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Friday, October 30, 2009

Breaking News: U.S. Navy Ship Fires on Poland

There are moments I miss Navy life and wish I were still out on the ships. Today is not one of those days at least not on the destroyer USS RAMAGE.
A Norfolk-based destroyer ended a visit to a Polish port Wednesday with a literal "bang," when a crew member accidentally fired three rounds from a machine gun into the city of Gdynia.

The Ramage, a guided missile destroyer, had recently wrapped up an international training exercise called Joint Warrior and was at anchor at the city on the Baltic Sea in northern Poland.

A Navy official at the Pentagon with knowledge of the incident said that at 10:30 a.m. local time on Wednesday, three rounds were "accidentally discharged" from one of the Ramage's M240 machine guns.
Ouch! Life is going to be kind of ugly on the Ramage. The blame might belong to just one sailor, but we like to share. It is going to be uncomfortable for everyone. I would not have wanted to be in the room as the Captain was calling up his chain of command to report the event.

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Blogger Bill Sloat said...

When I was in the Army National Guard, we once hit a cow with a 50-cal machine gun round that was fired from the turret of our tracked 155 howitzer. We were supposedly on the bombing range at Avon Park, Fla., early 1970s. Not sure what the cow was doing there.

October 31, 2009 at 6:15 AM


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