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    U.S Navy Hovercraft lands on beach in San Francisco

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     dinalee photographed U.S. Navy hovercraft on October 3 in San Francisco. 'The hovercraft was huge, and it sounded like a jet. It is operated by two gas turbine engines and has huge fans in the back and underneath to get it floating.' she said. She says the hovercraft landed on Ocean Beach as part of Fleet week exercises.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    As part of the Fleet Week exercises, a US Navy hovercraft landed on a beach in San Francisco. The beach known as Ocean Beach usually has children, adults or tourists playing in the sand or running from the waves, dogs running around, or surfers trying to catch waves.
    The hovercraft is attached to the USS Makin Island. Since I am a Navy veteran I was excited to see the US Navy land on a beach where I usually walk and think.

     

    Update: The US Navy hovercraft landing on Ocean beach in San Francisco was part of a "broader exercise" or "practice exercise that brought civilian emergency agencies together  with military units to test their ability to communicate with each  other electronically and face to face."

    The drill at Ocean Beach was part of a broader exercise that included  two sites on the east side of San Francisco, one of them another  communications site and the other oriented toward practicing the  inter-agency coordination that might be needed to reopen major roads and  other transportation routes to bring in food, medical supplies and  other needs following a disaster.

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