– Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technicians visited Sailors aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) Oct. 30 to provide the crew information about special operating programs.
Sailors from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 3 arrived by “fast roping” onto Mobile Bay’s flight deck from helicopters hovering in the air while Sailors watched from the catwalks.
“The hairs on the back of my neck stood up,” said Yeoman Seaman Marcus Ederer, as he described the event. “It was pretty cool.”
“We came to the Mobile Bay because we wanted to get the information about special operations programs out to the ships that are deployed with us,” said Explosive Ordnance Disposal 1st Class Samuel Bostic, the Leading Petty Officer of EODMU 3.
After landing on the flight deck and demonstrating how to secure the area using special operations maneuvers, the EODMU 3 team met with the crew of Mobile Bay on the mess decks to give a presentation on the Navy’s special operations and special warfare programs including Navy Diver, Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewman (SWCC), SEAL, and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD).
The presentation targeted Sailors interested in joining special operations crews and provided training to Navy Counselors on how to prepare candidates interested in joining the programs.
“We want to help everyone that is interested in these programs,” Bostic said.
Particularly, the EOD representatives provided information on how to join these programs as fleet returnees.
“More than half of our team is fleet returnees,” said Bostic. “I was an AME (Aviation Structural Mechanic), one guy was a HT (Hull Maintenance Technician), and another was an MA (Master-at-Arms).”
They explained everything you need to do in order to join these programs, said Quartermaster 3rd Class Justin Shepler, who plans on being a Navy Diver. At the end of the presentation the EOD technicians gave Mobile Bay Sailors some practical advice.
“If you’re getting in trouble on your ship, if you’re not doing your job, or if you’re out of shape, you’re not going to be considered for special programs,” said Bostic. “If you want it, you got to go out there and get it.”
Mobile Bay is deployed with the John C. Stennis Strike Group (JCSSG) to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security corporation efforts and supporting missions for Operation Enduring Freedom.