FANE, Francis Douglas, CDR

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FANE, Francis Douglas, CDR

USA (1909-2002)

Last updated: April 19, 2017 at 3:29 am

Pioneer in military combat diving; member of U.S. Navy Underwater Demolition Team (WWII and Korea); developed specialized diving equipment and combat techniques; influenced scientific and sport diving; served on board a destroyer, cruiser, aircraft carrier, ammunition vessel and amphibious assault ship during WWII; volunteered for “extra-hazardous duty” at age 33 when he could not swim; played a key role in saving UDT Teams after WWII; worked with Dr. Christian Lambertsen to obtain closed-circuit rebreathers for the OSS and the UDT; also led the development of diver lockout from submarines, diver transport vehicles, and underwater navigation techniques; got the Aqua-Lung approved by the UDT after meeting with Émile Gagnan; was Senior UDT Officer in Korea during 1951-1952; trained several high-profile scientific divers; trained some of the founding members of NAUI; developed the Fulton Pickup for diving boats to recover divers from the water at high speed; shipped out to sea on a freighter at age 16; a.k.a. “Red Dog Fane” because of his red hair and toughness.

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