Unexploded ordnance recovered on Tinian

Posted on Jun 30 2022

Sailors from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 5 Detachment Marianas safely recovered a single Navy illumination round found at a Seabee construction site on Tinian last June 21.

Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command, Marianas, notified the Joint Region Marianas region operations center of a possible unexploded ordnance and requested EODMU-5 Det. Marianas support.
EODMU-5 Det. Marianas dispatched two personnel who positively identified the ordnance as fully expended and posing no explosive threat. The round was secured and stored on Tinian for disposal.
EODMU-5 Det. Marianas officer in charge Lt. Jason Moyer said residents should remember to be careful when coming into contact with ordnance and encouraged the public to contact emergency responders should they find ordnance and vacate the area to ensure their safety.

“The UXO found throughout the Pacific can be extremely hazardous to anyone who comes across it. EODMU-5 Det. Marianas is fully committed to the safety of [CNMI] residents in helping resolve any explosive threat from UXO found throughout the NMI. When found, residents should notify [the CNMI Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services] personnel immediately to ensure that the people and the surrounding area remain safe,” Moyer said.

Editor’s Note: The CNMI was a site of fierce fighting during World War II and is littered with many unexploded World War II-era ordnances.

The mission of EODMU-5 Det. Marianas is to render safe all types of ordnance, conventional and unconventional, improvised, chemical, biological, and nuclear to include improvised explosive devices and weapons of mass destruction. They perform land and underwater location, identification, render-safe, and recovery or disposal of foreign and domestic ordnance. They conduct demolition of hazardous munitions, pyrotechnics, and retrograde explosives using detonation and burning techniques.

For more information on EODMU-5 Det. Marianas, visit the command’s website at http://www.eodmu5.navy.mil/. (PR)

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