NSWC IHD, EXU-1 Team Up for NATO’s Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Center of Excellence Technical Exploitation in Underwater Environments Event


Cartagena, Spain – Expeditionary Exploitation Unit One (EXU-1) is renowned in U.S. military circles as being the preeminent authority for investigating and recovering post-blast forensics. U.S. allies now recognize this reputation as well, following their July NATO visit in Cartagena, Spain where they served as guest speakers and working group members for the first NATO Counter-Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) Center of Excellence (COE) Technical Exploitation in Underwater Environments event.

“NATO reached out to the FBI to help build an underwater post-blast investigation curriculum for Swedish EOD operators in 2020,” said EODCS Christopher Courtney, EXU-1’s Training Leading Chief Petty Officer. “Due to the FBI not being able to provide the material as mandated by the Foreign Disclosure Office, EXU-1 was asked to provide curriculum information in their stead.”

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Source: U.S. Navy/Naval Sea Systems Command