Marine Corps helicopter exercise to increase noise around Robins

The helicopters buzzing about is no invasion brewing in skies over Middle Georgia skies this week. It’s Marine Corps aviators at Robins Air Force Base sharpening their flying skills.

People who live and work near Robins can expect to hear increased helicopter noise because of a planned joint exercise.

Until Saturday, three sections of Light Attack Squadron 773 will be operating out of Robins.

Marine Air Group, Detachment A, relocated to Robins in July 2010 and normally operates 11 helicopters over and near the base.

The exercise, which started Monday, brings in Marine units from Belle Chasse, La., and Jonestown, Penn., and will add five helicopters for the exercise.

Lt. Col. Michael Johnson, squadron commander of the Robins detachment, said late last year the Marines would be flying more local sorties to prepare for an overseas combat deployment scheduled for this year.

The Marine units use the AH-1W SuperCobra attack helicopter, used to support ground units in combat, and the UH-1N Huey helicopter, which is used to move troops.