Airmen with the 22nd and 23rd Special Tactics Squadrons “joined” the Navy for contingency training aboard USS Alabama in the Pacific Ocean. The weeklong exercise provided experience on an Ohio-class submarine like those being converted from ballistic missile platforms to ones that can deliver Tomahawk tactical missiles and serve as a platform for up to 60 special operations forces. The STS airmen, from McChord AFB, Wash., and Hurlburt Field, Fla., practiced various scenarios including rescue missions and launch of tactical unmanned aerial vehicles for reconnaissance.
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.