Originally Posted by hmason
On Tuesday we were cruising down Chesapeake Bay to Norfolk, VA following the route we have used for years. I received a phone call and turned the volume on the VHF way down. About a half hour later we were chased down by a navy patrol boat. They pulled alongside and asked if I had a VHF. I said of course. They said they had been calling me and I had ignored their broadcasts about a military security zone comprised of a 6 mile X 6 mile area. I said I never heard them. They asked what channel was I on and I said 16/13.
They then instructed me to follow them. I did. I then discovered that I had never raised the VHF volume after my phone call. They then passed me off to a second patrol boat and instructed me to follow them. They escorted me out of the security zone. Then they instructed me to stay on a heading of 210 degrees to the Annapolis ship channel. They were courteous at all times and wished me a safe trip.
Now that my radio was back on I heard them contact another boat. They were told to head towards shore as they were 3 miles into the security zone. They were told to proceed at top speed for the safety of themselves and their vessel as a bomb was to be dropped shortly. Holy crap.
That sort of stuff happens on the Potomac River near a weapons testing range quite often. They shoot big guns down the river.
I was on the Chesapeake this past spring and heard them chasing boats out of that range. We were a few miles east of it.