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Location check - :-)

Post by FreeFlier » Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:25 pm

Where are Monica and Bud?

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Post by jwhouk » Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:02 am

Hey Sarge! They found your birthday present from Jin!
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Post by Just Old Al » Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:06 am

jwhouk wrote:Hey Sarge! They found your birthday present from Jin!
She even gift-wrapped the sledgehammer...
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Post by Dave » Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:17 am

Well, the Navy's EOD team towed it out to deep water and blew it up.

Rumor had it that they were splattered with sushi rather than shrapnel... and are now facing the possibility that they may be charged for having killed a beautiful example of a highly endangered species (the three-penny-nail urchin, Coelopleurus metallicus).

They're lucky, though... that species' uni is about about the size and consistency of birdshot.

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Post by FreeFlier » Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:41 pm

And it's from a 2005 exercise.

second Seattle Post-Intelligencer article

second KOMO-4 report

I didn't expect it to be that new . . . Though with Keyport naval station nearby, it's not surprising.

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Post by GlytchMeister » Thu Aug 30, 2018 2:01 pm

Not all of them floated to the surface... so they just... left them there?

That seems a bit foolhardy. Yeah, you save a buck now, but how much did it cost to have a joint task force take care of a dummy mine like it was real?

Use the sonar to scan the bottom, ya idjits, and pick up after yourselves.
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Post by Just Old Al » Thu Aug 30, 2018 2:51 pm

GlytchMeister wrote: Use the sonar to scan the bottom, ya idjits, and pick up after yourselves.
Military Intelligence is often an oxymoron.
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Post by FreeFlier » Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:28 pm

It probably didn't cost very much . . . bring out the duty crews from Naval Station Keyport and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.

But that was part of why I was surprised it was that new . . . really? I would have expected better cleanup from about the 1990s on, after some of the grief the armed forces get around here.

Granted that the bottom in Puget Sound can be very rugged, and filthy with debris, still . . . this does sound like someone made a decision to not bother.

I hope they know who the officer was.

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Post by Atomic » Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:13 pm

Some WWII (and later) mines were made to be dropped on the bottom and "hide" while enemy minesweepers cleared bait mines. A week or more later the mine would rise on its cable and wait for victims.
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