Naval Air Station Meridian/McCain Field (KNMM) Lauderdale County (MS)

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NAS Meridian

General Information

Just 15 miles northeast of downtown Meridian lies Naval Air Station Meridian jet training facility. NAS Meridian hosts Training Wing One and training squadrons VT-7 and VT-9. The main base of NAS Meridian occupies more than 8,000 acres, with an additional 4,000 acres at Joe Williams Field and the target facility SEARAY. The size of NAS Meridian may be compared to that of other major naval air stations such as NAS Pensacola, FL, which has about 5,000 acres. More than 4,000 military, civilians and dependents work and/or live at the air station.


  • Commander, Training Air Wing ONE (COMTRAWING ONE)
Training Squadron SEVEN (VT-7)
Training Squadron NINE (VT-9)
Reserve Component
  • Naval Technical Training Center (NTTC)
  • Marine Aviation Training Support Squadron One (MATSS-1)

Training Air Wing One (TW1)

  • Tail Code - A

Training Air Wing ONE was commissioned on August 2nd, 1971. The mission of Training Air Wing ONE is to provide newly designated aviators to the fleet for further training in operational combat aircraft and is conveyed in the wing motto, "Readiness for Victory at Sea Through Training." The Wing Commander's specific mission is to supervise, coordinate, and administer the student pilot academic and flight-training program. The instructor pilot cadre at Training Air Wing ONE is comprised of men and women from almost every Navy and Marine Corps aviation community as well as several international military exchange pilots, bringing an enormous array of fleet experience to the training command. Training Air Wing ONE is also tasked with training international military aviators from countries including France, Italy, and Spain.

Training Squadron SEVEN (VT-7)

  • Callsign - TALON
  • Aircraft - T-45 Goshawk
  • Nickname - "Eagles"

The "Eagles" of Training Squadron SEVEN (VT-7) have the mission of safely and effectively training the world's finest Naval Aviators and preparing them for service and success in the Fleet. Student Naval Aviators train for approximately twelve months in the fundamentals of strike aviation. Initial flights and simulators are devoted to Instrument Flight Rules, culminating in an instrument rating. In the Familiarization stage, students learn basic aircraft maneuvering, aerobatics, and landing skills foundational to the aircraft carrier environment. Numerous multi-aircraft flights provide requisite skills in two-plane, four-plane, and night formation flying. The second phase of flight training exposes students to manual air-to-ground bombing, Tactical Formation, Air Combat Maneuvering, and Operational Navigation at low altitude. Finally, students perform Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) in preparation for their Carrier Qualifications (CQ). In order to become "tailhookers" and earn their Wings of Gold, students must safely complete four touch-and-go’s and ten arrested landings aboard a carrier at sea.

Training Squadron NINE (VT-9)

  • Callsign - TIGER, BOBCAT
  • Aircraft - T-45 Goshawk
  • Nickname - "Tigers"

Training Squadron NINE (VT-9)is the third naval squadron to be designated VT-9. The first VT-9 was commissioned in 1927 as a torpedo squadron, flying the Curtis T-3M Convertible Land/Seaplane. The second VT-9 was commissioned on December 15, 1961 at McCain Field, U.S. Naval Air Station, Meridian, Mississippi. On August 2, 1971, the VT-9 "Tigers" branched off to form its "sister" squadron, designated VT-19 "Frogs", and both squadrons then assumed the intermediate jet training role at Meridian. Training Squadron NINE was disestablished in July 1987 and consolidated with Training Squadron NINETEEN. On October 1, 1998, Training Squadron NINETEEN was re-designated as Training Squadron NINE and the "Tigers" were again reborn. In June 2004, the squadron completed the last Student Naval Aviator flight in the T-2C "Buckeye".

Radio Communications

Land Mobile Radio (LMR)

Primary land mobile communications uses site 2-08 of this system.

United States Department of Defense (BEE00-14C)

008 (8) Naval Air Station - Meridian380.575000a 381.012500c 381.312500 381.737500 381.925000

NAS Meridian Talkgroups

DEC HEX Mode Alpha Tag Description
28830  709e  MER Fuel Sup  Fuel Support 
28840  70a8  MER Sec Net  Security Net 
28845  70ad  MER Pub Wks  Public Works 
28846  70ae  MER VIP Net  VIP Net 
28847  70af  MER Trans  Transportation 
28849  70b1  MER MWR/PAO  Morale, Welfare, & Rec./Public Affairs Office 
28851  70b3  MER Expert  Expert 
28857  70b9  MER Tower 3  McCain Tower 3 
28870  70c6  MER Vol Net  Volunteer Net 
28871  70c7  MER Safety  Safety 

Naval Air Station Meridian Unknown Talkgroups

TRAWING 1 Aircraft Operations

Comm Card

Common Frequencies/Local Channels (as of July 2, 2013)
Preset Primary Facility Aux Facility
01 301.000 NMM Clearance 285.400 MEM CTR -FCF
02 336.400 NMM Ground 336.400 NMM Ground
03 360.200 NMM TWR-Launch 360.200 NMM TWR-Launch
04 343.700 MEI Departure 343.700 MEI Departure
05 350.250 Memphis Center 350.250 Memphis Center
06 289.900 Area 1 289.900 Area 1
07 285.200 Area 2/3 285.200 Area 2/3
08 282.100 Area 4 282.100 Area 4
09 279.200 NJW Tower 279.200 NJW Tower
10 355.800 NJW Ground 355.800 NJW Ground
11 276.400 Approach 276.400 Approach
12 340.200 NMM Tower-Land 340.200 NMM Tower-Land
13 328.400 GCA - BTN 13 328.400 GCA - BTN 13
14 310.800 GCA - BTN 14 310.800 GCA - BTN 14
15 323.225 GCA - BTN 15 323.225 GCA - BTN 15
16 266.800 GCA - BTN 16 291.675 MEI ATIS
17 121.900 MEI Ground 265.900 TAC 17 - VT9
18 119.800 MEI Tower 261.350 TAC 18 - VT9
19 269.600 MEI App/Dep 264.350 TAC 19 - VT9
20 351.700 MEI 2 MOA 271.700 TAC 20 - VT9
21 348.700 APP - BHM & PH MOA's 225.800 TAC 21 - VT9
22 327.075 ATL CTR - PH MOA 345.250 TAC 22 - VT7
23 280.100 Pine Hill MOA 371.750 TAC 23 - VT7
24 263.025 ATL CTR - BHM MOA 279.450 TAC 24 - VT7
25 252.900 Birmingham MOA 299.250 TAC 25 - VT7
26 362.600 IR-044 316.400 TAC 26 - VT7
27 227.825 R4404 342.800 Maintenance Control
28 308.200 Tiger Base 308.200 Tiger Base
29 342.600 Eagle Base 342.600 Eagle Base
30 290.525 NMM ATIS 290.525 NMM ATIS

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