Minedykkerkommandoen

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For other nations' naval work divers, see Clearance diver.
Minedykkerkommandoen
Active 1968-current
Country  Norway
Branch Royal Norwegian Navy
Type Maritime Bomb Disposal
Role Special Operations
Garrison/HQ Haakonsvern naval base
Engagements Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Iraqi Freedom
2001 Macedonia conflict

Minedykkerkommandoen (The Mine Diver Command) is Norway's clearance diver group. It is a branch of the Royal Norwegian Navy specializing in explosive ordnance disposal. MDK is subordinate to Minekrigsflotiljen (The Mine Warfare Flotilla), which is a division of the Royal Norwegian Navy. MDK has a base at the Haakonsvern naval station in Bergen and is divided into four small units, one of which has a base at Ramsund naval station outside Harstad.

The Mine Diver Command is part of the naval contribution to the Norwegian Armed Forces Intervention Force, and the command's personnel have taken part in operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, among others. The unit has also participated with mine disposal in the Baltic states and Norway (disposal of World War II-era mines and explosives).

They use several Canadian-made rebreathers: Viper SE, Viper Plus, S-24. They also previously used Siva 55 and Siva Plus.

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