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Skydivers miss airport, land instead on Nuclear Sub base

The fleet ballistic missile submarine USS Alaska arrives at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in this photo from the U.S. Navy.

The fleet ballistic missile submarine USS Alaska arrives at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in this photo from the U.S. Navy.

KINGS BAY, Ga. (AP) — The military is investigating after two skydivers missed an airport and landed on a high-security submarine base along Georgia's coast.

St. Marys Airport officials say they were told Sunday that the U.S. Navy had two skydivers in custody after they landed on the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base.

Cathy Kloess, who owns a skydiving business at the nearby St. Marys Airport, tells The Florida Times-Union that the skydivers landed on a baseball diamond on base.

Kloess said the Navy doesn't want skydivers landing on the base, but Navy officials were understanding after an "act of God" like the strong winds that blew the skydivers off-course.

Base security officers released the jumpers after verifying their identities.

Officials say it's at least the third time in three years that skydivers missed the airport.

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waltspecht 2 years, 3 months ago

Can't help but wonder what would have happened had they landed near Nuclear Weapons Storage areas? If things haven't changed much, those Marines have orders to shoot. At least at Weapons Station Goose Creek they did.

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rock 2 years, 3 months ago

The RoE have always been to identify the threats and then use deadly force as a last measure. 3 skydivers strggling under canopy in high winds are not much of a threat. I have been at several weapons stations over my career and not one had a shoot on sight policy. Marines are trained to eliminate threats and not just shoot, hence RoE's...

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 2 years, 3 months ago

I'm glad they didn't have orders to shoot! Of course, not as glad as those skydivers.

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