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EODMU 8, VP-4 Participating in Exercise Northern Coasts

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS140828-21

Release Date: 8/28/2014 12:31:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jacob D. Moore, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

BALTIC SEA (NNS) -- Sailors from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 8, based at Naval Station Rota, Spain, and Patrol Squadron (VP) 4, based at Naval Air Station Sigonella, are participating in Exercise Northern Coasts 2014 (NOCO 14), beginning Aug. 29.

NOCO 14 is a German led, Finnish hosted multinational maritime exercise, consisting of separate explosive ordnance disposal, special and maritime operations.

The exercise includes underwater mine countermeasure, counter improvised explosive device, and anti-submarine warfare events designed to improve interoperability between U.S., allied and partner units.

During the exercise, Sailors will work side by side with counterparts from allied and partner nations on land, at sea and in the air. Sailors will become familiar with each other's military tactics, techniques and procedures in order to achieve greater interoperability when conducting combined peacekeeping and humanitarian operations, or when countering global or regional threats to maritime safety and security.

The primary focus of the U.S. portion of the training will be on counter-improvised explosive device, underwater mine countermeasure, and anti-submarine warfare tactics, techniques and procedures.

Northern Coasts is in its 6th year. Participating nations include Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany and the U.S.

This is a routine training exercise and is not associated with, or a reaction to, any real world events.

EODMU 8 provides an operational explosive ordnance disposal capability to locate, identify, render safe, recover, field evaluate and dispose of all explosive ordnance as directed by commander, Task Force 68 in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.

VP-4 is part of commander, Task Force (CTF) 67. CTF 67 provides support to U.S. 6th Fleet, Naval Forces Europe-Africa, NATO and unified commanders to conduct anti-submarine warfare, maintain domain awareness, enhance regional stability, promote cooperative maritime safety and security and conduct overseas contingency operations.

U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.

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