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Report reveals scale of missing military munitions

Added 12-02-21 04:37:03pm EST - “While all branches of the US military insist only a tiny percentage of explosives are lost or stolen from their stocks, an AP investigation suggests the disappearance of grenades, C4, and even rockets, often gets overlooked.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Report reveals scale of missing military munitions”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Investigating the disappearance of more than 2,000 military firearms since 2010, the agency sought records into the missing explosives as well. According to a report published on Thursday, the US Army came back with a list of 1,900 incidents, “about half” of which it said were recovered, and said it has maintained “proper accountability of 99.999984% of munitions.”

An @AP investigation has found that a range of explosives — TNT, armor-piercing grenades, plastic explosives, even rockets — have been stolen from or lost by the U.S. armed forces over the past decade. https://t.co/8ZhFHbmz8E

The Air Force said it had lost about 50 pounds (23 kg) of C4 explosives, more than 800 feet (244 meters) of detonating cord, and “several dozen” 40 mm armor-piercing grenades over the years in question. 

The Navy said only 20 hand grenades had been stolen, and 18 of them were recovered. But,  when confronted with a report of 24 more missing from a ship’s armory in 2012, said that the incident was beyond the 2-year record-keeping requirement.

The army listed 1,066 incidents involving TNT or C4, but was unable to specify the quantity of the missing explosives. The rest of the entries involved artillery and mortar shells, rockets, hand and 40mm grenades, as well as landmines.

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