Between June 6 and 10, the annual training to standardize the diving instructions of the Brazilian Army Diving School, the Special Operations Training Center, took place at the Brazilian Navy facilities and at the inlet of Forte Imbuí.

The training aimed at aligning the didactic procedures to be adopted during the internships developed during the second semester. The Special Operations Instruction Center has the mission to annually minister three Diving Internships to the military of the Brazilian Army.

The Air Dive and Rescue Internships last four weeks and seek to meet the demands of open circuit scuba divers of the Land Force. The internships are attended by military personnel from the Engineering Academy, cadets from the Academia Militar das Agulhas Negras – AMAN (Black Needles Military Academy), military personnel from the Special Operations Command and, also, members of military organizations that have divers in their staffs.

“With the standardized instructions and, mainly, practiced by the instruction team, we believe that we will be able to develop in the trainees their best potential”, affirmed the Diving and Nautical Section Chief, Captain Zago.

Source: CIOpEsp – Photos: Cap Zago – English version: DEFCONPress Team


Origin of the name Agulhas Negras (Black Needles)

Agulhas Negras Peak: The Agulhas Negras peak is the highest point in the state of Rio de Janeiro, with an altitude of 2791.55 meters. It is the fifth highest point in the country according to IBGE data from December 2004 (IBGE, 2011). It is located on the plateau of Itatiaia National Park, right on the border between the municipalities of Resende and Itatiaia. The landscape that we can see from its top is extraordinary, covering part of the states of Minas Gerais, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The Agulhas Negras are formed by intrusive rocks – they originate from an eruption in which magma has consolidated inside the Earth’s crust, slowly cooling down. The name of the massif comes from the vertical grooves that, seen from afar, resemble needles parallel to each other.

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