PIA Instructor Participates in Historic Dive at Pearl Harbor

PIA Instructor Participates in Historic Dive at Pearl Harbor

PIA Instructor Greg Davis was selected as part of an exclusive group of individuals who participated in a historic dive at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7th, 2021.  This year marked the 80th anniversary of the attack in Hawaii.

Davis was a member of the team who assisted the National Park Service with a Live Streaming Dive aboard the USS Utah, the first ship sunk during the surprise attack.  “In some ways, she was overshadowed by the tragedy aboard the USS Arizona, as the death toll was so much greater,” said Davis.  His role was to support the Mark Five (Mk V) diver who descended to the ship’s resting place.

The Mk V dive gear was utilized by the U.S. Navy and shipyard civilians to raise and repair the ships after the attack.  Efforts to repair damages resulted in 5,000 dives and more than 20,000 hours spent underwater.  The gear was used until the mid-1980’s when it was replaced with newer equipment.

Davis credits his ability to travel the world with his A&P for his interest in history.  Those travels resulted in the string of events that led Davis to the team.

Diving required a team of three individuals on the surface to monitor and ensure the safety of the diver and the ship.  The ship sits on her left side (port) and a portion of her right (starboard) gunwale is out of the water.

Congratulations to all those involved in the National Park Service historic dive.  Thank you for continuing to educate individuals on this important event!

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