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SC F-16s fly intercept mission in 5-day exercise

May 16, 2010 9:05:00 AM - thestate.com
F-16 fighter pilots from South Carolina's Shaw Air Force Base are flying intercept missions as part of a major exercise training for the air defense of the nation.

Air Force spokeswoman 2nd Lt. Emily Chilson says the exercise will take place Sunday through Thursday. It will be centered at the Air National Guard Base in Savannah, Ga.

Chilson says more than 200 Army soldiers, Air Force men and women and personnel from the Coast Guard will be at the base. A Navy destroyer will patrol Georgia coastal waters while jets, helicopters and other federal aircraft patrol the skies as part of the exercise.

The exercise is part of a major North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command training operation.

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