Navy’s mission against Afghan roadside bomb

NAVY_DIVERS_SR_5/9/11'Chief Petty Officer(diver) Kevin Amaira (right) and CPO(diver) Simon Crew at Horsea Island training to tackle IED's in Afganistan.''Picture:Steve Reid
NAVY_DIVERS_SR_5/9/11'Chief Petty Officer(diver) Kevin Amaira (right) and CPO(diver) Simon Crew at Horsea Island training to tackle IED's in Afganistan.''Picture:Steve Reid

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THREE Royal Navy explosives experts are the latest weapon against the fight against deadly roadside bombs in Afghanistan.

Chief Petty Officer diver Kevin Amaira, Petty Officer Simon Crew and a Leading Seaman diver - who cannot be named for security reasons - will spend six months in the war-torn country supporting the British Army in training Afghan forces in bomb disposal.

Chief Petty Officer Amaira, 44, will mentor the Afghan National Security Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams and deploy with them on patrol.

Petty Officer Crew, 36, will work with the Coalition Force Training Team in Camp Bastion.

The leading seaman diver will work on the front-line with the army’s Royal Logistics Corps.

Chief Petty Officer Amaira said: ‘The most challenging aspect will be the language barrier and the cultural differences - it will be a real eye opener for us.

‘But the emphasis is very much on training the Afghan forces and we are looking forward to passing on our expertise and helping them in this important task.

‘The aim is to hand over the Explosive ordnance Disposal role entirely to Afghan forces within three to four years.’

The trio are set to leave the UK later this month.