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Hornets, Prowlers and Growlers Buzz Local Skies

Navy and Marine jets flying over part of South San Diego made their presence felt Monday and Tuesday evenings. Activity may continue this weekend and over the course of the next month.

The Navy says it’s probably responsible for loud noise heard in Imperial Beach and Coronado earlier this week.

Cause of the noise was likely a combination of Navy and Marine Corps aviation activity in South Bay, Navy Region Southwest spokeswoman Angelic Dolan said Wednesday.

The loud boom of jet engines could be heard rumbling through the area Monday and Tuesday evening around 10 p.m.

From Oct. 5-9, F-18 Hornets trained to land on the deck of the USS Nimitz, Dolan said.

Prowler and Growler jets that also took part in the carrier qualification training likely account for the loud noises, she said.

Some Marine aviation training has been diverted to Naval Air Station North Island until Sunday to make room for visiting aircraft performing at the MCAS Miramar Air Show.

“There could be traffic over IB as a result,” Dolan said.

Brown Field Municipal Airport may also be used to accommodate the air show, said 1st Lt. Tyler Balzer with MCAS Miramar.

Calls for additional comment about Marine aircraft activity at Brown Field were not returned by the time this story was published.

Between Oct. 12 and Nov. 12, the Nimitz will remain offshore, and some F-18 flights could still land at North Island if necessary.

“If for any reason—like it’s too foggy, and they don't want to land on the carrier—we’re like their second option,” she said.

The increase in activity will not affect helicopter training that regularly takes place at Naval Outlying Landing Field Imperial Beach, Dolan said.

Carrier qualifications are standard operations, she said.

"Usually when there's something out of the ordinary is when we like to inform residents, cause I mean it's still an airfield, so there are operations all the time," she said.

Correction: The original version of this story stated that Prowler and Growler planes taking part in carrier qualifications were from the U.S. Marines Corps, however the training was conducted entirely with U.S. Navy sailors.

Dante Pamintuan October 11, 2012 at 01:49 PM
It would be reassuring for me if the new Base Commander can again present the safety policies and procedures for BOTH airfields to the city council. I hope and pray that councilmembers reading this would invite him and his staff to present to our community. Thanks again Khari for sharing this info. May God bless our military and Imperial Beach.
Brian October 11, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Nothing like the sound of "Freedom"
Shorebird October 11, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Thank you God those are our planes.. I knew when I moved here I was in the middle of flight paths..I could have chosen another beach like PB or OB or gone to North County or maybe east where it's only BP aircraft and had commercial flights overhead, but I didnt want the revelers or illegals in my yard 7-24. Naval Air has always been a part of my life. To complain about aircraft here is like buying a condo in East Village then complaining about the trains.
Hazel F. Bailey October 12, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Well said Ed.
Hazel F. Bailey October 12, 2012 at 02:56 AM
When I first moved to IB in 1957 we lived right next to Ream Field and so I'm quite used to our armed forces helicopter training. I now live on the northwest side of IB and have experienced both the Seal Training excercises and the F-18's flying over. The thought that always comes to my mind is: Thank God it's our guys and not some other country's aircraft and/or gunfire & flashbangs". You heros train all you want, I support you 100% and...Thank You For Your Service! A Navy Vietnam era Veteran.

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