This story is based on real life experiences of the Royal Australian Navy's Clearance Diving Team 3 (EODMUPAC Team 35), which served in South Vietnam from '67 to '71. This book provides a quite accurate snapshot of what it was like to be an Australian Navy 'Clearance Diver' serving in Vietnam. Their professionalism, their mostly unconventional behavior, their ever present sense of humour and their willingness to confront life-threatening danger head on, were all fundamental ingredients of what made these men stand out from the crowd.
The author spent 20 years as a Clearance Diver in the Royal Australian Navy during the ‘60s through to the mid ‘80s, retiring as a Chief Petty Officer and was a member of the 8th and final Clearance Diving Team to serve in South Vietnam. During his 20 years service, career highlights included; serving in CDT3 in South Vietnam 1970 - 1971, Personal Exchange Program with the USN 1977 - 1980 based in Hawaii. Numerous SPECWAREXs with US Special forces, senior Demolitions instructor in the RAN and numerous postings to operational teams. After leaving the Navy he worked for DuPont explosives as Specialty Blasting Manager (he developed a specialised 'Shaped Charge' for DuPont which is patented worldwide) and had a business in Hanoi, Vietnam until his retirement in 1997. The author holds both an Australian and a US Pilot’s licence. His hobbies include travel, writing, hunting feral pigs in Western Queensland and riding his Harleys. He resides in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.