EODMU 5, Republic of Korea navy join forces
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5 and the Republic of Korea’s naval (ROKN) special warfare unit flotilla EOD Unit conducted a subject matter expert exchange on Guam that focused on improving and integrating EOD and diving-related operations Oct. 29-Nov. 10.
The 10-day event was conducted at various locations throughout Guam, including naval magazine, Orote Point and diving locations in outer Apra Harbor. Combined training focused on mine countermeasures, sensitive site exploitation and post-blast analysis.
“The ROK navy’s ability to conduct counter sea mine operations is impressive. I’ve trained with ROK navy in the past and it’s always great to work with a team that’s both professional and friendly,” said Explosive Ordnance Disposal 2nd Class (DV/PJ) Robert Ursua, EODMU 5 platoon 502.
In addition to members of EODMU 5, personnel from EODMU 1 dive platoon as well as the naval EOD technology division participated. The ROKN team was led by ROKN Lt. Cmdr. Soon Gu Seok Kim and included 14 ROKN EOD and special warfare operators.
“Engagements such as this are not designed to be a one-time event. We all hope to further our skills and the relationships we’ve made during future exercises,” Ursua said.
This is the third time EODMU 5 and ROKN have partnered in the past 12 months. EODMU 5 and the ROKN plan to continue the long-standing relationship by conducting future EOD and diving-related engagements, both on Guam and in the Republic of Korea.