Tricrab strengthens diver interoperability

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Location(s): Vigo, Guam

United States and Australian EOD technicians prepare to deal with a simulated roadside improvised explosive device.  (photo: Unknown)
United States and Australian EOD technicians prepare to deal with a simulated roadside improvised explosive device.

Explosives Ordnance Disposal personnel from Australian Clearance Diving Teams One and Four have completed training with US, Singapore and New Zealand counterparts at Guam Naval Base for Exercise Tricrab 2016.
 
Hosted by US Navy Explosives Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Five, the technicians enhanced their explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) skills capability while working with multi-national teams from 2–23 May. 
 
The three-week exercise included dealing with improvised explosive devices (IED), fast rope training, aerial mine disposal, live underwater demolitions and other mine countermeasures.
 
Able Seaman Clearance Diver Jason Bennett was motivated by the camaraderie and interoperability among the multi-national teams during highly technical scenarios.
 
“Building relationships between the different nations’ divers has been a highlight of Exercise Tricrab 16,” Able Seaman Jason Bennett said.
 
“The ‘free-play’ phase focused on completing complex EOD evolutions, testing the unit’s people, equipment, procedures and tactics to full capability.
 
“This experience has motivated me to progress in my career and return to working with international partners as a clearance diving supervisor.”
 
Able Seaman Clearance Diver Matthew Kennewell from Australian Clearance Diving Team (AUSCDT) Four said he gained vast amounts of knowledge and experience during the training exercise.
 
“I have enjoyed the challenge of working with EOD Mobile Unit Five, particularly learning about its operating procedures and equipment,” Able Seaman Kennewell said.
 
“The exercise also marked the annual EOD memorial physical training day which allowed participants to reflect upon the sacrifice of the brave technicians who paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the line of duty. 
 
“During the memorial PT day I gained a new level of respect for the service that all EOD personnel have given in recent conflicts.” 
 
Australian Clearance Divers are original participants in the exercise which started in the mid-1990s and is held biennially to foster interoperability and enhance capability in the explosives ordnance disposal community.