Mine warfare specialists complete training in Kuwait

Illustration: Explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technicians stage a demolition during a 2011 drill at Camp Beuhring, Kuwait. Photo: US Navy

U.S. Navy sailors assigned to explosive ordnance disposal mobile unit (EODMU) 6, currently embarked aboard aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike), returned from Camp Beuhring in Udairi, Kuwait, after completing specialized sustainment training, Oct. 25-31.

Camp Beuhring serves as a staging ground for support activities and ground forces stationed there.

“We run the shipboard drills so often we could do them with our eyes closed,” said Lt. Eric Thompson, EODMU 6 Platoon 622’s officer-in-charge. “This provides us a chance to get realistic, hands-on training for real-world scenarios.”

In addition to demolition training, the sailors were able to drill on scenarios involving dismounted operations, where EOD technicians encounter caches of ordnance while on foot, mounted operations which require them to stay in their vehicles and use EOD robots to disarm the threat, and a day to practice maneuvering the robots through an obstacle course — all of which cannot be replicated aboard Ike.

In addition to being more comfortable with the conditions of the area of operations, the sailors worked closely with the U.S. Army’s 741st Explosive Ordnance Company in order to improve integration of Navy and Army defense efforts.

EODMU 6 personnel are responsible for analyzing and handling foreign, domestic, and homemade explosives in order to render them safe and dispose of the explosive material.

They are currently underway with Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (Ike CSG) deployed in support of U.S. efforts against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant organized under operation Inherent Resolve.

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