“The same men would be armed only with bare hands and/or improvised weapons of opportunity, such as a sharp stick or a rock…”
One of only two Navy SEAL training bases was the recipient of a phone threat ostensibly from the ISIS global Islamic Jihad terrorist network. As reported by the right-of-center Breitbart.com news portal on Sept. 28, 2014, a rather terse call was received at the San Diego SEAL training base late last week, but Navy officials were quick to discount the call as simply a “non-credible” prank. However, be it a prank or otherwise, the news report brings to light that the highly trained and equally lethal Navy special operators are expressly forbidden by the same Navy they serve from carrying personally owned firearms while aboard any given naval installation, even if the sailor in question should have a civilian Concealed Carry Permit/License (CCP/CCL).
The Fox News affiliate in San Diego KSWB reported of a threatening call to the Naval Amphibious Base Coronado with the short and rather cryptic message of only “ISIS is on the ground.” With a Navy official speaking to KSWB on the grounds of anonymity, the official did verify that the call went straight to the three-phase, 24-week BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEALS) training facility located on the base.
While SEAL (SEa, Air, Land) operatives are more-than-slightly proficient at dispatching enemy personnel with everything from edged weapons to AT-4 Anti-Tank rockets and everything in between, if terrorists were to assault Coronado or any other military installation around the globe, by virtue of a specific Navy order the same men would be armed only with bare hands and/or improvised weapons of opportunity, such as a sharp stick or a rock. Per the Department of the Navy’s OPNAVINST 5530.14E CH-1 dated 19 April 2010 makes clear servicemen are strictly verboten from having any type of “weapon which launches a projectile” to include BB guns and/or pellet guns while aboard base.
If any lingering doubt should persist in the minds of America’s warriors regarding the circumstances of having personal weapons on base, the Navy issued an update in the form of a GENADMIN (General Administrative) from the Chief of Naval Operation to all hands effective May, 2010. In part, the head honcho for the Navy made clear, “ALL PERSONAL FIREARMS APPROVED BY THE INSTALLATION COMMANDING OFFICER FOR TRANSPORT ON A NAVY INSTALLATION SHALL BE TRANSPORTED ONLY AFTER INSTALLATION SECURITY HAS BEEN NOTIFIED, THE FIREARMS ARE UNLOADED, AND THEY ARE IN THE TRUNK OF THE VEHICLE. IF THE VEHICLE HAS NO TRUNK, THE FIREARM MUST BE DISASSEMBLED, OR SECURED WITH A TRIGGER OR CHAMBER-STYLE LOCK, AND STORED IN A LOCKED CONTAINER. AMMUNITION WILL BE TRANSPORTED IN A SEPARATE COMPARTMENT FROM THE ONE IN WHICH THE FIREARM IS STORED.”
In the wake of the recent Washington Naval Shipyard shooting where the victims weren’t allowed to carry their own legally owned personal weapons, and had no choice but to wait for base security to respond, there have been calls for our military members to protect themselves with essentially the same weapons the nation entrusts them with to protect the citizenry and the Constitution. Also the foiled 2007 Fort Dix Islamic Jihadist plot was widely ignored by the mainstream media when it was uncovered the terrorists planned going on the post disguised as pizza deliverymen, knowing that the average soldier was unarmed, hence, an easy slaughter of troops in the barracks at least until Base MPs would eventually respond, à la the Ft. Hood massacre.