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Joint Exercise between the Spanish Special Naval Warfare Force and U.S. Marines and Navy SEALS.
The exercise consisted in a series of breaching drills.
Thursday, June 15, 2017


Exercise ‘Swordfish-17’ took place in the first week of June in the Special Naval Warfare Force facilities at Algameca Naval Station (Cartagena).

This Spanish-U.S. bilateral training exercise was conducted and coordinated by the Spanish Special Naval Warfare Force (FGNE in its Spanish initials) with participation of U.S. EOD Detachment Europe/EODMU8 homeported in Rota Naval Base; breachers from the SEAL TEAM II stationed in Stuttgart (Germany) and the US EOD Marines of SPMAGTF with base in Sigonella (Italy).

The main purpose of the exercise was to enhance training in relation to breaching techniques (the process used by military or constabulary elements to force open locked doors or gates). Other goals included sharing and implementing standard procedures (ballistic, explosive, and mechanical) and improve interoperability among units.

The exercise consisted in a series of theoretical and practical lessons before the actual drills which took place ashore and under the water with combined Spanish/U.S. teams. During the breaching exercises, EOD (explosive ordnance disposal) personnel employed special US Navy charges which can also be used in underwater scenarios.

Breaching is a method to force open doors, walls and bulkheads with explosives, in order to facilitate the access of troops to a given place in a fast way, thus achieving an effect of surprise and tactical superiority. The expeditious breaching technique minimizes potential own casualties and enhances the possibility of success.

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