Navy to conduct underwater training in Piti, Outer Apra Harbor

by Commander, Joint Region Marianas PAO
Stripes Guam

ASAN, Guam (April 27, 2018) – U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5 will conduct underwater detonation (UNDET) training May 1-2 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following locations:

- Piti Floating Mine Neutralization Site: EODMU-5 will detonate a total of 5 pounds of explosives at the designated deep water UNDET location approximately one mile north of Cabras Island, 1-2 feet below the water’s surface.

- Outer Apra Harbor: EODMU-5 will detonate a total of 5 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 Coast Guard will establish safety zones to restrict access in the vicinities.

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.

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