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Local boats become targets for AF fighters

Maritime exercise 2017

A 75th Fighter Squadron A-10 flies above targeted boats along Choctawatchee Bay during a Combat Hammer evaluation Nov. 3 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The boats swarm around the water creating a realistic environment to provide pilots an opportunity to train against maritime targets. The 86th Fighter Weapons Squadron’s Combat Hammer is a weapons system evaluation program for air-to-ground munitions. (U.S. Air Force/Samuel King Jr.)

Maritime exercise 2017

Local boat captains and mariners operate fishing boats equipped with makeshift guns and weapons in the Choctawatchee Bay area Nov. 3 during a Combat Hammer evaluation Nov. 3 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The boats swarm around the water creating a realistic environment to provide pilots an opportunity to train against maritime targets. The 86th Fighter Weapons Squadron’s Combat Hammer is a weapons system evaluation program for air-to-ground munitions. (U.S. Air Force/Samuel King Jr.)

Maritime exercise 2017

A 75th Fighter Squadron A-10 soars away after zooming in to target boats along Choctawatchee Bay during a Combat Hammer evaluation Nov. 3 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The boats swarm around the water creating a realistic environment to provide pilots an opportunity to train against maritime targets. The 86th Fighter Weapons Squadron’s Combat Hammer is a weapons system evaluation program for air-to-ground munitions. (U.S. Air Force/Samuel King Jr.)

Maritime exercise 2017

Local boat captains and mariners operate fishing boats equipped with makeshift guns and weapons in the Choctawatchee Bay area Nov. 3 during a Combat Hammer evaluation Nov. 3 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The boats swarm around the water creating a realistic environment to provide pilots an opportunity to train against maritime targets. The 86th Fighter Weapons Squadron’s Combat Hammer is a weapons system evaluation program for air-to-ground munitions. (U.S. Air Force/Samuel King Jr.)