NAVY - OPNAV 3150.27D
(N97) NAVY DIVING POLICY AND JOINT MILITARY DIVING TECHNOLOGY AND TRAINING PROGRAM
|Publication Date:||1 March 2021|
a. OPNAV N97 has the authority and responsibility for military diving activities and is the single manager (SM) for the Joint Military Diving Technology and Training (JMDT&T) Program Board as specified in references (a) through (c).
b. This instruction applies to all underwater diving, dive training and manned hyperbaric system operations conducted by the United States Navy (USN). This includes all afloat and ashore diving activities and all diving operations performed by the Department of the Navy (DON). The following exceptions apply:
(1) This instruction does not apply to Naval Special Warfare Command (NAVSPECWARCOM) and the joint diving community that is unique to U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), or to diving tools and equipment that are developed for unique diving applications by or for USSOCOM discussed in reference (a).
(2) This instruction does not apply to sonar dome work or naval vessel hull or compartment pressurization testing.
(3) This instruction does not apply to clinical hyperbaric oxygen treatments provided for indications other than pressure-related injuries.
(4) This instruction does not apply to submarine personnel or equipment related to emergency underwater free ascent escape training and operations, including related submariner escape equipment such as the Submarine Escape and Surface Abandonment Protection Equipment, the hood inflation system and the Virginia class submarine lockout mass escape trunk (installed in emergency).
(5) This instruction does not apply to contracted civilian divers except to the extent it may be incorporated into a contract. The direction of contracted civilian divers is a function of the contracting process and contract law and is governed under policy and statute outside of this instruction.