THE WIND: Members of Clearance Diving Team Four release
CPO Raymond Foords ashes in Careening Bay.
Commanding Officer Australian Clearance Diving Team Four LCDR
Steve Bliss and members of his team had the honour of scattering
the ashes of one of the Clearance Diving branches Old and Bolds
CPO Raymond Campbell Foord.
Commonly referred to as Dixie, he joined the RAN in 1945 and
qualified as a Standard Diver in 1948 on completion of training.
He served in various facets of diving, operational and training
roles, and on retirement in 1965, he was the senior instructional
chief petty officer, in clearance diving, of the RAN.
Dixie received the British Empire Medal for his efforts in a
hazardous boat salvage and personnel rescue in 1954 in Port
Phillip Bay, Victoria, while serving in HMAS Vengeance.
His ashes were scattered by the CO of AUSCDT Four in Careening
Bay at Garden Island, an area Dixie frequently had dived throughout
The ceremony was conducted by Father Rowan Strong and attended
by the President of the Clearance Divers Association, WA Chapter,
retired LCDR Alex Donald, on November 22.