The U.S. Navy locked down the Washington Navy yard facility in Washington on Thursday but did not confirm reports of an active shooter.
Personnel were taking shelter, the Navy posted on a social media network.
In September 2013, gunman, Aaron Alexis, fatally shot 12 people in a shooting spree that shocked the capital. He was later slain by police.
The FBI said Alexis had a history of mental health issues. At the time of the attack he was delusional and thought that Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) waves were controlling him, the bureau said.
The Navy uses ELF technology to communicate with submarines
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