The first mine disposal class of 24 officers and enlisted Sailors graduated on 22 August 1941, marking the start of the Navy EOD community, the wearers of the “crab.” Today, more than 2,000 Navy EOD technicians serve in the U.S. Navy, carrying forward the legacy of 80 years of distinguished service.
Check out this primer about RADM Draper Laurence Kauffman, the WWII father of Navy EOD and America’s first frogman, as well as hearing from EOD vets from Vietnam and the Gulf War.
In semi-related news, the U.S. Navy announced this week that it has finished the ship-based Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) for the Unmanned Influence Sweep System (UISS) program onboard the littoral combat ship USS Manchester (LCS 14) off of the California coast.
While normally good for sub-2-minute “hero reels” and moto videos, and undigestible dry news reports with low production values, the sea service rarely produces really good long-format pieces.
That may be changing.
The Navy last week released Life Inside Navy EOD, visiting with “the men and women with U.S. Navy’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 2 who train every day to be the very best.” Besides personal candid interviews, there is some location filming at the dive center in Key West and range footage (with MK 18s shorties!) back in Virginia Beach.
From the National Park Service:
On the morning of Sunday, November 25, a training mine containing no ordnance was discovered south of Salvo, near off-road vehicle ramp 23. The training mine was anchored in place by National Park Service Rangers until a U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal team from Norfolk, Virginia arrived for retrieval. The training mine was safely removed from the beach shortly after 2:00 pm.