Accession Number:

ADA532099

Title:

Normalization of Explosives Safety Regulations Between U.S. Navy and Australian Defence Force

Descriptive Note:

Conference paper

Corporate Author:

NAVAL ORDNANCE SAFETY AND SECURITY ACTIVITY INDIAN HEAD MD

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2010-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

16.0

Abstract:

Global positioning of forces and joint operations with U.S. allies places armed U.S. Navy USN ships, as well as U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps USMC aircraft, at allied ports and airfields. U.S. forces must currently adhere to the explosives safety requirements of the host nation, unless the U.S. has control of the real estate, as under a Status of Forces Agreement SOFA in the later case, the Navy processes site approvals through the Department of Defense Explosives Safety Board DDESB. When site approvals are not in place, event waivers must be issued. The U.S. Navy has partnered with the Royal Australian Navy RAN, the Australian Director of Ordnance Safety DOS, and the DDESB over the past two years to reach a consensus on the normalization of explosives safety regulations. This effort has demonstrated that the Australian licensing process based on NATO criteria is equivalent to, or more restrictive than, U.S. criteria for the same applications. The Chief of Naval Operations CNO submitted a request to the DDESB in December 2009, for USN ships, as well as USN and USMC aircraft, to operate in Australia under Australian Defence Force ADF criteria, at licensed locations, without the need to request DDESB site approvals or issue event waivers. This initiative also enhances U.S. interoperability with allied nations and may provide opportunities for similar ventures with other nations that have comparable safety programs. The final DDESB acceptance of this request should be completed prior to the final presentation paper submission date.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Sociology and Law
  • Safety Engineering
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE