What is the International Maritime Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Course?

Aim of the Course

To provide Basic to Advanced level familiarisation training on EOD equipment and procedures employed during maritime and tidal Mine Counter Measure (MCM) tasks. The course emphasis will be on techniques and procedures most applicable to littoral EOD operations. Completion of the course should enable personnel to understand and execute all phases associated with Mine Investigation and Exploitation (MIE) tasks.

Facilitated by IDT(A).

Entry Standards

  • Senior Non Commissioned Officers (SNCO) and Officers.
  • IELTS Band 6.
  • Trainees should be experienced in Maritime EOD operations in their own nation. All trainees must be trained in basic explosive handling procedures and be competent to perform tasks in arduous conditions and adverse weather.
  • Students must arrive with appropriate uniform items to work in these conditions as none will be provided.


Four (4) weeks, with one (1) course per year.


DEMS Bicester.

Outline of Course

  • Basic explosive theory.
  • Description of Land Service Ammunition (LSA) to include projectiles, mortars, rockets, grenades and air dropped weapons (ADW).
  • Description of underwater Naval Weapons to include mines, torpedoes and associated fuses.
  • Reconnaissance procedures on land and in poor visibility.
  • Use of applicable MCM EOD equipment.
  • Demolition techniques training: surface, low order, shape charges and explosive stripping.
  • Render safe procedures.
  • Exploitation technique and procedures.

The course incorporates a live demolitions phase at Shoeburyness for 3 days of land-based demolitions training on various explosive exploitation and low-order techniques. The Naval Training Area at Bicester encompasses a shipboard trainer, a 7m deep man-made lake with over 30 items of ordnance including naval mines, torpedoes and depth charges.

Qualifications Gained

Certificate of attendance only.


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