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Engineering Duty Diving and Salvage Officers provide the Navy's technical leadership in Diving and Salvage and are responsible for all aspects of ocean engineering, including salvage, underwater ship repair, towing, and diving/salvage equipment development and procurement.

> PROVIDENCE, R.I. (June 25, 2008) U.S. Navy and Army Divers look on as the former Soviet submarine Juliett 484 comes to surface for the first time since it sank in April 2007. U.S. Navy and Army Divers along with Federal, state, and local authorities participate in a joint service operation to raise the sunken former Soviet submarine at Collier Point Park. Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2, U.S. Army Dive Company and a NAVSEA Support Unit prepare to salvage the former Soviet submarine that sank at her mooring point in about 30 feet of water during a nor'easter, which struck Providence in April of 2007. This training exercise is part of the DoD's Innovative Readiness Training program. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Perez (Released - 080625-N-8298P-067)  

Engineering Duty Diving and Salvage Officer Accessions
A) Who is eligible to become an Engineering Duty Officer Diver

  • Engineering Duty Officers (1460/1440) who want the technical expertise of Diving and Salvage.
  • Accessions from another community (e.g., 1140, 1110, 1120) that lateral transfer to the Engineering Duty Officer Community. For more information for lateral transfer go to http://www.bupers.navy.mil/edo/How to become.html

B) How to become an Engineering Duty Officer Diver

Engineering Duty Diving and Salvage Officer Training Overview

A) Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center (NDSTC)
      Six Months of PCS or TDY at NDSTC, Coastal Systems Station, Panama City, Florida.

  • Marine Engineer Diving Officer Course (MEDO), A-4N-0024
    • 3 weeks Basic Diving Medicine and Physics
    • 1 week pool week
    • 3 months surface supplied diving training
    • 2 weeks chamber training
  • Navy Diver Salvage Course, A-4N-0026
    • Computer-based Training via Navy Knowledge Online
  • EDO Salvage Engineer Training
    • 1 week Salvage Calculation Review (when applicable)
    • 1 week Practical Salvage Training
    • 1 week Program of Ship Salvage Engineering (POSSE) Training

**** This is where you will obtain the Qualification of Basic Diving Officer (BDO) and Salvage Officer (SO)

B) Continuing Education and Experience

  • Most Engineering Duty Officer Divers have a Mechanical Engineering/ Naval Architect MS, but it is not mandatory or necessary.
  • On-Site salvage training at all follow-on commands - Based on budget restrictions and your workload.
  • Advanced POSSE Training - Alameda, California or Washington DC 3-4 days.
  • Mixed Gas and Saturation Diving, CEODD-MGS-010 computer-based training on NKO

C) Timing of Training

  • Dive School can occur before or after EDO postgraduate education and before or after EDO qualification tour.
  • Advanced POSSE training must be completed prior to core salvage related jobs.
  • Follow-on salvage training to occur on a case-by-case basis, depending on workload and availability.

Engineering Duty Diving and Salvage Officer Careers

A) Core Engineering Duty Officer Diving and Salvage Billets

  • LIEUTENANT/LIEUTENANT COMMANDER Billets
    • PSNSY, NNSY, PHNSY, PNSY, SRF-Yokosuka, SERMC, SWRMC
  • LIEUTENANT COMMANDER Billets
    • CTF-53/NNSA-Bahrain, CTF-63/NNSA-Naples, CTF-73/LOGWESTPAC-Singapore
    • CFFC/LANTFLT, PACFLT, SURFLANT
    • NAVSEA 00C2, 00C2, 00C5, 00C5
    • DSU
  • COMMANDER Billets
    • NEDU Commanding Officer
    • CFFC/LANTFLT, PACFLT
  • CAPTAIN Billet
    • Supervisor of Salvage and Diving, NAVSEA 00C   

B) Career Progression