Marine aircraft to fly near Fort Gordon and Barnwell

Augusta residents who live near Fort Gordon and in the Barnwell, S.C., area can expect an increase in military aircraft traffic from Thursday to Saturday, Marine officials said Tuesday.

The Marines and sailors of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit based in Camp Lejeune, N.C., will conduct training in support of the Amphibious Ready Group, Capt. Stewart M. Coles said in a news release.

Coles said residents are likely to notice more military aircraft in the sky than usual, specifically MV-22 Osprey, UH-1Y Huey, CH-53E Super Stallion, AH-1W Super Cobra and AV-8B Harrier.

The Marines kicked off their pre-deployment training program in July and are conducting a series of land-based exercises and numerous at-sea periods with their Navy counterparts.

Coles said the drill is the unit’s third major exercise in the six-month training program, which is scheduled to end in December.

The Marine Expeditionary Unit is to be the landing force for the Norfolk-based Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, which consists of the amphibious assault ships USS Bataan (LHD 5), USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) and USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44).

The two units are scheduled to deploy in early 2014 to the U.S. 5th and 6th
Fleet areas to serve as a
sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force for conducting amphibious missions.

Coles said residents with concerns or questions about the noise of the aircraft may call (910) 467-8693.

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