NORFOLK (NNS) -- Approximately 60 Sailors from Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Mobile Unit 2 departed Naval Station Norfolk's Naval Air Terminal March 22 to begin their deployment to Iraq to assume command of Task Force Troy - North.
They are responsible for coordinating the counter-improvised explosive device (IED) fight and C-IED transition and training efforts in northern Iraq.
"They will be training their counterparts in counter-IED operations and getting them up to speed so they can take care of themselves," said Command Master Chief (EWS/PJ) Eric Frampton, command master chief for EOD Group (EODGRU) 2. "They have gone through an extensive training cycle and they will be able to use everything they've trained for while on deployment."
EODMU-2, homeported at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Ft. Story, will provide command and control for all Joint Service EOD teams in its area of operations, while its individual units of action will operate from multiple locations throughout northern Iraq in support of joint U.S. and Iraqi forces.
"This unit has spent almost the entire year preparing for this deployment and we are fully confident they're ready to execute their missions in support of the Iraqis," said Capt. Dale Fleck, commodore of EODGRU-2. "They are all looking forward to getting over and working with their Iraqi counterparts. They are all highly motivated and ready to rock."
The Navy has been deploying EOD platoons in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom since 2001, and has been deploying EOD Mobile Units as command and control elements since 2006.
In May 2009, EODMU-2's Sailors returned from a five-month operational deployment to Bahrain, during which they provided operational control for Navy EOD and expeditionary diving forces operating throughout the U.S. Central Command Area of Responsibility.
Navy EOD technicians are an elite team of warriors who eliminate hazards from conventional ordnance, weapons of mass destruction, sea mines, improvised explosive devices, and accomplish expeditionary diving and salvage objectives. These Sailors foster trust and cooperation with like-minded nations; ensure offensive maneuver for conventional and special forces; and mitigate harm to U.S. and coalition forces as well as civilians.
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