In its list of different types of commercial divers, cDivernet gives a description of the primary tasks that military divers have to accomplish. Each comes with its own form of commercial diving insurance that takes the specifics of the work into account, which often involve other military ships and property.
Here are some examples of the tasks that this class of commercial divers embark upon:
- Repair and salvage: Diving teams with these tasks report to wreckage sites to search for debris and perform maintenance operations on vessels and submarines, according to Navy.com. This also encompasses another category of undersea military work called “ship husbandry.” Salvage refers to both large crafts and free-floating pieces.
- Training and ongoing recovery projects: A press release from the United States Army recently profiled an effort to help retrieve unexploded bombs and mines from Cambodian waterways. The release quoted the head of the 7th Engineer Dive Detachment, Robert Meyer, on their work with the Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC). “Providing this training and building the CMAC dive team capability is a significant step toward removing these dangerous devices and ensuring safer living conditions for the people of Cambodia,” he said.
- Tactical military diving: Offensive and defensive tactics require equipment that can withstand underwater support procedures. Navy divers can also be called upon to assist with local law enforcement and serve as security backup during intensive operations. Workers in this field have the potential to be called to “deep submergence” missions, as well.
Several of these tasks also require nearby boats, so dive support vessel insurance plays a role in the successful completion of military diver duties.