Nestled in the southwest corner of the Mojave Desert, California’s Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division — “China Lake” — is one of the finest military testing ranges in the continental United States. Home to 85% of the Navy’s weapons research and development, it covers an area larger than the state of Rhode Island. A cradle for destruction, the range has given birth to the Sidewinder, Hellfire, and Tomahawk missiles; the Joint Direct Attack Munition in high demand by both the Navy and Air Force; and a plethora of unusual testing facilities for electronic warfare to unmanned aerial vehicles.
There’s no better place on the planet to blow shit up — and this ridiculous sizzle reel of China Lake explosions proves it:
The highlight reel of NAWCWD weapons tests conducted during 2016 captures Navy personnel up to their elbows in missiles and rockets, demolishing mock radar towers, storage vehicles and bunkers; annihilating tactical vehicles, commercial sedans, and drydocked boats; sniping missiles out of the sky; and even launching pickup trucks ass-over-elbows into the sky amid a spray of dirt and fire.
According to the War Zone’s Tyler Rogoway, who first surfaced this explosive footage, weapons tested in the brief video include the GBU-31 JDAM, which is currently getting a workout downrange in Iraq and Syria; Tomahawk cruise missiles; and the SeaRAM-fired RIM-116s that currently keep Navy vessels safe from incoming enemy munitions.
Here are some of my favorite scenes, in GIF form:
The only thing missing from this montage of destruction is some AC/DC. Next time, perhaps.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Karl Munson pilots a 26-foot boat while Petty Officer 2nd Class Gabriel Diaz keeps an eye on a boarding team who is inspecting a 79-foot shrimp boat in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of New Orleans, La., on April 27, 2005
Radio transmissions to the U.S. Coast Guard are usually calls for help from boaters, but one captain got on the radio recently just to say thanks to the men and women who are currently working without pay.
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Saturday to receive the remains of four Americans killed in a suicide bombing in northern Syria.
Trump, locked in a battle with congressional Democrats that has led to a nearly month-long partial government shutdown, announced his trip via a pre-dawn tweet, saying he was going "to be with the families of 4 very special people who lost their lives in service to our Country!"
Former President George W. Bush is calling for an end to the partial government shutdown, which is about to hit the one-month mark and is currently the longest shutdown in US history.
In an appeal made on Instagram, the 43rd president called on "leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown." The caption was posted with an image of him and former First Lady Laura Bush giving pizza to their Secret Service detail.