In the frozen heartland of Camp Ripley, Minnesota, the Navy’s finest from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 12 (EODMU 12) and Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2 (MDSU 2) have just closed the chapter on the seventh chapter of Exercise Snow Crab.

Over two grueling weeks, concluding on February 4, these sailors were thrust into the cold embrace of a simulated Arctic wasteland, honing skills that could mean the difference between life and death in the world’s harshest environments.

Mastering the Elements

Commanded by the experienced eye of Commander Garrett Pankow of MDSU 2, the initial plunge into this frostbitten trial tested the sailors’ will against the elements, focusing on survival in the cold and mastery over the ice.

“Snow Crab Ex is a valuable exercise to focus on tactics and equipment needed to operate in Arctic conditions,” Pankow noted in a press release statement. “The Arctic presents challenging conditions, and the lessons learned from Snow Crab Ex will improve Navy EOD and mobile diving and salvage teams’ readiness to operate quickly and efficiently anywhere, anytime, including cold weather environments.”