Guam senators hit Navy's underwater detonations

Guam senators on Friday introduced a resolution urging the Department of Defense to cease the use of Guam’s land and waters as a training ground for the detonation of explosives.

Resolution No. 103-34 was prompted by the recent Coast Guard announcement about underwater detonations at Apra Harbor, originally scheduled for April 27 and 28. The Coast Guard said it could not solicit public comments due to time constraints.

Following a barrage of angry comments on social media, the Joint Region Marianas announced that the underwater exercise has been moved to May 18. The Navy indicated four separate 1.25 lbs explosives will be detonated.

The May detonations are scheduled as part of the Navy’s training and testing activities that fall under the defined Mariana Islands Training and Testing (MITT) “Study Area.”