Navy divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit Two (MDSU 2) are in Colombia working with divers from the Armada de la Rebublica de Colombia as part of Southern Partnership Station 2014.
This week the MDSU divers brought out an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and demonstrated its capabilities to divers and dive students from the Departamento de Buceo y Salvamento.
“They have vehicles of their own, but they’re interested to see what we operate,” said Navy Diver 3rd Class Zoe Young, a MDSU 2 diver. “We started in the class room with an overview of the system … then we took them to the swimming pool and had them practice.”
The divers set up an underwater obstacle course in the pool, and groups of Colombian dive students rotated through taking turns maneuvering the ROV.
After a day of driving the ROV in the pool, the divers took the robot to a local pier to practice searching the hull of a ship. They attached the ROV’s “crawler” accessory.
Colombia is the third country the MDSU 2 divers have visited as part of Southern Partnership Station 2014. In a couple of weeks, the group will move on to Honduras.