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New EOD Mobile Unit Deploys

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS080610-12
Release Date: 6/10/2008 2:31:00 PM

By Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW/AW) Dave Nagle, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- Twenty-five Sailors from Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Mobile Unit 12 (MU-12) deployed June 9 to the Middle East to Command and Control EOD and Diving Operations. They will plan and execute Theater Security Cooperation events in support of Maritime Security Operations.

Though Navy EOD has been deploying platoons for Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom since 2001, and has been deploying mobile units as command and control elements since 2006, EODMU-12 was established Jan. 10, as the first EOD mobile unit created from the ground up to deploy overseas as an entire unit.

"In five months, the officers and Sailors of EOD Mobile Unit 12 have transformed a newly established command into an integrated team and a proficient staff. These leaders are prepared to provide Command and Control for Navy, Joint, Interagency and Multinational Commanders in any operational environment while succeeding in all current missions," said Cmdr. Joe Polanin, EODMU-12's commanding officer. "The men and women of the 'Dirty Dozen' have exceeded every expectation due to their tremendous dedication, expertise, and selflessness."

EODMU-12's headquarters element will be based in Bahrain, as part of Navy Expeditionary Combat Forces, providing command and control for all Navy EOD and Diving forces in U.S. Central Command area of operations outside of Iraq and Afghanistan.

EODMU-12's platoons of EOD technicians are deployed throughout U.S. Central Command and will be called upon to render safe conventional ordnance, neutralize improvised explosive devices, landmines, and weapons of mass destruction, as well as conduct force protection diving and underwater mine countermeasures.

For more news from the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/necc/.

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