Marine aircraft to fly near Fort Gordon and Barnwell

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 6:42 PM
Last updated 9:01 PM
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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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Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 10/29/13 - 08:51 pm
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Hope to catch a view of the

Hope to catch a view of the Osprey... VTOL is intriguing.

LocalLawyer
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LocalLawyer 10/29/13 - 10:55 pm
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Man, that would be

Cool to see...

gaflyboy
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gaflyboy 10/29/13 - 11:41 pm
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Concerns about noise?

That's the sound of freedom!

Me too! I've never seen the Osprey in person before.

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soapy_725 10/30/13 - 05:50 am
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More "domestic war training"? Not desert training? What is in
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the future for American citizens? Panic, chaos and anarchy. Body bags are being stockpiled by Homeland SECURITY at numerous locations.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/30/13 - 05:52 am
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At the dam. At SRS. Why not in the Nevada desert? When the
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troops come home, will they be stationed as part Obama's domestic police force. Get ready. Marshall Law is on the way.

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Casting_Fool 10/30/13 - 07:41 am
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We see flyovers of Augusta by

We see flyovers of Augusta by Ospreys about twice or so every year. Usually too high in altitude to get a good look, but still fascinating to watch.

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nocnoc 10/30/13 - 08:29 am
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Well that possibly explains the

The OH-6_ (STYLE) I saw doing low flyovers yesterday in the Brown Rd. /Old Waynesboro Rd. area around 12noon -12:30pm

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v231/HeavyArty/MH-6J%20MELB/MH-6JMELB0...

Initially thought it was a LEO copter doing IR imagining for weed, and Meth labs.

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GnipGnop 10/30/13 - 09:57 am
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nocnoc

That helicopter you saw is removing aerator motors at International Paper in their waste water treatment ponds. I have seen demonstrations of the Osprey. It is a awesome piece of military equipment. Go to New River Air Station in Jacksonville NC if you ever want to see them up close and personal. They fly all day long!!

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Sweet son 10/30/13 - 12:21 pm
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I'd love to see all of them flying!!

Osprey and Harrier would be first on the list. Seeing any of them would be great and as another said any noise would be the 'sound of freedom.' Keep flying and Congress and Prez don't keep taking our military units apart

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 10/30/13 - 07:40 pm
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GnipGnop... thanks for that

GnipGnop... thanks for that info on New River, I'm thinking a day trip is in order... I was working down near Moody and really enjoyed seeing the A-10 maneuvers, that's an awesome airplane!

Also enjoy the wide range of fighters that fly out the Savannah/Hilton Head area.. those F-22 touch and go's are pretty amazing.

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