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Naval Aviation Squadrons

Squadrons flying similar aircraft are grouped into functional wings and are located at the same air station. This arrangement helps coordinate training and maintenance by keeping similar aircraft concentrated at one base. The aircraft carriers on which the wings operate are likewise homeported in different locations. The logistics of matching the various wing squadrons with the ship are quite complex and challenging.

Hostile submarine forces pose an unique threat to the security of the United States and allied nations. To protect the sea lanes of communication, worldwide surveillance is maintained by Navy maritime patrol squadrons flying the P-3C Orion aircraft. The P-3C is a multi-engine, multi-piloted, transoceanic aircraft flying from shore air stations. COMNAVAIRPAC has maritime patrol squadrons at NAS Moffet Field, California and NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. COMNAVAIRLANT has maritime patrol squadrons at NAS Brunswick, Maine and NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Each base has six squadrons, with two squadrons deployed to forward operational bases. Normally, squadrons deploy for six months alternated with twelve months at home base. The patrol squadron consists of 9 airplanes, 36 aviators, 24 Naval flight officers, and 280 enlisted personnel. Flight crews consist of 3 aviators, 2 Naval flight officers, and 8 enlisted aircrewmen. Up to 23 total aircrew can be accommodated aboard the aircraft if needed. Various sensors include passive and active sonobuoys, magnetic detectors, and optical scanners. Weapons carried on board the P-3C include torpedoes, depth charges, mines, and Harpoon air-to-surface missiles.

A patrol squadron is a diverse element of the United States Navy that performs many assignments. They are hunters who serve as the eyes and ears of the Fleet. By patrolling in advance of the Fleets arrival or in its surrounding environment, potential enemies are located and, when armed, we are ready to engage on the Fleets behalf. They also serve as a strategic deterrent to crisis and conflict. Where adversaries around the world are closely monitored. Furthermore, they provide valuable information required by theater Commanders in order to support decisions on possible courses of action. They hunt at great distances and with great endurance, often from remote sites with little support required, and frequently serving alongside naval comrades, sister services, agencies, and allies. The diverse service of maritime patrol requires that they perform many specific tasks. These include: anti- submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, offensive and defensive mine delivery, sea surveillance and maritime intelligence collection, coastal and overland reconnaissance, targeting for strikes, counterdrug detection and monitoring, electronic warfare, battle damage assessment, and search and rescue.

In 1998 Chief of Naval Operations, ADM Jay Johnson, approved the redesignation of all VAQ squadrons from Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron to Electronic Attack Squadron. The short title for squadrons changed from TACELRON to VAQRON. The squadron's wing became Electronic Attack Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet. The short title for the Wing remained ComVAQWingPac. The Electronic Combat Weapons School (ECWS) was renamed the Electronic Attack Weapons School. Its short title changed to EAWS. In essence, what was done was to finally apply the correct title to the VAQ designation.

VF Fighter Squadron F-14 Tomcat
VFA Strike Fighter Squadron F/A-18 Hornet
VMFA Marine Strike Fighter Squadron F/A-18 Hornet
VS Sea Control Squadron S-3B Viking
VAQ Electronic Attack Squadron EA-6B Prowler
VAW Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron E-2C Hawkeye
VQ Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron ES-3 Sea Shadow
VRC Fleet Logistics Support Squadron C-2A Greyhound
HS Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron SH-60F/HH-60H Seahawk
HSL Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron Light SH-60B Seahawk
HC Helicopter Support Squadron CH-46 Sea Knight

Units



F-18 HORNET

Blue Angels
VFA-2 Bounty Hunters
VFA-11 Red Rippers [unofficial]
VFA-14 Tophatters
VFA-15 Valions
VFA-22 Fighting Redcocks
VFA-25 Fist of the Fleet
VFA-27 Royal Maces
VFA-31 Tomcatters
VFA-32 Swordsmen
VFA-34 Blue Blasters
VFA-37 Bulls
VFA-41 Black Aces
VFA-81 Sunliners
VFA-82 Marauders
VFA-83 Rampagers
VFA-86 Sidewinders
VFA-87 Golden Warriors
VFA-94 Mighty Shrikes
VFA-97 Warhawks
VFA-102 Diamondbacks
VFA-103 Jolly Rogers
VFA-105 Gunslingers
VFA-106 Gladiators
VFA-113 Stingers
VFA-115 Eagles
VFA-122 Flying Eagles
VFA-125 Rough Raiders
VFA-131 Wildcats
VFA-132 Privateers
VFA-136 Knighthawks
VFA-137 Kestrels
VFA-143 Pukin Dogs
VFA-146 Blue Diamonds
VFA-147 Argonauts
VFA-151 Fighting Vigilantes
VFA-154 Black Knights
VFA-192 Golden Dragons
VFA-195 Dambusters
VFA-201 Hunters
VFA-203 Blue Dolphins
VFA-204 River Rattlers
VFA-211 Checkmates
VFA-213 Black Lions
VFC-12 Fighting Omars
F-14 TOMCAT

VF-1 Wolfpack [unofficial]
VF-21 Freelancers [unofficial]
VF-24 Fighting Renegades [unofficial]
VF-33 Starfighters [unofficial]
VF-51 Screaming Eagles [unofficial]
VF-74 BeDevilers [unofficial]
VF-84 Jolly Rogers [unofficial]
VF-101 Grim Reapers
VF-111 Sundowners [unofficial]
VF-114 Aardvarks [unofficial]
VF-124 Gunfighters [unofficial]
VF-142 Ghostriders [unofficial]
VF-191 Satan's Kittens [unofficial]
VF-194 Red Lightnings [unofficial]
VF-201 Hunters
VF-202 Superheats [unofficial]
VF-301 Devils Disciples [unofficial]
VF-302 Stallions [unofficial]
EA-6B Prowler

