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Navy officers get some Oklahoma City Thunder with their diving

Edmond Police Department's weeklong underwater explosive recovery class brought four Royal New Zealand Navy divers to Oklahoma. They are staying in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, where they got to experience Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: June 14, 2012 at 12:24 am •  Published: June 14, 2012

Four Royal New Zealand Navy divers got more than they had imagined when they came to the United States for an underwater explosive recovery class. Their rooms are in Bricktown in downtown Oklahoma City, which also is where the NBA Finals are taking place.

They visited Thunder Alley before Game 1 between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat, and watched the game at a nearby bar and restaurant.

“It was a great time,” said Petty Officer Jim Dimond, who celebrated his 43rd birthday Tuesday.

This week, 18 divers and bomb technicians are in Edmond and Arcadia Lake attending classes put on by the Edmond Police Department. Participants also came from Arkansas, Minnesota, California, Florida, Maryland, Kentucky and Connecticut.

The course was started by Edmond police crime scene technician Rockie Yardley in 1996 and is the only program in the world that certifies nonmilitary divers in underwater explosive render-safe procedures.

This is the 20th class. Representatives from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the FBI and the U.S. Navy have become certified in diving and explosives since the class started.

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by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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