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VAK-308 Whale, landing on USS Ranger (CV-61) in 1986. (Click the image to enlarge it)

VAK-308, nicknamed the Griffins, was a U.S. Navy Tactical Aerial Refueling Squadron based at NAS Alameda, California. It flew the KA-3B Skywarrior, affectionately known as the Whale because of its large size. The squadron was established on 2 May 1970 as a Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron VAQ-308, and was redesignated VAK-308 on 1 October 1979.[1]

The squadron was established as part of a reorganization intended to increase the combat readiness of the Naval Air Reserve Force. It was to provide electronic warfare, tanking, pathfinding and carrier onboard delivery service to the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets and other units around the world. During its lifetime it provided these services to numerous operations, including those during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, the Yom Kippur War, and the Turkish Invasion of Cyprus. It was embarked on many different aircraft carriers.[1]

VAK-308 was disestablished on 30 September 1988.[1]

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This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Aviation Squadrons.

  1. ^ a b c Grossnick, Roy A. (1995). Dictionary of American Naval Aviation Squadrons, Volume 1, Chapter 4: Tactical Aerial Refueling Squadron Histories (VAK). Washington, D.C.: Naval Historical Center, Department of the Navy. Retrieved 2014-02-03.