Navy Diver’s (ND) perform and supervise diving operations using all types of underwater breathing apparatus including, open circuit SCUBA, closed and semi-closed mixed gas underwater breathing apparatus, surface supplied air and mixed gas diving systems and equipment, and saturation diving systems. Their duties include explosive demolitions, and small arms proficiency.
The NAVY DIVER (ND) rating performs multiple missions depending on the command a member is currently assigned.
Salvage Operations: Navy Divers perform open ocean, harbor and combat/expeditionary salvage operations. These operations are conducted in water up to 300 feet deep and range from salvaging entire ships and aircraft to recovering debris spread over miles of ocean floor using state of the art mixed-gas diving systems, high-tech equipment and explosives for clearing channels and waterways.
Battle Damage and Ship Repair Operations: Highly complex underwater repairs to surface ships and submarines is a mainstay of the Navy Diver. Ships damaged in battle or requiring maintenance must be fixed to keep the fleet operational. From placing cofferdams for flood prevention during repairs to replacing 80 ton ship propellers, if its under the waterline, Navy Divers are called to complete the job. Battle Damage and Ship repair operations require the use of state of the art diving equipment, underwater cutting and welding, Non-Destructive testing, digital video equipment, complex rigging operations, hydraulic tool systems and precision demolition materials.
Special Warfare Supporting Operations: A growing area of the Navy Diving field is supporting the underwater operations of the SO and EOD communities. Navy Divers are the recognized experts in all underwater work, divers life support systems and certifications. In this capacity, they operate Seal Delivery Vehicle Shelters, launch and recover swimmer delivery vehicles from submarines, maintain all certified systems and subsystems for these communities and provide emergency Hyperbaric Chamber support for underwater operations.
Harbor and Port Security: Navy Divers are tasked with performing underwater port/harbor security operations worldwide in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
Submarine Rescue and Saturation: Navy Divers perform saturation diving operations in support of deep ocean recovery and submarine rescue to a depth of 850 feet.
Research and Development: Navy Divers perform research and development of new diving techniques, procedures and equipment. All new equipment and procedures are rigorously tested at the Navy’s Experimental Diving Unit located in Panama City, Florida.
Hyperbaric Chamber Operations: Navy Divers are trained in the recognition, diagnosis and treatment of all diving related illnesses. They provide emergency treatment of diving related illnesses and injuries as well as performing clinical hyperbaric treatments for various non-diving related illnesses and injuries.
Provide assistance and training to all military, federal, state, and local civilian law enforcement agencies in diving equipment, operations and procedures.