VAQ-128 Fighting Phoenix
VAQ-129 Vikings
VAQ-130 Zappers
VAQ-131 Lancers
VAQ-132 Scorpions
VAQ-133 Wizards
VAQ-134 Garudas
VAQ-135 Black Ravens
VAQ-136 Gauntlets
VAQ-137 Rooks
VAQ-138 Yellowjackets
VAQ-139 Cougars
VAQ-140 Patriots
VAQ-141 Shadowhawks
VAQ-142 Gray Wolves
VAQ-209 Star Warriors


P-3C ORION

VP-1 Screaming Eagles
VP-4 Skinny Dragons
VP-5 Mad Foxes
VP-8 Tigers
VP-9 Golden Eagles
VP-10 Red Lancers
VP-16 War Eagles [404!]
VP-26 Tridents
VP-30 Pro's Nest
VP-40 Fighting Marlins
VP-45 Pelicans
VP-46 Grey Knights
VP-47 Golden Swordsmen
VP-62 Broad Arrows (Reserve)
VP-64 The Condors (Reserve)
VP-65 Tridents (Reserve)
VP-66 The Liberty Bells (Reserve)
VP-69 Totems (Reserve)
VP-91 Black Cats
VP-92 Minutemen (Reserve)
VP-94 Crawfishers (Reserve)
S-3B VIKING

VS-21 Fighting Redtails
VS-22 Checkmates
VS-24 Scouts
VS-29 Dragonfires
VS-30 Diamond Cutters
VS-31 Top Cats
VS-32 Maulers
VS-33 Screwbirds
VS-35 Blue Wolves
VS-38 Red Griffins
VS-41 Shamrocks
E-2C HAWKEYE

VAW-77 Night Wolves
VAW-78 Fighting Escargots
VAW-112 Golden Hawks
VAW-113 Black Eagles
VAW-115 Liberty Bells
VAW-116 Sun Kings
VAW-117 Wallbangers
VAW-120 Greyhawks
VAW-121 Bluetails
VAW-123 Screwtops
VAW-124 Bear Aces
VAW-125 Tigertails
VAW-126 Seahawks


EP-3E ARIES II

VQ-1 World Watchers
VQ-2 Batmen
VQ-11 Bandits (Reserve)
ES-3 SHADOW

VQ-5 Black Ravens
VQ-6 Sea Shadows
E-6A/B MERCURY

VQ-3 Ironman
VQ-4 Shadows
VQ-7 [NTSU]


C-2A GREYHOUND

VRC-30 Providers
VRC-40 Rawhides
C-9B/DC-9 SKYTRAIN II

VR-46 Eagles
VR-52 The Taskmasters
VR-56 Globemasters
VR-57 Conquistadores
VR-58 Sunseekers
VR-59 Lonestar Express
VR-61 Islanders
C-20 Gulfstream

VR-1 Starlifters
VR-48 Capital Skyliners
VR-51 Windjammers
C-130 HERCULES

VR-53 Capital Express
VR-54 Revelers
VR-55 Minutemen
VR-62 Nor'easters


SH-2G SEASPRITE

HSL-84 Thunderbolts
HSL-94 Titans

SH-3H SEA KING

HC-2 Fleet Angels
HC-11 Gunbearers
HC-85 Golden Gaters
HS-75 Emerald Knights
VC-8 Redtails
SH/HH-60 SEAHAWK

HCS-4 Red Wolves
HCS-5 Firehawks
HS-2 Golden Falcons
HS-3 Tridents
HS-4 Black Knights
HS-5 Nightdippers
HS-6 Indians
HS-7 Dusty Dogs
HS-8 Eight-ballers
HS-10 War Hogs
HS-11 Dragonslayers
HS-14 Chargers
HS-15 Red Lions
HSL-37 Easy Riders
HSL-40 Airwolves
HSL-41 Seahawks
HSL-42 Proud Warriors
HSL-43 Battle Cats
HSL-44 Swamp Fox
HSL-45 Wolfpack
HSL-46 Grandmasters
HSL-47 Saberhawks
HSL-48 Vipers
HSL-49 Scorpions
HSL-51 Warlords
CH-46 SEA KNIGHT

HC-3 Pack-Rats
HC-5 Providers
HC-6 Chargers
HC-8 Dragon Whales
HC-11 Gunbearers

MH-53 SEA DRAGON

HC-4 Black Stallions
HM-14 Vanguard
HM-15 Blackhawks



TA-45A GOSHAWK

VT-21 Redhawks
VT-22 Golden Eagles
T-34C TURBOMASTER

VT-2 Doer Birds
VT-3 Red Knights
VT-4 Mighty Warbucks
VT-6 Shooters
VT-10 Wildcats
VT-27 Boomers
VT-28 Rangers


T-2C BUCKEYE

VT-9 Tigers
VT-86 Sabre Hawks
T-39N SABERLINER

VT-86 Sabre Hawks
T-44A PEGASUS

VT-31 Wise Owls
TA-4J SKYHAWK

VT-7 Strike Eagles
VC-8 Redtails


TH-57 SEA RANGER

HT-8 Eightballers
HT-18 Vigilant Eagles


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