May 2, 2014, MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. – Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 2 increased the proficiency of their pilots with low-level navigation flights April 17 at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C.
During low-level navigation flights, pilots fly the EA-6B Prowler at low of altitudes while traveling at increased speeds.
“This training is designed to help pilots think quicker on their feet,” said Capt. Jason A Kozak, a pilot with VMAQ-2.
The pilots of VMAQ-2 flew through the mountainous areas of West Virginia to practice their maneuver abilities.
“Everything moves a lot quicker compared to a situation where we are in the higher altitudes away from (the ground),” said Kozak. “Making faster decisions means we rely on our other crew members for support. This helps us build confidence among the pilots in the squadron.”
Along with the low-level flying, the pilots also practiced the procedures for firing high-speed anti-radiation missiles during simulated scenarios.
“During the training, we were able to work on crew management, build our training clearance responsibilities and our weapons systems deployment in a dynamic flight situation,” said Capt. Brent R. Stoecker, an electronic countermeasure officer with the squadron.
“Simulating the deployment of a HARM missile in the training scenario increased our ability to manage tasks in a high speed situation,” said Stoecker.
Prowler pilots employ HARM missiles during combat to suppress enemy radars, according to Stoecker.
Conducting low-level flights and practicing the fundamentals of aerial combat helps keep VMAQ-2 ready to support 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, said Stoecker.