US military allies on Guam for exercise

MH-60S Seahawk helicopters, attached to the “Island Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25, carry U.S. Marines, assigned to 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division and 3rd Marine Division, Explosive Ordnance Disposal 1st Platoon, and members of Her Majesty’s New Zealand Ship Matataua (HMNZS Matataua) during a helocasting subject matter expert knowledge exchange as part of Exercise HYDRACRAB. HYDRACRAB is a quadrilateral exercise conducted by forces from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and U.S. Naval forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Billy Ho)

Expeditionary forces from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States are on Guam to conduct Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) training in exercise HYDRACRAB.

According to the Navy, the exercise brings together more than 100 Sailors from four Indo-Pacific nations to sharpen skills and strengthen practical cooperation for EOD-related skillsets.

The exercise is taking place on Guam and around the Marianas Island Range Complex.

Cmdr. Andrew Cook, EOD Mobile Unit 5 commanding officer, said the exercise serves as a unique opportunity to share tactics, techniques, and procedures with integrated maritime and air assets that will help increase our collective warfighting effectiveness.”

During the exercise, forces will combine to practice a wide range of expeditionary competencies to include visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS), land and sea insertion techniques, joint demolition operations, small arms proficiency, counter-improvised explosive device (CIED) operations, and anti-terrorism force protection (ATFP) diving operations.

Representing Australia are Royal Australian Navy personnel from Clearance Diving Team One and Four. Representing Canada are Royal Canadian Navy personnel from Fleet Diving Unit – Pacific. Representing Republic of New Zealand are Navy personnel from HMNZS Matataua Maritime Explosive Ordnance Disposal.

Representing U.S. forces are personnel from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 5, Coastal Riverine Squadron 2, assigned to Coastal Riverine Group 1 Detachment Guam, III Marine Expeditionary Forces, 36th Civil Engineering Squadron, and Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25.