Military Exercises Likely Cause of Recent “Booms” – Iran Vows to Send Warships to Gulf of Mexico
REGIONAL – The sound of loud booms along the Gulf coast of Florida have rattled windows and the nerves of many residents for years. In recent weeks those ground shaking booms have become more frequent and residents are asking why.
According the Department of Defense, the United States Military conducts exercises in in a 200-square mile area, just off the northwest coast of Florida. Tyndall Air Force Base is home to the 325th Fighter Wing and a possible source of the loud booms.
Historically, the exercises have consisted of air-to-air missile tests and sonic booms created when aircraft reach the speed of sound. Some aircraft reach speeds between 1,300 and nearly 1,900 mph. The sound barrier is broken at only 750 mph.
Another possible source of the loud booms could be Navy bomb training at the Pinecastle Range located in the Ocala National Forest.
Recent tensions between Iran and the United States prompted a warning from Iran’s Navy Commander, Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, that he plans to send warships to the Gulf of Mexico.
In a statement Khansadi said, “Our fleet of warships will be sent to the Atlantic Ocean in the near future and will visit one of the friendly states in South America and the Gulf of Mexico.”
Khanzadi’s declaration is in response to U.S. vessels being present in the Persian Gulf.
Although a likely cause for the loud booms, the military will not confirm when or where exercises take place. If they are indeed caused by missile tests and sonic booms, the question is whether the increased frequency is to display a show of force, as Iranian warships head towards the region.
It should be noted that CENTCOM, U.S. Central Command, is located in Tampa at MacDill Air Force Base.
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