Sentry Savannah July 2018 Update

Savannah – I haven’t had a lot of monitoring time, but I have been able to listen to a few more morning sorties and other listeners have contributed what they’ve heard, so I’ve got an update for what should be the last couple of days of the current Sentry Savannah exercise. Paul, KJ4FAV also provided a photo of COPPER 03 (KC-135R, 64-14831, 161st ARW), the Arizona ANG KC-135 providing tanker support for the exercise.

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COPPER 03 (KC-135R, 64-14831, 161st ARW) on approach to Hunter AAF after supporting Sentry Savannah activity off of the Georgia coast on 25 July 2018. Photo courtesy of Paul Snedeker, KJ4FAV

 

119.100/257.800 – Savannah-Hilton Head IAP Tower
120.400/353.775 – Savannah Approach/Departure
125.300/371.875 – Savannah Approach/Departure
124.975/279.575 – Hunter AAF Tower
126.200/285.425 – Hunter AAF Base Ops

282.200/124.675 – Jax Center Jekyll Low
282.300/135.975 – Jax Center Alma High
317.550/134.375 – Jax Center Charleston Low
285.650/126.125 – Jax Center Statesboro High
363.200/132.925 – Jax Center Allendale/Savannah Low

237.000 – ADC Ops; 43rd FS “HORNET/STINGER Ops”
255.675 – 43rd FS Air-to-Air
256.750 – 43rd FS Air-to-Air
288.900 – 43rd FS Air-to-Air
320.600 – 2nd FTS Air-to-Air

298.300 – 169th FW “SWAMP FOX Ops”
141.825 – 169th FW Air-to-Air

277.450 – 187th FW Air-to-Air
283.700 – 187th FW Air-to-Air

120.950/284.500 – Sealord North Primary
313.700 – Sealord North Secondary
288.400 – NORAD Discrete; Check-In
349.800 – W-137 Discrete; Intercepts
376.900 – W-137 Discrete; Intercepts
293.600 – NORAD Discrete; Intercepts
316.300 – NORAD Discrete; Intercepts
265.400 – NORAD Discrete; Aerial Refueling
278.000 – Aerial Refueling
RAPTOR (F-22A, 43rd FS)
SAVAGE (F-22A, 43rd FS)
STINGER (F-22A, 43rd FS)
VAPOR (F-22A, 43rd FS)
BEAGLE (T-38, 2nd FTS)
HOUND (T-38, 2nd FTS)

COPPER (KC-135R, 161st ARW)
DIXIE (KC-135R, 117th ARW)
KEYS (KC-135R, 186th ARW)

BONES (F-22A, 95th FS)

MACE (F-16CM, 169th FW)

BAMA (F-16C, 187th FW)

DOGHOUSE (325th FW Schoolhouse)
HAMMER (GCI or RTO)
KREMLIN (USMC related ground station)

 

Sentry Savannah exercises usually last two weeks, so this should be the last week of this one. The F-22s and T-38s should start returning home on Friday. If I happen to get anything new over the next couple of days, I’ll post a recap, otherwise this will likely be the last post on the July 2018 Sentry Savannah.

Third Sentry Savannah Exercise of 2018 Underway at the Savannah Air Dominance Center

Savannah – Earlier this week with my Mode-S receiver in Brunswick, I picked up a couple of KC-135s departing the Savannah area for the Special Use Areas off of Savannah.  Since KC-135s are permanent residents at Savannah IAP or Hunter AAF, that activity usually indicates that there is an exercise going on. Some of the few snippets of radio traffic I was able to pick up with a handheld scanner in Brunswick indicated that there was an exercise going on as well. In addition, I got some tweets from the Savannah area that fighter activity was being heard and seen overhead the city. All of that was a solid indication that an exercise is underway and since mid-July has seen Sentry Savannah exercises over the last few years, I assumed that is what we had this year.

Yesterday, I got back to Savannah from Brunswick and was able to listen to the activity, confirming that there is a Sentry Savannah exercise underway. This Sentry Savannah’s players include regular visitors to the Savannah Air Dominance Center, the 43rd FS and their F-22As and the 2nd FTS and their T-38s. Two KC-135s are at Hunter AAF to provide tanker support; one from the 161st ARW, Arizona ANG and one from the 117th ARW, Alabama ANG. In addition to those units flying out of Savannah, F-16s from the 169th FW at McEntire ANGB, South Carolina, and the 187th FW at Montgomery ANGB, Alabama participated. So far, they’re flying two sets of sorties a day; once in the morning around 0900/0930 and another in the afternoon around 1300/1330. Since the exercise started this week, I expect the F-22s and T-38s to be at the Air Dominance Center through next week.

