Here's the text of an April letter from Mayor Tom Potter to the U.S. Navy authorizing last night's helicopter training exercises
downtown, which caught Portlanders by surprise and scared a good number of them.
Potter spokesman John Doussard says the city's central dispatch line got about 50 concerned calls last night as the military helicopters buzzed
over the Park Blocks.
"I think next time we would handle it differently," Doussard says.
Potter's letter says, in part:
"I understand that this training will include low visibility movement, military operations in urban terrain, manual and low weight explosive breaching, fast rope insertion, live fire,"
—which the Naval Safety Center calls
"a hazardous but necessary part of combat training"—"
low power training ammunition, simmunitions, flash bang, surveillance and counter surveillance."
As war geeks
know, the Naval Special Warfare Development Group is a real hot-shit
The Oregonian reports
today that the training will continue.
Again, here's the full text of Potter's letter:
April 7, 2008
Captain Scott P. Moore
Commanander [sic], Naval Special Warfare Development Group
1636 Regulus Avenue
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23461
Dear Captain Moore:
I am pleased to extend you an invitation to conduct Urban Military Training in our City from August 17 to 30, 2008.
In a letter from your command, dated November 14, 2007 requesting permission to conduct training, you stated that members of the Naval Special Warfare Development Group and Army Special Operations Aviation Regiment would utilize buildings in the jurisdiction of the City of Portland for this training exercise. I understand that this training will include low visibility movement, military operations in urban terrain, manual and low weight explosive breaching, fast rope insertion, live fire, low power training ammunition, simmunitions, flash bang, surveillance and counter surveillance.
I have been informed that all training has been coordinated through and approved by all involved government entities, as well as the representatives/owners of each property, and that all liability for your personnel and their actions during training rests with the Navy. I have also been informed that extensive planning and coordination has already been conducted and that Sergeant Mike Lieb of the Tactical Operations Division will act as liaison for this exercise.
I welcome the opportunity to support the United States Navy as you develop the techniques and tactics necessary to protect our country. We look forward to your group having a safe and productive training exercise in our City.