Fleet replacement detachments, Blackjacks and Minotaur

UNITED STATES

Sporting colours replicating those used by Russia on its latest Su-30SM Flanker H and Su-35S Flanker E fighters, F/A-18B Hornet BuNo 161924/AF12 seen in the low-fly network of southern California. The aircraft is assigned to Fighter Composite Squadron 12 (VFC-12) ‘Fighting Omars’, a reserve unit based at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia. Dan Stijovich

THE US Marine Corps plans to deactivate two of its fleet replacement squadrons (FRSs) as the types of aircraft they support decline in numbers. Instead, the service will stand up fleet replacement detachments (FRDs) run by operational squadrons to carry on replacement training until the legacy aircraft are retired, according to the 2018 Marine Corps Aviation Plan.

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