It is with significant pride that I take over as Commanding Officer of Northern Diving Group

Lieutenant Commander Chris Stephenson RN

“To be the figurehead of a team of professional and capable operational clearance divers has been the pinnacle of my Royal Navy career, and it is with great sadness that I move on to the next challenge.”

New CO, Lieutenant Commander Chris Stephenson, successfully completed his Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving Course in 2004 and then deployed as Operations Officers and Executive Officer on board HMS Chiddingfold where he took the ship from refit and then deployed to the Gulf to conduct mine clearance operations in Iraqi waterways.

More recently, he was appointed Chief of Staff (COS) to Commander 1st Mine Counter Measures Squadron prior to commencing duties as the COS to Mine Warfare Battle Staff.

This deployment encompassed many high-profile exercises in the Gulf region, involving multi-national Mine Counter Measures forces.

On his return from the Gulf, Chris took up further duties with Mine Counter Measures Squadrons and an appointment with UK Maritime Battle Staff before assuming Command of the Northern Diving Group on 25 July 2018.

Chris said: “It is with significant pride that I take over as Commanding Officer of Northern Diving Group and look forward to leading the group in continuing to provide a high readiness capability for Diving and Bomb Disposal to the Fleet.”

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