EODMU-5 Det. Marianas recovers fuse from A.B. Won Pat Int'l Airport
TAMUNING, Guam (Nov. 22, 2013) - Sailors from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5 Det. Marianas safely disposed of a U.S. Mechanical Time Fuse found at A.B. Won Pat International Airport in Tamuning Nov. 21.
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) personnel discovered the fuse in a baggage and confiscated it from a tourist who was transiting through Guam. The tourist found the object while diving in Chuuk and wanted to keep the item as a souvenir. Airport police secured the scene and EODMU-5 was contacted.
EODMU-5 Det. Marianas responded to the report of possible unexploded ordnance (UXO) and identified the object as a U.S. Mechanical Time Fuse. The fuse was deemed safe for transport and disposed of at the Navy Munitions Site on Naval Base Guam.
EODMU-5 Det. Marianas Officer in Charge Lt. Dhruv Parashar said residents should remember to be careful when coming into contact with UXO.
“Public safety is our main concern,” he said. “UXO is very dangerous and because Guam was a World War II battleground, people find it all the time here.”
EODMU-5 Det. Marianas responds to an estimated two calls for UXO per week or nearly 100 per year. Parashar encouraged the public to contact emergency responders should they find UXO and vacate the area to ensure their safety.
“If people find UXO, even if they think something is UXO, don’t touch it - call 911,” Parashar said.
The mission of EODMU-5 Det. Marianas is to render safe all types of ordnance, conventional and unconventional, improvised, chemical, biological, and nuclear to include Improvised Explosive Devices and Weapons of Mass Destruction. They perform land and underwater location, identification, render-safe, and recovery or disposal of foreign and domestic ordnance. They conduct demolition of hazardous munitions, pyrotechnics, and retrograde explosives using detonation and burning techniques.
For more information on EODMU-5 Det. Marianas, visit the command’s website at http://www.eodmu5.navy.mil/