Korea — Ammunition depot conducts explosive ordnance disposal drill

On May 22, the 5th Ammu­ni­tion Depot of the Kore­an Army Ammu­ni­tion Sup­port Com­mand (ASC) enhanced the sta­tus of the Kore­an mil­i­tary forces through its explo­sive ord­nance dis­pos­al drill.

Per­son­nel of the 5th Ammu­ni­tion Depot of the Kore­an Army Ammu­ni­tion Sup­port Com­mand (ASC) intro­duce oper­a­tional equip­ment to the U.S. mil­i­tary per­son­nel. Pro­vid­ed by the unit
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The com­mand and the U.S. mil­i­tary agreed on the same day to con­sol­i­date a coop­er­a­tive sys­tem of Explo­sive Ord­nance Dis­pos­al (EOD) before sign­ing an MOU for the two coun­tries’ joint EOD drill.

The drill includ­ing a Kore­an team com­posed of 21 Kore­an offi­cers con­sist­ing of explo­sive ord­nance dis­pos­al con­trol (EODC) offi­cers from the First and Third Corps and of EOD per­son­nel from the ASC, was exe­cut­ed with a team of 5 U.S. mil­i­tary per­son­nel, con­sist­ing of Col. Michael Williams, direc­tor of the Pro­tec­tion Oper­a­tions Depart­ment of the Eighth Unit­ed States Army, and his sub­or­di­nates, in atten­dance as observers.

The drill involved the removal of the fus­es of unex­plod­ed ord­nance, impro­vised vehi­cle explo­sive device dis­pos­al in a sim­u­lat­ed counter-ter­ror­ism sit­u­a­tion, and det­o­na­tors of faulty ammu­ni­tion dis­pos­al which were car­ried out in con­sec­u­tive order.

In par­tic­u­lar, dur­ing the impro­vised vehi­cle explo­sive device dis­pos­al drill, the per­son­nel were grouped to search the inte­ri­or of a sus­pect vehi­cle with pro­tec­tion suits on, and then found and dis­posed of impro­vised explo­sive devices.

It is very dif­fi­cult in actu­al­i­ty to com­plete­ly dis­pose of impro­vised vehi­cle explo­sive devices. More­over, even a sin­gle mis­take can cause casu­al­ties. Because of that, all the par­tic­i­pants com­plet­ed their tasks with­out mak­ing any mis­takes.

After the drill, both sides had a coor­di­na­tion meet­ing to seek ways to reg­u­lar­ly con­duct a joint exer­cise and to make tech­nol­o­gy coop­er­a­tion between the sides in order for Kore­an forces to know the exper­tise in impro­vised explo­sive devices that the U.S. mil­i­tary forces gained through the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

“The Com­mand will fur­ther strength­en its oper­a­tions capa­bil­i­ties in prepa­ra­tion for actu­al wars through the procur­ing of high-tech explo­sive devices dis­pos­al equip­ment and the exchang­ing of tech­nol­o­gy infor­ma­tion on the same field between Kore­an and U.S. mil­i­taries,” said Col. Heo Jang-wuk, com­man­der of the com­mand.

Min­istry of Nation­al Defense[MND], Repub­lic of Korea