Military


Sea Control Squadron THIRTY TWO [VS-32]
"Maulers"

Sea Control Squadron 32 was commissioned as Air Anti-Submarine Squadron THIRTY TWO (VS-32) in April 1950. The squadron initially flew the TBM AVENGER under the command of LCDR Thomas B. Ellison and was based at Naval Air Station (NAS) Norfolk, Virginia.In 1951 the squadron moved to NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island. VS-32 transitioned to the Grumman S-2F TRACKER in 1954. The VS community moved in October 1973 to the homeport located at NAS Cecil Field, Florida. Since the closing of Cecil Field, VS Squadron has moved to NAS Jacksonville.

In August 1975 VS-32 began flying the S-3A VIKING. In the summer of 1990, the Maulers transitioned to the aircraft flown today, the S-3B VIKING. On 03 October 1997, VS-32 deployed for the last time from NAS Cecil Field. The Maulers returned from deployment to their new homeport of NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Between 1973 and 2000 VS-32 had completed: Three Mediterranean deployments aboard USS JOHN F. KENNEDY; Shakedown operations with USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, USS NIMITZ, USS CARL VINSON, USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT and USS Harry S Truman; and Mediterranean/Red Sea/Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean deployments aboard USS AMERICA and USS GEORGE WASHINGTON.

Since its commissioning, VS-32 has been a highly operational seagoing organization. From its first deployment in USS PALAU in 1950 to its 1999 cruise aboard USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67), VS-32 has been at the forefront of submarine warfare and Sea Control Warfare. Flying from the decks of USS LEYTE, USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN, USS RANDOLPH, USS JOHN F. KENNEDY, USS AMERICA, USS GEORGE WASHINGTON AND USS Harry S Truman, the Maulers repeatedly earned their "sea legs" in the most challenging carrier operating conditions.

In recognition of its professionalism in the field of Sea Control Warfare, Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic (COMNAVAIRLANT) awarded VS-32 the "E" for Battle Efficiency in 1960, 1964, 1969, 1982, 1986, 1993, 1995 and 1997. In 1960, 1964, 1982, 1986 and 1997 VS-32 received the Captain Arnold J. Isbell Trophy for Excellence in Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW). In 1970, 1982, 1995 and 1997, VS-32 was honored with the Admiral Jimmy Thatch award for meritorious achievement by an ASW squadron. In 1960, 1964, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1986 and 1997, VS-32 received the COMNAVAIRLANT Aviation Safety Award. In 1986 and 1994, VS-32 received the Golden Wrench Award for maintenance excellence.VS-32 has also led the aviation community in retention statistics and was awarded the Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (CINCLANTFLT) Golden Anchor Award for 1987 and 1988. In 1997, VS-32 was COMNAVAIRLANT's Silver Anchor Retention Award winner. In 1999 VS-32 was awarded the Aleigh Burke Award, given to the overall most improved squadron, and the Conventional Weapons Award, given for weapons technical proficiency.

In November 1989, upon their return from deployment, the World Famous Maulers of VS-32 transitioned to the S-3B. In September 1990 the Maulers, as part of CVW-1, participated in the first ever integrated air wing strike training exercise conducted at NAS Fallon Nevada.Emphasis was placed on the S-3B's new Electronic Surveillance Measures (ESM) system during the four-week period.VS-32 was once again in the vanguard, this time in the early warning role.

In October 1990, the Maulers took part in pre-deployment exercises culminating in Fleet Exercise (FLEETEX) 1-91, an exercise involving mock hostilities between the Carrier Battle Group and Orange forces.During this at sea period VS-32 achieved another S-3B milestone, becoming the first carrier based S-3B squadron to launch a Harpoon missile at sea.

In February 1991, VS-32 and CVW-1 were called upon to deploy in the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea. While in the Persian Gulf the World Famous Maulers flew Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) missions over Northern Kuwait and Saudi Arabia supporting Desert Storm operations. During Desert Storm, the Maulers became the first S-3 squadron in history to achieve an Anti-Surface kill on an enemy vessel.LCDR Bruce Bole, flying a Mauler armed surface reconnaissance flight, earned this honor and historic combat milestone.

In 1993, the VS-32 Maulers became the first S-3B squadron to participate in Adriatic over land missions, supporting DENY FLIGHT and SHARP GUARD in Bosnia-Herzegovina, UNISOM-II in Somalia, and OPERATION SUPPORT DEMOCRACY over Haiti.

