Navy to conduct underwater training in outer Apra Harbor, Piti

by Commander, Joint Region Marianas Public Affairs Office
Stripes Guam

ASAN, Guam (June 14, 2017) – U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5 will conduct underwater detonation (UNDET) training June 21 and 22 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following locations:

- June 21 – Outer Apra Harbor: EODMU-5 will detonate a total of 5 lbs. 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 Coast Guard will establish a safety zone to restrict access in the vicinity.

- June 22 – Piti Floating Mine Neutralization Site: EODMU-5 will detonate one 1.25 lb. explosive at the designated deep water UNDET location approximately one mile north of Cabras Island, 1-2 ft. below the water’s surface.

EODMU 5 performs underwater detonation training to develop the skills needed to be ready to rapidly respond to operational missions and unexploded ordnance support on 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.

For more information, contact the Joint Region Marianas Public Affairs Office at (671) 349-4055/3209.

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