The Sounds Of Freedom Ramp Up

The sounds of machine gun fire and racing boats are about to become a part of the atmosphere on the North Carolina coast.

Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point is hosting a Navy Special Boat Team this week as it prepares to deploy. Day and night operations until 10 p.m. are part of the exercise, and the teams will shoot live ammunition.

Base officials warned residents that the teams will train through Feb. 26, including weekends. The exercise takes place in and around the Neuse River, and Brandt and Piney islands.


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  • by The Voice on Mar 6, 2010 at 05:11 AM
    Sounds of freedom? Right. Sounds of ruthless thugs carrying out american imperialism and militarism.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Feb 18, 2010 at 02:26 PM
    GO NAVY! If young men today want a job that provides plenty chances to travel and lots of cool excitement, this is it!
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Feb 18, 2010 at 02:06 PM
    James of New Bern, as a reader of Agatha Christie, her detective Hercule Poirot always referred to the brain as his "little gray cells".
  • by C on Feb 18, 2010 at 12:57 PM
    Sounds like I need to make a trip to the mouth of the Neuse! Thanks again,Back.
  • by Back Location: Greenville on Feb 18, 2010 at 12:18 PM
    I have not seen the 130s out there, but when you see the trail of a rocket and the explosion, and then 15 to 20 seconds later you can hear it AND feel it; that's not blanks. I normally see them while Drum fishing at night. Like I said, very cool & intimidating.
  • by C on Feb 18, 2010 at 10:51 AM
    Back: Thanks for the tip! Something else I'd love to see [obviously from a safe distance] would be a C-130 gunship firing it's miniguns at ground targets at nighttime. I understand that it's a truly awesome spectacle.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 18, 2010 at 10:39 AM
    It will not be live ammunition, they will be firing blanks (no projectiles)
  • by York Location: Winterville on Feb 18, 2010 at 10:00 AM
    Sweet. I'll def check it out.
  • by Back Location: Greenville on Feb 18, 2010 at 09:11 AM
    C; Wanna see cool? Be near the mouth of the Neuse at night and many times you can see some vey cool, and very intimidating live fire from boats and helicopters.
  • by Truth Location: Reality on Feb 18, 2010 at 08:25 AM
    Careful, James... Anon is correct. The term racing is being used in it's inflected form as a verb as these are not "racing boats," but boats (type is irrelevant) that will be racing up, down, and all around the waterways.
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