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Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center
Chain of Command
Commanding Officer Commanding Officer,
Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center

Commander Sam Brasfield

Executive Officer Executive Officer,
Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center

Lieutenant Commander
Joseph H. Sandoval

Command Master Chief Command Master Chief,
Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center

CMDCM (EW/SW) Stephen D. Zentz

Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center History

The IRON MEN

It is said the IRON MEN are gone
And only in sentimental song live on
Soft living has taken its toll, they say
The IRON MEN belong to another day

But listen now, and I’ll tell you true.
That IRON MEN still wear the Navy blue;
For when the cry rises to succor and save,
The Navy Salvor’s - the first of the brave.

Steel ships on a coral reef
Need steel men to free from grief.
Ten fathoms below a Diver grows chill,
Works with his hands, his heart and his will.

"Bring back my son from his watery grave!
Raise that boat, a fortune to save!
Clear that wreck that blocks the port!"
"CAN DO" is the Sailors ready retort.

From the bitter freeze of Arctic cold,
To the heartless heat of the tropic fold,
Wherever tormenting wind and sea are met,
Fare forth the Salvors with no regret.

When at last the toilsome deed is done
And the fearful struggle with the sea is won,
The Salvor sighs a great. AMEN
And takes his place with the IRON MEN!

by J. F. Madeo, Jr.
Commanding Officer
Harbor Clearance Unit-1


Since its completion in 1980, thousands of select US and international students from all branches of the Armed Services have been trained in all areas of diving and ship salvage. Students are trained in basic gas laws, diving medicine, recompression chamber operations, salvage mathematics, and salvage operations. The classroom routine is demanding and requires the total commitment of the student. Students in the diver training program are required to perform various tasks in an underwater environment. These tasks, called projects, are designed to test the ability of the student to function in an alien environment.

Mission and Vision (Commanding Officer's Statement)

The Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center (NDSTC) is the largest diving facility in the world. Located in Panama City on the Florida Panhandle, NDSTC trains military divers from all services. More than 1200 students train each year in the 23 courses offered at NDSTC. Students include candidates for submarine SCUBA, U.S. Navy Deep Sea Divers, Seabee Underwater Construction Divers, Joint Service Diving Officers, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Officers, Diving Medical Technicians, Diving Medical Officers, U.S. Army Engineer Divers, U.S. Marine Corps Combatant Divers, U.S. Coast Guard Divers, and U.S. Air Force Pararescue Operators and Combat Controllers. A limited number of U.S. law enforcement, U.S. government agency and students from allied and coalition nations also train at NDSTC.

NDSTC houses 23 certified diver life support systems, which include 6 hyperbaric recompression chambers, 2 diving simulation facilities capable to 300 ft, an aquatics training facility which is the second largest pool in the U.S., a submarine lock-out trunk and two 133ft Yard Diving Tenders (YDT) for open ocean diving support (with recompression chambers and mixed gas diving capabilities).

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Mission: Our mission is to train professional military divers to face any challenge anytime, anywhere. We provide them with the skills and the confidence to successfully complete the missions in support of our Nation’s Strategic Guidance.

Vision: We develop tomorrow’s leaders in the military diving and special operations communities

Guiding Principles
  • - Decisiveness: We do the right thing, the first time, every time and on time. When in charge, lead - otherwise, support!
  • - Integrity: Right is right – even if no one is doing it. Wrong is wrong – even if everyone is doing it. True courage is doing the right thing when it is difficult or unpopular.
  • - Stewardship: Loyalty is the true measure of our leadership, gained only when those under our charge know that we will always put their needs before our own.
  • - Humility: Know our strengths, accept our weaknesses and own our mistakes. Be ready to answer up for our actions.