Military Diver Capabilities Conference

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MDC LogoIn its 31st year, UDT is launching the Military Diver Capabilities conference as a platform for discussion to those engaged in diving operations, training, equipment development and research in this most challenging aspect of undersea operations.  

We will be welcoming military professionals from around the world as well as those from industry, research and academic experts. Technology is a focus for this conference, but technology is not the whole story; solutions are driven by need and the conference will provide operators with an opportunity to share their experiences and challenges. Industry leaders will be on hand to demonstrate how their new solutions can meet some of these challenges, and share how others are solving common problems faced by those working undersea.


The conference theme is:

‘Delving deeper: exploring the evolving role and equipment of military diver elements’

and will explore 3 primary domains:

  1. Special Forces & Combat Diving

    • National perspectives
    • Developments in communication and navigation technology
    • Autonomous systems and combat diving
  2.     Explosive Ordnance Disposal & Clearance Diving

    • EOD low signature diver equipment and tactics
    • The portable sonar revolution 
    • Current and future trends in undersea EOD specialist training & operations
  3. Undersea Engineering & Salvage Diving

    • To the depths – deep-sea diver survivability
    • ROV applications for undersea engineering and diver assistance & alleviation
    • Commercial diving innovation and applications to military diving

Conference Agenda

Military Diver Capabilities Conference - UDT Global Day 2, Wednesday 27th June 2018
08:00 Registration 

Chairmen's opening remarks 

        - Commander Chris Baldwin (Royal Navy Retd), Operations Officer, NATO Submarine Rescue System & Royal Navy Reserves

Special Forces, Combat & Support Diving

Keynote presentation -  COMSUBIN: Military diving experiences and challenges

         - Rear Admiral Paolo Pezzutti, Commander COM.SUB.IN, Italian Navy 


The Combat Diver Navigation Module (CDNM)

        - Dennis Gallagher, Project Manager for Underwater Systems Development Branch, Naval Surface Warfare Center - Panama City Division


The emerging role of autonomy and autonomous systems in modern combat swimming

        - Ben Kinnaman, CEO, Greensea


Morning break


Industry innovation session - TBC


Military Diving – the physiological perspective

        - Surgeon Lieutenant Dr Adam Griffiths, Medical Diving Officer, Royal Navy

12:00 Industry innovation session - TBC
12:30 Lunch 
EOD & Clearance Diving 

The Royal Navy Fleet Diving Squadron: Recent operations and future considerations 

        - Commander Derek McKnight, Commander Fleet Diving Squadron, Royal Navy


U.S. NAVAIR’s non-ITAR search and rescue sonar USV for US Navy EOD and salvage dive groups

        - Anthony Mulligan, CEO/President, Hyrdonalix

The portable sonar revolution 

        - Phillipe Chene & Steven Pasco, System Engineer's, RTysys

15:00 Afternoon break
Undersea Engineering & Salvage Diving 

Project DAVD - augmenting low-visibilty diver vision - TBC

        - Dennis Gallagher, Project Manager for Underwater Systems Development Branch, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division


Deep-sea diver endurance and survivability - TBC

16:30 Progress in hyperbaric medicine and developments in saturation diving - TBC
17:00 Chairmens closing remarks and end of conference


Sponsors & partners

Lead Sponsor


Innovation Partner


Gold Sponsor

saab technologies gold sponsor

Bronze Sponsor


Official Online Media Partner

  • Shephard Media

Organisers of


Supported by

People make Glasgow

Supporting Media Partners

  • UT2
  • Source Security


  • Armscom
  • Mittler Report
Global Defence Technology
  • ROV Planet