Tuesday, October 21, 2014

USS Milius Departs on Deployment


San Diego (NNS) -- The guided missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69) departed Naval Base San Diego Oct. 20 on an independent deployment to the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans.

The ship and crew of more than 300 Sailors, assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 21, will conduct presence operations and goodwill activities with partner nations.

Prior to deploying to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility, Milius will participate in a Task Group Exercise off the coast of Southern California, Oct. 20-31, along with other units from the U.S and Canadian navies and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.

U.S. 3rd Fleet will lead the exercise that serves to train independently-deploying units in air defense, anti-submarine warfare, surface warfare, and maritime interdiction operations, while also building cooperative relationships.

Milius is a multi-mission ship with anti-air warfare, anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare surface combatants capabilities, designed to operate independently or with an associated strike group.

The Navy announced Oct. 16 the ballistic missile defense (BMD)-capable guided-missile destroyers USS Benfold (DDG 65) and Milius will become part of the Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) based at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan in the summers of 2015 and 2017, respectively.

Milius is homeported in San Diego and is part of Naval Surface Forces and U.S. 3rd Fleet.

U.S. 3rd Fleet leads naval forces in the Eastern Pacific from the West Coast of North America to the international date line and provides the realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy.

Btown Milcom Blog Logs


Have been doing some HF monitoring this morning. Ran across a couple of interesting freqs.

7348.0 kHz USB/ALE FEMA running weekly comm checks on the FNARS net. FM4FEM - ALE Address (Voice call WGY 914) FEMA Federal Region Center Thomasville, GA cld by FCSFEM002 (WGY 912) - Mt. Weather EAC (Berryville), VA

7630.5 kHz USB/Olivia Tail end of the US Air Force MARS NEM1 net (NE US) at 1345 UTC.
8101.0 kHz USB US Navy CWC Air Defense network, call sign India Whiskey is NCS, probable USS Iwo Jima ARG off the east coast of the US.

US Air Force Reaper Drone Crashe at Niamey Airport

US Air Force (USAF) MQ-9 Reaper drone (AFP Photo / USAF)
According to the Reuters new agency an unarmed USAF MQ-9 Reaper drone crashed on landing at the main airport in the capital of Niger on Monday (10/20/14), damaging the runway, but causing no injuries, airport sources in Niger and the U.S. Air Force said.     

Washington deployed unarmed surveillance drones in Niger after a French-led military operation in 2013 destroyed an al Qaeda enclave in neighboring northern Mali.


Supported by some 120 U.S. military personnel, they operate from a base outside the capital Niamey, though the United States is considering moving the operation to Agadez, 750 km (460 miles) northeast of Niamey.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Swedish 'Cold War' thriller exposes Baltic Sea nerves over Russia

Swedish corvette HMS Stockholm patrols Jungfrufjarden in the Stockholm archipelago October 20, 2014. REUTERS/Anders Wiklund/TT News Agency
 
By Alistair Scrutton and Simon Johnson, Yahoo News website
 
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - It has all the makings of a Cold War thriller -- an emergency military deployment with stealth ships and helicopters hunting for a foreign submarine in the Stockholm archipelago. Grainy photographs of a mysterious vessel. Sightings of a black-clad man wading in shallow coastal waters.
 
Whether it was caused by paranoia or a secret naval mission, Sweden's biggest military mobilization since the Cold War over the last three days has underscored growing concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin's intentions in the Baltic Sea region.

In just over a month, an Estonian intelligence officer has been reported abducted by Russian forces, Finland has complained of Russian interference with one of its research vessels, and Sweden has lodged an official protest over a "serious violation" when Russian warplanes entered its air space.

With shades of Frederick Forsyth, the maritime mystery has fired the imagination of the region. Moscow has denied it has any submarine in mechanical trouble in Sweden's waters, but nervous governments fear that the Baltic Sea could become the next flashpoint with Russia after Ukraine.

"This may become a game-changer for the security in the whole Baltic Sea region," tweeted Edgars Rinkevics, foreign minister of Latvia, where officials say there has been a marked increase in Russian submarines and ships navigating close to their territorial waters. 

