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3 civilians tried entering a Hawaii military base in a car reeking of weed with a dud mortar round in the backseat
Murphy's law was out in force on Tuesday night, when three civilians triggered a lockdown at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after base security found what looked like explosive ordnance in the backseat of their car which, incidentally, also reeked of weed.
An Explosive Ordnance Disposal team was called to the scene as the civilians were taken into custody, and base traffic was shut down for several hours, base officials said in a statement. But it turns out the ordnance was just a mortar training round, with no explosive material inside, Chuck Anthony, a spokesman for JBPHH, told Task & Purpose.
TIKRIT, Iraq (Reuters) - Four people were wounded on Sunday in an attack on Balad air base in northern Iraq which houses U.S. personnel.
The Iraqi military said in a statement that eight Katyusha rockets had been fired at the base, about 80 km (50 miles) north of the capital Baghdad, and that the four wounded included two officers.
QUANTICO, Virginia -- They may not be deadly, but some of the nonlethal weapons the Marine Corps is working on look pretty devastating.
The Marine Corps Joint Nonlethal Weapons Directorate is currently testing an 81mm mortar round that delivers a shower of flashbang grenades to disperse troublemakers. There is also an electric vehicle-stopper that delivers an electrical pulse to shut down a vehicle's powertrain, designed for use at access control points.
"When you hear nonlethal, you are thinking rubber bullets and batons and tear gas; it's way more than that," Marine Col. Wendell Leimbach Jr., director of the Joint Nonlethal Weapons Directorate, told an audience at the Modern Day Marine 2019 expo.
Cue the "silent but deadly" jokes: the Russian military has finally managed to get its hands on a new 'silenced' mortar system to help soldiers remain undetected while providing indirect fire support downrange.