March 16, 2008Two California Highway Patrol Officers were conducting speeding
enforcement on I-15, just north of the Marine Corps Air Station at Miramar,
California . 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 CHP 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
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
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.