Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center
Chain of Command
Commander Cameron R. Chen Commanding Officer,
Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center

Commander Cameron R. Chen

Executive Officer Executive Officer,
Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center

Lieutenant Commander
Joseph H. Sandoval

NDCM Joseph T. Howard Command Master Chief,
Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center

NDCM Joseph T. Howard

Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center History

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: We enable the safe, timely, and effective training of qualified candidates from all five military services, allied nations, and other government agencies to create proficient and confident military divers for combined operations in support of our National Military Strategy and for our National Security.

Vision: To develop the 'whole' diver, mind, body and heart, with the skills and confidence to successfully complete missions and integrate with all combat forces to offset our adversaries in the undersea domain.

  1. Safe and high-quality training
  2. Innovation in training and diving
  3. Integration across diving communities
Guiding Principles
  • - 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 unnoticed, difficult, or unpopular. Practice what you preach!.
  • - "Hooyah" Attitude: A successful work environment begins with your positive attitude. Despite the obstacle, stay motivated and sharp. Our job is inherently dangerous, but it can always be done safely if you are focused and prepared.
  • - Communication: We communicate to develop trust and confidence in each other and within the team. Information must flow up, down, and laterally to ensure a cohesive environment, while working together to advance our command priorities.