Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technicians discuss equipment and techniques

This article has photo gallery Published on LCDR Darren Mallett (author), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

Location(s): Honolulu

Petty Officer Clearance Diver Kevin Grinham explains the equipment used by the Royal Australian Navy Clearance Divers during a multinational technical display at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)
Petty Officer Clearance Diver Kevin Grinham explains the equipment used by the Royal Australian Navy Clearance Divers during a multinational technical display at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) experts from participating nations have held a forum at Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) where they demonstrated equipment and techniques used in the conduct of their specialisations.

Australian Clearance Divers, who also hold EOD qualifications, joined United States, Canadian and Danish specialists in the outdoor forum. 

The multi-national technical display formed part of the program for divers from Australian Clearance Diving Team One who are in Hawaii for Exercise RIMPAC 2016. 

A further contingent of Australian Clearance Divers is taking part in the exercise at sea, based out of San Diego, California.

US Navy Lieutenant Jeff Heckleman said it was a very good opportunity for EOD teams to come together and talk about their capabilities and limitations.

“Anything from robots, bomb suits and tools, we showed off what we have and talked about what we might not have, both in hardware and know-how.”

“We brought along some senior techs and some young guys as well, ” said Lieutenant Heckleman.

“The young ones get exposure to equipment and techniques they may have not seen before and the older guys get to talk about their experiences on their deployments, and pass that information along.”

RIMPAC is a United States Pacific Fleet biennial combined exercise involving forces from 26 countries including Australia.

Approximately 45 surface ships, five submarines, 200 aircraft and more than 25,000 personnel will participate in RIMPAC 2016 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California in the United States of America.

It is the world's largest international maritime exercise, providing a unique training opportunity which helps participants foster and sustain cooperative relationships critical to ensure the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans.