BELIZE CITY, Belize – Navy divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit Two (MDSU 2) are in Belize working with divers from the Belize coast guard service as part of Southern Partnership Station 2014.
“Today we took the coast guard divers out,” said Navy Diver 2nd Class Robert LaFrance, a MDSU 2 diver. “We got to know each other’s work habits a little bit.”
The divers traveled about 12 miles from shore and dived in crystal-clear water. The clear water makes it easier for groups of divers to stay together and watch each other’s techniques.
“This group of Coast Guard divers just graduated PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors),” said Senior Chief Navy Diver Russell Ciardiello, master diver for MDSU 2 Company 2-1. “For the most part, they don’t have any dives since their certifications. It went really well; couldn’t have asked for a better operation.”
The MDSU divers will be traveling and diving in four different countries during the Southern Partnership Station mission, and they will be working with divers at each stop.
“They’re just like us,” said LaFrance. “They’re divers. They like breathing underwater, checking out cool stuff, and having fun. So it’s just working with the same type of people, just in a different country. It’s been a good time so far.”
The MDSU 2 divers will spend a few more weeks in Belize before moving on to Guatemala, the next stop on their Southern Partnership Station mission. Southern Partnership Station 2014 is a U.S. Navy deployment focused on subject matter expert exchanges with partner nation militaries and security forces in Central and South America and the Caribbean.
U.S. military teams work with partner nation forces during naval-focused training exercises, military-to-military engagements and community relations projects in an effort to enhance partnerships with regional maritime activities and improve the operational readiness of participants.