Navy bomb squad coming home to Whidbey

Nine members of an elite Navy bomb squad will come home to Whidbey Island next week after a six-month tour in Iraq, the Navy announced today.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 11 left Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in April for Tallil, Iraq, where they worked operationally under the Army’s 4th Brigade 10th Mountain Division and alongside Iraqi Security Forces to protect troops from roadside bombs.

Navy officials said EOD Platoon 2-2 responded to 146 calls and captured and destroyed 108,862 pounds of explosives.

Navy Lt. Scott Ray, the platoon's officer in charge, and his enlisted team responded to 30 IEDs, or improvised explosive devices, and 32 unexploded ordnance calls. They also captured three arms caches.

The sailors will return to Oak Harbor on Tuesday, Oct. 28.

“Their record of achievement and safety is incredible,” said Lt. Cmdr. Larry Parks, Executive Officer of EODMU 11. “The homecoming of these men means the whole EODMU 11 team will be home for the holidays, and we’re so thankful.”

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