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don't mess with the Marines!
« on: March 26, 2008, 12:25:39 PM »
Two California Highway Patrol Officers were conducting speeding

 enforcement on I-15, just north of the Marine Corps Air Station at

 Miramar.  One of the officers was using a hand held radar device to

 check speeding vehicles approaching the crest of a hill.

 

 The officers were suddenly surprised when the radar gun began reading

 300 miles per hour.  The officer attempted to reset the radar gun, but

 it would not reset and then turned off.  Just then a deafening roar

 over the treetops revealed that the radar had in fact locked on to a

 USMC F/A-18 Hornet which was engaged in a low flying exercise near the

 location.

 

 Back at the CHPs Headquarters the Patrol Captain fired off a complaint

 to the USMC Base Commander.

 

 The reply came back in true USMC style: "Thank you for your letter.

 We can now complete the file on this incident. You may be interested

 to know that the tactical computer in the Hornet had detected the

 presence of, and subsequently locked on to, your hostile radar

 equipment and automatically sent a jamming signal back to it, which is

 why it shut down.

 

 Furthermore, an Air-to-Ground missile aboard the fully armed aircraft

 had also automatically locked on to your equipment location.

 Fortunately, the Marine Pilot flying the Hornet recognized the

 situation for what it was, quickly responded to the missile system

 alert status and was able to override the automated defense system

 before the missile was launched to destroy the hostile radar position.

 

 The pilot also suggests you cover your mouths when cussing at them,

 since the video systems on these jets are very high tech. Sergeant

 Johnson, the officer holding the radar gun, should get his dentist to

 check his left rear molar. It appears the filling is loose.  Also, the

 snap is broken on his holster.

 

 Thank you for your concern."

 

 Semper Fi.

 
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Re: don't mess with the Marines!
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2008, 12:44:59 PM »
Oh that is just toooo funny!  I'll be chuckling all morning! :-D :evil:
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Re: don't mess with the Marines!
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2008, 02:42:55 PM »
Now that one I am saving :)

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Re: don't mess with the Marines!
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2008, 07:35:41 PM »
note to self... keep radar equpment out of range of fighter jets unless authorized.
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Re: don't mess with the Marines!
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2008, 01:22:29 AM »
BTW, the radar used by both the CHPs and the USMC is the same--doppler.  The difference is that the USMC radar shows location, distance, speed, and position relative to origin while the CHPs radar has been modified to only display speed.  The upshot is that the CHPs radar cannot distinguish individual targets and so citiations issued must be determined by inadequately trained operators.  Many radar citations are issued in error.  An Ex-cop, former MP, and father of a former Marine.
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Re: don't mess with the Marines!
« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2008, 02:37:02 AM »
One of my good customers told me that during Katrina he had a few planes or copters flying over his house. Three weeks later he had a knock at his door and a man from some military division inquiring if he and his wife needed anything and if all was well. He said they had been checking on them with infrared imagery after the hurricane.


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Re: don't mess with the Marines!
« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2008, 03:41:19 PM »
i had heard they were doing that.  going house to house and cutting holes in the roof was getting to time consuming and they were afraid they  had missed people who were still alive.  there were also places that they had not been into, or places that had not been throughly searched.  when the equipment came in, they put it to use hoping they would be able to find people who were in need.

this technology has also been used to id marijuana growing operations in homes  :-)
.....The greatest changes occur in their country without their cooperation. They are not even aware of precisely what has taken place. They suspect it; they have heard of the event by chance. More than that, they are unconcerned with the fortunes of their village, the safety of their streets, the fate of their church and its vestry. They think that such things have nothing to do with them, that they belong to a powerful stranger called “the government.” They enjoy these goods as tenants, without a sense of ownership, and never give a thought to how they might be improved.....

 Alexis de Tocqueville