Tuesday, September 15, 2009

U.S. Government Provides Training in Diving and Explosive Ordnance Disposal to the Lebanese Armed Forces

September 15, 2009 Over the past two weeks, U.S. Navy personnel conducted diving and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) training with soldiers from the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) Engineering Regiment. The LAF soldiers were trained on techniques to remove both underwater and land-based unexploded ordnance. The LAF Engineering Regiment EOD specialists and divers are now better trained to safely clear mines, unexploded ordnance, and improvised explosive devices throughout Lebanon. This EOD and diving training included classroom instruction and practical exercises.

The United States Government has contributed over $20 million for de-mining activities in south Lebanon since 2006. The U.S. also assists the de-mining and ordnance removal efforts carried out by the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and Lebanon Mine Action Center (LMAC).

The U.S. Government has expanded its humanitarian mine clearance program in Lebanon to reduce the dangers to civilians posed by landmines and other unexploded ordnance. The program focuses on de-mining, victim assistance programs and the removal of unexploded ordnance.