List of inactive United States Navy aircraft squadrons

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There are hundreds of Inactive US Navy aircraft squadrons dating back to before World War I. Various sources sometimes refer to these as "disestablished" or "decommissioned" squadrons. However, squadrons are only "established", "disestablished", or "redesignated", while ships are "commissioned" or "decommissioned". Many squadrons have been re-designated or re-established, etc. making their "lineage" somewhat difficult to chart.[1] Squadrons, including those that have been redesignated, are in the List of United States Navy aircraft squadrons. The US Navy's official position is that - as with ships - once a squadron is disestablished, its lineage is not passed on though the name, insignia and traditions may be adopted by a new unit. If a squadron is re-designated with a new name while still considered "active" its history and lineage carries on under the new name.[2]

Inactive fixed wing squadrons[edit]

Fighter squadrons (VF)[edit]

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Notes
VF-1 Fighter Squadron 1 (United States Navy - insignia).jpg Wolfpack F-14 October 1, 1993
VF-1L November 20, 1948
VF-3 May 1924
VF-5 January 7, 1943
VF-6 October 1, 1945
VF-7 June 8, 1946
VF-8 Hellcats November 23, 1945
VF-9 September 28, 1945
VF-10 Grim Reapers November 26, 1945
VF-12 USN VA-12 emblem.png Ubangis (Kiss of Death) 1 October 1986
VF-13 October 20, 1945
VF-13 October 1, 1969
VF-14 June 14, 1946
VF-15 October 20, 1945
VF-16 November 6, 1945
VF-18 March 5, 1944
VF-21 VF-21 Freelancers squadron (United States Navy - insignia).jpg Freelancers F-14 January 31, 1996
VF-24 VF-24 Fighter Squadron 24 (United States Navy - insignia).jpg Fighting Renegades F-14 August 31, 1996
VF-33 Fighter Squadron 33 (United States Navy - insignia).jpg Starfighters F-14 October 1, 1993
VF-43 Attack Squadron 43 Insignia (US Navy).jpg Challengers A-4, F-5, F-16, F-21 July 1, 1994
VF-51 Screamin' Eagles F-14 March 31, 1995
VF-74 Fighter Squadron 74 (United States Navy - insignia).jpg Be-Devilers F-14 April 30, 1994
VF-84 VF-84 USN squadron patch.png Jolly Rogers F-14 October 1, 1995
VF-92 Silver Kings F-4 December 12, 1975
VF-96 Fighting Falcons F-4 December 12, 1975
VF-111 Fighter Squadron 111 (United States Navy - insignia).jpg Sundowners F-14 March 31, 1995
VF-114 Fighter Squadron 114 (United States Navy - insignia).jpg Aardvarks F-14 April 30, 1993
VF-121 Fighter Squadron 121 (United States Navy - insignia).jpg Pacemakers F-4 September 30, 1980 West Coast F-4 FRS
VF-124 Vf124gun.jpg Gunfighters F-14 September 30, 1994 West Coast FRS
VF-126 Vf-126.jpg Bandits A-4
F-16N
April 1, 1994
VF-142 Vf142ghost.jpg Ghostriders F-14 April 30, 1995
VF-162 Hunters F-8H January 29, 1971[3]
VF-171 Aces F-4 1984 East Coast F-4 FRS, 1977-1984
VF-191 Vf191.jpg Satan's Kittens F-14 April 30, 1988
VF-194 Vf194.jpg Red Lightning F-14 April 30, 1988
VF-202 Vf202.jpg Superheats F-14 December 31, 1994 USNR
VF-301 Vf-301.jpg Devils Disciples F-14 December 31, 1994 USNR
VF-302 Vf302.jpg Stallions F-14 December 31, 1994 USNR
VFAW-3 All Weather Fighter Squadron 3 (US Navy) patch.png Blue Nemesis F4D April 1963 All Weather Fighter Squadron redesignated from VC-3 in 1956. An interceptor unit assigned to NORAD.[4]

Strike fighter squadrons (VFA)[edit]

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Notes
VFA-82 Attack Squadron 82 Insignia (US Navy).jpg Marauders FA-18 September 30, 2005
VFA-125 VFA-125 insignia.png Rough Raiders FA-18 October 1, 2010
VFA-127 Attack Squadron 127 Insignia (US Navy).jpg Desert Bogies FA-18 March 23, 1996 USNR
VFA-132 Strike Fighter Squadron 132 (US Navy) - insignia.jpg Privateers FA-18 June 1, 1992
VFA-161 Strike Fighter Squadron 161 (US Navy) - insignia.jpg Chargers FA-18 April 1, 1988
VFA-201 Vfa-201.jpg Hunters FA-18 June 30, 2007 USNR
VFA-203 Vfa203 insig.jpg Blue Dolphins FA-18 June 30, 2004 USNR
VFA-303 Attack Squadron 303 Insignia (US Navy).jpg Golden Hawks FA-18 December 31, 1994 USNR
VFA-305 Attack Squadron 305 Insignia (US Navy).jpg Lobos FA-18 December 31, 1994 USNR

Attack squadrons (VA)[edit]

