Huntsville, Ontario — As part of the security measures for the Group of 8 (G8) Summit in June, combat engineers constructed a medium raft (MR) and moved it to the Deerhurst Resort. The engineers were primarily from 24 Field Squadron, 2 Combat Engineer
It takes considerable labour and teamwork to build an MR.
“It’s complex, but the troops are trained in it,” said Sergeant Robert Kettlewell, the bridge commander for the build portion of the operation. “It’s basically like Lego pieces. You take the pieces, you put them together.”
MR dive platform
The two centre bays and two ramps comprising the MR were launched from a dock and towed out into the water using bridge erector boats (BEBs). Using the MR as a dive platform was a first for 2 CER, and possibly for the Canadian Forces.
“We’re going to be systematically sweeping from left to right, conducting searches for any suspicious items,” said dive supervisor Master Warrant Officer Al Doucet.
The divers worked in pairs while connected to the raft with a set of umbilicals, thus allowing for maximum time underwater.
“The way that the system works,” explained MWO Doucet, “is that it’s surface supplied, so we call it the lightweight surface supply diving system, and we have tanks on the surface here which we can swap out and replace without taking the divers out of the water.
After his dive, Cpl Jon McDougall summed up the conditions below the surface. “It’s a little muddy. If you can keep off the bottom, you’re all right.”
Article by Sgt Marco Comisso, Army News
Photos by Cpl Bernard Jardim, 32 Svc Bn