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Commander Sea Control Wing, Atlantic

Commander Sea Control Wing, Atlantic, provides the U.S. Atlantic Fleet commanders with sea control and electronic reconnaissance squadrons fully trained and combat ready, able to execute all assigned tasks in a timely, correct, safe, and decisive manner.

The wing is headquartered at Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Fla. and reports directly to Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. Sea Control Wing is responsible for the readiness, training, administration, and maintenance support of all Atlantic Fleet VS and VQ squadrons. The wing is supported by an S-3 Tactical Support Center (TSC) and local sea control weapons school.

The mission of the Tactical Support Center is to conduct training support for fleet VS/VQ squadrons to make the S-3B/ES-3A and their aircrews the most capable platform possible. The command also provides mobile training team support for all carrier Tactical Support Center modules on both coasts.

The command was officially commissioned Air Antisubmarine Wing One on April 1, 1973, at Quonset Point, R.I., and subsequently moved to NAS Cecil Field that fall. When not deployed aboard U.S. Atlantic Fleet aircraft carriers, the squadrons utilized NAS Cecil Field for their shore based training and operations. The bulk of the VS community was located in the southernmost section of the base in Hangar 860, a 100,000 square foot aircraft maintenance facility encompassing office spaces, maintenance shops and hangar spaces, the anchor for Viking Land. Hangar 13 was the home for VS 24 and VQ 6.

October 1976 marked the completion of the Atlantic Fleet transition to the S-3A Viking, replacing the propeller-driven S-2 Tracker. In May 1987, the command was redesignated Sea Strike Wing One. Following a reorganization of naval aviation command structures, Sea Strike Wing One was elevated to a major command status on 01 October 1992, and was redesignated Sea Control Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. The Wing officially changed their name in May 1993 and the squadrons changed over in September, marking the end of an era that also had the wing designated as VS Wing One until the late 1980's.

Serving as the type wing commander for all operational S-3 Viking aircraft on the east coast, the small staff is charged with maintaining the material and operational readiness of the Atlantic Fleet fixed wing carrier based anti-submarine warfare squadrons. The wing remains at the forefront of ASW issues, maintenance developments and operational readiness factors impacting the VS community.

The wing supports the five deploying squadrons plus VS 27, the CINCLANTFLT S-3 Fleet Readiness Squadron, VS 0174, a selected reserve augment unit and VQ 6 an electronic surveillance squadron assigned to detachments aboard each deployed Atlantic Fleet aircraft carrier. Each VS squadron is routinely assigned eight S-3 Viking aircraft with approximately 28 officers and 152 enlisted men.

The VS force is continuously training and flying to ensure the highest S-3 readiness posture, making the combination of trained professionals and advanced technology a formidable adversary to any hostile submarine threat.

The S-3B Viking is a U.S. Navy carrier-based, long-range, day-night, medium weather, jet aircraft. The Viking's primary mission is to conduct sea control missions in contested littoral waters with a role of locating, targeting, and neutralizing submarine and surface threats to the U.S. carrier task group.

The ES-3A Shadow is used to collect and disseminate tactical reconnaissance information. The aircraft resembles the S-3 Viking, from which it is derived, with the addition of numerous antennas and antenna housings.




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