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EOD-6 Sailors Return Safely from Iraq

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Story Number: NNS080612-01
Release Date: 6/12/2008 7:35:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist (SW) 1st Class Brianna K. Dandridge, Naval Weapons Station Charleston Public Affairs

CHARLESTON, S.C. (NNS) -- Thirty-one Sailors assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 6 (EODMU-6) returned to Naval Weapons Station Charleston June 7 following a five-month deployment to Iraq.

"This time, the team was responsible for mine countermeasures and joint ground combat missions in and around the Baghdad area," said EODMU-6 Executive Officer Lt. Cmdr. Brad Andros. "It was a good mission."

While in Iraq, the EOD members played a direct support role for Multi-National Corps Iraq. The Sailors provided valuable support to U.S. Army and multinational units.

The Charleston-based team was kept busy throughout their deployment, protecting coalition forces against improvised explosive devices. They were an intricate part of a joint task force comprised of three Army companies, one Air Force EOD flight, three Navy platoons, and four Air Force weapons intelligence teams during combat operations that successfully conducted over 1,869 missions to render safe and dispose of 417 IEDs.

The team disposed of car bombs, weapons caches and conducted 63 post-blast investigations and was responsible for the clearance and destruction of 471 enemy caches and 915 explosive remnants of war totaling 226,161 pieces of ordnance.

"This was the first deployment that Mobile Unit 6 made as a full command and our training fully supported the mission," said Command Master Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician (EXS/SW) Shawn Davis.

Every EOD technician understands how serious their mission was, and they realize that every time they would go to work on an IED, it was a life-and-death situation.

"I'm just proud that everyone from the team returned home safely," said Information Systems Technician(EXW)1st Class Renee Gill, communications officer.

EODMU-6 personnel are highly trained, skilled technicians that are experts in explosives, diving and parachuting. These Sailors are responsible for analyzing and handling foreign, domestic and homemade explosives in order to render them safe and dispose of the explosive material.

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



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