The First Sentry Savannah Exercise of 2018 is Underway

Savannah – It’s late January/early February so that means it’s once again time for a Sentry Savannah exercise. For this iteration, there are fourteen F-22As from the 43rd FS at Tyndall AFB, ten T-38s from the 2nd FTS at Tyndall AFB, and seven F/A-18Es from VFA-143 at NAS Oceana. They all arrived at the Air Dominance Center at Savannah-Hilton Head IAP at the end of last week and over the weekend and the exercise began this Monday. For what it’s worth, these are the same players as the Sentry Savannah exercise that occurred in January/February 2017. As usual, the exercise centers around air-to-air combat activity in the special use areas off of the South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida coasts. The visiting units are being joined in the offshore airspace by local southeastern units: F-16CMs from the 169th FW at McEntire JNGB and F-15Cs from the 125th FW at Jacksonville IAP. Some F-15Cs from the 159th FW at JRB New Orleans have also been participating, but it sounded like they may have gone home this afternoon based on their routing after they left Savannah-Hilton Head IAP. Over the last few days, some of the 125th FW F-15s and the 159th FW F-15s were coming to Savannah between the morning and afternoon sorties then returning to Jacksonville IAP after the afternoon sorties. The morning sorties have been taking off around 0930 and the afternoon sorties around 1330. The fighter activity has been supported by two KC-135s from the 134th ARW from McGhee Tyson ANGB and the 155th ARW at Lincoln ANGB. This afternoon, a 117th ARW KC-135 from Birmingham ANGB also supported the fighters. Sentry Savannah usually lasts for a couple of weeks, so you’ll still be hearing them in the skies overhead for a while. If you’re interested in listening to them on the radio, you can if you have a scanner or other radio gear that will pick up the 225-400 MHz range in AM mode; here’s what to listen for:

 

Frequencies
119.100/257.800 – Savannah IAP Tower
120.400/353.775 – Savannah Approach/Departure
125.300/371.875 – Savannah Approach/Departure
118.400/307.225 – Savannah Approach/Departure

269.550/124.700 – Jax Center Columbia Low
281.550 – Jax Center Georgetown High
282.200/124.675 – Jax Center Jekyll Low
282.300/135.975 – Jax Center Alma High
285.650/126.125 – Jax Center Statesboro High
363.200/132.925 – Jax Center Allendale/Savannah Low

120.950/284.500 – Sealord North Primary
133.950/267.500 – Sealord South Primary

288.400 – NORAD Discrete; Check-In
293.600 – NORAD Discrete; Blue Air
316.300 – NORAD Discrete; Red Air
265.400 – NORAD Discrete; Aerial Refueling
278.000 – Aerial Refueling

237.000 – ADC Ops; 43rd FS Ops
256.850 – 43rd FS Air-to-Air
288.900 – 43rd FS Air-to-Air
352.100 – 43rd FS Air-to-Air

290.000 – Old VMFA-251 Tac 1; 2nd FTS Ops
320.600 – 2nd FTS Air-to-Air

350.657 – North TACTS Range; VFA-143 Base
268.500 – VMFA-143 Tac

298.300 – 169th FW Ops
141.825 – 169th FW V14
140.125 – 169th FW V15

251.250 – 125th FW Ops
234.800 – 125th FW Aux 5
253.700 – 125th FW Aux 6

314.300 – 159th FW Air-to-Air

 

Callsigns
RAPTOR ## (F-22A, 43rd FS)
SAVAGE ## (F-22A, 43rd FS)
STINGER ## (F-22A, 43rd FS)

BEAGLE ## (T-38, 2nd FTS)
HOUND ## (T-38, 2nd FTS)

GRIFFIN ## (F/A-18E, VFA-143)
TAPROOM ## (F/A-18E, VFA-143)

MACE ## (F-16CM, 169th FW)

FANG ## (F-15C, 125th FW)
GATOR ## (F-15C, 125th FW)

JAZZ ## (F-15C, 159th FW)

HUSKER 33 (KC-135R, 59-1495, 155th ARW)
SODA 55 (KC-135R, 59-1505, 134th ARW)

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