The search in the Baltic Sea, less than 30 miles (50 km) from Stockholm, began on Friday and reawakened memories of the final years of the Cold War, when Sweden repeatedly chased suspected Soviet submarines along its coast with depth charges.
But there have also been many false alarms. In the 1980s, the military on several occasions thought it had detected submarines, only to find the underwater sounds had been made by minks or otters.

The military say they are now looking for a submarine, a mini-submarine or even divers amid the thousands of islands near Stockholm, many of them popular holiday destinations. On Monday a no-fly zone was declared around the search area.

New Navy E-2D aircraft goes operational

An E-2D Advanced Hawkeye from Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 125 banks over Naval Station Norfolk. VAW-125 will be the first squadron to deploy with the E-2D. (MC2 Ernest R. Scott / Navy)

By Christopher P. Cavas, Navy Times Staff writer

WASHINGTON — The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye has been declared to be operational, meaning that deployment training for the Navy’s newest airborne warning and control aircraft can begin in earnest.

Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for the Advanced Hawkeye was achieved Oct. 10 when Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 125 (VAW-125) was certified to have five operational aircraft, five trained air crews and a fully-certified maintenance team.

With IOC declared, the VAW-125 Tigertails now will train with Carrier Air Wing 1, scheduled to deploy next year aboard the carrier Theodore Roosevelt.

Read the rest of this article on the Navy Times website at http://www.navytimes.com/article/20141016/NEWS04/310160060/New-Navy-E-2D-aircraft-goes-operational


Navy at Travis quietly keeps communications open with subs

Lt. Cmdr. Jason Anstead gestures toward a E-6 Mercury communications plane used by the Navy VQ-3 detachment unit based at Travis Air Force Base. The plane trails a five-mile-long antenna out of its rear, in order to communicate with submarines on missions in the Pacific. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)
By , Daily Republic website

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — Whenever the Pentagon wants to call one of its nuclear subs in the Pacific, the call goes through the quiet Navy professionals whose E-6B Mercury communication aircraft fly out of their unobtrusive alert facility on Travis’ south side.

Like fishermen, the aircrew of Travis’ VQ-3 detachment spends long hours out over the Pacific, catching messages with a five-mile trailing antenna that will then be sent to the subs cruising safely and silently under water within 1,000 miles of the aircraft.
“We are one big relay platform,” said VQ-3 Detachment Officer in Charge Navy Lt. Cmdr. Jason Anstead.

The unit’s unofficial name, TACAMO, stands for Take Charge and Move Out. It was born in July 1963 when the director of naval communications for the chief of naval operations used those words to start work on coming up with a better way to communicate with the Navy’s nuclear submarines.

This system had to be capable of surviving any hostile military action, something ground-based communications sites were incapable of doing, according to Anstead.
The result was the creation of Strategic Communications Wing 1, which is headquartered at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., and oversees three fleet air reconnaissance squadrons. One of those, VQ-3, has the detachment, which is stationed on the south side of Travis Air Force Base’s runway. It’s sister unit, VQ-4, has a detachment that is stationed on the East Coast at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.
Initially, the wing was equipped with modified C-130 Hercules aircraft. They were replaced with the E-6 Mercury, which is a heavily modified Boeing 707 packed with high-tech communications gear.

Rest of the article can be read at http://www.dailyrepublic.com/news/military/navy-at-travis-quietly-keeps-communications-open-with-nations-submarines/               

Mode-S/ADS Milcom Intercepts 19 October 2014 - Btown NC

Here is another round of Mode-S/ADS-B intercepts and selected ATC call signs logged from here on the radio ranch in WNC. All dates/times are UTC.

