Operational Navigation Flight Training Instruction
Naval Aviation Mission Requirements
NAVAL AVIATION MISSION REQUIREMENTS
Mission planning varies in complexity. At the lower end is the single-plane cross-country navigation that
you will do in the training command. At a higher level, there may be a coordinated strike of more than fifty
planes with different combat roles launched from multiple bases and/or carriers. Staffs, operations
officers, and air intelligence personnel contribute to defining and assigning missions and weapons, but it is
generally left to the squadron or air wing to supply the tactics. Following, are some missions similar to
ones you may be required to plan and fly:
A single aircraft launches from a carrier, navigates over water, accomplishes coastal orientation,
penetrates enemy defenses, navigates over land to target, executes the attack, and egresses to friendly
territory. Alert time is minimum. Timing and attack positioning must be precise.
Many aircraft coordinate in various types of missions. Aircraft may include attack, fighter, electronic
aircraft of different types fly at different speeds, so timing and coordination must be precise. Tactics must
be disciplined. Such tactics are constantly evolving to keep up with such scenarios as war-at-sea, and
may vary between air wings. As a fleet pilot, you must be prepared to plan and fly such coordinated
Four aircraft attack a planned target. Fighter cover may be employed, tanker aircraft may be needed at
one end or the other of the flight, photo reconnaissance may precede or follow the attackers, or both.
Two aircraft reconnoiter assigned area (land or water) for targets of opportunity or some specific reported
target. Tactics are determined by enemy defenses, difficulties anticipated in locating targets, and
CLOSE AIR SUPPORT
Multiple aircraft attack targets assigned by forward air control (FAC). Accuracy is paramount due to
proximity of friendly forces, and precise timing is mandatory.
One aircraft flies over a desired area and collects radar and photographic imagery.