CHAPTER 6 Operational Planning
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Physical Condition. Diving candidates shall meet the specific physical require-
ments for divers set forth by the Commander Naval Medical Command and pass a
physical screening test as outlined in MILPERSMAN Article 1220.100. Once
qualified, the diver is responsible for maintaining good health and top physical
Reference NAVMEDCOMINST 6200.15 (series) to provide guidance on suspen-
sion of diving duty of pregnant servicewomen.
Medical personnel assigned to a diving unit shall evaluate the day-to-day condi-
tion of each diver and the Diving Supervisor shall verify the fitness of each diver
immediately before a dive. Any symptom such as cough, nasal congestion,
apparent fatigue, emotional stress, skin or ear infection is reason for placing the
diver on the binnacle list until the problem is corrected.
Physical condition is often best judged by the diver who is obligated to report to
the Diving Supervisor when not feeling fit to dive. A diver who, for any reason,
does not want to make a dive should not be forced. A diver who regularly declines
diving assignments shall be disqualified as a diver.
Underwater Salvage or Construction Demolition Personnel. Underwater sal-
vage demolition personnel are trained in underwater precision explosives
techniques and hold Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) 5375. Salvage/Construc-
tion Demolition Diver personnel shall be currently certified and designated in
accordance with the requirements specified in the OPNAVINST 8023.2 series.
Blasting Plan. The senior Salvage/Construction Demolition Diver NEC 5375 is
responsible for providing the Commanding Officer with a comprehensive and
written blasting plan. At a minimum, the blasting plan contains:
Demolition team organization
Work description with alternatives
Range standard operating procedures
Area security plan
Personnel and equipment casualty procedures
Blasting sequence of events
The NEC 5375 should direct all phases of demolition operations using only
approved operating and safety procedures. The NEC 5375 shall ensure the opera-
tion is not allowed to proceed until receiving specific approval from the Diving
Supervisor and shall take charge of all misfires, ensuring they are handled in
accordance with the approved plan.
Explosive Handlers. All divers who handle explosives shall be trained and certi-
fied in accordance with the OPNAVINST 8023.2 series.