Tuesday, May 11, 2010

U.S., India Share Counterterror Experience During Joint Exercise


Aerospace Daily & Defense Report May 07 , 2010 , p. 10
Neelam Mathews

NEW DELHI — The joint naval exercise Spitting Cobra 2010 concluded in Guam April 22 after two weeks of training and simulations between the U.S. and Indian navies.

The annual joint exercise—in its seventh year—was between U.S. sailors of explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) Mobile Unit (Eodmu) 5 and members of the Indian navy. The numerous training activities included demolition exercises, helicopter operations and hostage threat simulations.

Eodmu 5 is a forward-deployed mobile command providing EOD detachments along with a fly-away recompression chamber detachment to the U.S. 7th Fleet.

The primary mission is to enable access for carrier and expeditionary strike groups, mine countermeasures operations and special operations forces.

“I believe joint-exercise Spitting Cobra is the first step toward building a stronger partnership between our nations’ navies, and more specifically, our EOD forces,” said Lt. Ivan Kanzaki, Eodmu 5 platoon officer-in-charge.

During a day of improvised explosive device (IED) training, the Eodmu 5 sailors worked with Indian sailors on the construction and effects of kicker charges, which utilize water to neutralize suspected hazardous devices and materials.

They taught their Indian counterparts the proper use of detonation cord, timed fuses and other explosive devices. The exercise ended with the detonation of an automobile using an IED.


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