AE4E9C 166179   ---  2014-10-19 21:46:33 T-6B United States ---   
ADFECB 84-0485   PAT185 2014-10-19 21:15:27 C-12T-3 United States KY ARNG | OSACOM DET-11 [KFFT]   
ADFDB6 93-1036   ROLER75 2014-10-19 20:01:59 C-130H United States USAF | 19AW [KLRF]   
AE1144 165978   ---  2014-10-19 18:38:47 T-6A United States USN | TW-6 [KNPA]   
AE0485 62-3521   MASH65 2014-10-19 16:53:13 KC-135R United States AFRC | 434ARW | 72ARS [KGUS]   
ADFDD6 95-6712   ANVIL31 2014-10-19 16:37:10 C-130H United States WV ANG | 130AW | 130AS [KCRW]   
AE29FC 168205   ---  2014-10-19 16:10:53 UC-12W United States USMC | VMGR-252 [KNKT]   
AE1197 03-3114   RULER21 2014-10-19 16:10:08 C-17A United States MS ANG | 172AW | 183AS [KJAN]   
AE11E7 79-0001   ---  2014-10-19 16:00:55 E-3G United States USAF | 552ACW [KTIK]   
AE11E7 79-0001   ---  2014-10-19 15:33:26 E-3G United States USAF | 552ACW [KTIK]   

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Mode-S/ADS Milcom Intercepts 18 October 2014 - Btown NC

Here is another round of Mode-S/ADS-B intercepts and selected ATC call signs logged from here on the radio ranch in WNC. All dates/times are UTC.

A3BE59 12-3040   ---  2014-10-18 23:52:19 C-146A United States ---   
AE04D8 165830   ---  2014-10-18 21:57:57 C-40A United States USNR | VR-59 [KNFW]   
ADFE66 91-1235   DERBY 72 2014-10-18 20:51:28 C-130H United States KY ANG | 123AW | 165AS [KSDF]   
AE509E 10-80264   ---  2014-10-18 20:33:53 UV-18C United States golden knights   
AE49C3 09-9207   RCH585T 2014-10-18 20:04:18 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS]   
AE04AC 99-0103   ---  2014-10-18 19:39:19 UC-35a1 United States USARC | B/2-228 AVN (TA) [KMGE]   
AE07F5 97-0043   SLAM91 2014-10-18 19:37:40 C-17A United States AFRC | 452AMW | 729AS [KRIV]   
ADACC6 N980ST   NRG80 2014-10-18 19:10:38 737-4B3 United States US DEPT OF ENERGY ---  18550    
AE08A4 00-3583   ---  2014-10-18 18:40:25 T-6A United States USAF | 14FTW | 41FTS [KCBM]   
ADFEB5 74-0787   RADIX 29 2014-10-18 18:37:04 E-4B United States USAF | 55WG | 1ACCS [KOFF]   
AE174D 06-3859   ---  2014-10-18 18:35:41 T-6A United States USAF   
AE1104 01-3616   ---  2014-10-18 18:33:45 T-6A United States USAF   
AE1472 07-7180   RCH583T 2014-10-18 18:24:07 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS]   
ADFE9A 95-0101   ---  2014-10-18 18:10:21 C-12R+ United States USARMY   
A50BC2 05-0424   50424 2014-10-18 16:50:33 U-28A United States USAF | 1SOW [KHRT]   
AE1EB1 166044   ---  2014-10-18 15:58:08 T-6B United States USN | taw-5 | VT-6   
AE29FC 168205   ---  2014-10-18 15:27:41 UC-12W United States USMC | VMGR-252 [KNKT]   
AE0940 166374   ---  2014-10-18 15:05:31 UC-35D United States VMR DET [KADW]   
AE49C1 09-9205   BASCO72 2014-10-18 07:00:48 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS]    
AE4F16 10-0222   BASCO73 2014-10-18 06:59:25 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS]    
AE20C5 07-7184   BASCO75 2014-10-18 06:55:44 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS]    
AE20C7 07-7186   BASCO76 2014-10-18 06:43:40 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS]   
AE2FAA 08-8198   BASCO74 2014-10-18 06:41:09 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS]   
ADFD06 95-0058   ---  2014-10-18 02:20:31 T-1A United States USAF | 14FTW | 48FTS   
ADFCF1 94-0146   ---  2014-10-18 00:58:53 T-1A United States USAF | 14FTW | 48FTS   

Friday, October 17, 2014

Mode-S/ADS Milcom Intercepts 16 October 2014 - Btown NC

Here is another round of Mode-S/ADS-B intercepts and selected ATC call signs logged from here on the radio ranch in WNC. All dates/times are UTC.