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Notes
VA-1A Unknown September 1, 1948 Changed name from VB-4 in 1946. Redesignated to VF-14.
VA-1B Unknown September 1, 1948 Ultimately became VFA-211.
VA-1E Unknown September 1, 1948
VA-1L Unknown November 20, 1948
VA-2A Valions September 1, 1948 Became VA-15
VA-2B Beasts September 1, 1948 Became Second VA-65
VA-2E Valions September 1, 1948 Became VS-22
VA-3A Black Panthers August 3, 1948 Became Second VA-35
VA-3B Indians September 1, 1948 Became VA-44
VA-3E September 1, 1948 Ultimately became VS-23, disestablished 27 Sep 1968.
VA-4A Dragons August 7, 1948 Became VA-35
VA-4B Fish Hawks September 1, 1948 Became VA-45
VAL-4 Light Attack Squadron 4 (US Navy - insignia).jpg Black Ponies OV-10A April 10, 1972 [5]
VA-5A Unknown August 16, 1948 Became VA-54
VA-5B July 27, 1948 Ultimately became VS-24, disestablished 1 Jun 1956.
VA-6A Torpcats August 16, 1948 Became VA-55
VA-6B VFA-25.jpg Fist of the Fleet July 27, 1948 Became VFA-25
VA-7A Attack Squadron 75 Insignia (US Navy).gif Sunday Punchers July 27, 1948 Became Second VA-75
VA-8A Air Barons July 27, 1948 Became VA-75
VA-9A Tough Kitties August 12, 1948 Became VA-94
VA-10A Unknown August 12, 1948 Became VA-95
VA-11A Unknown July 15, 1948 Became VA-114
VA-12 Attack Squadron 12 Insignia (US Navy).jpg Flying Ubangis A-7 October 1, 1986
VA-12A Arabs, Eagles July 15, 1948 Became VA-115
VA-13A Hell Razors August 2, 1948 Redesignated from VB-81 in 1944 became VA-134 in 1948 later VF-174 and the second VA-174[6]
VA-14 Ultimately became VFA-14.
VA-14A Uninvited August 2, 1948 Became VA-135
VA-15 Valions June 1, 1969
VA-15A Flying Cannons SB2C July 15, 1948 Formed from VB-153 in 1945 became VA-154 in 1948[7]
VA-16 Unknown AD-6 March 1, 1958
VA-16A Unknown TBM-3 July 15, 1948 Formed from VT-153 in 1945 became VA-155 in 1948[8]
VA-17A Battering Rams August 11, 1948 Redesignated VA-174 in 1948[9]
VA-18A Devils Diplomats August 11, 1948 Redesignated from VT-82 in 1944 and became VA-175 in 1948[10]
VA-19A Unknown August 24, 1948 Redesignated from VB-19 in 1943 and became VA-194 in 1948[11]
VA-20A Dambusters August 24, 1948 Became VFA-195
VA-21A Unknown SB2C, SBD August 4, 1947
VA-22A Unknown TBF August 5, 1947
VA-23 Attack Squadron 23 Insignia (US Navy).jpg Black Knights A-4 April 1, 1970
VA-24 Corsairs March 9, 1959 [a]
VA-25 Tigers July 1, 1959 Became Second VA-65.
VA-26 Skylancers April 1, 1958 Became Second VA-125.
VA-34 Black Panthers February 15, 1950 Became Second VA-35
Second VA-34 Blue Blasters June 1, 1969
Third VA-34 Blue Blasters Unknown
VA-35 Unknown November 7, 1949 Redesignated from VA-4A on 7 August 1948
Second VA-35 Attack Squadron 35 Insignia (US Navy).jpg Black Panthers A-6 January 31, 1995 Redesignated from VA-34 on 15 February 1950
VA-36 Attack Squadron 36 Insignia (US Navy).jpg Roadrunners A-4 August 1, 1970
Second VA-36 Road Runners A-6 April 1, 1994
VA-38 None October 1, 1968
VA-42 Attack Squadron 42 (VA-42) insignia (US Navy).png Green Pawns A-6 September 30, 1994 Eastcoast A-6 RAG (FRS)
VA-44 Attack Squadron 44 Insignia (US Navy).jpg Hornets June 8, 1950
Second VA-44 Hornets A-4 May 1, 1970
VA-45 Attack Squadron 45 Insignia (US Navy).jpg Blackbirds June 8, 1950
Second VA-45 Attack Squadron 45 Insignia (US Navy).jpg Blackbirds March 1, 1958
VA-46 Attack Squadron 46 Insignia (US Navy).jpg Clansmen A-7E June 30, 1991
VA-52 Attack Squadron 52 Insignia (US Navy).gif Knightriders A-6 March 17, 1995
VA-54 Unknown December 1, 1949
Second VA-54 Hell's Angels April 1, 1958
VA-55 Attack Squadron 55 Insignia (US Navy).jpg Torpcats, Warhorses A-4 December 12, 1975
Second VA-55 Warhorses A-6E January 1, 1991
VA-56 Attack Squadron 56 Insignia (US Navy).jpg Champions A-7 August 31, 1986
Second VA-64 Attack Squadron 64 Insignia (US Navy).png Black Lancers November 7, 1969
Second VA-65 Attack Squadron 125 Insignia (Orange) (US Navy).jpg Tigers A-6 March 31, 1993
VA-66 Crusaders July 1, 1955 [b]
Second VA-66 Attack Squadron 66 Insignia (US Navy).jpg Waldomen A-7 October 1, 1986
VA-67 Valions June 2, 1969 [c]
VA-72 Attack Squadron 72 Insignia (US Navy).jpg Blue Hawks A-7 June 30, 1991
VA-74 Attack Squadron 75 Insignia (US Navy).gif Sunday Punchers February 15, 1950 Became Second VA-75.
VA-75 Carrier Clowns November 30, 1949
Second VA-75 Attack Squadron 75 Insignia (US Navy).gif Sunday Punchers A-6 February 28, 1997
VA-76 Attack Squadron 76 Insignia (US Navy).jpg Spirits September 30, 1969
VA-84 Unknown November 29, 1949
VA-85 Unknown November 29, 1949
Second VA-85 Attack Squadron 85 Insignia (US Navy).jpg Black Falcons A-6 September 30, 1994
