Beginning next week, a large military exercise will be based out of the Savannah Combat Readiness Training Center involving units from the US, Canadian, and Dutch armed forces. Named “Global Guardian,” the exercise will include air-to-air combat scenarios, close air support scenarios, and CASEVAC (casualty evacuation) scenarios. A-10s, F-15s, F-16s, F/A-18s, F-22s, and a variety of helicopters are scheduled to participate. For more information, read this article from today’s Savannah Morning News.
From what I read in that article, it sounds like yesterday was a workup for the exercise. Yesterday morning, F/A-18s from Beaufort, F-15s from Jacksonville, and F-5s from VMFT-401 temporarily working out of Beaufort conducted an air-to-air scenario off of the Georgia coast. Farther south, F-15Es from Seymour-Johnson conducted an air-to-air scenario off of the Florida coast with more F-15s from Jacksonville before landing at Savannah IAP. Throughout the day, additional F-15Es arrived at Savannah IAP. In the evening, JSTARS from Robins AFB and F-16s from McEntire ANGB worked with ground controllers at Townsend Range for ground strikes and close air support. It was all very interesting to listen to.
In addition to the F-15Es that arrived at the Savannah CRTC yesterday some other players may have been noted. There was at least one CH-47 on the CRTC ramp and a mobile emergency operations center was set up at the CRTC. There was also a Canadian Air Force CH-146 Griffon at Hunter AAF yesterday working with the Coast Guard; based on the above article, I would guess it will be a player in the exercise.
Hopefully I’ll have more information to post before the beginning of next week.