A77AE7 08-0581   ---  2014-10-16 19:45:23 PC-12/45 United States USAF | 1SOW | 319SOS [KHRT] 0000  22000   
ADFCE5 94-0134   ---  2014-10-16 19:43:56 T-1A United States USAF   
ADFFA9 70-1590   ---  2014-10-16 19:39:09 T-38C United States 50thFTS   
AE093A 00-1051   R01051 2014-10-16 19:17:50 UC-35B United States USARC | B/2-228 AVN (TA) [KMGE] 2505  35000   
AE0156 57-1456   REGAL41 2014-10-16 18:54:32 KC-135R United States AFRC | 916ARW | 77ARS [KGSB]   
AE093A 00-1051   R01051 2014-10-16 18:31:29 UC-35B United States USARC | B/2-228 AVN (TA) [KMGE] 2505  35000   
AE4EBE 168440   VVLL822 2014-10-16 18:05:34 P-8A United States USN | VP-30 [KNIP] ---  35000    
AE04E5 59-1478   SODA82 2014-10-16 17:24:38 KC-135R United States TN ANG | 134ARW | 151ARS [KTYS]   
AE4D6A 10-0217   RCH549 2014-10-16 17:20:16 C-17A United States USAF | 62AW [KTCM]   
AE0394 64-14832   SODA81 2014-10-16 17:19:43 KC-135R United States TN ANG | 134ARW | 151ARS [KTYS]   
ADFCE5 94-0134   ---  2014-10-16 16:20:31 T-1A United States USAF   
ADFD0C 95-0064   ---  2014-10-16 16:20:14 T-1A United States USAF | 14FTW | 48FTS   
AE016D 84-0075   SPAR391 2014-10-16 16:00:32 C-21A United States USAF | 375AW | 457AS [KADW]   
A77AE7 08-0581   ---  2014-10-16 15:16:09 PC-12/45 United States USAF | 1SOW | 319SOS [KHRT] 0000  22000   
ADFE4C 94-0320/95-0099   ---  2014-10-16 15:12:44 C-12V United States US Army | B/6-52 AVN (TA) DET-1 [KFTK]   
AE0394 64-14832   SODA81 2014-10-16 14:55:46 KC-135R United States TN ANG | 134ARW | 151ARS [KTYS]   
AE04E5 59-1478   SODA82 2014-10-16 14:55:45 KC-135R United States TN ANG | 134ARW | 151ARS [KTYS]   
AE05DE 87-9281   BISON84 2014-10-16 14:43:32 C-130H United States AFRC | 914AW | 328AS [KIAG]   
AE4EBE 168440   VVLL822 2014-10-16 14:30:43 P-8A United States USN | VP-30 [KNIP] ---  35000    
AE1192 166474   ---  2014-10-16 13:28:26 UC-35D United States USMC | VMR-1 [KNKT]   
AE07C1 63-8017   BOLT33 2014-10-16 02:28:32 KC-135R United States USAF | 97AMW | 55ARS [KLTS] 0000  27000   
AE07C1 63-8017   BOLT33 2014-10-16 01:37:40 KC-135R United States USAF | 97AMW | 55ARS [KLTS] 0000  27000   
AE1490 95-0122   KOMODO4 2014-10-16 01:03:32 E-8C United States GA ANG | 116ACW [KWRB]   
AE0197 84-0137   SPAR389 2014-10-16 00:58:01 C-21A United States USAF | 375AW | 457AS [KADW]   

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Mode-S/ADS Milcom Intercepts 15 October 2014 - Btown NC

Here is another round of Mode-S/ADS-B intercepts and selected ATC call signs logged from here on the radio ranch in WNC. All dates/times are UTC.

