Military Diver Capabilities


About the conference

The Military Diver Capabilities conference is a dedicated discussion platform for those engaged in diver operations, training, equipment research and development.

Commanders, divers, project managers and technicians from across the world have the opportunity to see the latest developments in diver equipment, systems and national capabilities. Commanders and operators are invited to share their capabilities, requirements and ambitions, while leading industry suppliers demonstrate how their latest offerings can help to advance diver capability.

2020 extension

Alongside four core conference streams, UDT also features a dedicated Military Diver Capabilities conference. In 2020, this will be extended to a two-day programme for the first time.

Core topics included

  • Special Forces & Combat Diving
  • EOD & Clearance Diving
  • Undersea Engineering & Salvage
  • Civil Security Diving

2019 Conference themes

At the most recent edition, topics explored include advanced combat diver navigation and autonomy, undersea communications, portable sonar systems for EOD and salvage, as well as augmented reality HUD’s for zero visibility dives.

In addition to the display of new technologies, the conference provided a forum for inter-service and international diver units to meet and discuss the challenges of operating in the most inhospitable of environments, in the pursuit of greater technical interoperability.

Military Diver Capabilities returns to UDT 2020 in Rotterdam, and is being extended to a two-day programme for the first time.

More information

Further details about MDC 2020 will be announced in due course, including briefing information about the Call for Papers.

To discuss how you or your organisation can take part, get in touch with our team.


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