Navy aggressor mission in the spotlight

Photo: José M. Ramos


As the contractor aggressor mission ramps up to meet increased demand, the US Navy is still maximising the support from its Tactical Support Wing (TSW), which is responsible for the adversary squadrons that are relied upon to keep fleet squadrons on their toes.

Ace aerial photographer José M. Ramos caught up with the TSW recently in NAS Key West, Florida, with his stunning photos appearing in the new September issue of Combat Aircraft, which is on sale tomorrow.

The TSW includes five squadrons; VAQ-209 ‘Star Warriors’ with the EA-18G Growler, VFA-204 ‘River Rattlers’ with F/A-18C/Ds, VFC-12 ‘Fighting Omars’ with F/A-18C/Ds, plus VFC-13 ‘Fighting Saints’ and VFC-111 ‘Sundowners’ F-5F/N Tiger IIs. With the exception of the ‘Star Warriors’, which augment the electronic attack squadrons, the remaining four units are responsible for the bulk of threat simulation and adversary support training during Fleet Replace Squadron (FRS) tactics detachments to NAS Key West, Florida, Composite Training Unit Exercises (COMPTUEX), and the bulk of training assets for the Strike Fighter Advanced Readiness Program known as SFARP.

Read all about the TSW in our new September issue.

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