U.S. Navy conducts underwater bomb trainingWritten by Rebecca Elmore
Guam - Amidst all the controversy surrounding the use of underwater detonations, the U.S. Navy training took place as planned this morning in the village of Piti.
A 30 minute sweep of the surrounding area both above and below water occurred before the exercise was allowed to commence.
When the all-clear was given, a total of five pounds of explosives were detonated on sandy ocean floor, causing barely a ripple on the water's surface.
Commander Benjamin Cipperly explained how this one exercise benefits not only the military, but also the island of Guam.
"One of the primary missions we have being here on the island of Guam is island response so for all of the un-exploded ordinance left over from WWII or any of the suspicious item calls, EOD mobile unit responds to those and part of this training supports this mission. So by being able to conduct realistic, high-risk training, the team is better prepared to respond to incidents on the island," he said.
This morning's training was granted by the National Marine Fisheries Service under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and Endangered Species Act.