2015 To Walk the Earth in Safety: Marshall Islands

Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

Despite extensive clearance efforts in the 1950s, UXO contamination from World War II continues to affect the Marshall Islands. UXO of both U.S. and Japanese origin remain on some of the nation’s atolls.

From FY2013 through FY2014, the United States invested more than $528,000 for UXO clearance, specifically on the Mili and Maloelap Atolls. In FY2014, the U.S. government contributed more than $260,000 for CWD in the Marshall Islands.

The Department of State supported the work of the following implementing partner:

• Golden West continued survey and clearance efforts on Maloelap Atoll, to destroy Japanese sea mines, and to make additional upgrades to the island hopper kit (consisting of light, mobile and low-cost clearance systems) with equipment support from HD R&D.

Date: 2015 Description: Golden West and Marshall Island Historical Preservation Office personnel work together to clear the island nation of residual U.S and Japanese World War II-era UXO. The isolated location requires equipment to be brought in by boat for short but intensive periods of clearance.  © Photo courtesy of Len Austin/Golden West.