Northern Diving Group

The Northern Diving Group (NDG), is one of two Fleet Diving Squadron Area Diving Groups whose mission is ‘to provide dedicated and motivated Clearance Divers, armed with world class diving and EOD capabilities, to ensure strong national and economic security’.

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Comprising more than 40 Royal Navy Clearance Divers and support staff, NDG is located as a lodger within HM Naval Base Clyde, Faslane, to meet this wide, challenging and rewarding array of missions.

NDG is responsible for providing a deployable Operational Maintenance and Repair (OMAR) capability to the Fleet, specialising in the provision of In-Water Maintenance and Repair support to the SM flotilla.

To aid Civil authorities, NDG provides a perpetual high readiness team of Maritime Explosive Ordnance Disposal (MEOD), or Bomb disposal experts. They collectively cover an expanse that starts from the high water mark in Liverpool and stretches out to sea clockwise around the British Isles to Hull encompassing Northern Ireland the Scottish Western Isles, Shetland and the Orkneys.

This vast area was exposed to many bombing raids in WW2 both on land and at sea, and today the team continues to find and deal with such items of hazardous historic ordnance that would otherwise would pose a significant threat to international trade and the general public. As part of this capability, NDG has an Improvised Explosive Device Disposal (IEDD) responsibility which takes into account the city of Glasgow and surrounding areas (including Glasgow International Airport).

Unique to NDG is the support and manning of the NATO Submarine Rescue System (NSRS); this tri-nation system (jointly owned and operated by the UK, France and Norway) can be deployed worldwide at very short notice to facilitate the rescue of a distressed submarine.

All NDG clearance divers are trained in MEOD techniques, proficient in four different diving sets and are qualified in the operation of recompression chamber operations in order to support their mission.

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