Delta & Echo Squadron

Delta & Echo Squadron globally deploys dedicated and motivated Clearance Divers armed with world class expeditionary diving and explosive ordnance capabilities to defeat and exploit complex conventional and improvised threats.

Delta & Echo Squadron are ready to deploy to a Task Group Navy on, under or near the sea around the clock on every day of the year to respond to, defeat and exploit complex Explosive Ordnance (EO) threats, both conventional and improvised.

The Squadrons are made up of three units with specific skill sets in addition to the above core operations.

Assisted by small teams of enablers such as medical, logistics, communications, and Mine Warfare Specialists - who operate our Automated Underwater Vehicles, Delta & Echo Squadron are ready to deploy 24hrs a day.

Facts & figures

Facts & figures

DDU1

Delta Diving Unit One (DDU1) is a globally deployable Clearance Diving Unit (CDU) for the underwater force protection (UWFP) and in-water maintenance and repair (IWMAR) of the Royal Navy’s Maritime Task Groups (MTG). DDU1 is routinely deployed on board the Queen Elizabeth Class carriers.

Capable of disposing of conventional and improvised Explosive Ordnance (EO) threats and conducting Battle Damage Repair (BDR) DDU1 also routinely provides maintenance in the water.

DDU2

Delta Diving Unit Two (DDU2) maintains readiness for worldwide Expeditionary Mine-Countermeasures (Ex-MCM). DDU2 routinely partners with the Royal Marines Littoral Strike Groups (LSG) as part of the Pre-Landing Forces, clearing landing craft approach lanes and beaches.

With work including underwater search and clearance of fairways, harbours and critical maritime infrastructure, DDU2 is the Very Shallow Water (VSW) specialist unit. Routinely partnered with the Royal Marines LSG, it focuses on MCM diving operations and Maritime Explosive Ordnance Disposal (M-EOD) including Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

EDU1

Echo Diving Unit One (EDU1) is always at very-high readiness for global contingent Expeditionary Mine-Countermeasures (Ex-MCM) operations. EDU1's specialist skill set is to exploit any explosive ordnance through Maritime Weapons Technical Intelligence (WTI(M)), including Mine Investigation and Exploitation and Maritime Explosive Ordnance Disposal (M-EOD) including Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

A Clearance Diving Unit, EDU1 are capable of conducting underwater search and clearance of fairways, harbours and critical maritime infrastructure. Specialising in explosive ordnance exploitation, they can be the difference to key strategic and tactical advantage.

Our skills

Our skills

Delta & Echo Squadron safely identify and neutralise underwater threats including any conventional or improvised explosive threats - exploiting those threats to gain operational advantage. They deploy worldwide in a matter of hours, using unique skills that include:

  • Mine Investigation and Exploitation (MIE)
  • Maritime Weapon Technical Intelligence (WIT(M))
  • Very Shallow Water Operations
  • Detect-to-engage Mine Counter-Measures (MCM)
  • Maritime Explosives Ordnance Disposal (M-EOD)
  • Maritime Improvised Explosive Device Disposal (M-IEDD)
  • Underwater force protection
  • In-Water Maintenance and Repair (IWMAR)

Commanding Officer

Lieutenant Commander Dave Starkey RN

Delta & Echo Squadron's role

The Delta & Echo Squadron units were deployed globally on 19 separate operations in 2021, and completed multiple international exercises.

The three units of Delta & Echo Squadron continue to succeed and excel at safely identifying and neutralising underwater threats, including any conventional or improvised explosive hazards, exploiting those threats to gain operational advantage.

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