Spain and the United States carry out a joint diving exercise in the Pyrenees
Feb. 18, 2020
Training within NATO
Dive training in the Pyrenees. Photo: Katie Cox
Members of the Mobile Explosive Device Elimination Unit (Eodmu) 8 of the US Navy and divers from Navy Diving Center (CBA) and the Military Diving School (EMB) they have carried out an altitude diving exercise with ice in the Pyrenees mountains, as part of the annual bilateral training.
Specifically, 24 specialists involved in the deactivation of explosives, naval divers, medical personnel and ‘seabees’ of the Eodmu 8, based in the air base of Broken , and about 40 Spanish divers and staff based in Cartagena.
One of the diving chiefs of the United States Navy Matt Medeiros He explained that these types of operations, although dangerous and with many associated risks, provide useful knowledge for the future application of diver practices. “The techniques we use are very important, in order to avoid an emergency or injury,” said Medeiros, who is assigned to the Spanish diving school.
These diving exercises have the ability to set the tone for future exchanges. Between the US Navy and the Spanish Navy, more than 30 dives were made during the year. “Our countries can learn a lot together,” Medeiros said.