MODULES WE FLY
WHO WE ARE, WHAT WE DO
Carrier Strike Group 2 is a Digital Combat Simulator realism unit that was formed in June of 2018. CSG-2 was formed under the ideals that no member is valued above the other. Members from the CSG come from all over the DCSverse, which gives us an immensely diverse background. A good amount of members within the CSG are either prior or active duty military service members, giving us access to military insight and real world tactics to utilize in game.
The founders of this unit entered into this idea with the concept that there was a distinct lack of military simulation in a game that gave a perfect avenue to do so with how heavily simulated the world of DCS is to begin with. With the advent of the F/A-18C Lot 20 Hornet in Early Access, CSG-2 came to fruition with the ideals of a high-fidelity, MilSim strike group that allows us to emulate naval air squadrons with tangible aspects similar to our real life counterparts.
We also realize that there needs to be a healthy balance between realism and fun in any MilSim unit. Most of us have been in many units prior, ranging from light sims like Arma 3 to study sims like DCS, so we have a proficient grasp on what the line between realism and fun is, and we plan to balance them accordingly.
WHAT WE OFFER
CSG-2 has many benefits that we can offer you during your time with us. We have teams dedicated to the running of the unit, under the structure of Navy N-Shops, which work non-stop to make sure that you have the most enjoyable experience possible. We have dedicated instructors that will guide you through your first steps, and will educate you on everything you will need to know in order to prosper as a member of the CSG.
We also have a team of veteran DCS modification specialists, who take time in curating the best modifications to utilize for our DCS experience. We also have dedicated in-house modification creators, who can give us custom content when there is none to be found elsewhere. However, we understand that modifying files in DCS can be tricky. We will sit down with you and go step by step over how to safely and properly install modifications and liveries required for the group. Ultimately, our goal is for you to have fun, not to be stuck sitting for hours desperately trying to figure out how to modify DCS yourself. Leave the heavy lifting to our support teams.
CSG-2 runs dynamic campaigns and full-fidelity operations. Each action you and your squadron takes will have an adverse and inherent affect on the rest of the campaign and potentially further than that. Losing resources will not be an easy thing to deal with, potentially resulting in things like loss of AWACS, fuel tankers, logistical assets, and many other things. We want to stress the ideals of keeping the fleet and the squadrons safe, so as not to hinder further freedom of operational movement.
We understand that not everyone can live the DCS lifestyle, but we want to be up front with you to make sure you can. CSG-2 has weekly operations that happen every Saturday at 1900 Central Standard Time (GMT -6). If you wish to be a member, it’s expected that you try as hard as you can to attend at least the operations, training, and workup exercises.
Depending on your squadron, you may also have specific times you train with them. While it is not absolutely mandatory to attend these, it’s still heavily recommended that you do. Growing and learning with your squadron will only help you be a better pilot and team player in the long run.
Carrier Strike Group 2 is organized as you would expect, as a strike group. This allows us to have multiple naval aviation squadrons from across the United States Navy. As the unit grows, so will the amount of squadrons we have, due to the demand and/or necessity for our mission scope. Currently, we have the following units:
FITRON ONE FIVE FOUR “Black Knights” (VF-154)
VF-154 is our up and coming squadron of Tomcat drivers who defend the fleet and theatres in which we operate by establishing unprecedented air superiority and dominance. In our implementation, the squadron is within Carrier Air Wing THREE and is stationed on CVN-77 George H. W. Bush. It is currently led by Lieutenant Commander S. “Icekiller” Clark and is the only F-14B Tomcat squadron within the unit.
STRKFITRON ONE ZERO THREE “Jolly Rogers” (VFA-103)
VFA-103 is our mainline squadron of F/A-18C drivers who train day in and day out on how to destroy key targets via deep strikes and act as key multirole assets within the fleet. In our implementation, the squadron is within Carrier Air Wing THREE and is stationed on CVN-77 George H. W. Bush. It is currently led by Lieutenant Commander J. “Saint” Wolfe and is the only primary F/A-18C squadron within the unit.
Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469 “Vengeance” (HMLA-469)
HMLA-469 is our local group of logistical and CAS rotary pilots who fly the UH-1H Huey in lieu of the UH-1Y and the Gazelle in lieu of the AH-1W. These pilots dictate the flow of battle through strategic troop and supply movement, as well as provide C2 for the ground forces in our combat theatres. Within the America Expeditionary Strike Group, this squadron is stationed on the LHA-6 America and is commanded by Captain K. “Blackout” Gallant
Marine Attack Squadron 542 “Tigers” (VMA-542)
VMA-542 is our primary Close Air Support squadron within the CSG. Due to the nature of our extensive and large battlespaces that we create, CAS is a critical role within our missions. VMA-542 allows for us to conduct heavy CAS missions, as well as protect our ground forces in theatre with an accurate and stable CAS platform. Within the America Expeditionary Strike Group, this squadron is stationed on the LHA-6 America and is commanded by First Lieutenant N. “Splash” Douglas.
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