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Two missiles destroyed in ocean off Camp Pendleton

September 26, 2011 |  5:22 pm

Two Sea Sparrow missiles on the ocean floor about 1.7 miles from Camp Pendleton were destroyed Monday without killing any fish, the Navy announced.

The two missiles were jettisoned Aug. 30 while being taken by helicopter to an amphibious assault ship. The missiles had begun swinging uncontrollably and posed a danger to the helicopter and its crew, the Navy said.

Navy explosive ordnance disposal technicians conducted a controlled detonation to destroy the two missiles in about 60 feet of water. Divers later found no visible parts, the Navy said.

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