List of United States Navy aircraft squadrons

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This is a list of United States Navy aircraft squadrons. Deactivated or disestablished squadrons are listed in the List of Inactive United States Navy aircraft squadrons. Navy aircraft squadrons are typically composed of several aircraft (from as few as two to as many as several dozen), the officers who fly them and the men and women that maintain them. Most squadrons also have a number of other administrative support personnel. Some of the activities listed are not technically "squadrons", but they all operate U.S. Navy aircraft in some capacity.

Squadrons and their history are listed in the Dictionary of American Naval Aviation Squadrons (DANAS).

Squadron organization[edit]

Navy squadron organizational chart. (Click the diagram to enlarge it)

Active duty squadrons are typically commanded by a Commander. Second in command is the Executive Officer (XO), also a Commander. The XO typically assumes command of the squadron after approximately 15 months. There are typically four functional departments - Operations, Maintenance, Safety/NATOPS, and Administration - each led by a Lieutenant Commander functioning as the Department Head. Within the departments are Divisions (each typically headed by a Lieutenant) and Branches (headed by a Lieutenant, junior grade or a Chief Petty Officer).

Reserve squadrons are also commanded by a Commander, with another Commander as the XO who will also assume command after approximately 15 months. However, reserve squadron demographics are typically older and more senior in rank than their active duty squadron counterparts. Department Heads in reserve squadrons are typically senior Lieutenant Commanders, although some may be recently promoted Commanders. Where this difference in maturity level becomes more apparent is at the Division Officer level. Since most officers in reserve squadrons previously served on active duty in the Regular Navy in a flying status for eight to ten or more years, they are typically already Lieutenant Commanders, or achieve that rank shortly after transferring to the Navy Reserve. As a result, Lieutenants are a minority and Lieutenants, junior grade, practically non-existent in reserve squadrons. As a result, Divisions are typically headed by Lieutenant Commanders and Branches by Lieutenants, Senior Chief Petty Officers or Chief Petty Officers.

Types of squadrons[edit]

Navy aircraft are classified by Type (rotary wing, fixed wing), Model (e.g. SH-60), and Series (e.g., SH-60B versus SH-60F).

Squadrons can be categorized in a number of ways: Active versus Navy Reserve, land-based versus sea-based, fixed wing versus rotary wing (helicopter) vs Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), and by mission. Unlike the USAF, US Army, and USMC, the US Navy does not typically refer to other organizations (such as maintenance or medical units) as "squadrons". An exception to this is that US Navy destroyers and submarines are administratively grouped by "squadrons".

Active squadrons are those in the regular US Navy. Reserve squadrons are in the US Navy Reserve and are manned by a combination of full-time and part-time reservists. For the most part, there is no way to know by the squadron's name alone whether it is an active or reserve squadron. There are Reserve elements of many Active squadrons, and active duty personnel serving in many Reserve squadrons. In general, reserve squadrons share the same missions as their active counterparts, although there are Reserve missions (e.g., Adversary and Fleet Logistics Support) that have no Active counterpart.

At any one time, the US Navy has approximately 600 aircraft that are associated with particular ships.[citation needed] There are also several thousand additional Navy aircraft that are capable of shipboard operations, but are not associated with a ship.[citation needed] The Navy also has several hundred land-based aircraft that are not capable of shipboard operations.[citation needed]

Squadrons are listed here by type (fixed/rotary wing) and by mission.

Squadron names[edit]

Navy aircraft squadrons can be properly referred to by three different names. The names can give an indication of the squadron's mission and type of aircraft.

  • The Formal name (e.g., Strike Fighter Squadron EIGHT SIX) indicates the mission.
    • A subset of the formal name is a Navy acronym format in capital letters, e.g., STKFITRON EIGHT SIX
  • The Informal name (e.g., VFA-86) also indicates the type and mission, as each of the letters has a meaning. In this case, "V" stands for fixed wing, "F" stands for fighter, and "A" stands for attack.
  • Nickname – e.g., "Sidewinders".

Fixed Wing Squadrons[edit]

Most Navy fixed wing squadron informal names start with the letter "V". An exception to this was the use of "RVAH" to denote Reconnaissance Attack Squadrons which operated the North American RA-5C Vigilante RA-5C Vigilante during the 1960s and 1970s.

Electronic Attack[edit]

A typical Electronic Attack Squadron consists of five Boeing EA-18G Growlers. The primary mission of the Growler is Electronic Attack (EA), also known as Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD) in support of strike aircraft and ground troops by interrupting enemy electronic activity and obtaining tactical electronic intelligence within the combat area. Navy Electronic Attack squadrons carry the letters VAQ (V-fixed wing, A-attack, Q-electronic). Most VAQ squadrons are carrier based, however a number are "expeditionary", deploying to overseas land bases. When not deployed (either on land or carrier), they are home-ported at NAS Whidbey Island. The exception is VAQ-141, which is forward deployed to NAF Atsugi, Japan.[1]

