Hammer ACE deploys to support USN T-45 crash


Members of the 51st Combat Communications Squadron deployed to Tennessee Oct. 2 in response to a downed U.S. Navy T-45 Goshawk aircraft incident.

Still ongoing, the Hammer Adaptive Communications Element (ACE) of the 51st Combat Communications Squadron, 5th Combat Communication Group, Warner Robins AFB, Georgia, has enabled radio communications and unclassified networks necessary for the search and recovery efforts.

Hammer ACE is a special purpose communications package, or Unit Type Code (equipment, personnel, and mission capabilities), that provides emergency initial Command, Control, Communications, and Computers (C4 capabilities) for incident response and consequence management. Incidents supported by HACE, when warranted, can include anything from chemical, biological, and nuclear events to downed aircraft, humanitarian and disaster relief.

The T-45 Goshawk belonged to Training Air Wing 1, one of five naval pilot training wings. The training jet was first reported missing Sept. around Tellico Plains, Tennessee. According to a press release Oct. 1 by Naval Air Station Meridian, Mississippi, the two pilots on the T-45, an instructor and a student, did not survive the incident. The cause of the incident is still under investigation.