The Maulers deployed on 28 August 1995 in USS AMERICA (CV 66) for the Joint Task Group (JTG) 95-3 deployment to the Mediterranean, Adriatic Sea and the Indian Ocean.While on deployment, the Maulers flew in United Nations missions DENY FLIGHT, SHARP GUARD, and DELIBERATE FORCE. The Maulers participated in exercises JUNIPER HAWK with the Israelis; INFINITE COURAGE with the Italians and the British; and BRIGHT STAR with the Egyptians, French, British, and UAE.

1996 saw VS-32 participating in DECISIVE EDGE and DECISIVE ENHANCEMENT operations over the Former Republic of Yugoslavia. The Maulers also demonstrated U.S. carrier capabilities to Russian dignitaries from the Admiral Kuznetzov Battlegroup showing versatility of the S-3B while extending a diplomatic and professional gesture of friendship.

With the opening of 1997, preparations were concluded for VS-32's BRAC 93 directed homeport change to NAS Jacksonville. Following the decommissioning of USS AMERICA (CV 66), Carrier Air Wing ONE was assigned to the Atlantic Fleet Carrier USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73). In July, the Maulers were only the second squadron to deploy with the AGM-65F Maverick Missile system. The Maulers honed this weapons system by producing safe and effective tactical employment profiles and envelopes. These were tested during War-at-Sea exercises during BRIGHT STAR with the Egyptians, French, and British. To support the new two-carrier presence requirement, the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON and CVW-1 rapidly deployed to the North Arabian Gulf. In the ensuing months, VS-32 became an integral part of Operation Southern Watch.

1998 began with the Maulers continuing their operations in the Northern Arabian Gulf. The first three months saw the Maulers engaged in every mission of CVW-1. VS-32 ended cruise on 03 April, 1998. They also saw four Orange Air support detachments both deployed and off the beach.In November, VS-32 deployed with CVW-1 onboard USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75) for her Shakedown Cruise. While maintaining flight proficiency through unit level training and Orange Air missions, the Maulers visited the St. Croix torpedo range, qualifying all crews on their first TORPEX run. VS-32 also led CVW-1 aircraft on their largest mining event. The Maulers executed this task without error and scored top marks.Returning home in December, VS-32 enjoyed a well-earned Holiday season. The World Famous Maulers effectiveness and efficiency has earned them recognition throughout their community and Airwing.

1999 saw the Maulers exposed to a plethora of training exercises to prepare them for cruise in the fall. They began the year concentrating on their tactical proficiency at NAS Fallon.The Maulers then trained with CVW-1 and the USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) in late spring during TSTA I/II. The summer was spent taking part in COMPTUEX for their blue water certification.VS-32 rounded off their last couple of months on the beach integrating with other branches of the military in JTFEX. VS-32 and CVW-1 embarked in USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) on 22 September 1999.Upon entering the Mediterranean, VS-32 took part in OPERATION BRIGHT STAR, a two day bombing exercise with the Egyptian military. Maulers proved themselves again by successfully firing their second AGM-65F Maverick missile ninety-eight days from their initial launch. This was the first time ever an operational S-3B squadron fired Maverick off two different aircraft with the Maverick modification. The Greek Island of Avgo Nisi saw the Maulers drop MK-82 GP bombs and BDU-45 500 pound inert practice bombs on time and on target. One week later the Maulers participated in another joint exercise called OPERATION BLACK SHARK. This operation was held in conjunction with the Saudi Arabians and conducted in the Red Sea. The Maulers spent the remainder of the year in support of OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH. As of August 2003, VS Squadron has been with the USS Enterprise (CVN 65), currently deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of the global war on terrorism and is set to return in March 2004.

Ships Sea Control Squadron Thirty-Two has served on:

  • USS SAIPAN (CVE 48)
  • USS GILBERT ISLAND (CVE 107)
  • USS SALERNO BAY (CVE 110)
  • USS SIBONEY (CVE 112)
  • USS SICILY (CVE 118)
  • USS MINDORO (CVE 120)
  • USS PALUA (CVE 122)
  • USS ESSEX (CVS 9)
  • USS INTREPID (CVS 11)
  • USS RANDOLPH (CVS 15)
  • USS WASP (CVS 18)
  • USS LEYTE (CVS 32)
  • USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN (CVS 39)
  • USS TARAWA (CVS-40)
  • USS CABAT (CVL 28)
  • USS WRIGHT (CVL 49)
  • USS LEXINGTON (CVT 16)
  • USS ORISKANY (CV 34)
  • USS FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (CVA 42)
  • USS CORAL SEA (CVA 43)
  • USS FORRESTAL (CVA 59)
  • USS SARATOGA (CVA 60)
  • USS AMERICA (CV 66)
  • USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67)
  • USS NIMITZ (CVN 68)
  • USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)
  • USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73)
  • USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75)
  • USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65)




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