May I ask? In some mission briefings, regarding preset frequencies, what is ‘ Package? ‘ and what is this frequency used for?
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Package is normally you and your wingmen, The freq is used to keep comm channels clear.
I’m not sure if Navy follows the USAF organization, but the Package could extend beyond your immediate wingmen (#2~#4) when it refers to groups of aircraft working together to achieve the same objective. Within each package you have a number of “Flights.” For example, let’s say we have two Packages striking two different targets: Target A and Target B.
Target A Package
Strike Flight Hammer 1-1, -2, -3, -4
SEAD Flight Viper 1-1, -2
Escort Flight Uzi 1-1, -2, -3, -4
Target B Package
Strike Flight Anvil 1-1, -2, -3, -4
SEAD Flight Panther 1-1, -2
Escort Flight Enfield 1-1, -2, -3, -4
When I used to fly online with a squad, each Flight would have their own frequencies for communications between their own wingmen, and each Package would have its own common frequency so the Flights within the Package could communicate.
That’s what I understand it as.
Yep, that’s how it worked in the Navy/Marines.
“Package” means nothing more than its literal definition; a group of elements; generally with a single purpose in this case.
So sometimes (not that I took part in a lot of these), you’d have the Strike package (bombers, SEAD, etc) on one freq and the fighters on another. Or multiple packages coordinating on multiple frequencies, with not necessarily every flight member listening to all freqs to keep things from getting too confusing.
That meant that the mission commanders and the higher echelon flight leader’s had to have a pretty good understanding on who they were both listening and also talking to.
It’s basically the original “don’t reply all” measure, before the Internet.
Yep @Clutch is correct, Package is the group of flights assigned
Perish the thought.
Heard someone describe the difference in aviation culture between USAF and navy as such:
Air force tells you what you can do, everything else is strictly forbidden.
Navy tells you what you can’t do, outside of that, do what you deem best.
And that’s why I like flying off NATOPS in DCS.
There is a lot of that. In the Navy I learned to live by the maxims, “It is better to ask forgiveness than permission.” and “Don’t ask the question if you don’t want to be told ‘No’.”
Sounds like your Navy was/is a lot like my Army
What I always hated was. “I’m looking for three volunteers… you, you and you”
After hours, always answer the door with a half-drunken (drank? drinked? ) beer in your hand, whether or not you drink.
#1 rule for barracks living. Always have a Playboy, Penthouse or something harder core in the top drawer your bedside table for room inspections… By the time the SGT has finished leafing through it, he doesn’t have time to check for dust before moving on to the next room
Ah yes, being “volun-told”
Little Known Fact: “NAVY” is actually an abbreviation for “Never Again Volunteer Yourself”.
I volun-tell my students all the time. Particularly the guys since they’re always the least enthusiastic.
I believe that’s a “gaggle”, if memory serves correct, in USAF-speak.