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RN rebrigades Fleet Diving Squadron as DTXG

A UK Royal Navy diver prepares to remove a Second World War explosive device found in the River Thames. The RN is reorientating and rebrigading its Fleet Diving Squadron into a new Diving and Threat Exploitation Group. (UK MOD Crown Copyright 2017)

The UK Royal Navy (RN) is reorientating and rebrigading its Fleet Diving Squadron into a new organisation known as the Diving and Threat Exploitation Group (DTXG).

The move, effective as of 31 January, is designed to deliver relevant, globally deployable specialist mission teams capable of contributing to maritime Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), mine countermeasures (MCM) diving, and underwater battlespace exploitation capabilities to operational commanders. The restructure aims to provide the fleet with diving, exploitation, and EOD force elements with greater availability, sustainability, and lethality.

According to the service, the DTXG will deliver operational effects in six key areas: naval special operations (specialist diving, maritime and land EOD, and maritime exploitation capabilities); Mine-Hunting Capability (persistent mixed-gas underwater EOD and exploitation capabilities); Maritime Task Group (persistent diving, in-water maintenance, and repair to carriers and wider task group, and capable of providing underwater force protection to the force); Littoral Response Group (LRG)/Future Commando Force (persistent mixed-gas diving and maritime and land EOD capabilities to the LRG or Joint Expeditionary Force [Maritime]); in-water maintenance and repair and battle/peacetime damage repair support to surface and submarine flotillas; and homeland defence (specialist diving, maritime and land EOD capabilities to support civil authorities, and EOD under the Ministry of Defence/Home Office service-level agreements and directives).

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