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Wed Jul 10, 2019, 04:49 PM

China Lake Naval Base Declared not Mission Capable After Earthquakes, but Weapons and Ammunition A


A ‘Base Closed’ sign is posted outside the main gate to Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS) China Lake on July 7, 2019 in Ridgecrest, California. NAWS China Lake is currently “not mission capable until further notice” following a series of earthquakes nearby. Non-essential personnel were authorized to evacuate the base due to infrastructure concerns. The base remains accessible only to mission essential personnel. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

By ERIKA I. RITCHIE | eritchie@scng.com | Orange County Register
PUBLISHED: July 9, 2019 at 5:06 pm | UPDATED: July 9, 2019 at 5:07 pm

The two major earthquakes that struck last week near the town of Ridgecrest had their epicenter in the heart of the North Testing Range at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake — a 1.2 million-acre military aerospace research and development test center in the Mojave Desert that is critical to national defense.

Destruction from the earthquakes — a magnitude 6.4 Thursday, July 4 and a magnitude 7.1 Friday, July 5 — prompted the Navy Region Southwest commander, Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, to declare the base “not mission capable” and to authorize an evacuation of non-essential personnel — including government workers and Department of Defense contractors — to Naval Base Ventura County. The Ventura County base is composed of three facilities — at Point Mugu, Port Hueneme and San Nicolas Island.

The earthquakes opened fault lines near major runways and laboratories used to test mission systems on some of the Marine Corps and Navy’s most advanced aircraft, including F-18s, AV8-Harriers and F-35s.

Ed Hackett, a contractor at the naval weapons station, is among those who are now working off base.

“We’re writing reports and doing certain analysis that are the unclassified part of the build-up process for the F-35 B and C flown by the Marine Corps and the Navy,” Hackett said Tuesday, July 9, from his Ridgecrest office.

Engineers and base personnel are inspecting the China Lake buildings for safety and functionality. Any delay in getting the base up and running likely will involve the sensitive measuring devices and technologies used to run the aerospace testing labs.

“A lot of sensitive and classified work has to be conducted in secure facilities,” Hackett said. “These ranges have systems that have to be highly calibrated for timing, distance, and altitude. All the missions systems eventually will have to be tested.”

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https://www.ocregister.com/2019/07/09/china-lake-naval-base-declared-not-mission-capable-after-earthquakes-but-weapons-and-ammunition-are-secure/

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Reply China Lake Naval Base Declared not Mission Capable After Earthquakes, but Weapons and Ammunition A (Original post)
RCW2014 Jul 2019 OP
D26-15 Jul 2019 #1
RCW2014 Jul 2019 #4
D26-15 Jul 2019 #7
RCW2014 Jul 2019 #8
D26-15 Jul 2019 #9
Oldgeezer Jul 2019 #2
RCW2014 Jul 2019 #5
Oldgeezer Jul 2019 #6
Gunslinger201 Jul 2019 #3
His Daughter Jul 2019 #12
Gunslinger201 Jul 2019 #16
His Daughter Jul 2019 #17
Gunslinger201 Jul 2019 #18
His Daughter Jul 2019 #10
RCW2014 Jul 2019 #11
His Daughter Jul 2019 #13
RCW2014 Jul 2019 #14
Banshee 3 Actual Jul 2019 #15
His Daughter Jul 2019 #19
DillyDilly500 Jul 2019 #20
Banshee 3 Actual Jul 2019 #21
DillyDilly500 Jul 2019 #22
Banshee 3 Actual Jul 2019 #23
outside Jul 2019 #24

Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 04:58 PM

1. Thanks for the update, copy and paste patriot.

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Response to D26-15 (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 07:07 PM

4. Always glad to help...

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Response to RCW2014 (Reply #4)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 07:11 PM

7. I know, you are a gem for sure.

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Response to D26-15 (Reply #7)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 07:27 PM

8. I know...

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Response to RCW2014 (Reply #8)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 07:33 PM

9. Be careful, you might trip over your ego.

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 05:50 PM

2. And....? Your lord god Putin isn't going to whip our ass because China Lake is under repair

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Response to Oldgeezer (Reply #2)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 07:08 PM

5. snatch*

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Response to RCW2014 (Reply #5)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 07:11 PM

6. Well played putiboi...you got me...JesusH...idiocy

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 06:09 PM

3. If Pt Mugu is still Full Mission Capable they can still test






The Version they are testing for the Marines is the Vertical Take Off and Landing one

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Response to Gunslinger201 (Reply #3)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 10:54 PM

12. The airfield was back in use today

Looks to have been more of a safety stand down in many ways.

Neither the town nor the base appears to have taken serious damage.

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Response to His Daughter (Reply #12)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 04:18 AM

16. Considering the size of the Quake

There is surprisingly little damage

That is a testament to modern engineering

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Response to Gunslinger201 (Reply #16)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 09:55 AM

17. It is going to be a civil engineering study area for a decade

Broad mix of older and newer buildings, runways and roads. No significant injuries and no deaths.

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Response to His Daughter (Reply #17)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 10:08 AM

18. Surprised the Runways didnt look like a Dibber Hit





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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 10:50 PM

10. The airfield has reopened. Most personnel will be back to work on Monday

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Response to His Daughter (Reply #10)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 10:52 PM

11. Thank the Lords! The world is safe now!!!

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Response to RCW2014 (Reply #11)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 10:58 PM

13. Actually it will be a great learning opportuinity

Residential and commercial buildings of various ages which can be evaluated for design effectiveness for seismic activity

The hospital originally was transferring patients but it too fully reopened.

The Rodina hates the place, for good reason.

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Response to His Daughter (Reply #13)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 11:01 PM

14. "Rodina" is pleased to occupy much space in your head...

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Response to His Daughter (Reply #13)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 01:27 AM

15. He supposedly had you on ignore, now you know the baby still trolls and reads your posts

he cant help himself

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Response to Banshee 3 Actual (Reply #15)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 04:18 PM

19. And the Rodina really dislikes the technology pioneered at China Lake

Dad's friend took me on a tour of the place some time ago. I was still in uniform at the time. They do some awesome stuff there, mostly involving things that go bang.

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Response to Banshee 3 Actual (Reply #15)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 05:13 PM

20. Not according to his SIG line list. Your still on tho.

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Response to DillyDilly500 (Reply #20)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 12:12 AM

21. Tis a badge of Honor to be on a russian Fifth column member or White Supremacists ignore list

means the little bitches cant take it

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Response to Banshee 3 Actual (Reply #21)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 05:09 PM

22. I can't see why your there. Nothing but taunts and

vacate fodder.

You needs that really?

I like rc ops, something outta the bubble versus corporate, foreign owned msm.

That your fifth column if you're looking for it.

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Response to DillyDilly500 (Reply #22)

Sat Jul 13, 2019, 12:19 AM

23. Engrish, you learn from front of Claymore?

the persons an anti-semite and propagandist for putin

a Lord Haw Haw for Russia

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Sat Jul 13, 2019, 12:27 AM

24. Get a lover.

U spend 2 much time h-ear.

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