VA-93 Attack Squadron 93 Insignia (US Navy) .jpg Blue Blazers, Ravens A-7 August 31, 1986
VA-94 Tough Kitty, Mighty Shrikes November 30, 1949
VA-95 Unknown November 30, 1949
Second VA-95 Attack Squadron 95 Insignia (US Navy).jpg Green Lizards A-4 April 1, 1970
Third VA-95 Attack Squadron 95 Insignia (US Navy).jpg Green Lizards A-6
VA-96 Unknown April 10, 1958
VA-104 Attack Squadron 104 Insignia (US Navy).jpg Hells Archers March 31, 1959
VA-105 Attack Squadron 105 Insignia (US Navy).jpg Gunslingers February 1, 1959
VA-112 Attack Squadron 112 Insignia (US Navy).jpg Bombing Broncos October 10, 1969
VA-114 Unknown December 1, 1949
VA-115 Unknown October, 1996
VA-116 Attack Squadron 116 Insignia (US Navy).jpg Road Runners February 25, 1959 Was redesignated as VA-144.
VA-122 Attack Squadron 122 Insignia (US Navy).jpg Flying Eagles A-7 May 31, 1991
VA-125 Attack Squadron 125 Insignia (US Navy).jpg Rough Raiders April 10, 1958
Second VA-125 Attack Squadron 125 Insignia (US Navy).jpg Skylanchers, Rough Raiders A-7 October 1, 1977
VA-128 Golden Intruders A-6 September 29, 1995
VA-133 Attack Squadron 133 Insignia (US Navy).jpg Blue Knights October 1, 1962
Second VA-134 Attack Squadron 134 Insignia (US Navy).png Scorpions October 1, 1962
VA-135 Uninvited November 30, 1949
Second VA-135 Thunderbirds October 1, 1962
VA-144 Road Runners A-4 January 29, 1971
VA-145 Attack Squadron 145 Insignia (US Navy).jpg Swordsmen A-6 October 1, 1993
VA-152 Attack Squadron 152 Insignia (US Navy).jpg Mavericks A-4 January 29, 1971
VA-153 Attack Squadron 153 Insignia (US Navy).jpg Blue Tail Flies A-7 September 30, 1977
VA-154 Flying Cannons Redesignated from VA-15A in 1948[7] December 1, 1949
VA-155 Unknown November 30, 1949 Redesignated from VA-16A in 1946[8]
Second VA-155 Attack Squadron 155 Insignia (US Navy).jpg Silver Fox A-7 September 30, 1977 Redesignated from VA-728 in 1953[12]
Third VA-155 Attack Squadron 155 Insignia (US Navy).jpg Silver Foxes A-6 April 30, 1993 Formed in 1987[13]
VA-156 Iron Tigers January 20, 1959 [d]
VA-163 Attack Squadron 163 Insignia (US Navy).jpg Saints A-4 July 1, 1971 Formed in 1960[14]
VA-164 Attack Squadron 164 Insignia (US Navy).jpg Ghost Riders A-4 December 12, 1975 Formed in 1960[15]
VA-165 Attack Squadron 165 Insignia (US Navy).png Boomers A-6 July 26, 1996 Formed in 1960[16]
VA-172 Attack Squadron 172 Insignia (US Navy).png Bluebolts A-4 January 15, 1971 Redesignated from VF-172 in 1948[17]
VA-174 Battering Rams A-7 June 30, 1988 Redesignated from VA-17A in 1946[9]
Second VA-174 VA-174insignia.jpg Hell Razors A-7 June 30, 1988 Eastcoast A-7 RAG (FRS)
VA-175 Attack Squadron 175 Insignia (US Navy).jpg Devils Diplomats TBM, AD-1 March 15, 1958 Redesignated from VA-18A in 1948[10]
VA-176 Attack Squadron 176 Insignia (US Navy).jpg Thunderbolts A-6 October 1, 1992 Formed in 1955[18]
VA-185 Attack Squadron 185 Insignia (US Navy).jpg Night Hawks A-6 August 30, 1991 Formed in 1986[19]
VA-194 Unknown December 1, 1949 Redesignated from VA-19A in 1948[11]
VA-196 Attack Squadron 196 Insignia (US Navy).gif Thundercats, Main Battery, Milestones A-6 February 28, 1997 Redesignated from VF-194 in 1955[20]
VA-205 Attack Squadron 205 Insignia (US Navy).png Green Falcons A-4, A-7, A-6 December 31, 1994 Formed in 1970[21]
VA-209 Va-209.png Air Barons A-4 August 15, 1971 Formed in 1970[22]
VA-210 Black Hawks A-4 June 30, 1971 Formed in 1970[23]
VA-212 Attack Squadron 212 Insignia (US Navy).jpg Rampant Raiders A-4 December 12, 1975 Re-designated from VF-212 in 1956[24]
VA-213 Unknown TBM-3E June 1, 1949 Formed in 1948[25]
VA-214 Unknown TBM-3E May 16, 1949 Formed in 1948[26]
Second VA-214 Volunteers August 1, 1958 Redesignated from VF-214 in 1955[27]
VA-215 Attack Squadron 215 Insignia (US Navy).jpg Barn Owls A-1 August 31, 1967 Formed in 1955[28]
Second VA-215 Attack Squadron 215 Insignia (US Navy).jpg Barn Owls A-7 September 30, 1977 formed in 1968[29]
VA-216 Attack Squadron 216 Insignia (US Navy).jpg Black Diamonds A-4 August 1, 1970 Formed in 1955[30]
VA-304 Attack Squadron 304 Insignia (US Navy).jpg Firebirds A-6 December 31, 1994 Formed in 1970[31]
VA-702 Rustlers February 4, 1953 Became VA-145.
VA-728 Silver Fox February 4, 1953 Reserve squadron activated in 1951, became the second VA-155 in 1953.[12]
VA-776 Attack Squadron 776 Insignia (US Navy).jpg Golden Eagles A-4 November 1, 1968 Reserve squadron activated in 1968[32]
VA-831 Mohicans A-4 November 1, 1968 Reserve squadron activated in 1968[33]
VA-873 Unknown A-4 November 1, 1968 Reserve squadron activated in 1968[34]
VA-859 Black Falcons February 4, 1953 Became Second VA-85.
VA-923 Rough Riders February 4, 1953 [e]

