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Training with High-Tech Hailer System on the Hudson

By Eric Durr New York National Guard Public Affairs

New York Naval Militia members teamed up with members of the New York Air National Guard, New York State Police and New York Police Department to train on the latest loud speakers here on April 23 and April 24.

Nine members of the Naval Militia, and ten police officers, and six Air National Guardsmen spent two days learning how to use the LRAD high-tech loud speaker system in a training class funded by the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.

The Long Range Acoustic Device, also known as a sound cannon, is an acoustic hailing device and sonic weapon developed by LRAD Corporation to send messages, warnings, and harmful, pain-inducing tones over longer distances than normal loudspeakers.

The system is made by the LRAD Corporation of San Diego, California and 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.

The system can transmit intelligible speech for more than a kilometer. The Naval Militia has a LRAD 300X system which can be mounted on its nine patrol boats as required.

The training took place in two phases.

In phase one, participants trained at one of Camp Smith’s classrooms on how to operate the LRAD 300X.

The more interesting phase of the training took place on the Hudson River in the vicinity of Peekskill and Verplanck on Apr. 24.

The Naval Militia members and other students practiced using the LRAD 300 system mounted on Naval Militia Patrol Boat 400.

Naval Militia members on duty may need to communicate with other vessels or people on shore, Commander Don McKnight, the officer in charge of the Military Emergency Boat Service, said. The LRAD system allows them to do that with more clarity than a conventional speaker system.

The trainees went through drills testing their ability to employ the LRAD system while mounted on board the boat.

LRAD systems are in use by both the Navy and Coast Guard.