AE1490 95-0122   KOMODO4 2014-10-15 23:35:32 E-8C United States GA ANG | 116ACW [KWRB]   
AE0169 86-0204   ---  2014-10-15 22:31:52 C-20B United States USAF | 89AW | 99AS [KADW]   
AE0192 84-0125   SPAR488 2014-10-15 21:07:16 C-21A United States CT ANG | 103FW | 118FS [KBDL]   
AE1121 02-3645   ---  2014-10-15 20:01:04 T-6A United States USAF 0000  24025   
AE040F 162784   ---  2014-10-15 19:45:19 E-6B United States USN | SCW-1 [KTIK]    
AE0650 58-0049   MOTOWN2 2014-10-15 18:54:04 KC-135T United States MI ANG | 127WG | 171ARS [KMTC]   
AE1471 07-7179   RCH721 2014-10-15 18:39:23 C-17A United States USAF | 60AMW | 21AS [KSUU]   
AE04F6 58-0069/84-0167   PAT0167 2014-10-15 18:05:25 KC-135T/C-12U United States USAF | 92ARW [KSKA]   
AE04E5 59-1478   SODA81 2014-10-15 16:07:07 KC-135R United States TN ANG | 134ARW | 151ARS [KTYS] 0000  17700   
AE0394 64-14832   SODA82 2014-10-15 16:05:10 KC-135R United States TN ANG | 134ARW | 151ARS [KTYS]   
AE2912 6035   C6035 2014-10-15 16:01:10 MH-60J United States USCG | CGAS ASTORIA [KAST]   
ADFE4C 94-0320/95-0099   ---  2014-10-15 15:54:30 C-12V United States US Army | B/6-52 AVN (TA) DET-1 [KFTK]   
AE1121 02-3645   ---  2014-10-15 15:18:51 T-6A United States USAF 0000  24025   
43C009 ZH866   LAC5414 2014-10-15 15:15:44 Hercules C6 United Kingdom RAF | BNTW   
ADFE95 95-0096/95-0088   ---  2014-10-15 15:08:30 C-12R+ United States USARMY   
ADFE67 91-1236   DERBY61 2014-10-15 15:00:17 C-130H United States KY ANG | 123AW | 165AS [KSDF]   
ACB477 N918AV   00000000 2014-10-15 14:37:37 MD-82 United States Orange Air   
AE118A 02-1863   R1863 2014-10-15 14:30:54 C-37A United States US Army    
AE04E5 59-1478   SODA81 2014-10-15 13:28:26 KC-135R United States TN ANG | 134ARW | 151ARS [KTYS] 0000  17700   
ADFE4C 94-0320/95-0099   PAT747 2014-10-15 13:18:44 C-12V United States US Army | B/6-52 AVN (TA) DET-1 [KFTK]   
AE4EB8 168434   00000000 2014-10-15 12:09:03 P-8A United States USN | VP-45 [KNIP]    
ADFDDD 94-7316   RCH476 2014-10-15 11:59:33 C-130H United States AFRC | 302AW | 731AS [KCOS]   
AE0168 86-0203   ---  2014-10-15 11:09:40 C-20B United States USAF | 89AW | 99AS [KADW]
AE1282 62-1863   BEER ME 2014-10-15 03:57:33 HC-130p United States USAF | 563RQG | 79RQS [KDMA]

Interesting Things Afoot at the 224 MI Bn

MC-12W 10-0739 on final to Hunter AAF as SUNNY 22, Photo courtesy of Mac McCormick and the KF4LMT Radio Shack blog, All rights reserved.
Our good friend Mac McCormick posted some interesting observations on his KF4LMT Radio Shack blog regarding a "possible" future hardware/mission change for the 224BN based ar Hunter AAF. Details on his blog at http://kf4lmt.wordpress.com/2014/10/15/interesting-things-afoot-at-the-224-mi-bn/

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Midwest Aerial Refueling VHF/UHF Formation Freqs


While digging around the net (I do that a lot), found the following frequencies assigned to the 22ARW out of McConnell AFB for use by their KC-135 tanker cell formations for use in the following states AR CO KS LA MO NE NM OK and TX.

