Savannah, Georgia A Navy EOD dive team is scheduled to conduct an underwater UXO clearance around the sunken CSS Georgia in support of a salvage operation to recover the Civil War Era vessel for historical purposes. Original estimates of six UXO in the area were increased to over 70 following a USACE survey of the area. The increased in the number of expected targets caused a three week delay in the project.
Navy EOD plans to recover as many ordnance as they can intact as the Naval History and Heritage Command expressed a desire to conserve as many of ordnance as possible due to their intrinsic historical value. Plans for the operation call for the 20-man crew from EOD Mobile Unit 6 Detachment Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay to place the ordnance in holding fixtures until Marine EOD technicians can inert the items (Marines are the only service authorized to inert munitions).