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United States Navy
Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)
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The US Navy's Explosive Ordnance Disposal units primary mission is to disarm and render safe any explosive devices. Originally conceptualized as simple underwater mine disarming in WWII, their role has expanded enormously to include all conventional munitions (including limpet and undersea anti-ship mines), terrorist devices, nuclear weapons, and chemical/biological weapons. They can do so both on land and under the surface and are regularly attached to both shore or shipboard missions and duties.

EOD members are qualified in both static and free-fall parachute jumps and can be parachuted or delivered by helicopter to minefields or to other areas suspected to have explosive traps or devices. They are able to operate both closed and open circuit (bubbleless units verses conventional SCUBA) diving rigs as well as hard hat deep water operations. Some members are also trained in foreign languages to provide the ability to operate better in foreign nations and ports. Although not under SOCCOM, EOD operates with many of the US Special Operations forces under SOCCOM; including the US Army's Special Forces and Navy SEALs (Including an EOD Cell in DEVGRU).

EOD is not just responsible for removing explosive devices from the vicinity of US forces, they also take part in VBSS (Visit, Board, Search, & Seize ) operations. Members of EOD are attached to US Marine Corps Force Recon teams for Counter-terrorism duties that involve explosive door-breaching. They also have operated in the past with forces from other countries such as Australia and England. In addition, a large part of the Navy's VSWMCM team (Very shallow Water Mine Counter Measures) is made of of personnel from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal units. EOD personnel are also attached to US Secret Service Units from time to time and also actively take place in the Joint Task Force- Full Accounting mission to locate US MIA/POW in Vietnam.

Photo Gallery
EOD members boarding an SH-3 Helo
EOD 2 boarding a SH-3 Helo in 1997
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EOD Diver during Rimpac '98
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EOD Selection Training
EOD Selection Candidates undergoing PSI (Perspective Students in Training)
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EOD Static Jumping
EOD 2 Static jumping in 1997
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EOD-2 Members Fastropping in October, 2001
EOD-2 Members Fastropping in October, 2001
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EOD is an all-volunteer force, and training takes place in Florida. The initial phase of training covers diving; even if the student is already a rated Navy diver they will go through as the Mk 16 diving rig is only taught at the EOD school and there are also certain techniques they will need to learn as well. After diving and basic EOD techniques are taught the students are sent to other advanced schools such as jump school at Fort Benning or the Defense Language School. Before being assigned to their final units EOD members are sent to Small Unit Tactics school.

Powerpoint Presentation

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group One
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Two
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Three
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Five
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Seven
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Mobile Unit Eight (Italy)
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Eleven
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Mobile Unit 17 (Washington)

Very Shallow Water Mine Countermeasures Detachment
USN EOD School
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training And Evaluation Unit One

EOD Detachment Practices Fastroping
SH-60 Seahawk helicopter lifts a string of EOD Technicians