Monday, October 18, 2021

Army Combat Divers Team Up to Remove Marine Debris Off Florida Keys


U.S. Army combat divers from the Special Forces Underwater Operations School last week removed marine debris from the waters surrounding Key West, Florida, including a communications cable that may date back to the 1800’s.

Combat divers use this area as part of their seven-week combat diver qualification training. Over the years marine debris has accumulated in the area, creating potentially hazardous conditions.

The U.S. Army Special Forces collaborated with the U.S. Coast Guard and NOAA’s Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to improve safety at the only U.S. Army Special Forces dive school and conserve the natural ecosystem surrounding the Keys.

This was the first known time that the Special Forces have engaged in a marine debris removal project. The divers removed more than 1,200 pounds of debris.

(Image credit: Frazier Nivens, Activity conducted under permit number FKNMS-2021-021)

John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.