Exercises likely linked to offshore SoCal activity
US Navy P-3C Orion
Increased aircraft activity off the Southern California coast has caught the eye of Aviation Enthusiasts and Spotters, leading some to believe that the aircraft are hunting subs, but there might be an answer as to what's going on...
As i previously reported in my last blog post, Increased Anti-Submarine Warfare aircraft have been seen flying deep off the extreme Southern California coast, flying at altitudes as low as 200 Feet above the sea, and as high as 26,000 feet... After looking around and analyzing public data, it appears there's an answer.
Some may be familiar with the exercises, JFTEX (Joint Force Tactical Exercise) and COMPTUEX (Composite Training Unit Exercise) which are US Naval and Marine Corps exercises typically held annually and may include allied forces partaking in the exercise. Currently, JFTEX and COMPUTEX are taking place off the coast in the exact area where these aircraft are seen flying, which according to a map shown below, the USS Nimitz (CVN-68) is currently participating in the two exercises offshore... According to multiple sources, it is believed that the P-3's and P-8's are participating in the exercise and working with US Navy submarines.
USS Nimitz (CVN-68) off the coast
Anyways, I'm not trying to make this a large report, but with an exercise like JFTEX taking place, that would explain why the Royal Canadian Air Force sent their CP-140 Orion down too... For a list of all the ASW Aircraft seen on ADS-B Exchange see my last blog post Here.
I would also like to reiterate that in my last blog post, i didn't state why the aircraft were in the area, just that there was an increased presence which seemed unusual :)