For the most part, the usual Sentry Savannah frequencies seem to be in use along with usual air-to-air frequencies for the units participating. They did, however, use SEALORD W-137 discrete frequencies during yesterday’s morning sorties. Based on yesterday’s monitoring, here’s what’s in use so far:

119.100/257.800 – Savannah-Hilton Head IAP Tower
120.400/353.775 – Savannah Approach/Departure
125.300/371.875 – Savannah Approach/Departure
124.975/279.575 – Hunter AAF Tower
126.200/285.425 – Hunter AAF Base Ops

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

237.000 – ADC Ops; 43rd FS “HORNET/STINGER Ops”
256.750 – 43rd FS Air-to-Air
288.900 – 43rd FS Air-to-Air
320.600 – 2nd FTS Air-to-Air

298.300 – 169th FW “SWAMP FOX Ops”
141.825 – 169th FW Air-to-Air

277.450 – 187th FW Air-to-Air
283.700 – 187th FW Air-to-Air

120.950/284.500 – Sealord North Primary
313.700 – Sealord North Secondary
288.400 – NORAD Discrete; Check-In
349.800 – W-137 Discrete; Intercepts
376.900 – W-137 Discrete; Intercepts
293.600 – NORAD Discrete; Intercepts
316.300 – NORAD Discrete; Intercepts
265.400 – NORAD Discrete; Aerial Refueling
278.000 – Aerial Refueling
RAPTOR (F-22A, 43rd FS)
SAVAGE (F-22A, 43rd FS)
STINGER (F-22A, 43rd FS)
VAPOR (F-22A, 43rd FS)
BEAGLE (T-38, 2nd FTS)
HOUND (T-38, 2nd FTS)

COPPER (KC-135R, 161st ARW)
DIXIE (KC-135R, 117th ARW)

MACE (F-16CM, 169th FW)

BAMA (F-16C, 187th FW)

DOGHOUSE (325th FW Schoolhouse)
HAMMER (RTO)

 

I’ll be back in Brunswick on Friday morning, so if anyone hears anything new or different over the next week and a half of Sentry Savannah activity, please send it to me and I’ll include in updated lists.

Sentry Savannah Recap; 23 May 2018

Savannah – I got back into Savannah from Brunswick yesterday morning just in time to catch the last sorties of the latest Sentry Savannah exercise. It proved to be an interesting morning, with flights of F-15s, F-16s, F-22s, and T-38s being controlled by an E-3 and supported by two KC-135s. After the intercepts were over, a flight of F-22s returned to Langley while the other flights returned to their home base or to Savannah-Hilton Head IAP. After lunch, the rest of the F-22As and the T-38s began returning to Langley as a C-40 began picking up support personnel.

Below is a list of frequencies and callsigns in use during this iteration of Sentry Savannah. I don’t have any photographs to post this time since I wasn’t in town very much and when I was the weather wasn’t very cooperative.

119.100/257.800 – Savannah IAP Tower
124.975/279.575 – Hunter AAF Tower
126.200/285.425 – Hunter AAF Base Ops
120.400/353.775 – Savannah Approach/Departure
125.300/371.875 – Savannah Approach/Departure
118.400/307.225 – Savannah Approach/Departure

256.875/135.450 – Jax Center Keystone Ultra High
277.400/126.750 – Jax Center Brunswick Low
281.550 – Jax Center Georgetown High
282.200/124.675 – Jax Center Jekyll Low
285.650/126.125 – Jax Center Statesboro High
290.350/132.425 – Jax Center Hunter Ultra High
306.300/133.450 – Jax Center Florence Low
317.550/134.375 – Jax Center Charleston Low
319.200/127.875 – Jax Center Aiken High
346.300/133.300 – Jax Center Moultrie Ultra High
363.200/132.925 – Jax Center Allendale/Savannah Low

120.950/284.500 – SEALORD North Primary
313.700 – SEALORD North Secondary
133.950/267.500 – SEALORD South Primary

288.400 – NORAD Discrete; Check-In
293.600 – NORAD Discrete; Intercepts
316.300 – NORAD Discrete; Intercepts
282.600 – AWACS Discrete; Intercepts
254.200 – NORAD Discrete; Aerial Refueling
265.400 – NORAD Discrete; Aerial Refueling
274.400 – Aerial Refueling
278.000 – Aerial Refueling

228.400 – Townsend Range/Coastal MOA

237.000 – ADC Ops; 192nd FW “RAPTOR Ops,” 71st FTS “IRON Ops”
139.2125 ($293) – ADC; 192nd FW/71st FTS MOC
233.525 – 192nd FW Air-to-Air
257.075 – 192nd FW Air-to-Air
262.025 – 192nd FW Air-to-Air
296.900 – 192nd FW Air-to-Air
235.900 – 71st FTS Air-to-Air
320.600 – 71st FTS Air-to-Air, Fight Common

