PANAMA CITY, Fla. —
Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command Warfare Centers Rear Adm. Eric Ver Hage, presented a letter of appreciation to the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division dive team for their superior performance and assistance following Valiant Shield 2018, a U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) biennial field training exercise (FTX) during an All Hands May 1.
During the exercise, the dive team played an important role off the coast of Farallon de Medinilla Island, a part of the Marianas Islands Range Complex north of Saipan.
“Our Dive team does amazing work in support of our research and development efforts to improve lethality of the Fleet,” said NSWC PCD Commanding Officer, Capt. Aaron Peters. “It is encouraging that when the Fleet needs immediate support that our teams are the first to get the call and be able to do what needs to be done.”
In an appreciation letter penned by Director, Requirements and Resources (J8), George Ka’Iliwai III, SES, recognized Master Chief Navy Diver Chuck Foster, Chief Navy Diver Christopher Coreil, Navy Diver First Class Blake Flohre, Navy Diver First Class Tommy Blyth, Navy Diver First Class Logan Dillenburger, Navy Diver First Class Cody Levens, Equipment Operator First Class Joey Rodriguez, Navy Diver Second Class Andrew Carstarphen, and Navy Experimental Dive Unit, Hospital Corpsman First Class Tom Hobbs.