written permission o Random House Australia.Addresses or companies within the Random House Group can be ound atwww.randomhouse.com.au/ofcesNational Library o AustraliaCataloguing-in-Publication Entry Salmon, Gregor.Navy divers/Gregor Salmon.ISBN 978 1 74166 657 1 (pbk.)Australia. Royal Australian Navy. Clearance Diving Branch.Divers – Australia.Navies – Australia – Amphibious operations.359.9840994Cover design by Blue CorkFront cover photo o Matthew Johnson, Clearance Diving Team 4, and back cover photo by LSISPhil Cullinan/RANInternal design and typesetting by Post Pre-Press GroupPrinted in Australia by Grifn Press, an accredited ISO AS/NZS 14001:2004 EnvironmentalManagement System printer10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1The paper this book is printed on is certifed against theForest Stewardship Council® Standards. Grifn Press holdsFSC chain o custody certifcation SGS-COC-005088. FSCpromotes environmentally responsible, socially benefcialand economically viable management o the world’s orests.
 
Copyright © Gregor Salmon 2011. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, transmittedin any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the publisher.
 
CONTENTS
ONE:
Gates of Hell 1
TWO:
Beating Hitler’s Secret Weapon 23
THREE:
All the King’s Medals 47
FOUR:
Dawn of the Frogmen 61
FIVE:
The New Breed 81
SIX:
Life on the Edge 97
SEVEN:
Into Vietnam 121
EIGHT:
Bin the Rulebook 143
NINE:
On Patrol 167
TEN:
Running With the SAS 189
ELEVEN:
Nothing to Prove 213
TWELVE:
The de Gelder Effect 231
THIRTEEN:
No Fish Out of Water 245
FOURTEEN:
Follow Me, Boys 269
BIBLIOGRAPHY
279
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
281
INDEX
283
Copyright © Gregor Salmon 2011. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, transmittedin any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the publisher.

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