Navy to conduct underwater detonation training in outer Apra Harbor Oct. 2 & 3

by Commander, Joint Region Marianas Public Affairs Office
U.S. Navy

SANTA RITA, Guam (Sept. 26, 2019) – The U.S. Navy’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 5 will conduct routine underwater detonation training from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 2 and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 3 at the coordinates 13˚27.42''N/144˚38.30''E in outer Apra Harbor.

EODMU-5 will detonate a total of five pounds of explosives at the designated UNDET location on a sandy area of the sea floor.

For the safety of the public and participants involved, the U.S. Coast Guard will establish safety zones to restrict access in the vicinity of the training area.

EODMU-5 performs routine underwater detonation training to develop the skills needed to be ready to rapidly respond to operational missions and unexploded ordnance support in Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

The Navy conducted a multi-year environmental analysis, which the National Marine Fisheries Service, under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and Endangered Species Act, granted the Navy authorization to conduct underwater detonation training. The Navy is a committed environmental steward and employs protective measures to safeguard marine resources.

For the safety of personnel and marine life, the area will be visually cleared by divers and by lookouts on the surface before, during, and after the exercise. All activity will cease temporarily, if a person or marine life is seen in the area.

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