China Lake back in action after quake

Photo: VX-9 'Vampires' resumed flight operations at China Lake on July 10. US Navy/VX-9


Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS) China Lake has resumed flight operations following last week’s strong earthquakes that rocked the US Navy test base next to Ridgecrest, California. Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Nine (VX-9) reported that it had resumed normal flight operations on July 10after the air station was at the epicenter of a 7.1 magnitude earthquake.

‘I’m incredibly excited to have the opportunity to put planes in the sky today,’ said CAPT Jesse Hilliker, VX-9 commanding officer. ‘I feel like this is the next step in the recovery process and getting the base back to where it needs to be and doing what they do best: launching aircraft and executing missions.’

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