U.S. Army and Kuwait Coast Guard practices underwater welding skills


U.S. Army divers and Kuwait Coast Guard personnel practised their underwater welding skills on November 29, 2017 at Kuwait Naval Base, Kuwait. These soldiers and the Kuwait coast guard were taking part in a class to help them become salvage divers. The class starts by getting divers acquainted with the surface supply diving helmet. This is a primary part of salvage diving equipment. These helmets allow divers to get air from the surface, which in turn allows them to work longer under the water. Students also get hands on skills in using hydraulic tools for underwater work. The welding portion starts on dry land refining their skills before going underneath the water. One American and one Kuwaiti diver enter the water together to complete the project. The class not only gives the troops the edge during underwater salvage missions but it also lets the divers from both countries learn to work together.