Royal Danish Air Force C-130J Conducted Parachute Drops Near Savannah

Savannah – Yesterday, a Royal Danish Air Force C-130J conducted parachute drops in the area of Tybee Island near Savannah, GA. It appears it was part of Exercise Emerald Warrior 2019, a US Special Operations Command exercise that combines Special Operations and Conventional forces to prepare for operations “in a complex and uncertain Irregular Warfare security environment.” While doing some web research on why a Danish C-130 might have been in Savannah, I came upon a gallery of DVIDS images that included the aircraft working with units at Hurlburt Field.



A Royal Danish Air Force C-130J Hercules flies in formation with a U.S. Air Force MC-130 Hercules Combat Talon II from the 15th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fl., while conducting flight operations for training as part of Exercise Emerald Warrior 19 Jan. 14, 2019. Emerald Warrior provides annual realistic and relevant pre- deployment training encompassing multiple joint operating areas to prepare Special Operations Forces, Conventional Force enablers, Partner Nations and Interagency elements to integrate with and execute full spectrum Special Operations in a complex and uncertain Irregular Warfare security environment using all aspects of live, virtual, and constructive training assets. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Gregory Brook)

Given that it was a federal holiday, I wasn’t expecting to hear much on the radios while I was in Savannah for a doctor’s appointment. I didn’t, but at least Danish C-130J conducting parachute drops made part of what I did hear very interesting. CRUSHER 31 (C-130J, B-536, Esk 721 Royal Danish AF) departed Savannah-Hilton Head Airport yesterday and headed out toward Tybee Island, telling Savannah Approach Control on 120.400 that they would be conducting parachute drops in the Savannah Beach area. Throughout the operation, they made “Jumpers in the Air” with Approach Control as well. I quickly put one of my radios in search mode and found them on 245.750 working DZ to coordinate the drops. After the drops were complete, CRUSHER 31 departed the area cleared to Hurlburt Field, which meshes with the information I came across in my web search.

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