When I was stationed onboard the USS Midway (CV-41) back during the Great War of 1991 (Persian Gulf Part I), there were a few times in which we had
inbound aircraft, and a couple instances of incoming missiles.
During one such event, we were sent to battle stations because of inbound missiles. Our escort, which had orders to "intercept" missiles if
possible, was not within travel distance (interestingly enough, my high school bully was on the ship meant to protect me... had to laugh about
Before reaching our stations, we could hear the... crap, can't remember its name... the automatic gatlin cannons that can track and shoot at
missiles... we could hear that firing off.
Upon reaching stations, there was only silence as we waited for impact. You could hear the auto-cannons firing some more.
A few minutes went by. Finally, the announcement to return to station was broadcast throughout the ship; apparently, the missiles were destroyed.
About a week later, we were told that the reported missiles were in fact whale sonar affecting the ship's radar systems.
What? Never had I heard anything like this! But, then again, there were a few things onboard that were kept from us.
Now, I recall there being submarines with us (even though the news said there were no subs due to depth of the Gulf), and that we did, in fact, carry
nuclear missiles (the crew members were ordered below decks when a Marine platoon landed and removed some crates).
I understand keeping things from the public's eye, and to keep things secret from the enemy... but to create such an odd-sounding cover story of
Now, my question is this: Just because I never heard of it, it doesn't mean it can't happen. It sounds odd to me... but is it possible for animal
sonar to affect a naval ship's RADAR? You have to keep in mind that not only did it affect the auti-guns, but it would have had to affect the
ship's main radar, too. The auto-cannons are just that, automatic... they (the guns) could not have told the crew to go to battle stations.