Royal Naval medic becomes the first to pass diver course

Jamie Vassallo being assisted by course colleague Lance Corporal Pickering, Royal Logistics Corps, who was another student on the course
Jamie Vassallo being assisted by course colleague Lance Corporal Pickering, Royal Logistics Corps, who was another student on the course
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A ROYAL Navy medical officer has become the first to complete an Army diver’s training course.

Surgeon Lieutenant Jamie Vassallo, 28, is serving at the Institute of Naval Medicine in Gosport.

He is part of the Fleet Diving Unit One as an underwater medical officer.

He has just completed the Army Divers Course at the Defence Diving School in Portsmouth.

He said: ‘Passing the dive course was a huge challenge, especially physically, but the staff were always supportive.

‘Passing means that I’ve been able to do more in my post, enabling me to understand far better what we expect of our divers.

‘I hope I’ve set a precedent by which our future doctors will go to the dive school.’