Bombs Away Once Again At Stumpy Point

The Navy says it will resume training at the Stumpy Point Bombing Range in North Carolina for the first time in about eight years.

The Navy said operations at the Dare County range could start Monday. The Navy says the target is unlike any other in the Department of Defense in that it is both on the water and configured to look like a missile-equipped patrol boat. The range was last used in 2003, but the practice target was destroyed during Hurricane Isabel.

The Navy says the range will primarily be used for target practice for machine guns from helicopters and light practice bombs from fixed-wing aircraft. High-explosive ordnance is not permitted at the target and all ordnance will be inert.


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  • by Tom Location: Roanoke Island on Dec 29, 2011 at 02:34 AM
    They've never stopped training out there'you just can't access the range like we could in the eightys and ninetys.Yesterday it looked like the F-18s were doing the nuclear drop practice from the eightys,to watch them while deer hunting is an awesome sight!If the Range ever has "Open House" again you should go,it makes one proud to be an American.Traditionally held 3rd Thurs. in July.And yes boomer,you're correct,as situations heat up,so do flights at Navy/Dare.
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      by Ordnanceman on Jan 3, 2012 at 10:00 AM in reply to Tom
      Practicing for a nuclear weapons drop; I doubt that. What you are talking about is the roll in and departure during non-guided weapons delivery. Good try though.
  • by yukon on Dec 28, 2011 at 05:44 PM
    I was fishing at the bombing range years ago close to the ship coast guard ran us away it was a awsome sight to see those planes so fast and close
  • by boomer Location: Greenville on Dec 28, 2011 at 05:01 PM
    anybody else notice that this statement is one week after Iran threatened to shut down the Straights of Hormuz?
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      by rang on Dec 28, 2011 at 06:36 PM in reply to boomer
      anybody else notice that obama gave one of our predator drones away to pasify them for a month?Aint nothing going to happen at hormuz.It is all a muslim/democrat political game to brain was the week minded.Prices are going to rise and that is what obama wants.Google is an amazing thing.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 28, 2011 at 04:53 PM
    Oh joy, waking up to planes at the crack of dawn...
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      by yukon on Dec 28, 2011 at 05:46 PM in reply to
      sound of freedom GO NAVY
  • by blah on Dec 28, 2011 at 04:18 PM
    Somewhere around the late 80's I use to go on the refuge/gamelands whatever it was really close maybe a mile or two max to watch them shoot at the target.Anybody know if that area is posted or can you still go back there and watch these guys do their thing?
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      by Tom on Dec 29, 2011 at 02:39 AM in reply to blah
      After 9/11 they restricted access but you can get close enough to see some impressive flying.Take a 4x4 because the DOD roads are muddy,Refuge roads are rocked and nice.
  • by taxman Location: wilson on Dec 28, 2011 at 01:40 PM
    Go Navy !! Bomb Away.
  • by sean on Dec 28, 2011 at 12:19 PM
    thats where they also need to practice for the olf the navy already owns the land, why look other places?
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      by Tom on Dec 29, 2011 at 02:40 AM in reply to sean
      All peat bogs and swamp,virtually impossible to do.
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        by sean on Dec 29, 2011 at 05:59 AM in reply to Tom
        trust me they can, they built a road all the way through the place
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