Strike Fighter Wing Pacific [COMSTRKFIGHTWINGPAC]
Commander Strike Fighter Wing, Pacific (CSFWP), based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, CA provides the light attack aviation support to the Pacific Fleet. NAS Lemoore is the Navy's newest and largest master jet air station. On the West Coast there are fourteen Hornet squadrons, all stationed at NAS Lemoore. The Pacific Strike Fighter Wing with its supporting facilities are homeported at NAS Lemoore. It is the home of the Navy's newest aircraft, the F/A-18 Hornet Strike Fighter. The F/A-18 is capable of flying nearly 500 miles inside an enemy's defenses, bomb targets, then fight its way back out. The F/A-18 can be used in either the conventional fighter role or the ground attack role.
The mission of Commander, Strike Fighter Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet is to provide combat ready strike fighter squadrons trained to conduct carrier-based, all weather, attack, fighter and support missions as required by the fleet tactical commander. Commander, Strike Fighter Wing maintains close liaison with Commander Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet and embarked Air Wing commanders in the execution of this mission.
Initially under the control of Commander, Fleet Air Alameda, Naval Air Station, and its home ported units were placed under the command of Commander, Fleet Air Lemoore on August 25, 1969. On July 1, 1973 the name was changed to Commander, Light Attack Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet and additional duties and responsibilities were assigned to the Command. Concurrent with the full fleet transition from the A-7 Corsair to the F/A-18 Hornet, the Wing was re-designated Commander, Strike Fighter Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CSFWP) on April 15, 1991. Over its history the Wing has flown the A-1 Skyraiders (or SPAD), the venerable A-4 Skyhawk, the workhorse A-7 Corsair, and now, the multi-role F/A-18 Hornet.
CSFWP advises Commander Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet in the area of strike fighter aviation and is responsible for the readiness training of the strike fighter squadrons deploying on our West Coast aircraft carriers. The Commander is responsible for all aspects of training, manning, maintenance, and logistics support for all units under his command.
The shore commands which comprise Strike Fighter Wing Pacific reporting to CSFWP are the Strike Fighter Weapons School, Pacific, the F/A-18 readiness training squadron-Strike fighter Squadron 125, and the CSFWP detachments in Fallon, Nevada, and El Centro, California. There are nine F/A-18 fleet units home ported here at Naval Air Station Lemoore and three permanently forward deployed and home ported in Japan, aboard carrier USS Independence (CV 62).
The "Rough Raiders" of VFA-125, the Navy's first F/A-18 Hornet squadron, train Navy and Marine Corps Strike Fighter pilots to fly the Hornet, and teach Navy and Marine Corps maintenance technicians to maintain the aircraft and its sophisticated systems. The "Outlaws" of Strike Fighter Weapons School, Pacific provide tactics and ordnance training for the Strike Fighter community. The maintenance units at Fallon and El Centro provide support to squadrons deployed to these training locations.
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