Heavy attack squadrons (VAH)[edit]

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Notes
VAH-1 Heavy Attack Squadron 1 Insignia (US Navy).gif Tigers A-3B September 1, 1964 redesignated RVAH-1
VAH-3 Heavy AttackSquadron 3 (US Navy - Insignia).gif Sea Dragons A-3B, TA-3B July 1, 1964 redesignated RVAH-3
VAH-4 Heavy Attack Squadron 4 (US Navy - Insignia).gif Fourrunners KA-3B November 1, 1968
VAH-5 Heavy Attack Squadron 5 (US Navy - insignia).gif Savage Sons A-3B May 1965 redesiganted RVAH-5
VAH-6 Vah-6.gif Fleurs A-3B September 23, 1965 redesignated RVAH-6
VAH-7 Heavy Attack Squadron 7 (US Navy - insignia).gif Peacemakers of the Fleet A-3B December 1, 1964 redesiganted RVAH-7
VAH-8 Heavy Attack Squadron 8 (US Navy - insignia).gif Fireballers A-3B January 17, 1968 [35]
VAH-9 Heavy Attack Squadron 9 (US Navy - insignia).gif Hoot Owls A-3B June 30, 1964 redesignated RVAH-9
VAH-11 Heavy Attack Squadron 11 (US Navy - insignia).gif Checkertails A-3B July 1, 1966 redesiganted RVAH-11
VAH-13 Heavy Attack Squadron 13 (US Navy - insignia).gif Bats A-3B November 1, 1964 redesignated RVAH-13
VAH-15 Heavy Attack Squadron 15 (US Navy - insignia).jpg Sambos AJ-2, TV-2 February 15, 1959 [36]
VAH-16 Heavy Attack Squadron 16 (US Navy - insignia).jpg White Blades AJ-2 January 30, 1959 [37]
VAH-21 Heavy Attack Squadron 21 (US Navy - Insignia).jpg Roadrunners AP-2H June 16, 1969 [38]
VAH-123 Heavy Attack Squadron 123 (US Navy - insignia).gif Pros A-3 February 1, 1971 [39]

Aerial refueling squadrons (VAK)[edit]

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Notes
VAK-208 Tactical Aerial Refeuling Squadron 208 (US Navy - insignia).gif Jockeys KA-3B September 30, 1989 [40] USNR
VAK-308 Tactical Aerial Refeuling Squadron 308 (US Navy - insignia).gif Griffins KA-3B September 30, 1988 [41] USNR

Electronic warfare squadrons (VAQ)[edit]

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Notes
VAQ-13 Scorpions October 1, 1968
VA(AW)-33 Attack Squadron (All Weather) 33 Insignia.jpg Night Hawks AD-5 Skyraider February 1, 1968
(as VAQ-33)
redesignation of VC-33 in 1956. Redesignated as a Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron VAW-33 in 1959.[42]
VAQ-33 Carrier Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 33 (US Navy) - insignia.gif Firebirds EA-6A
EP-3J
TA-3B
ERA-3B
KA-3B
NC-121K
EA-4F
EF-4B
EF-4J
September 30, 1993
VAQ-34 Carrier Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 34 (US Navy) - insignia.gif Electric Horsemen,
Flashbacks
ERA-3B
KA-3B
EA-3B
EA-7L
TA-7C
5 October 1993
VAQ-35 Greywolves EA-6B 7 October 1993
VA(AW)-35 Attack Squadron (All Waeather) 35 Insignia (US Navy).png Night Hecklers June 29, 1959
VAQ-128 Carrier Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron128 (US Navy) - insignia.jpg Fighting Phoenix EA-6B September 30, 2004

