Exercise Fulcrum 2017 Brings Together EOD
Technicians From Various Nations
Exercise Fulcrum 2017 concluded Feb. 24, 2017, partnering U.S, Australian and New Zealand explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) experts for a two-week exchange of EOD techniques and best practices.
"Exercise Fulcrum is brand new," said Royal New Zeland Navy (RNZN) Lt. Wesley Moir, assigned to RNZN Clearance Dive Group, "Really, our focus is to continue training tactics, techniques and procedures with our coalition partners, and hopefully build on the operational tempo in future exercises."
The units involved, which included U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 1, EODMU 5, RNZN's Southern Dive Unit 2, and Australia's Mine Warfare Task Group, performed mine-countermeasure operations, helicopter operations, and dive casualty rescue. Each event gave the three nations a platform to share best practices and trade techniques.
"Any challenges that we came across we were able to work out easily and come to mutual solutions," said U.S. Navy Lt. j.g. Colin Maloney, assigned to EODMU 5. "It was a great learning experience for us. We were able to come together and accomplish the task despite any challenges that were presented by the weather, mine shapes, or bottom type."