251.250 – 125th FW Ops
234.800 – 125th FW Aux 5
253.700 – 125th FW Aux 6
314.200 – 125th FW Aux 7

311.200 – 55th FS Ops
141.675 – 55th FS Air-to-Air
141.900 – 55th FS Air-to-Air
143.600 – 55th FS Air-to-Air

320.525 – 79th FS Ops
138.150 – 79th FS Air-to-Air
141.150 – 79th FS Air-to-Air
141.700 – 79th FS Air-to-Air
143.200 – 79th FS Air-to-Air

298.500 – Heard in use by another listener between 192nd FW/95th FS flights

BASH (F-22A, 192nd FW)
CORONA (F-22A, 192nd FW)
DEMON (F-22A, 192nd FW)
PANAMA (F-22A, 192nd FW)
RECAP (F-22A, 192nd FW)
SATAN (F-22A, 192nd FW)
SLAM (F-22A, 192nd FW)

IRON (T-38, 71st FTS)
MARLIN (T-38, 71st FTS)
MIG (T-38, 71st FTS)
VODKA (T-38, 71st FTS)
VOODOO (T-38, 71st FTS)

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

CONAN (F-16CM, 55th FS)
DUDE (F-16CM, 55th FS
SPIDER (F-16CM, 55th FS)
VOODOO (F-16CM, 55th FS)

DECAY (F-16CM, 79th FS)
DIESEL (F-16CM, 79th FS)
HELLCAT (F-16CM, 79th FS)
SCAR (F-16CM, 79th FS)
SLASH (F-16CM, 79th FS)
TURBAN (F-16CM, 79th FS)
WILD (F-16CM, 79th FS)

BONES (F-22A, 95th FS)
HEARSE (F-22A, 95th FS)

KEYS 83 (KC-135R, 58-0120, 186th ARW)
EXPO 81 (KC-135T, 58-0086, 141st ARW)
WYLIE 61 (KC-135R, 57-1427, 190th AW)
WYLIE 61 (KC-135R, 62-3572, 190th AW)

DOGHOUSE (325th FW Schoolhouse)
SENTRY 06/GOLIATH (E-3G, 78-0576, 960th ACCS)
HUNTRESS (NORAD EADS)
DRAGON (RTO)

BOXER 42 (C-40C, 02-0201, 113th Wing)

Sentry Savannah Update; 16 May 2018

SavannahYesterday, I posted about a Sentry Savannah exercise being underway out of the Savannah Air Dominance Center. Yesterday’s activity, despite being cut short by bad weather during the afternoon sortie, was far bigger than Tuesday’s activity and included participation by F-16s from the 55th and 79th Fighter Squadrons from Shaw AFB as well as F-22s from the 95th FS from Tyndall AFB. A 186th ARW KC-135 from Meridian, Mississippi also participated as tanker support for the afternoon sorties. As a result, the callsign/frequency list is greatly expanded. The callsign MARLIN has also been confirmed as 71st FTS T-38s by a Langley area listener and another listener contributed 298.500 as an air-to-air frequency in use; as always, if you have additions or corrections, please let me know in the comments below.

119.100/257.800 – Savannah IAP Tower
124.975/279.575 – Hunter AAF Tower
126.200/285.425 – Hunter AAF Base Ops
120.400/353.775 – Savannah Approach/Departure
125.300/371.875 – Savannah Approach/Departure
118.400/307.225 – Savannah Approach/Departure

256.875/135.450 – Jax Center Keystone Ultra High
277.400/126.750 – Jax Center Brunswick Low
281.550 – Jax Center Georgetown High
282.200/124.675 – Jax Center Jekyll Low
285.650/126.125 – Jax Center Statesboro High
290.350/132.425 – Jax Center Hunter Ultra High
306.300/133.450 – Jax Center Florence Low
317.550/134.375 – Jax Center Charleston Low
319.200/127.875 – Jax Center Aiken High
346.300/133.300 – Jax Center Moultrie Ultra High
363.200/132.925 – Jax Center Allendale/Savannah Low

120.950/284.500 – SEALORD North Primary
313.700 – SEALORD North Secondary
133.950/267.500 – SEALORD South Primary

288.400 – NORAD Discrete; Check-In
293.600 – NORAD Discrete; Intercepts
316.300 – NORAD Discrete; Intercepts
254.200 – NORAD Discrete; Aerial Refueling
274.400 – Aerial Refueling
278.000 – Aerial Refueling

228.400 – Townsend Range/Coastal MOA

237.000 – ADC Ops; 192nd FW “RAPTOR Ops,” 71st FTS “IRON Ops”
139.2125 ($293) – ADC; 192nd FW/71st FTS Support Crews
233.525 – 192nd FW Air-to-Air
257.075 – 192nd FW Air-to-Air
262.025 – 192nd FW Air-to-Air
296.900 – 192nd FW Air-to-Air
235.900 – 71st FTS Air-to-Air
320.600 – 71st FTS Air-to-Air, Fight Common

