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Spanish Engineer Unit leads explosive ordnance disposal training in southern Lebanon

March 22, 2021
  • Military personnel from India, Nepal, Indonesia, El Salvador and Serbia are being trained on a basic course for explosive ordnance disposal

'Miguel de Cervantes' Base in Marjayoun (Lebanon) hosted the Basic EOD Course, conducted by the explosive ordnance disposal team of the BRILIB XXXIV Engineer Unit, addressed to members of UNIFIL's Sector East contingents, led by Spain.

The trainees took their first steps in the EOD environment by getting a theoretical training on handling, transporting and storage of explosives, identify different types of ammunition, along with a range of practical exercises, mainly focused on mine clearance.

This is not the first time that these EOD specialists have carried out this sort of collaboration, some of them have even been teachers at the International Demining Centre in Hoyo de Manzanares, but they are aware that each new activity of this kind is a new challenge and a good opportunity to improve their knowledge. This course is another example of the good relationship and permanent collaboration between the different contingents within UNIFIL.

Given Spain's broad experience in the struggle against all types of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the second phase of this course will take place next month, the Advanced EOD Course, which will be focused on that threat, which is increasingly faced by more and more armies in different foreign scenarios.

Finally, it is worth mentioning that these collaborations, which have already taken place in the past, usually include the presence of Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF), but this year it has not been possible due to the COVID-19 pandemic.