Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 1
The mission of EODGRU 1 is to provide the Pacific Fleet with the capability to detect, identify, render safe, recover, evaluate, and dispose of explosive ordnance which has been fired, dropped, launched, projected, or placed in such a manner as to constitute a hazard to operations, installations, personnel, or material. The tasking extends to all explosive ordnance, from Civil War era artillery (cannon balls) to terrorist devices to nuclear weapons, particularly those which are the responsibility of the Navy or which may be discovered within the Ocean, including inlets, bays, and harbors. The focus is to enhance ship warfighting abilities and survivability by integrating EOD capabilities into Fleet Battle Groups and Amphibious Ready Groups (ARG); conduct Mine Countermeasure operations; support U.S. Secret Service missions; and operate and maintain the Pacific Fleet's various Marine Mammal Systems which conduct mine countermeasures, port security, and underwater object location operations.
Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) began as an outgrowth of the British experience with German delay-fused bombs at the beginning of World War II. In 1940 the Mine Disposal School was established at the Washington, D.C. Navy Yard. In 1941, trainees were called to render safe unexploded Japanese ordnance and provided vital intelligence information on its mechanism. The next major occurrence for EOD was the formation of Mine Disposal Unit ONE in December 1951. In 1953, the name was changed to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit ONE. With the growth of requirements, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group Pacific was formed in 1967 with three subordinate commands. In 1971, this structure was modified and renamed as EOD Group ONE, with subordinate commands of EOD Mobile Unit One, EOD Shipboard Unit ONE, and EOD Training and Evaluation Unit ONE. Today EOD Group ONE consists of five EOD mobile units (two NRF), one mobile diving and salvage unit, one EOD training unit, and one VSW MCM detachment.
The COMEODGRU ONE logo shows four of the typical types of ordnance which our technicians might encounter in the course of their duties. Included are a missile, a mine, a torpedo and a bomb.
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