Volume 4, Issue 1
POSEIDON Supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom
Greetings from the cradle of civilization! The 74th Engineer Dive Team arrived in Kuwait on January 15th and has hit the ground sprinting. Since arriving a little over two months ago, the 74th has completed six anti-terrorism / force protection swims in Qatar, numerous ships husbandry and survey missions in Kuwait, and five survey and construction missions in Iraq. Once one adds in maintenance, services, training, operations, and quality of life projects; this is a rigorous schedule in only 60 days. The 74th has no plans to slow down as dive missions throughout the theater continue to develop.
In our first mission in western Iraq, a small team deployed to fix a pump house that feeds water to the local townspeople. The divers changed out pipe flanges and helped develop a more efficient pumping system.
The picture on the left shows two divers hard at work; one cutting and the other one removing a pipe flange. The picture on the right shows that the team members still had a little extra time for some “Rock Band.” We don’t want to make any assumptions, but we may have one of the most talented groups of Rock Band players in the Army. Another mission consisted of a wet reconnaissance of a sunken bridge span in central Iraq. The span needs to be removed and the divers were able to give critical dimensions for further analysis to aid in the removal process. Below on the left is a picture of the dive team, engineer interpreter, and project OIC. The right shows a picture of the dive team doing initial survey work on the bridge span.