NEWPORT, R.I. – A Regional Dive Locker East Diver signals how much air he has remaining after completing the annual hull inspection and cleaning of the Coast Guard Cutters Hammerhead and Sailfish, Aug. 25, 2011. The divers inspected and cleaned 11 cutters’ hulls, removed line from their propellers and also inspected the ships’ corrosion protection systems. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Anderson.

Creation of new diver rating and warrant officer specialty

The creation of the DV rating – the Coast Guard’s 22nd rate – and DIV specialty was the result of a 17-month analysis by the Diver Career Management Working Group that considered mission requirements, safety issues and longstanding workforce management considerations. Following the review of the working group’s results, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp directed the establishment of the DV rating with at least 64 enlisted personnel and seven DIV warrant officers.