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This is not the filming of Top Gun: National Guard and Air Force exercises in Puerto Rico

For a few days now, people have been commenting on social networks that they have seen planes in Puerto Rico similar to the ones used in popular movies starring Tom Cruise, Top Gun and its sequel Maverick. But it’s not about anything related to Hollywood, but about its units 122 Squadron of the US Air National GuardLouisiana, who are on the island this week to conduct a series of training and maneuvers as part of the O.“Noble Defender” Operation c’sNorth American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD, in English), an order composed of the United States and Canada.

lieutenant united states air force, Christopher Littleconfirmed to new day that, technically, maneuvers and maneuvers began with the process of transferring fighter aircraft McDonnell Douglas F-15C Eagle to Puerto Rico. However, the official declined to go into specific details about the exercises, their length and participants, as they do not have the authority to disclose such information at this time.

However, a press release issued by NORAD’s Continental United States Office of Public Relations (CONR-1) informed that fighter jets from the US Air Force and Navy will participate in the exercise. state, as well as an unspecified naval ship.

122 Squadron has a long and successful history in the various conflicts the United States has been involved in. Established in the 1940s as a descendant of the 122nd Observation Group, the squadron is one of 29 observation squadrons established by the United States Army National Guard before World War II.

Currently, 122 Squadron operates from Joint Naval Reserve Station New Orleans, Louisiana, and operates the F-15C Eagle air superiority aircraft, one of the most successful fighters of the so-called fourth generation fighters. The squadron saw action in World War II, the Korean War, the Kosovo conflict, and Iraq and Afghanistan.

“This will provide the aircraft, pilots, and support personnel assigned to Operation NORAD an opportunity to train in the immediate deployment of an Agile Combat Team (ACE) that provides the capability to counter air strikes in the Southern Corridor of the United States of America.” United States”, the statement explained Air Force Lieutenant General Kirk Pierceof CONR-1.

The statement detailed that this version of Operation Noble Defender was designed to protect all “attack avenues” against the United States and Canada, as well as to show the ability to integrate with other units to conduct joint defense. It has been assigned the task of testing the capability of NORAD. NORAD has the responsibility of detecting airstrikes and defending territories in Canada and the United States.

In addition to simulating cruise missile attacks, CONR-1 will launch simulated fighter and bomber strikes from various outposts and alerts along the Gulf Coast from pre-determined units at Muniz Air National Guard Base, as well as to identify Will integrate the Navy for Avoidance of cruise missile threats.

“Our fighter jets, aerial radar platforms, command-and-control and aerial refueling teams will have the opportunity to train together, because if we are to repel offensive actions and defend North America,” Lieutenant General Pierce said. If you ask for it, we will work.”

In addition to the F-15C Eagle fighters, civilians have also seen the KC-135 Stratotanker aerial refueling aircraft. However, Little indicated that, at this time, there are no plans to use the KC-135 during exercise.

Operation Noble Defender began in September 2020 with simulated deployments to the Arctic that included F-22 Raptor, F-16 Fighting Falcon and CF-18 fighters, a Canadian version of the F/A-18 Hornet. There were also exercises in January, April and October 2021 and March 2022.

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