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US, Colombian EOD Share Knowledge during Navy Dive-Southern Partnership Station 2012

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS120314-05

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kathleen A. Gorby, Navy Dive-Southern Partnership Station 2012 Public Affairs

CARTAGENA, Colombia (NNS) -- Sailors from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 2 conducted a three-week subject matter expert exchange with Colombian Marine Recon, Commandos and EOD in support of Navy Dive - Southern Partnership Station 2012 (ND-SPS 12), March 12.

EODMU 2 conducted several scenarios that included disarming improvised explosive device (IED) in rural, urban and waterborne environments and other vital information to improve techniques and develop professional relationships with the Colombian military.

"We came here to exchange subject matter expert techniques and to strengthen our relationship with our South American partners," said Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Raymond Kassow, leading chief petty officer of platoon 212, EODMU 2.

During the course of the three weeks, U.S. and Colombian service members shared their knowledge and experiences concerning their encounters with explosives.

"Working with the Marinas Explosivos Techincos (Colombian EOD) in Cavenas, at the Colombian Marine School for Infantry Specialties, we shared the different techniques to disarm IEDs in rural and urban combat environments. In doing so I found that our techniques and tools are very similar," said Kassow.

Each day, the U.S. and Colombian teams practiced various tactics to exchange expert techniques and improve skills.

"The Colombian marines have a lot of experience and are very professional at what they do," said Kassow.

In addition of having the opportunity to experience new equipment and expand capabilities within the EOD field, the teams formed a bond that will last long after EODMU 2 has left Colombia.

"This past week is very important to us because we shared a lot of knowledge and experiences that we can learn from and pass throughout the community," said Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 2nd Class Zachery Orn.

U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet supports U.S. Southern Command joint and combined full-spectrum military operations by providing principally sea-based, forward presence to ensure freedom of maneuver in the maritime domain, to foster and sustain cooperative relationships with international partners and to fully exploit the sea as maneuver space in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.

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