Divers Prepare for Canadian Arctic Ops

Clearance divers from Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic) and underwater archeologists with Parks Canada conducted an Ice Dive Exercise at Quebec City Old Port from March 2-6, 2015 in preparation for planned diving operations in the Canadian Arctic.

As part of an effort to unlock the secrets of Her Majesty’s Ship (HMS) Erebus, and to learn more about the fate of the Franklin expedition, Parks Canada and Royal Canadian Navy divers will join together for Operation NUNALIVUT and conduct approximately 11 days of intense ice diving and underwater archaeology in April.

HMS Erebus was a Hecla-class bomb vessel constructed in 1826. The vessel was named after the dark region in Hades of Greek mythology called Erebus. Since 2008, there have been six major Parks Canada-led searches for the lost Franklin Expedition ships, covering many hundreds of square kilometres of the Arctic seabed.

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Image: Canadian Navy