251.250 – 125th FW Ops
234.800 – 125th FW Aux 5
253.700 – 125th FW Aux 6
314.200 – 125th FW Aux 7

311.200 – 55th FS Ops
141.675 – 55th FS Air-to-Air
141.900 – 55th FS Air-to-Air
143.600 – 55th FS Air-to-Air

320.525 – 79th FS Ops
141.150 – 79th FS Air-to-Air
141.700 – 79th FS Air-to-Air
143.200 – 79th FS Air-to-Air

298.500 – Heard in use by another listener between 192nd FW/95th FS flights

BASH (F-22A, 192nd FW)
DEMON (F-22A, 192nd FW)
RECAP (F-22A, 192nd FW)
SATAN (F-22A, 192nd FW)

MARLIN (T-38, 71st FTS)
MIG (T-38, 71st FTS)
VODKA (T-38, 71st FTS)
VOODOO (T-38, 71st FTS)

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

CONAN (F-16CM, 55th FS)
DUDE (F-16CM, 55th FS
SPIDER (F-16CM, 55th FS)
VOODOO (F-16CM, 55th FS)

DIESEL (F-16CM, 79th FS)
SLASH (F-16CM, 79th FS)
TURBAN (F-16CM, 79th FS)
WILD (F-16CM, 79th FS)

BONES (F-22A, 95th FS)
HEARSE (F-22A, 95th FS)

EXPO 81 (KC-135T, 58-0086, 141st ARW)
WYLIE 61 (KC-135R, 62-3572, 190th AW)

DOGHOUSE (325th FW Schoolhouse)
HUNTRESS (NORAD EADS)
DRAGON (RTO)

The F-16s from Shaw AFB and F-22s from Tyndall AFB operated from their own fields and did not use the facilities at Savannah IAP. The 186th ARW KC-135 also operated out of its home field and didn’t use Hunter AAF.

Another Sentry Savannah Exercise Underway at the Savannah Air Dominance Center

Savannah – Last week, F-22As from the 192nd Fighter Wing, Virginia Air National Guard and T-38s from the 71st Fighter Training Squadron, both from Langley AFB, arrived at the Savannah Air Dominance Center at the Savannah – Hilton Head International Airport. Given the timing of their arrival, I’m not sure if they are considering this week 1 of the exercise or week 2, so they may depart late this week or remain for next week as well. I wasn’t able to hear very much of the activity last week, but this week I’ve heard participating aircraft checking in “for the Sentry Savannah airspace,” so it’s definitely a Sentry Savannah exercise. The other participants so far have been F-15Cs from the 125th, Florida Air National Guard at Jacksonville, and two KC-135s; one from the 141st Air Refueling Wing, Washington Air National Guard at Fairchild AFB and one from the 190th Air Refueling Wing, Kansas Air National Guard at Forbes ANGB. For those familiar with previous iterations of Sentry Savannah, they’re using frequencies which have been fairly regular through the last few years.

Frequencies

119.100/257.800 – Savannah IAP Tower
124.975/279.575 – Hunter AAF Tower
126.200/285.425 – Hunter AAF Base Ops
120.400/353.775 – Savannah Approach/Departure
125.300/371.875 – Savannah Approach/Departure
118.400/307.225 – Savannah Approach/Departure

282.200/124.675 – Jax Center Jekyll Low
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; Intercepts
316.300 – NORAD Discrete; Intercepts
274.400 – Aerial Refueling
278.000 – Aerial Refueling

237.000 – ADC Ops; 192nd FW “RAPTOR Ops,” 71st FTS “IRON Ops”
233.525 – 192nd FW Air-to-Air
257.075 – 192nd FW Air-to-Air
262.025 – 192nd FW Air-to-Air
296.900 – 192nd FW Air-to-Air
235.900 – 71st FTS Air-to-Air
320.600 – 71st FTS Air-to-Air, Fight Common

251.250 – 125th FW Ops
234.800 – 125th FW Aux 5
253.700 – 125th FW Aux 6
314.200 – 125th FW Aux 7

 

Callsigns

BASH (F-22A, 192nd FW)
DEMON (F-22A, 192nd FW)
RECAP (F-22A, 192nd FW)
SATAN (F-22A, 192nd FW)

MIG (T-38, 71st FTS)
VODKA (T-38, 71st FTS)
VOODOO (T-38, 71st FTS)

MARLIN (F-22A or T-38)

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

EXPO 81 (KC-135T, 58-0086, 141st ARW)
WYLIE 61 (KC-135R, 62-3572, 190th AW)

DOGHOUSE (325th FW Schoolhouse)
HUNTRESS (NORAD EADS)