MDTC Underway at MCAS Beaufort

Savannah - Yesterday morning's monitoring indicated that there's MDTC (Marine Division Tactics Course) underway at MCAS Beaufort. An MDTC usually takes place in January and this year seems to be no different. Flights of MAG-31 F/A-18s using the callsigns LATCH and SALEM (callsigns traditionally used by MDTC flights at MCAS Beaufort) and VMFAT-501 F-5Ns using … Continue reading MDTC Underway at MCAS Beaufort

MCAS Beaufort F/A-18 and F-35 Squadron Frequency Changes

Brunswick - The USMC MAG-31 F/A-18 squadrons and the F-35B FRS squadron at MCAS Beaufort have recently undergone a number of air-to-air and Base frequency changes, leading to an update of my Milair page, but I thought I would also make those changes a blog post as well. A basic overview is that VMFA-115 has … Continue reading MCAS Beaufort F/A-18 and F-35 Squadron Frequency Changes

Marine Division Tactics Course at MCAS Beaufort

Savannah - It seems that MAG-31 at MCAS Beaufort is conducting a Marine Division Tactics Course (MDTC) for Group F/A-18 pilots in conjunction with MAWTS-1 and VMFT-401. A prerequisite for personnel attending the Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course at MCAS Yuma, the MDTC provides training in aerial combat for both fighter pilots and intercept controllers. The training … Continue reading Marine Division Tactics Course at MCAS Beaufort

DVIDS Article on Marine Division Tactics Course at MCAS Beaufort

Recently I posted about the Marine Division Tactics Course that has been underway at MCAS Beaufort; this DVIDS article below appeared about it yesterday including the information that the graduation takes place today. Based on monitoring over the last few weeks, VMFA-112 and the 142nd FW assisted in the MDTC as adversaries in addition to VMFT-401. … Continue reading DVIDS Article on Marine Division Tactics Course at MCAS Beaufort

Change in VMFAT-501 Frequencies and MDTC Continues

Savannah - Today is the first day in a little over a week that I've been able to play radio and one of the first things I noticed is that VMFAT-501 at MCAS Beaufort has changed frequencies. They've been using 315.300, 319.500, and 285.000 as air-to-air frequencies as 299.275 as their Base frequency. After not … Continue reading Change in VMFAT-501 Frequencies and MDTC Continues

Marine Division Tactics Course Ongoing at MCAS Beaufort

Savannah - It sounds like there is a Marine Division Tactics Course (MDTC) ongoing at MCAS Beaufort. Once the fog burned off this afternoon, I heard a SNIPER flight of F-5Ns from VMFT-401 working with a SALEM flight of MAG-31 F/A-18s from MCAS Beaufort, SC. In the past, F/A-18s from Beaufort flying as LATCH or … Continue reading Marine Division Tactics Course Ongoing at MCAS Beaufort

VMFT-401 Back in the Lowcountry

The F-5s of VMFT-401 are back in the Lowcountry.  They're at MCAS Beaufort, SC this week working with the F/A-18 squadrons of MAG-31.  I didn't catch their arrival, but they apparently arrived at Beaufort on Monday and began flying sorties off shore yesterday.  As usual, they're using the callsign SNIPER and using frequencies assigned to … Continue reading VMFT-401 Back in the Lowcountry

Here’s Why VMFT-401 Was at MCAS Beaufort The Last Few Weeks

The SNIPERs of VMFT-401 departed MCAS Beaufort this after to return home to MCAS Yuma.  Over the last few weeks, they've supported MAG-31 at Beaufort as pilots from VMFA-122, VMFA(AW)-224, and VMFA-312 went through the Marine Division Tactics Course.  In addition to VMFT-401, F-16s from the USAF's 64th AGRS using the callsigns MIG and IVAN … Continue reading Here’s Why VMFT-401 Was at MCAS Beaufort The Last Few Weeks

Operation Carolina Guardian

A news story on WTOC News this evening identified the activity heard over and around Beaufort yesterday and today. It is a joint training exercise between the USMC and SC Army National Guard training for Iraq operations. The story and associated video can be found here.Activity from this morning and this afternoon consisted of HAWK … Continue reading Operation Carolina Guardian

MAG-31 Convoy Support Exercise

This morning and this afternoon, I heard F/A-18 Hornets from MCAS Beaufort, SC working over and around the Beaufort area doing convoy support training. All four squadrons involved were from MAG-31 at Beaufort: VMFA-115, VMFA-122, VMFA-312, and VMFA(AW)-533. Rotary wing assets, probaby AH-1 Cobras were working with the Hornets as well. There were three convoys … Continue reading MAG-31 Convoy Support Exercise