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Aug 24, 2013 1:03 PM by katc

Fighter Training Stepping up in Belle Chasse

The Navy is warning residents in the Belle Chasse and west Jefferson areas to expect increased flight operations at the Naval Air Station-Joint Reserve Base next week.

The Times-Picayune reports that Navy Reserve F/A-18 Hornet pilots will be preparing for aircraft carrier landing qualifications.

Residents can expect day and night operations that will include "touch-and-go" flights. The training begins Monday and is expected to last through Sept. 12, according to the air station.

Strike Fighter Squadron 204, known as the River Rattlers, is preparing to deploy to Norfolk, Va., in September for qualifications aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt.

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