Whidbey Island: EOD to conduct explosive training May 24

A team of Navy explosives experts are planning to detonate a two-pound mine beneath the waves in Crescent Harbor on May 24, according to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

The underwater explosion will be part of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 1 training planned for May 17-25 on North Whidbey, the base reported. It will occur in the Seaplane Base Survival Training Area and the Crescent Harbor Operations Area.

The explosives training is “pretty routine” and has historically occurred in Crescent Harbor, although it didn’t happen last year, according to Mike Welding, base public affairs officer. The Navy is authorized to conduct up to six such events a year.

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Source: Whidbey News-Times