Baghdad, Iraq.



John Steele left his family and home at the tender age of 16 to join the Royal Navy. In a select branch of only 200 men he subsequently qualified as the youngest Clearance Diver at that time.


He then moved on to a life as a commercial oilfield diver and for 22 years worked in the unforgiving depths of the North Sea and the Persian Gulf.


In 2004 a new industry was emerging and after an intense "re-education" he secured a job working alongside the American Military with one of the largest private security companies dealing with the reconstruction of Iraq. This involved explosive and gunshot riddled daily runs into the heart of the Mosul and Baghdad red zones at the height of the post war troubles.

Security tasks around the coast of Africa followed. This involved anti-piracy duties aboard ships off the dangerous Somali coastline. Following this he was employed as an advisor in the infamous Swamp Area around Brass Island in Bayelsa State working with the Nigerian military’s Joint Task Force.


Finally, working as a gold prospector 230 km above the Arctic Circle in a beautiful wild part of Finland on his own gold claim aptly named Kaikki Peliin, or in English, “ALL IN”.

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Kharg Island Iran.