They are authorized 138.5500 MHz (AM), 225.4500 and 225.5000 MHz. I have an indication that more than the 22 ARW may use these freqs. Reports from monitors are appreciated on these freqs and the units that may be using them.


Mode-S/ADS Milcom Intercepts 12-14 October 2014 - Btown NC


 
USAF HC-130P Combat King of the 920th Rescue Wing refuels an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter
Here is another round of Mode-S/ADS-B intercepts and selected ATC call signs logged from here on the radio ranch in WNC. Things have been a bit slow with the holiday Monday and the bad weather in the area yesterday. All dates/times are UTC.

ADFE85 92-0550   BULL21 2014-10-14 23:46:04 C-130H United States USAF | 19AW [KLRF]
AE0192 84-0125   SPAR488 2014-10-14 22:16:34 C-21A United States CT ANG | 103FW | 118FS [KBDL]
AE0940 166374   ---  2014-10-14 19:50:34 UC-35D United States VMR DET [KADW]
AE04A2 60-0359   INDY65 2014-10-14 18:36:29 KC-135R United States AFRC | 434ARW | 72ARS [KGUS]
AE2F9C 168070   OTIS02 2014-10-14 17:19:19 KC-130J United States USMC | VMGR-252 [KNKT]
AE0940 166374   ---  2014-10-14 16:47:29 UC-35D United States VMR DET [KADW]
A85F6E N639CS   0000 2014-10-14 16:24:04 737-4Y0 United States US DOJ Hanging Dog NC, US ---  23375    
AE04D9 165831   CNV4202 2014-10-14 15:18:22 C-40A United States USNR | VR-59 [KNFW]
AE04DA 165832   VVJV832 2014-10-14 14:20:11 C-40A United States USNR | VR-58 [KNIP]
AE01DD 79-1712   DUCE06 2014-10-14 13:26:50 KC-10A United States USAF | 305AMW [KWRI] 
AE07AB 60-0331   GOLD32 2014-10-14 12:55:05 KC-135R United States USAF | 6AMW | 927ARW

AE4AF9 08-5684   EVAC5684 2014-10-13 19:51:59 C-130J-30 United States USAF | 317AG [KDYS]
AE07F0 96-0006   RCH337 2014-10-13 03:20:58 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS]
AE1456 05-5152   RCH747 2014-10-13 03:04:10 C-17A United States USAF | 15WG | 535AS [PHIK]
AE07F0 96-0006   RCH337 2014-10-13 01:51:40 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS]
0D04C2 AMT-205   FAM128 2014-10-13 01:23:01 G450 Mexico MexicanNavy 
AE0676 00-0171   RCH461 2014-10-13 01:20:37 C-17A United States USAF | 3WG | 517AS [PAED]

ACB477 N918AV   00000000 2014-10-12 06:50:16 MD-82 United States Orange Air
AE0808 99-0062   RCH167 2014-10-12 03:07:39 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS]

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Mode-S/ADS Milcom Intercepts 11 October 2014 - Btown NC

Here is another round of Mode-S/ADS-B intercepts and selected ATC call signs logged from here on the radio ranch in WNC. All dates/times are UTC.

AE04DA 165832   CNV4622 2014-10-11 23:26:38 C-40A United States USNR | VR-58 [KNIP]
AE4D6A 10-0217   RCH828 2014-10-11 22:51:42 C-17A United States USAF | 62AW [KTCM]
AE020C 79-1946   PRIMO85 2014-10-11 20:45:23 KC-10A United States USAF | 60AMW [KSUU]
AE021C 84-0189   OPEC 49 2014-10-11 16:05:34 KC-10A United States USAF | 305AMW [KWRI]
AE0218 83-0082   HOIST92 2014-10-11 15:06:01 KC-10A United States USAF | 305AMW [KWRI] 0000  27975   
AE0591 58-0075   E80075 2014-10-11 14:20:00 KC-135R United States AFRC | 459ARW | 756ARS [KADW]