Navy EOD Exercising In Alaska to Test Unmanned Systems in Frigid Temps


The Navy’s explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) community is looking to leverage nearly two decades of expertise gained in the mountains of Afghanistan and the deserts in Iraq and apply them to helping the Navy gain sea control and beach access in a future high-end, near-peer adversary type of fight.

Elements of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group One are currently in Alaska for the EOD community’s first cold-weather training event in years, EODGRU1 Commodore Capt. Oscar Rojas told reporters today in a media teleconference.

“Navy explosive ordnance disposal has become almost synonymous with enabling counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations in the desert and in the mountains in the Middle East. We have become the world’s experts at defeating improvised explosive devices and carving a path for America’s special operations force to gain access into a denied area in order for us to accomplish our assigned missions,” he said, noting the significance of conducting a future-looking Arctic exercise on the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that precipitated years of ground wars in the Middle East.

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Source: USNI News