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Locally-based Navy divers show off skills at New York Aquarium

Posted at 7:57 PM, May 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-25 19:57:24-04

NEW YORK – A group of U.S. Navy divers based in Hampton Roads got to show off their skills to a very appreciative crowd at the New York Aquarium in Brooklyn Thursday.

180523-N-SF508-226 NEW YORK (May 23, 2018) Navy Diver 2nd Class Trey Crane, assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2, makes faces at children during a dive at the New York Aquarium as part of Fleet Week New York 2018. Now in its 30th year, Fleet Week New York is the city’s time-honored celebration of the sea services. It is an unparalleled opportunity for the citizens of New York and the surrounding tri-state area to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as witness first-hand the latest capabilities of today’s maritime services. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Charles Oki/Released)

The divers interacted with fish and demonstrated what they do best to the public as part of this week’s Fleet Week New York activities, the U.S. Department of Defense said.

The divers are assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Expeditionary Support Unit 2 and Underwater Construction Team 1. Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2 is based at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story.

The team spent the day in the aquarium’s conservation hall and welcomed hundreds of visitors from various schools and youth groups.

“It’s such a great opportunity to be able to dive in an aquarium like this and to see the support we get from the public,” said Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Johnston Davis, who is assigned to MDSU 2. “Being able to see kids’ faces light up when they saw us made this an unforgettable experience.”

The divers played tic-tac-toe, posed for photos and wrote messages to visitors – all while behind the aquarium’s glass!

Fleet Week has been held nearly every year since 1984.