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USMC cites aggressor training as vital for future success

17th May 2022 - 12:00 GMT | by Trevor Nash in Holsworthy


An F-5N from VMFT 401 on detachment to MCAS Beaufort. (Photo: DVIDS)

Are plans to bolster USMC aggressor training capability sufficient to address a known shortfall?

The bullish nature of the FY2022 Marine Corps Aviation Plan (MCAP) highlights the importance of virtual and live training to improve the operational readiness and capabilities of USMC operations in the future.

On the live side of the equation, the USMC currently has one aggressor squadron operating to service west coast live training requirements. Marine Fighter Training Squadron 401 (VMFT 401), a reserve unit based at Yuma, Arizona, operates 12 F-5N and F-5F Tiger II aircraft and these are being replaced by F-5N+ and F-5F+ plus aircraft in the next few months.

The + designation is a result of the

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Trevor Nash


Trevor Nash

After a career in the British Army, Trevor Nash worked in the simulation and training …

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