Airborne early warning squadrons (VAW)[edit]

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Notes
VAW-11 Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 11 (US Navy) - insignia.jpg Early Elevens E-2C March 31, 1995
VAW-12 Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 12 (US Navy) - insignia.png Bats E-2C April 1, 1967
VAW-13 Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 13 (US Navy) - insignia.jpg Zappers October 1, 1968
VAW-33 Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 33 (US Navy) - insignia.jpg Night Hawks Douglas AD-5W (EA-1E) Skyraider February 1, 1968 Redesignation of VA(AW)-33 in July 1956. Redesignated as VAQ-33 [43]
VAW-77 Commandlogo.jpg Nightwolves E-2C March 9, 2013 USNR
VAW-78 Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 78 (US Navy) - Insignia.jpg Fighting Escargots E-2C March 31, 2005 USNR
VAW-88 Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 88 (US Navy) - Insignia.jpg Cotton Pickers E-2C December 31, 1994 USNR
VAW-110 Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 110 (US Navy) - insignia.jpg Firebirds E-2C September 1, 1994 West Coast E-2/C-2 RAG (FRS)
VAW-114 Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 114 (US Navy) - insignia.jpg Hormel Hawgs E-2C February 16, 1995
VAW-122 Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 122 (US Navy) patch.png Steeljaw E-2C March 31, 1996
VAW-127 VAW-127 emblem.jpg Seabats E-2C September 30, 1991

Sea control squadrons (VS)[edit]

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Notes
VS-21 Vs-21.jpg Redtails S-3B February 28, 2005
VS-22 Vs22 insig.jpg Checkmates S-3B January 29, 2009
VS-24 Vs-24.png Scouts S-3B March 31, 2007
VS-27 VS-27.png Sea Wolves S-3B September 30, 1994 First S-3B Squadron
East Coast FRS
VS-28 Sl-vs-28-lg.gif Hukkers,
Gamblers
S-3B October 1, 1992
VS-29 Vs-29.jpg Dragonfires S-3B April 30, 2004
VS-30 Vs30 insign.jpg Diamondcutters S-3B April 20, 2007
VS-31 VS-31.png Topcats S-3B March 27, 2008
VS-32 Vs-32.jpg Maulers S-3B September 25, 2008
VS-33 Vs-33.gif Screwbirds S-3B June 15, 2005
VS-35 Vs-35.jpg Blue Wolves S-3B March 31, 2005
VS-37 Vs-37.gif Sawbucks S-3B March 1, 1995
VS-38 Vs38 insig.jpg Red Griffins S-3B April 30, 2004
VS-41 Vs41 insig.jpg Shamrocks S-3B September 30, 2006 FRS

Reconnaissance squadrons (VQ, VFP, VAP)[edit]

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Notes
VQ-2 Vq2.jpg Rangers EP-3E 17 May 2012
VQ-5 Vq-5.jpg Sea Shadows ES-3A 30 July 1999
VQ-6 Vq-6.jpg Black Ravens ES-3A 30 September 1999
VQ-11 Vq-11.gif Bandits EP-3J 31 March 2000
VAP-61 Heavy Photographic Squadron 61 (US Navy) insignia.jpg World Recorders RA-3B 1 July 1971 [44]
VAP-62 Heavy Photographic Squadron 62 (US Navy) - insignia.jpg Tigers RA-3B 15 October 1969 [45]
VFP-62 VFP-62 squadron badge.PNG Fighting Photos RF-8A/G Crusader 1 January 1968
VFP-63 VFP-63 Squadron Patch.jpg Eyes Of The Fleet RF-8A/G Crusader September 1982
VFP-206 Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron 206 (USN) patch.PNG Hawkeyes RF-8G Crusader 20 March 1987 USNR
VFP-306 Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron 306 (USN) patch.PNG Photomasters RF-8G Crusader 30 September 1984 USNR

Heavy reconnaissance squadrons (RVAH)[edit]

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Notes
RVAH-1 Recon Heavy Attack Squadron 1 (USN) patch.PNG Smokin' Tigers RA-5C 29 January 1979
RVAH-3 RVAH3.jpg Sea Dragons RA-5C 17 August 1979 FRS
RVAH-5 Recon Heavy Attack Squadron 5 (USN) patch.PNG Savage Sons RA-5C 30 September 1977
RVAH-6 RVAH6.jpg Fleurs RA-5C 20 October 1978
RVAH-7 Recon Heavy Attack Squadron 7 (USN) patch.PNG Peacemakers of the Fleet RA-5C 28 September 1979
RVAH-9 RVAH9.jpg Hoot Owls RA-5C 30 September 1977
RVAH-11 RVAH11.jpg Checkertails RA-5C 1 June 1975
RVAH-12 Recon Heavy Attack Squadron 12 (USN) patch.PNG Speartips RA-5C 2 July 1979
RVAH-13 Recon Heavy Attack Squadron 13 (USN) patch.PNG Bats RA-5C 30 June 1976
RVAH-14 Recon Heavy Attack Squadron 14 (USN) patch.PNG Eagle Eyes RA-5C 1 May 1976

