Side by Side
CTG 56.1 Dives with Bahrain Coast Guard
Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians engage in missions that take them to all environments, and every climate, in every part of the world. They perform land and underwater location, identification, render-safe and recovery (or disposal) of foreign and domestic ordnance.
"The end goal (of the SMEE) is good communication and a good dive team that we can count on when we are in need of extra personnel and effort in this area," said Senior Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposal Donovan Trost, assigned to CTG 56.1.
The event gave EOD technicians and BCG divers a chance to exchange techniques and equipment used during a dive.
"We went over basic search techniques underwater," said Trost. "(We) went over some more advanced tools and utilized our underwater imaging system. We showed that to them and employed that during a dive."
On the final day they test the ability to operate together as a team.
"For the final day of this exchange I wanted to exercise the ability of us calling and contacting the Bahrain Coast Guard, getting tasks, meeting up out at sea at a certain GPS point and working together," said Trost.
So when the opportunity to conduct a subject matter expert exchange (SMEE) with divers from the Bahrain Coast Guard (BCG) was presented, EOD techs assigned to Commander, Task Group (CTG) 56.1 took full advantage.