Monthly Archives: February 2015

SofD Update – Feb 15

Just received from the Superintendent of Diving (who always enjoys receiving postcards from expeds!):

Apologies this entry will be briefer than normal as I am submitting by Blackberry from the depths of Northern Scotland.

As the weather improves and we approach the start of the season proper there are a couple of key parish notices.

Firstly JSP 917 is dead, long live BRd 2806(5). Your all new Vol 5 is now available on the Defence Intranet. We have also classified it so that it can be downloaded to local team sites. Please get stuck in and enjoy. The good news is that all the feedback so far has been positive so fingers crossed we have managed to deliver something that will better serve the community. Twenty nine of the Joint Service instructors & incremental staff are currently giving it a thorough scrubbing on their Red Sea training camp (Dom tell’s me I can’t call it an Exped!). The BRd will be reviewed annually during the autumn term to incorporate lessons from the preceding season so please ensure you provide feedback through your association representatives.

For those of you planning Expeds this year please ensure you are aware of the gas regulations and the requirements for gas testing – details in BR5 2806(5). The good news is that we are now testing to an internationally recognised British standard and there is a new low pressure, flight safe, gas bottle available for transporting gas samples back to suitable labs for testing. The DST(AT) team will take the lead to ensure that gas testing for Military Approved Centress is up to date however, Exped sites will be the responsibility of the team leader and the diving officer – no clean gas test = no diving. Key message is to START PLANNING EARLY and engage with the DST(AT) team who will help guide you through the requirements.

The new AP16 O2 sensors remain on track. With the sensors having successfully cleared the 6 month point in their 2 year trial and having achieved the other mandated requirements, CCRs have now been cleared for use. JS team have brought their sets back on line and have taken some sets out to the Red Sea. Courses are available this year through JSSADC. Fancy a go? Contact Dom and his team for details.

The JS Diving Safety Conference will be held in Plymouth on the 18th Mar. This is your opportunity to get the latest updates, have your say and ask questions of the JSSADPAC. All are welcome and I’ll see those attending there.

 Some of you may have heard that there are questions over the future of diving in the Falkland Islands. The issue is access to a chamber in the event of an accident. Rest assured we are working with the FI branch and a myriad of other parties to identify the nearest suitable chamber and develop a realistic casualty evacuation plan. The aim is to develop a dispensation tailored to the FI in the same manner as we have for the Ascension Islands.

Enjoy the new season, those of you that have not divided for a while please ease yourself back in and to all Dive Safe.




Use of CCRs for AT Diving

Following a period of testing of replacement oxygen cells at QinetiQ, ACNS (Pers) has now lifted the restriction on the use of CCRs for AT diving.

A copy of the email from his EA is below.   All should note the two caveats.


Sent: 14 January 2015 16:35
Subject: RE: Oxygen Cell Testing



ACNS(Pers) has read your LM dated 9 Jan 15 and has noted that all four conditions, as required in his letter dated 22 May 14, have now been met.  He is therefore content to remove the prohibition on the use of CCRs for AT diving with the following stipulations:

  • Only the APD 16 oxygen sensors are suitable for use in AP Valves CCRs.
  • The trial will continue for another 18 months, should further issues be identified by QinetiQ then the prohibition will be reintroduced.

Many thanks


Lieutenant Royal Navy | Executive Assistant to the Naval Secretary / Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Personnel) | Navy Command HQ, MP 3.1, Leach Bldg, Whale Island, Portsmouth PO2 8BY |