True Grit

Jan. 8, 2019

Sailors training for the Navy’s explosive ordnance disposal rating must complete the basic EOD diver course at Naval Dive and Salvage Training Center in Panama City, Florida. The Navy EOD training pipeline can take nearly a year to complete and is unique among all other branches for teaching dive capabilities.

Sailor in dive gear hand signals while in the ocean.
Sailor's Signal
A sailor assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 1, Platoon 122, signals to the boat crew before a mine countermeasure dive in Puget Sound, Wash., Oct. 27, 2018.
Photo By: Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Clemente Lynch
VIRIN: 181027-N-YB023-0160Y

The tough training turns out some of the most adaptable EOD personnel in the world, though. Navy EOD technicians regularly integrate with special operations forces — from working alongside Navy SEALs to Army Special Forces soldiers, Navy EOD techs are out there making the waters of the world safe. Click here to learn more about the Navy’s EOD dive school.

Sailor puts scuba diving gear on.
OK Signal
Navy Chief Petty Officer Jonathan Ross, an explosive ordnance disposal technician assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 5, gives the "diver OK" signal while conducting predive checks during a supervisor certification dive in Santa Rita, Guam, Oct. 3, 2018.
Photo By: Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelsey J. Hockenberger
VIRIN: 181003-N-VR594-1110
Four sailors swim underwater in scuba diving gear.
Underwater Sailors
A sailor deployed to U.S. 5th Fleet's Task Group 52.3, left, and Egyptian sailors conduct a familiarization dive during Eagle Response 18 at Red Sea Naval Base, Egypt, July 25, 2018. Eagle Response 18 was an explosive ordnance disposal and diving exercise conducted to enhance interoperability and warfighting readiness, fortify military-to-military relationships and advance operational capabilities of all participating units.
Photo By: Navy photo
VIRIN: 180725-N-NO146-1084T
Sailors in scuba gear prepare to depart the ocean.
Northern Challenge
Navy explosive ordnance disposal technicians assigned to U.S. 6th Fleet Naval Expeditionary Task Force Europe participate in exercise Northern Challenge 2018 in Keflavik, Iceland, Sept. 20, 2018. Northern Challenge is an annual explosive ordnance disposal and counter improvised explosive device exercise hosted by Iceland that provides the opportunity to engage in realistic training, build experience and strengthen interoperability.
Photo By: Navy photo
VIRIN: 180920-N-N0901-009C
Sailors in diving gear prepare to enter training pool.
Naval Fist Bump
Sailors assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 5 participate in a closed-circuit rebreather certification course at Naval Base Guam in Santa Rita, Guam, Oct. 1, 2018. The unit conducts counter improvised explosive device operations, renders safe explosive hazards, and disarms underwater explosives.
Photo By: Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Kory Alsberry
VIRIN: 181001-N-JO908-1078C