This is the ninth in a series of 10 technologies integral to the United States military since World War I.
Air Force Airman 1st Class Anthony Sennhenn, EOD technician, 506th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron, unloads “Vanessa,” a remote-controlled F6-A EOD bomb disarming robot for use in disarming an improvised explosive device found near a road used by American forces. (Photo by US Army Sgt. Matthew Acosta)
The origins of the U.S. Navy’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Division can be traced back to World War II when they were used to counter the complex weapons systems deployed by other nations. Today, this center adds Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) to the range of threats EOD technicians respond to around the world.
As depicted in the above photo, solid-fuel rockets are sometimes used to help LC-130s takeoff from remove sites in Antarctica. This is known as jet assisted takeoff or JATO.
Misfired or defective JATO fuel bottles must be detonated prior to removal from Antarctica to permit recycling. The JATO explosive disposal team consists of both U.S. Antarctic Program and U.S. Air Force military personnel.
In the first of two videos, you’ll get an inside look at how the JATO explosive disposal team operates. At about 1:30, an EOD team shouts “fire in the hole” three times prior to detonation. All debris is then cleaned up and safely returned to the U.S. for proper recycling. Thanks to Chief Master Sergeant Connie Hoffman, Joint Task Force – Support Forces Antarctica, for this interesting footage.