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New York Naval Militia will train with new loudspeaker system on Hudson River Friday

By New York Naval Militia | April 23, 2015

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PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- New York Naval Militia members will be conducting training with a high-tech loudspeaker system on the Hudson River in the vicinity of Peekskill and Verplanck on Friday, April 24.

The system, made by the LRAD Corporation of San Diego, is designed to allow Naval Militia patrol boats to communicate with other vessels or people on shore more effectively than traditional bull horns or speaker systems.

Local residents may hear sounds from the speaker system being exercises on the Hudson River.

LRAD stands for Long Range Acoustic Device. The systems can transmit intelligible speech for more than a kilometer. The Naval Militia has a LRAD 300 system which can be mounted on its nine patrol boats as required.

Seven members of the New York State Police and three New York City police officers will join nine members of the New York Naval Militia in learning how to operate the device. Six members of the New York Air National Guard will also participate in the training program.

The New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services is funding the training.

Before moving on board New York Naval Militia Patrol Boat 400 for the waterborne portion of the training, the participants will conduct class room training at the National Guard's Camp Smith Training Site.

The New York Naval Militia consists of members of the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Reserve who simultaneously belong to the Naval Militia as well as their federal reserve military forces. They put the skills they have learned on federal military duty to work for the state when responding to disasters like Hurricane Sandy or the recent snow storm in Buffalo. Five percent of the force is allowed to consist of retired and former Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard members.

The New York Naval Militia operates a fleet of nine patrol boats known as the Military Emergency Boat Service which operate on lakes Ontario and Erie, Lake Champlain, the Hudson River and in New York Harbor in support of law enforcement and the Coast Guard.