Defence Equipment and Support

Salvage and Marine Team

The role of the Salvage and Marine Team is to support the armed forces. The team is a key element of MOD’s worldwide marine capability. It provides design authority and project management for salvage, mooring, towing and heavy lift requests for other government departments such as the Department for Transport. It is responsible for the maritime salvage of all UK-registered civil aircraft as requested by the civil Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).

The core requirements are defined by the MOD Endorsed Salvage Policy (ESP) and a number of business agreements with military operational Commanders. The brief is wide-ranging but covers primarily:

  • Marine salvage of vessels and aircraft.
  • Heavy lift operations.
  • Operational moorings including floating fuel terminals.
  • Blue water towing operations.
  • Underwater engineering repair operations.
  • Port clearance.
  • Wreck management.
  • MOD civilian diving operations

HMS Nottingham on MV Swan

HMS Nottingham on MV Swan, Sydney harbour

Salvage & Marine has a wide customer base covering the three armed services, most notably the RAF and the Royal Navy RN. Other customers include the Army, Permanent Joint HQ and Falkland Islands and the Department of Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.

Team info:

Team Leader: Morgyn Davies

Contact Details

Salvage & Marine

Spur 9 Block D




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