Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 8 conducted EOD and mine counter measure (MCM) operations with Romanian EOD and Turkish unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) units during Exercise Poseidon 21 in Constanta, Romania, March 5, 2021. Together the forces conducted 10 SCUBA dives totaling 87 minutes of bottom time to a maximum depth of 30 square feet of water. Some of the joint events included multiple live demolition operations executing advanced underwater MCM procedures and underwater Reacquire and Identification operations. Other scenarios the exercise focused on was antiterrorism force protection training and Romanian Marine Force integration.
Participation in Exercise Poseidon 21 strengthened enduring NATO EOD partnerships while enhancing MCM tactics, techniques, and procedures. It also enabled greater understanding of Allied underwater MCM technology and demonstrated that multinational forces are engaged, postured, and ready to assure, deter, and defend in the Black Sea. U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests, and promote security and stability in Europe and Africa.