VMFA-122 Marine Division Tactics Course

Savannah – Aircraft, pilots, and crews from VMFA-122 at MCAS Beaufort are currently taking part in a Marine Division Tactics Course (MDTC). VMFT-401 is at Beaufort for the MDTC to fly as OpFor for the training. The MDTC is a “graduate level air-to-air school” for select pilots and crews; it is expected that those pilots and crews will take what they learn back to their squadron and share it with the rest of their unit.

VMFA-122 and VMFT-401 have been very active in the offshore SUAs flying multiple sorties in the morning and afternoons. VMFA-122 has not been using their normal callsign NIKEL for the MDTC sorties, they’ve been using LATCH and SALEM. VMFT-401 have been using their normal callsign SNIPER. Additionally, the VMFA-122 MDTC flights have been using VMFA(AW)-224 Tac frequencies or air-to-air while VMFA(AW)-224 is deployed to Japan. VMFT-401 is using other MCAS Beaufort squadron’s Tac frequencies for air-to-air. While training offshore, VMFA-122 flights have been getting intercept control from DEUCE (MACS-2) while VMFT-401 has been working with a ground station I haven’t caught the callsign of yet (in previous visits it has been KREMLIN). Frequencies to catch their activity on are:

313.700 – SEALORD North Secondary
349.800 – W-137 Discrete
376.900 – W-137 Discrete

344.200 – Old VMFA(AW)-224 Base; MDTC F/A-18 Base
250.300 – VMFA(AW)-224 Tac 1; MDTC air-to-air
258.900 – VMFA(AW)-224 Tac 2; MDTC air-to-air

305.800 – VMFA(AW)-224 Base; VMFT-401 Base
274.500 – VMFA-115 Tac 3; VMFT-401 air-to-air
376.425 – VMFA-251 Tac 3; VMFT-401 air-to-air

Sources: Radio monitoring and DVIDS article “Pilots, maintainers train during MDTC


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