United States Navy Miniature Submarine Engineering Duty Insignia
Criteria: The insignia is issued to Engineering Duty Officers who have been designated as qualified in submarines through a program administered by the Naval Sea Systems Command. The badge is a variation of the Submarine Warfare insignia and portrays a propeller blade (Engineering Duty Officers Community insigina) flanked by two dolphins (Submarine Warfare Community insignia).
The Engineering Duty Officer Community ensures that U.S. Naval and Joint Forces operate and fight with the most capable platforms possible. Naval Engineers are involved with the design, acquisition, construction, repair, maintenance, conversion, overhaul, and disposal of ships, submarines, aircraft carriers and the systems on those platforms (weapons, command and control, communications, computers, etc.). Engineering Duty Officers are unique to the navy because the majority of Engineering Duty Officers start their career as Unrestricted Line (URL) officers. First, they learn how to operate ships or submarines. Next, they obtain technical/engineering masters degrees. Then, Engineering Duty Officers combine that operational experience and technical knowledge to become the technical business leaders for the Navy.