Center for Explosive Ordnance Disposal & Diving

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Center for Security Forces
Center for EOD and Diving logo.gif
Active November 2001 (2001-11) - present
Country  United States
Branch  United States Navy
Type NETC Learning Center
Role oversight and control of the career progression of Navy EOD Technicians and Divers
HQ Naval Support Activity Panama City, Panama City, Florida
Motto(s) Aut viam inveniam aut faciam
I will find a way, or make one
Commanding Officer CAPT Jim Turner
Executive Director Mr. George Delano, SES
Command Master Chief CMDCM (SW/DSW) Stephen J. Mulholland

The Navy's Center for Security Forces (CENEODDIVE) is one of eleven learning centers of the United States Navy's Naval Education and Training Command. Stationed on Naval Support Activity Panama City in Florida, CENEODDIVE performs training for the Navy's explosive ordnance disposal technicians and divers. With the exception of the Great Lakes learning site, CENEODDIVE is an interservice learning center, as the Navy is the DOD executive agent for EOD and Dive training.[1]

Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center (NDSTC)[edit]

The Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center (NDSTC) is the largest diving facility in the world. Located on NSA Panama City 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 133 ft Yard Diving Tenders (YDT) for open ocean diving support (with recompression chambers and mixed gas diving capabilities).[2]

Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal (NAVSCOLEOD)[edit]

Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal is located at Eglin Air Force Base in Okaloosa County, Florida. It is a Navy-led, jointly staffed (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps) school that provides the high-risk specialized, basic and advanced EOD training to U.S. and partner nation military and selected US Government civiliain personnel.


Prior to World War II, the Navy had no formal Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) program. Incidents and accidents which would now be handled by Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians, were then handled by the best qualified ordnance personnel available. Early in World War II, because of the high casualty rate, it became obvious to the British that a need existed for a corps of skilled technicians to render safe or dispose of an increasing number of unexploded ordnance items which presented hazards to their people and operations.

Shortly before U.S. entry into World War II, an agreement was reached with the British whereby a nucleus of U.S. Naval officers and enlisted personnel would work with the British units in the field and subsequently bring the skills back home. When this group returned, the decision was made to provide formal Explosive Ordnance Disposal training in the United States. In June, 1941, the first Mine Disposal Class was convened at the Naval Gun Factory, Washington, DC. In December of the same year, the Bomb Disposal School was also established at the same location.The Bomb Disposal School was later moved to American University. The Advanced Mine School stayed at the Gun Factory (Washington Navy Yard) until it moved to the Naval Receiving Station, Anacostia in 1942. The School was renamed to the Mine Disposal School on October 21, 1943. In November 1945 the two schools were combined and established at the Naval Powder Factory, Indian Head, Maryland.

In 1947, responsibility for Explosive Ordnance Disposal training for all services was delegated to the Navy, and officers and enlisted of all services were added to the staff. This relationship flourished, and as the performance of the newly formed Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technicians improved, the demand for their unique talents increased. By 1958, facilities required to meet these increased requirements were met by the dedication of Surface and Nuclear Training Buildings. Subsequently, a half million gallon diving pool (underwater training facility) was constructed greatly expanding the capability of the school to train Naval Officers and enlisted personnel in the peculiarities of EOD diving. In late 1971, the Department of Defense consolidated the EOD Training and Technology Programs under the single managership of the Navy. This action, along with improving the training of the EOD technicians, resulted in the establishment of district organizations by the other services at NAVSCOLEOD and the creation of the DOD EOD Technical Training Acceptance Board.

To meet increased requirements for trained Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technicians, as well as to support expanding curriculum requirements, the Chief of Naval Operations, on 1 October 1985, established the Naval School, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Detachment at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Construction of these facilities began in October 1986, and was officially opened for business on 24 June 1988. On 15 November 1996 a ground breaking ceremony was conducted at Eglin AFB. Construction began on the $16.2 million military construction project which, on completion, would provide the facilities for all the basic EOD training at Eglin.

Today the consolidated Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Training Facility supports the Department of Defense Joint Service EOD training mission. This military construction project centralizes all basic EOD training at Eglin AFB, Florida. The consolidation saves the DoD $4.3 million in annual recurring costs. The project provided for five new buildings totaling 117,000 square feet at a cost of $16.2 million. In addition, a current Chief of Naval Education and Training (CNET) Technology Infusion Project is underway which will upgrade our curriculum delivery technology with state-of-the-art computer based hardware and software.[3]

Training requirements[edit]

Prospective Navy EOD techs undergo screening while in recruit training. Candidates who pass basic eligibility screening will advance to preparatory training at Naval Station Great Lakes where swimming and physical conditioning will occur. Candidates will then continue to NDSTC in Panama City for nine weeks of dive training, before actually beginning EOD training at NAVSCHOLEOD.


  1. ^ Office of the Secretary of Defense. "DODD 5160.62 - Single Manager Responsibility for Military Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology and Training (EODT&T)" (PDF). Defense Technical Information Center.
  2. ^ "Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center Home Page". Retrieved 2017-02-18. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  3. ^ "Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal Home Page". Retrieved 2017-02-18. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.