Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 5 Detachment Marianas
PITI, Guam (Oct. 23, 2013) – Sailors from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5 Det. Marianas successfully performed a render safe procedure (RSP) on a Navy World War II five-inch round found on Nimitz Hill in Piti, Guam Oct. 23.
Members of Guam Fire Department (GFD), Guam Police Department (GPD) and Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) partnered with the Navy to inform the public of the RSP operation and restricting public access to the site.
EODMU-5 identified the round as unexploded ordnance (UXO) which needed to be handled properly before it could be safely transferred out of the area for disposal. On site the team disarmed the round’s fuze by mechanically shearing it off. As a precaution, they created a bunker of soil and clay-filled bags that covered the round.
“I think (the RSP) speaks to the professionalism of our EOD teams that we can do this safely,” said EODMU-5 Officer in Charge Lt. Dhruv Parashar. “We have experienced members who get the explosives training, have gone to school for it and have done multiple tours of deployments. We use a lot of specialized tools for the UXO. It’s not as simple as hitting it because that’s the most dangerous thing you can do, and we do everything remotely.”
GHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer Alyssa Benito said the RSP was just one of many examples of the strong partnership between local and federal agencies.
“GFD and GPD are here to respond and standby should anything happen,” she said. “EOD is a major component in this response because they’re the ones who actually determine the necessity of the actual ordnance and they see what needs to be done to ensure that it’s safe for transport.”
Parashar estimated that EODMU-5 Det. Marianas responds to about two calls for UXO per week, totaling nearly 100 in a year. He encouraged the public that if they should find a UXO, to contact emergency responders and vacate the area to ensure their safety.
“The best thing the public can do when they see ordnance, or even if they think it’s ordnance, is to call 911,” Parashar said.
For more information, contact the Joint Region Marianas Public Affairs Office at (671) 349-4055/3209.