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NNS020724-28 EODMU 11 Trains with Constellation Battle Group

Release Date: 7/24/2002 1:44:00 PM

By Journalist 3rd Class Tony Diaz, USS Constellation (CV 64) Public Affairs

ON BOARD USS CONSTELLATION, At Sea (NNS) -- During the next two weeks, the San Diego-based aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CV 64) will be involved in a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), an evolution designed to help prepare Constellation for the war on terrorism.

Throughout those two weeks the ship will be tested alongside the entire carrier battle group. By going through various battle scenarios, the battle group will be able to gauge itself on how well it is prepared to go to war.

To aid in that task, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 11 (EODMU 11), Detachment Seven, is on board to help with that task.

The EOD team will be conducting training of their own, as well as with Connie crewmembers and the whole battle group.

"We're primarily here for flight deck response, however, we're directly involved with all kinds of accidents or incidents that might take place," said Chief Aviation Ordnanceman (EOD/AW/SW) Shelby Cornelius.

The EOD team will be involved with several crews during the evolutions that are scheduled to take place during COMPTUEX.

"We'll be working a lot with security and the fire parties, we'll also be doing some fly away drills and fast-roping drills," said Cornelius, a Powell, Tenn., native.

Whenever a security alert is announced over the 1MC, the EOD team will be right in the middle of whatever's going on. In this case, if a mock explosive device or booby trap is found on the ship, their expertise will be used to take care of the potentially destructive item.

"If a bomb is found on the ship, our job will be to disarm it and render it safe," Cornelius said. "Once we've done that, we have explosives that we'll use to blow it up."

The EOD team will do a self-evaluation, as well as an evaluation on security and the fire parties and provide training upon completion of these drills.

"We'll show them what they can do to protect the area and secure the problem," Cornelius said. "The main purpose of these drills is to help get everyone working together. It's a team effort."

COMPTUEX is designed to see how well the Constellation battle group works together as a team.

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