Patrol squadrons (VP, VA(HM), VPB)[edit]

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Notes
VP-6 Vp-6.jpg Blue Sharks P-3 May 31, 1993
VA(HM)-10 Attack Mining Squadron 10 (US Navy - insignia).jpg July 1, 1959 Ultimately became VP-17 White Lightnings
VP-11 Vp-11.jpg Proud Pegasus P-3 January 15, 1997
VA(HM)-13 Vp-24.jpg Batmen July 1, 1959 Ultimately became VP-24
VP-17 Vp-17.jpg White Lightnings P-3 March 31, 1995
VP-18 Flying Phantoms.jpg Flying Phantoms P-2 October 10, 1968 based at NS Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico
VP-19 Vp-19 (1987).jpg

Vp-19 (1976).jpg Vp-19 (1964).jpg

Big Red P-3 August 31, 1991 NAS Moffett Field
VP-22 Vp-22.jpg Blue Geese P-3 March 31, 1994
VP-23 Vp-23.jpg Sea Hawks P-3 February 28, 1995 NAS Brunswick
VP-24 Vp-24.jpg Batmen P-3 April 30, 1995 NAS Jacksonville
VP-31 Vp-31.jpg Black Lightnings/Genies P-3 November 1, 1993 NAS Moffett Field
West Coast FRS
VP-44 VP-44 Golden Pelicans.jpg Golden Pelicans P-3 June 28, 1991
VP-48 Vp-48.jpg Boomers P-3 May 23, 1991 NAS Moffett Field
VP-49 Vp-49.jpg Woodpeckers P-3 March 1, 1994 NAS Jacksonville
VP-50 Vp-50.jpg Blue Dragons P-3 June 30, 1992
VP-56 Vp-56.jpg Dragons P-3 June 28, 1991 NAS Jacksonville
VP-60 Vp-60.jpg Cobras P-3 September 1, 1994 USNR

NAS Glenview

VP-64 VP-64.jpg Condors P-3 Redesignated VR-64

on September 18, 2004

USNR

NAS Willow Grove

VP-65 VP-65.jpg Tridents P-3 March 31, 2006 USNR

NAS Point Mugu

VP-66 VP-66.jpg Liberty Bells P-3 February 11, 2006 USNR

NAS Willow Grove

VP-67 Vp-67.png Golden Hawks P-3 September 30, 1994 USNR

NAS Memphis

VP-68 Vp-68.jpg Blackhawks P-3 January 16, 1997 USNR

NAF Washington/Andrews AFB

VP-90 Vp-90.jpg Lions P-3 September 30, 1994 USNR

NAS Glenview

VP-91 VP-91 logo.jpg Black Cats P-3 March 31, 1999 USNR

NAS Moffett Field

VP-92 Patrol Squadron 92 commemorative patch.gif Minutemen P-3 November 30, 2007 USNR

NAS Brunswick

VP-93 Vp-93.jpg Executioners P-3 September 30, 1994 USNR

NAF Detroit/Selfridge ANGB

VP-94 VP-94.PNG Crawfishers P-3 March 31, 2006 USNR

NAS New Orleans

VP-102 VP-102.png Unknown PBY April 18, 1942
VP-MAU Rolling Thunder P-3 August 17, 1991 USNR

NAS Moffett Field

VPB-18 VPB-18.png Unknown PBM November 23, 1945

Fleet logistics squadrons (VRC)[edit]

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Notes
VRC-50 Vrc-50.jpg Foo-Dogs US-3
C-2
C-130
October 7, 1994

Composite squadrons (VC)[edit]

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Notes
VC-4 Vc4 night cappers.JPG Night Cappers F4U, F9F, F3D, AM Mauler 1949-1956[47] SEE VFAW-4
VC-5 Checkertails A-4E, TA-4J, SH-3G, CH-53E 1992 NAS Cubi Point Philippines
VC-6 Fleet Composite Squadron 6 (US Navy) - insignia.gif Firebees RQ-2A[48]
BQM-74
August 7, 2008 NAS Norfolk
VC-7 Utility Squadron VU-7 USN patch.PNG Redtails A-4F, TA-4J September 30, 1980 NAS Miramar
VC-8 Fleet Composite Squadron 8 (US Navy) - insignia.gif Redtail A-4, SH-3G October 1, 2003 NS Roosevelt Roads
VC-10 Crusaders F-8 July 1, 1968 NAS Leeward Point Guantanamo Bay
VC-13 Vc13 Fools in God's oceans.JPG Fools in God's Oceans (WW II); Saints (1973-1988) F4F, TBM;
A-4, F-5
c.1945; April 22, 1988 (redesignated VFC-13 USS Tripoli (CVE-64), USS Anzio (CVE-57);
NAS New Orleans, NAS Miramar
VC-72 Ball the Jack FM-2, TVM 1944-1945

Anti Submarine Squadrons (VS)[edit]

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Notes
VS-5
VS-6

Training squadrons (VT)[edit]

