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Deployments in the Persian Gulf

A group of airmen from the 57th Wing Operations Group perform maintenance on a RQ-1L Predator unmanned aerial vehicle after it returned from a mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom on February 14, 2002.  
11th Reconnaissance Squadron

Home base: Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada

Destination: Persian Gulf

Aircraft: Predator unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)

Units: The 57th Wing includes the 11th Reconnaissance Squadron and 15th Reconnaissance Squadron, both part of the 57th Wing, are the only Air Force squadrons to operate the Predator. The 11th Squadron is deploying to the Persian Gulf.

Duties: The RQ-1 Predator is a medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle system. It provides commanders with real-time reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition. The Predator can fly for long periods of time and also has the capability to fire Hellfire missiles. A Predator-fired Hellfire missile killed Abu Ali, an al Qaeda operative believed to have been involved in the October 2000 attack on the USS Cole in Yemen.

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