The US Navy takes the air-to-air mission extremely seriously. It calls upon a range of adversary squadrons as well as contractor support to train its fleet units.

A fabulous shot of VFC-13 F-5N BuNo 761536 over Lake Tahoe, near NAS Fallon.
Andy Wilson

NAVY ADVERSARY SQUADRONS expose our front-line pilots to realistic threat tactics using dissimilar aircraft whenever possible. We give them the highest possible level of training with the equipment we have,’ says CDR Geoff ‘Frogger’ Hughes, the commanding oficer of VFC-13 ‘Saints’, based at NAS Fallon, Nevada. Since their establishment in 1968, US Navy adversary squadrons have remained critical components in maintaining the skills fighter pilots require as they strive to ensure air dominance in an increasingly challenging environment.

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