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Notes
VT-23 Vt-23.jpg Professionals T-2C September 30, 1999
VT-2 "Doerbirds" T-6B Operated from Moffett on a trial basis

Other squadrons (VX, VO)[edit]

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Notes
VX-3 1 March 1960 Fighter tactics development squadron formed by merging VF-1L and VA-1L in November 1948. Used tailcode XC then JC from 1957[49]
VX-6 Ice Pirates LC-130
December 31, 1969
VXE-6 Vxe-6.jpg Puckered Penguins
LC-130
UH-1
March 27, 1999
VX-4 VX-4 Evaluators (insignia).jpg The Evaluators
F-14
F/A-18
September 30, 1994 Merged with VX-5 to form VX-9
VO-67 Gandydancers OP-2E July 1, 1968

Inactive helicopter squadrons[edit]

Anti-submarine squadrons (HS, HSL)[edit]

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Notes
HS-1 Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 1 (United States Navy - insignia).gif Seahorses SH-3 May 28, 1997 FRS
HS-7 Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 7 (United States Navy - insignia).jpg Dusty Dogs HSS-1 May 31, 1966
HS-8 Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 8 (United States Navy - insignia).jpg Eightballers HSS-1 December 31, 1968
HS-9 Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 9 (United States Navy - insignia).jpg Sea Griffins HSS-1 October 1, 1968
HS-9 Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 9 (United States Navy - insignia).jpg Sea Griffins SH-3 April 30, 1993
HS-12 Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 12 (United States Navy - insignia).jpg Wyverns SH-3 November 30, 1994
HS-13 Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 13 (United States Navy - insignia).jpg Sub Choppers HSS-1N October 1, 1962
HS-16 Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 16 (United States Navy - insignia).jpg Nighthawks SH-3H June 1, 1988
HS-17 Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 17 (United States Navy - insignia).jpg Neptune Raiders SH-3 June 30, 1991
HSL-30 Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 30 (United States Navy - insignia).jpg Neptune's Horsemen SH-2F
HH-2D
September 30, 1993
HSL-31 Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 31 (United States Navy - insignia).jpg Arch Angels SH-2F
HH-2D
July 31, 1992
HSL-32 Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 32 (United States Navy - insignia).jpg Invaders SH-2F January 31, 1994
HSL-33 Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 33 (United States Navy - insignia).jpg Seasnakes SH-2F April 29, 1994
HSL-34 Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 34 (United States Navy - insignia).jpg Greencheckers SH-2F November 30, 1993
HSL-35 Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 35 (United States Navy - insignia).jpg Magicians SH-2F December 4, 1992
HSL-36 Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 36 (United States Navy - insignia).jpg Lamplighters SH-2F September 30, 1992
HSL-74 Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 74 (United States Navy - insignia).jpg Demon Elves SH-2G April 1, 1994
HS-75 Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 75 (United States Navy - insignia).jpg Emerald Knights SH-60F
HH-60H
March 31, 2007 USNR
HSL-84 Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 84 (United States Navy - insignia).jpg Thunderbolts SH-2G June 30, 2001 USNR
HSL-94 Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 94 (United States Navy - insignia).jpg Titans SH-2G April 1, 2001 USNR

Combat support squadrons (HC, HCS)[edit]

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Notes
HC-1 Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 1 (United States Navy - insignia).gif Fleet Angels CH-53E April 29, 1994
HU-2 Helicopter Utility Squadron 2 (United States Navy - Insignia).jpg Fleet Angels UH-1 July 1, 1965
HC-2 Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 2 (United States Navy - insignia).jpg Fleet Angels H-3 September 30, 1977
HC-4 Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 4 (United States Navy - insignia).gif Black Stallions CH-53 September 30, 2007
HCS-5 Helicopter Combat Support Special Squadron 5 (US Navy - insignia).jpg Firehawks HH-60H December 3, 2006 USNR
HC-7 Seadevils H-3
H-46
June 30, 1975
HC-9 Black Cats HH-3A July 31, 1990
HC-16 Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 16 (United States Navy - insignia).gif NAS Pensacola
Bullfrogs
HH-46
UH-1N
April 1, 1994

Helicopter mine coutermeasure squadrons (HM)[edit]

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Deactivated Notes
HM-12 Helicopter Mine Countermeasure Squadron 12 (United States Navy - insignia).gif Sea Dragons Sikorksy MH-53E Sea Dragon September 30, 1994
HM-16 Helicopter Mine Countermeasure Squadron 16 (United States Navy - insignia).gif Seahawks RH-53D January 2, 1987
HM-18 Helicopter Mine Countermeasure Squadron 18 (United States Navy - insignia).gif Norsemen MH-53E March 4, 1995 USNR
HM-19 Helicopter Mine Countermeasure Squadron 19 (United States Navy - insignia).gif Golden Bears MH-53E November 5, 1994 Reserve squadron integrated with HM-15

Other squadrons[edit]

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Active period Notes
HA(L)-3 Helicopter Attack Squadron (Light) 3 (United States Navy - insignia).gif Seawolves UH-1/HH-1 1967 - March 16, 1972 "Helicopter Attack Squadron (Light) 3" operated in Vietnam
VX-3 Helicopter Training 1 April 1948 - November 1948 Helicopter development squadron. Aircraft and crew reassigned to squadrons HU-1 and HU-2[49]

