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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.


  • Planning, executing and providing technical direction to fleet salvage and diving operations, deep ocean search and recovery and major underwater ship, submarine and aircraft carrier repairs

  • Overseeing the design, testing, acquisition and certification of salvage, towing, pollution mitigation and diving life support systems

  • Conducting diving and salvage operations including search and recovery, submarine rescue, underwater ship repair and experimental diving research

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) 

Work Environment

  • EDO diving and salvage officers work at every command staffed by Engineering Duty Officers, as well as specific diving and salvage billets across the United States, Spain, Italy, Bahrain, Japan, and Singapore.


Joint Diving Officer (A-4N-0200) Instruction in diving physics; diving medicine; recompression chamber operation and maintenance; Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus (SCUBA) equipment operation and maintenance; surface supplied diving (SSD) techniques, procedures, systems, and equipment; advanced diving medicine, Divers Life Support Systems (DLSS) certification procedures; air diving supervisor procedures; hydraulic tools operation and maintenance; underwater cutting equipment operation and maintenance; underwater welding equipment operation and maintenance; basic ship construction and salvage equipment operation; salvage calculations; hydrographic survey procedures; side scan SONAR operations; remotely operated vehicle (ROV) operations; and swift water diving operations. Earn AQD KL0.

Mixed Gas Diver school (A-433-0027) Instruction in surface supplied mixed gas diving operations and supervision. Earn AQD KN1.

Mixed Gas and Saturation Diving (CEODD-MGS-010-2.0) Instruction in theory and application of mixed gas and saturation diving.

Navy Diver Salvage Courses Fundamentals (CEODD-NDSC-FUND-1-2.0), Naval Architecture (CEODD-NDSC-NAVARCH-2-2.0), Operations (CEODD-NDSC-OPS-3-2.0), and Scenarios (CEODD-NDSC-SCEN-4-2.0) 

Practical Salvage (NAVSEA 00C training) Instruction in theory followed by hands-on, scaled salvage problems.

Program of Ship Salvage Engineering (POSSE) course Instruction in the Navy’s salvage and damage modeling software.

  • Candidates must have completed a baccalaureate degree in engineering or physical science from an accredited college or university. Approved bachelor’s degree fields of study (subject to a curriculum review) are naval architecture, engineering (mechanical, electrical, industrial, aerospace, civil, chemical, ocean, marine, materials and environmental), physics, chemistry, computer science, metallurgical, ceramics, polymers science and/or engineering, mathematics, operations research and systems engineering.  Excluded bachelor’s degree fields are engineering technology and engineering management degrees.
  • Minimum requirements include an overall grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, a "C+" average in a calculus series, and a "C+" average in a calculus-based physics series.
  •  A Master's of Science degree or higher in engineering or physical science from an accredited college or university supersedes the baccalaureate requirement.
Qualifications and Requirements
  • Meet medical standards as specified in the NAVMED P-117
  • Pass a hyperbaric pressure tolerance test
  • Pass a Diver Physical Screening Test (DPST)
  • Be screened by the U.S. Navy Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (NAVSEA 00C)
  • 24 months obligated concurrent service upon completion of dive training
How to Become an EOD Diver
Diver Candidate Forms and References