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Diving legend’s final resting place at sea

ON THE WIND: Members of Clearance Diving Team Four release CPO Raymond Foord’s ashes in Careening Bay.
ON THE WIND: Members of Clearance Diving Team Four release CPO Raymond Foord’s 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 his career.

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.

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