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Royal Australian Navy Officer's - RAN - Clearance Diver Team Qualification Badge (AUSCDT) - an extremely scarce and highly desirable Special Forces badge. Measuring 7.5 CM or just under 3."
The Clearance Diving Teams (CDT) of the Royal Australian Navy also act as commando frogmen: they consist of naval personnel who are qualified in diving, demolitions, underwater repairs, and reconnaissance. They fulfil a Maritime Counter-Terrorist role as part of the waterborne troop of the Tactical Assault Group East (TAG EAST).
There are two standing units based in Australia:
* Clearance Diving Team One (AUSCDT ONE); assigned to the east of Australia and based at HMAS Waterhen in New South Wales
* Clearance Diving Team Four (AUSCDT FOUR); assigned to the west of Australia and based at HMAS Stirling in Western Australia
A third unit, Clearance Diving Team Three (AUSCDT THREE) is formed when clearance divers are sent into combat. CDT 3 saw extensive service in the Vietnam War, and during the 1991 Gulf War and the 2003 Iraq War.
There are seven Reserve Diving Teams (RDT) which provide supplementary or surge capability in support of regular CDTs in addition to localised fleet underwater taskings:
* Reserve Diving Team Six - Victoria
* Reserve Diving Team Seven - Western Australia
* Reserve Diving Team Eight - Southern Queensland
* Reserve Diving Team Nine - South Australia
* Reserve Diving Team Ten - Tasmania
* Reserve Diving Team Eleven - Northern Territory
* Reserve Diving Team Twelve - Northern Queensland
The RAN's diver training program is centered around a 10-day clearance diver acceptance test (CDAT), colloquially known as "hell week". Recruits begin each day at 2 am in the morning, and are put through over thirty staged dives designed to test their strength and endurance.
Extremely hard to obtain Patch, guaranteed for life 100% authentic, current type RAN issue.
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