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Vampires Retire The Cat

SINCE THE merger in 1993 of US Navy Air Test and Evaluation Squadrons 4 (VX-4) Evaluators and 5 (VX-5) ‘Vampires’ to form Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 9 (VX-9) ‘Vampires’, based at NAWS China Lake, California, the squadron has maintained a permanent F-14 Tomcat detachment at NAS Point Mugu, California. Under the direction of the Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force (COMOPTEVFOR), the VX-9 F-14 detachment has supported US Navy fleet operation of the F-14 Tomcat. Underlying its key role of operational test and fleet support, VX-9 also had a reporting line to the Commander Naval Air Forces Pacific, who

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Hawaiian Vampires

AIR TEST and Evaluation Squadron 9 (VX-9) ‘Vampires’ deployed eight Super Hornets to Kaneohe Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH) on January 24. VX-9 conducts operational test and evaluation (OPEVAL) of specific sub-systems and weapons for Navy and Marine Corps combat aircraft. During the four-week deployment VX-9 flew mock air combat missions to conduct OPEVAL of H4 high-order language software suite and the AN/APG-79 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar. Follow On Test and Evaluation (FOT&E) including the IDECM Block 3 and dual cockpit Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) was also undertaken to prove the efficacy of new modes and

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