Military divers must complete exceedingly complex mission goals in one of the world’s most challenging operating environments, and providing them with the tools they need to succeed is no simple assignment.
Kevin Gurr, Director of Underwater Systems at Avon Protection, dives into the shadowy world of military diving and explains how his company is defining what will be feasible for its clients in the future of underwater work. On the contemporary battlefield, military divers are tasked with some of the most hazardous operations. Even everyday operations require equipment that performs to the highest requirements in order to protect operators from the harsh working environment. The performance requirements are even greater for people working in positions like mine-countermeasures (MCM) and explosive Ordnance disposal (EOD) clearance. The growing need to expand the mission envelope, however, with a general push toward enabling divers to work deeper and for longer periods of time than ever before, is something that all military diving positions share today. The MCM100 is a multi-role (100m CE rated), air and mixed gas electronic control underwater rebreather and is the company’s flagship product. The MCM100 is suitable for a variety of military diving applications, including mine warfare, special forces, covert subsurface infiltration, submarine release and infiltration, and manned underwater vehicle operations. It was designed and developed with the diver in mind to deliver enhanced multi-role capability.