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205.1 Mission Statement - Naval Aviation Warfare Mission
205.1.1 State and discuss your command's mission statement.
a. (State the mission of your command.)
ANTI-AIR WARFARE (AAW)
205.1.2 Explain the term AAW and discuss the role of the F/A-18 in an AAW mission.
a. The detection, tracking, destruction or neutralization of enemy air platforms and airborne weapons, whether launched by the enemy from air, surface, subsurface, or land platforms.
b. The Hornet's specific strengths lie in its ability to detect contacts at medium range (around 40nms) and contacts that are not hot to the fighters (i.e. beaming, dragging or flanking). The Hornet performs AAW in many areas: Pre Strike Sweep (Offensive Counter Air - OCA) as a stand alone sweep into enemy territory to attack enemy aircraft, Close Escort - (Defensive Counter Air - DCA) as an attached or detached shielding fighter element to a strike package, High Value Airborne Asset Protection (HVAAP) which normally escorts the Prowler into enemy territory to protect it from enemy airborne attack.
AMPHIBIOUS WARFARE (AMW)
205.1.3 Explain the term AMW and discuss the role of the F/A-18 in an AMW mission.
a. Attacks launched from the sea by naval forces and by landing forces embarked in ships or craft designed to achieve a shore presence in a littoral zone. This includes fire support for troops in contact with enemy forces through the use of close air support or shore bombardment.
b. The Hornet performs AMW primarily through Close Air Support (CAS), and are controlled via a ground based Forward Air Controller (FAC) or a Forward Air Controller - Airborne (FAC-A)an air based controller in an F-14 or A-10. CAS involves our checking in with the FAC or FAC-A and having our eyes talked onto the target area from large features to small until we have the actual target in sight. We then drop ordnance on the target, and may get corrections from the FAC for follow on ordnance delivery.
ANTI-SURFACE SHIP WARFARE (ASU)
205.1.4 Explain the term ASU and discuss the role of the F/A-18 in an ASU mission.
a. The detection, tracking, and destruction or neutralization of enemy surface combatants and merchant ships.
b. We have little to do with ASU. This became a PMA of ours during the cold war, when it was likely that we would openly engage in hostilities with the Soviet Fleet. Currently, we perform Sledge Hammer events to practice attacking a large combatant, but the most likely use of ASU for the Hornet is our destroying a small, heavily armed boat, inbound to the CVN.
ANTI-SUBMARINE WARFARE (ASW)
205.1.5 Explain the term ASW and discuss the role of the F/A-18 in an ASW mission.
a. The detection, tracking, and destruction or neutralization of enemy submarines.
b. We currently don't do any ASW. S-3's and Helicopter do the bulk of this mission.
COMMAND, CONTROL, AND COMMUNICATIONS (CCC)
205.1.6 Explain the term CCC and discuss the role of the F/A-18 in a CCC mission.
a. Providing communications and related facilities for coordination and control of external organizations or forces, and control of own unit's capabilities.
b. The Hornet performs CCC on virtually every mission, with the integration of our Ground Control Intercepts (GCI) or Airborne Intercept Control (AIC). If we perform any mission within the battle group, we are normally assigned a controller to alert us to hostile aircraft in the vicinity. Talking to the AIC or GCI controllers exercises this PMA.
COMMAND AND CONTROL WARFARE (C2W)
205.1.7 Explain the term CCC and discuss the role of the F/A-18 in a CCC mission.
a. The integrated use of psychological operations (PSYOP), military deception, operations security (OPSEC), electronic warfare (EW), and physical destruction; mutually supported by intelligence, to deny information to, influence, degrade, or destroy adversary C2 capabilities while protecting friendly C2 capabilities against such actions C2W is a subset of IW (below) that specifically attacks and protects the C2 target set. Formerly Electronic Warfare (ELW) and subsequently Space & Electronic Warfare (SEW).
Information Warfare (IW). Actions taken to achieve information superiority by affecting adversary information, information-based processes, information systems, and computer-based networks while defending one's own information, information-based processes, information systems, and computer-based networks.
b. The E-2 and Air Force Rivet Joint assets are primarily responsible for this, as well as the ES-3's on board.
FLEET SUPPORT OPERATIONS (FSO)
205.1.8 Explain the term FSO and discuss the role of the F/A-18 in a FSO mission.
a. Naval forces and designated shore facilities providing supporting services other than logistics replenishment to fleet units.
b. This is not one of our PMA's. We occasionally run missile profiles against the battle group ships.
205.1.9 Explain the term INT and discuss the role of the F/A-18 in an INT mission.
a. The collection, processing, and evaluation of information to determine location, identification, and capability of hostile forces through the employment of reconnaissance, surveillance, and other means.
b. This is not one of our PMA's. Our input to INT involves the pilot's airborne observations as well as any airborne sensor footage (FLIR) that we might be able to collect.
MINE WARFARE (MIW)
205.1.10 Explain the term MIW and discuss the role of the F/A-18 in a MIW mission.
a. The use of mines for control/denial of sea or harbor areas, and mine countermeasures over, under, or upon the surface.
b. This is one of our PMA's, and is the only mission area that is strategic in nature. We have few opportunities to practice mining, and they usually occur during workups. We are evaluated during the IDTC by having a CV wide MINEX as well as the Mine Readiness Certification and Inspection (MRCI). Each Hornet can carry 2 mines, and with GPS and the Hornet's precise delivery capability, we are able to place mines with remarkable accuracy.
205.1.11 Explain the term MIW and discuss the role of the F/A-18 in a MIW mission.
a. The ability of naval forces to maneuver and maintain themselves in all situations over, under, or upon the surface.
b. Mobility involves our ability to deploy and get around. It is one of our PMA's. We get points for and include our pilot's NATOPS and Instrument checks, CQ simulators, FCLPs, shipboard CQ and Airways Navigation.
NON-COMBATANT OPERATIONS (NCO)
205.1.11 Explain the term NCO and discuss the role of the F/A-18 in a NCO mission.
a. Selected operations of a noncombatant nature not clearly categorized in any other warfare mission area. Included in this category are the necessary support requirements and/or special missions that are required of a unit but not directly related to the other Warfare Mission Areas.
b. Not one of our PMA's. Our squadron's involvement with Non-Combat Expeditionary Operations (NEO) has become more likely in the last few years. NEO's would normally involve flying protection for a helicopter evacuation of an area that is becoming dangerous for US citizens. Or flying presence ops over a country to establish stability and announce that US forces are in the area.
STRIKE WARFARE (STW)
205.1.11 Explain the term STW and discuss the role of the F/A-18 in a STW mission.
a. The destruction or neutralization of enemy targets ashore through the use of conventional or nuclear weapons. This includes, but is not limited to, strategic targets, building yards, and operating bases from which the enemy is capable of conducting air, surface, or subsurface operations against U.S. or allied forces.
b. This is one of our most important PMA's. The squadron fly's STW missions in all theaters we pull into. Strike planning is a necessary part of the pilot's mission. The Hornet's involvement in STW can include dropping MK-80 series bombs, GBU's, Walleye, Maverick, JSOW and HARM. STW missions include executing pre-planned strikes in country, interdiction bombing campaigns, kill box missions and contingency operations.