The USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) Amphibious Group, per photos posted on the Navy website, recently operated in the Atlantic Ocean. Their location in the Atlantic Ocean happened to be just off of the Georgia coast while they were conducting a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX). The COMPTUEX provided radio hobbyists in the area with the opportunity to hear aircraft like the AV-8B Harrier and MV-22 Osprey that normally don’t operate in the area.
We get to hear aircraft carrier COMPTUEX activity in the Coastal Georgia area several times a year but hearing an amphibious group or MEU is something that doesn’t happen very often so getting to listen to the Kearsarge activity was a treat. I happened to be in Savannah at the time so I was able to use the home station to search for activity. One scanner was used for scanning known frequencies (including using computer/logging recording), another for scanning air traffic control frequencies, one for searching UHF milair frequencies, and another for searching VHF and FM milair frequencies.
Over the course of their operations in the Coastal Georgia area, I had several opportunities to monitor them before I left for Atlanta earlier in the week. Here are the callsigns and frequencies I heard:
JUSTICE (MV-22, VMM-266R)
LEGACY (MV-22, VMM-266R)
SPEAR (AV-8B, VMA-231, attached to VMM-266R)
OTIS (KC-130J, VMGR-252)
FIGHTING TIGER (P-3C, VP-8)
JUNKYARD (ground unit)
120.950/284.500 – Sealord North Primary
277.400/126.750 – Jax Center Brunswick Low
282.200/124.675 – Jax Center Jekyll Low
363.200/132.925 – Jax Center Millen/Savannah Low
120.400/353.775 – Savannah App/Dep