By SOF Editor on Thu, 11/19/2009 - 10:49am
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5 hosted training with Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron (MSRON) 7 at a rappelling exercise Nov. 13.
The group took turns descending EODMU 5's rappelling tower to fulfill basic fast rope certification.
Sailors trained in rappelling can enter an area quickly and avoid obstacles and also offers a means for extracting personnel and gear from hard to reach spaces such as ravines and mountain sides.
"We like to do this not only just to break the monotony, but to also keep people up on their training," said Aircrew Survival Equipmentman 2nd Class (EXW/AW/FPJ) Mike Farrow, an EODMU 5 instructor,
Farrow said Sailors who rappel at least five times during the day can attempt night-time rappelling. Certifying in night-time training allows for advanced training of rappelling from a helicopter.
Gunner's Mate Seaman Reynaldo Leal, of MSRON 7, said he was nervous because it was his first time to rappel and the tower is 90-feet high, but it was a positive learning experience.
"I think it's really good that we get to train with the EOD guys because you're always learning something new," Leal said. "Sometimes we don't do this stuff over at MSRON, but we come over here to train with them to do it and it's one big happy family."
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 2nd Class Mario Spencer, of EODMU 5, said rappelling is not a specific skill for his rating, but it broadens his skillset for Navy missions. He added that he mainly thought about his safety as he made his way down for the first time.
"I don't want to let go of the rope or have anything break," Spencer said. "But I trust my gear and trust the guys watching me, so I feel pretty safe and confident."
Farrow said the command conducts this training every quarter.
EODMU 5's three detachments keep the 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility safe and accessible by countering mines and other potentially hazardous explosive devices. MSRON 7 can provide rapidly deployable forces to conduct or support anti-terrorism and force protection missions.