Inactive Blimp Patrol Squadrons (ZP)[edit]

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Based in
ZP-12 1947 NAS Lakehurst
ZP-15 1947 NAS Glynco, Georgia
ZP-14 1947 NAS Lakehurst
ZP-15 1947 NAS Weeksville
ZP-11 1947 NAS South Weymouth
ZP-21 1947 NAS Richmond
ZP-22 1947 NAS Houma
ZP-23 1947 NAS Hitchcock
ZP-32 1947 NAS Moffett Field
ZP-31 1947 NAS Santa Ana
ZP-33 1947 NAS Tillamook
ZP-41 1947 Sao Luiz, Brazil
ZP-42 1947 Maceió, Brazil
ZP-51 1947 Trinidad

See also[edit]

References and notes[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ There is a plausible history at VFA-211, referenced to a Navy website.
  2. ^ VFA-81 has an unreferenced claim that VA-66 was redesignated VF-81 the day they were established
  3. ^ VFA-15 has unreferenced material connecting it with them and VA-15.
  4. ^ VF-111 has some not-too-well referenced claims about it in the "Second VF-111" section
  5. ^ VFA-125 has some material in its History section that connects VA-55E, VA-923, and VA-125.
References
  1. ^ The Name's the Same[dead link]
  2. ^ Current Navy Aviation Squadron Lineages, Naval Historical Center, 6 January 1998 
  3. ^ http://vf-162.org/
  4. ^ "Flightdeck Friday: F4D Skyray (Part 2)" Naval History Blog. U.S. Naval Institute
  5. ^ Grossnick 1995, Chapter 5 pp.307-308
  6. ^ Grossnick 1995, Chapter 2 pp.248-251
  7. ^ a b Grossnick 1995, Chapter 2 pp.222-223
  8. ^ a b Grossnick 1995, Chapter 2 pp.224-225
  9. ^ a b Grossnick 1995, Chapter 2 pp.246=247
  10. ^ a b Grossnick 1995, Chapter 2 p.252
  11. ^ a b Grossnick 1995, Chapter 2 pp.261-263
  12. ^ a b Grossnick 1995, Chapter 2 pp.226-230
  13. ^ Grossnick 1995, Chapter 2 pp.231-232
  14. ^ Grossnick 1995, Chapter 2 pp.233-234
  15. ^ Grossnick 1995, Chapter 2 pp.235-237
  16. ^ Grossnick 1995, Chapter 2 pp.238-241
  17. ^ Grossnick 1995, Chapter 2 pp.242-245
  18. ^ Grossnick 1995, Chapter 2 pp.255-258
  19. ^ Grossnick 1995, Chapter 2 pp.259-260
  20. ^ Grossnick 1995, Chapter 2 pp.264-268
  21. ^ Grossnick 1995, Chapter 2 pp.269-270
  22. ^ Grossnick 1995, Chapter 2 p.271
  23. ^ Grossnick 1995, Chapter 2 p.272
  24. ^ Grossnick 1995, Chapter 2 pp.273-276
  25. ^ Grossnick 1995, Chapter 2 p.277
  26. ^ Grossnick 1995, Chapter 2 p.278
  27. ^ Grossnick 1995, Chapter 2 pp.279-280
  28. ^ Grossnick 1995, Chapter 2 pp.281-282
  29. ^ Grossnick 1995, Chapter 2 pp.283-284
  30. ^ Grossnick 1995, Chapter 2 pp.285-288
  31. ^ Grossnick 1995, Chapter 2 pp.289-290
  32. ^ Grossnick 1995, Chapter 2 p.291
  33. ^ Grossnick 1995, Chapter 2 p.292
  34. ^ Grossnick 1995, Chapter 2 p.293
  35. ^ Grossnick 1995, Chapter 3 pp.295-297
  36. ^ Grossnick 1995, Chapter 3 p.298
  37. ^ Grossnick 1995, Chapter 3 p.299
  38. ^ Grossnick 1995, Chapter 3 p.300
  39. ^ Grossnick 1995, Chapter 3 pp.301-302
  40. ^ Grossnick 1995, Chapter 4 pp.303-304
  41. ^ Grossnick 1995, Chapter 4 pp.305-306
  42. ^ "VAQ-33 Firebirds" (pdf). Naval Aviation News 76 (5): page 10. 1 July 1994. 
  43. ^ "VAQ-33 Firebirds" (pdf). Naval Aviation News 76 (5): page 10. 1 July 1994. 
  44. ^ Grossnick 1995, Chapter 6 pp.309-313
  45. ^ Grossnick 1995, Chapter 6 pp.314-316
  46. ^ DANAS Appendix 7
  47. ^ Dictionary of American Naval Aircraft: VC-4/VFAW-4 Squadron www.wings-aviation.ch, accessed:18 Nov 2011
  48. ^ "RQ-2A Pioneer Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)". United States Navy Fact File. United States Navy. 2007-08-27. Retrieved 2008-12-01. 
  49. ^ a b Thomason, Tommy H. (July 23, 2010), VX Squadrons, U.S. Navy Aircraft History 
Bibliography
Dictionary of American Naval Aviation Squadrons:

External links[edit]

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