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USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) Amphibious Group Operations off of the Georgia Coast

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The USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) Amphibious Group, per photos posted on the Navy website, recently operated in the Atlantic Ocean.  Their location in the Atlantic Ocean happened to be just off of the Georgia coast while they were conducting a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX).  The COMPTUEX provided radio hobbyists in the area with the opportunity to hear aircraft like the AV-8B Harrier and MV-22 Osprey that normally don’t operate in the area.

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 6, 2013) The amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) is participating in a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) off the East Coast of the United States in preparation for an upcoming deployment this spring. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tamara Vaughn/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 6, 2013) The amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) is participating in a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) off the East Coast of the United States in preparation for an upcoming deployment this spring. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tamara Vaughn/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 6, 2013) An MV-22 Osprey from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Reinforced) approaches the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is participating in a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) off the East Coast of the United States in preparation for an upcoming deployment this spring. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan Vargas/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 6, 2013) An MV-22 Osprey from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Reinforced) approaches the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is participating in a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) off the East Coast of the United States in preparation for an upcoming deployment this spring. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan Vargas/Released)

We get to hear aircraft carrier COMPTUEX activity in the Coastal Georgia area several times a year but hearing an amphibious group or MEU is something that doesn’t happen very often so getting to listen to the Kearsarge activity was a treat.  I happened to be in Savannah at the time so I was able to use the home station to search for activity.  One scanner was used for scanning known frequencies (including using computer/logging recording), another for scanning air traffic control frequencies, one for searching UHF milair frequencies, and another for searching VHF and FM milair frequencies.

Home station in use scanning and searching for Kearsarge activity.  The netbook is used for computer logging/recording of the top BC780XLT above it.

Home station in use scanning and searching for Kearsarge activity. The netbook is used for computer logging/recording of the top BC780XLT above it.

Over the course of their operations in the Coastal Georgia area, I had several opportunities to monitor them before I left for Atlanta earlier in the week.  Here are the callsigns and frequencies I heard:

JUSTICE (MV-22, VMM-266R)
LEGACY (MV-22, VMM-266R)
SPEAR (AV-8B, VMA-231, attached to VMM-266R)
OTIS (KC-130J, VMGR-252)
FIGHTING TIGER (P-3C, VP-8)
JUNKYARD (ground unit)

120.950/284.500 – Sealord North Primary
277.400/126.750 – Jax Center Brunswick Low
282.200/124.675 – Jax Center Jekyll Low
363.200/132.925 – Jax Center Millen/Savannah Low
120.400/353.775 – Savannah App/Dep

227.375(FM)
227.875
308.000
349.575
360.500
378.650
378.175

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