The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)
The United States Navy, or USN, is the maritime service branch of the United States Armed Forces and among one of the eight uniformed services of the United States. It is regarded to be the largest and most capable navy in the entire world, owning its greatness to the estimated tonnage if its active battle fleet alone.
In the United States Navy, the role of the United States Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal consists of technicians who are responsible for rendering the safety of all types of ordnance, comprising of improvised, chemical, biological and nuclear. Their primary duties pertain to performing terrestrial and underwater location, identification, render-safe and recovery, or disposal, of foreign and domestic ordnance. They organize and carry out the demotion of hazardous munitions, along with retrograding explosives using detonating and burning techniques. They correspond with other Combatant Commanders, Special Operations Forces (SOF) and various warfare units pertaining to different areas of the armed forces such as the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Army.
Technicians possess dexterity in the most conventional and unconventional explosives to ensure the secure disposal of explosive weaponry. They are on call to respond to any type of ordnance, and they receive specialized training to handle chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.
Navy EOD Flag
The flag adopted by the USN for the United States Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) branch consists of a rectangular flag in a medium azure blue color. It carries the United States Navy EOD Officer Insignia in its center with the inscription above reading "Explosive Ordnance Disposal." There is no official flag or ensign adopted by the EOD, but the Navy EOD Officer Insignia is the most popular identifiable sign representing the EOD in present times.