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft[2] Notes
VAQ-129
Carrier Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 129 (US Navy) - insignia.gif
Vikings
EA-18G
Formerly VAH-10
FRS
NAS Whidbey Island
Established May 1, 1961
VAQ-130
Carrier Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 130 (US Navy) - insignia.gif
Zappers
EA-18G
Formerly VAW-13
CVW-3
NAS Whidbey Island
Established September 1, 1959
VAQ-131
Carrier Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 131 (US Navy) - insignia.gif
Lancers
EA-18G
Formerly VP-920, VP-ML-70, VP-931, VP-57, VAH-4
CVW-2
NAS Whidbey Island
Established May 1, 1946
VAQ-132
Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 132 (US Navy) inisgnia c1992.png
Scorpions
EA-18G
Formerly VAH-2
Expeditionary
NAS Whidbey Island
Established November 1, 1955]
VAQ-133
Carrier Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 133 (US Navy) - insignia.gif
Wizards
EA-18G
CVW-9
NAS Whidbey Island
Established March 4, 1969
VAQ-134
Electronic Attack Squadron 134 (US Navy) inisgnia 1969.png
Garudas
EA-18G
CVW-8
NAS Whidbey Island
Established June 17, 1969
VAQ-135
VAQ-135 (Logo).jpg
Black Ravens
EA-18G
Expeditionary
NAS Whidbey Island
Established May 15, 1969
VAQ-136
VAQ-136.png
Gauntlets
EA-18G
Transition
NAS Whidbey Island
Established April 6, 1973
VAQ-137
Carrier Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 137 (US Navy) - insignia.gif
Rooks
EA-18G
CVW-1
NAS Whidbey Island
Established December 14, 1973
VAQ-138
Electronic Attack Squadron 138 (US Navy) insignia 2016.png
Yellowjackets
EA-18G
Expeditionary
NAS Whidbey Island
Established February 27, 1976
VAQ-139
Carrier Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 139 (US Navy) - insignia.gif
Cougars
EA-18G
CVW-14
NAS Whidbey Island
Established July 1, 1983
VAQ-140
Carrier Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 140 (US Navy) - insignia.gif
Patriots
EA-18G
CVW-7
NAS Whidbey Island
Established October 1, 1985
VAQ-141
Carrier Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 141 (US Navy) - insignia.gif
Shadowhawks
EA-18G
CVW-5
NAF Atsugi
Established July 1, 1987
VAQ-142
VAQ142 new logo.gif
Gray Wolves
EA-18G
CVW-11
NAS Whidbey Island
Established April 1, 1997
VAQ-209
Carrier Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 209 (US Navy) - insignia.gif
Star Warriors
EA-18G
USNR
Tactical Support Wing
NAS Whidbey Island
Established October 1, 1977

Carrier Airborne Early Warning[edit]

Each Carrier Airborne Early Warning squadron usually consists of four E-2C Hawkeyes, The Hawkeye's primary mission is to provide all-weather airborne early warning, airborne battle management and command and control (C2) functions for the carrier strike group and Joint Force Commander. Additional missions include surface surveillance coordination, air interdiction, offensive and defensive counter air control, close air support coordination, time critical strike coordination, search and rescue airborne coordination and communications relay. The E-2 Hawkeye and C-2 Greyhound are built on the same airframe and have many similar characteristics. For this reason, both aircraft are trained for in the same Fleet Replacement Squadron.[3]

E-2C Hawkeye
Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Notes
VAW-112
Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 112 (US Navy) patch.png
Golden Hawks
E-2C
CVW-9
NAS Pt. Mugu
Established April 20, 1967
VAW-113
Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 113 (US Navy) patch.png
Black Eagles
E-2C
CVW-2
NAS Pt. Mugu
Established April 20, 1967
VAW-115
Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 115 (US Navy) patch.png
Liberty Bells
E-2C
CVW-5
NAF Atsugi
Established April 20, 1967
VAW-116
Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 116 (US Navy) patch.png
Sun Kings
E-2C
CVW-17
NAS Pt. Mugu
Established April 20, 1967
VAW-117
Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 117 (US Navy) patch.png
Wallbangers
E-2C
CVW-11
NAS Pt. Mugu
Established July 1, 1974
VAW-120
Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 120 (US Navy) patch.png
Grey Hawks
E-2C/D
C-2
Formerly RVAW-120
FRS
NS Norfolk
Established July 1, 1967
VAW-121
Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 121 (US Navy) patch.png
Blue Tails
E-2D
CVW-7
NS Norfolk
Established April 1, 1967
VAW-123
Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 123 (US Navy) patch.png
Screwtops
E-2C
CVW-1
NS Norfolk
Established April 1, 1967
VAW-124
Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 124 (US Navy) patch.png
Bear Aces
E-2C
CVW-8
NS Norfolk
Established September 1, 1967
VAW-125
Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 125 (US Navy) patch.png
Tigertails
E-2D
CVW-17
NS Norfolk
Established October 1, 1968
VAW-126
Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 126 (US Navy) patch.png
Seahawks
E-2D
CVW-3
NS Norfolk
Established April 1, 1969

Strike Fighter[edit]

A Strike Fighter Squadron consists of either ten F/A-18C Hornets, twelve F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, and in future, ten F-35C Lightning IIs.[4][5] Training squadrons (known as fleet replacement squadrons) have many more aircraft. The Hornet is an all-weather aircraft that is used for attack and fighter missions. In its fighter mode, the F/A-18 is used primarily as a fighter escort and for fleet air defense; in its attack mode, it is used for force projection, interdiction and close and deep air support. The F/A-18 is also used for SEAD and aerial refueling.[6] The F-35C is a fifth-generation strike fighter that is replacing the Navy's F/A-18 Hornets and will serve alongside the Super Hornet.

F/A-18E/F Super Hornet[edit]

according to USN Fact File[7]
Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Notes
VFA-2
Fighter Squadron 2 (US Navy) insignia 1973.png
Bounty Hunters
F/A-18F
Formerly VF-2(5th)
CVW-2
NAS Lemoore
Established October 1, 1972
VFA-11
Vfa-11.png
Red Rippers
F/A-18F
Formerly VF-43, VF-11(3rd)
CVW-1
NAS Oceana
Established September 1, 1950
VFA-14
Strike Fighter Squadron 14 (US Navy) insignia 2001.png
Tophatters
F/A-18E
Formerly Air Det Pacflt, VT-5, VP-4-1, VF-4, VF-1, VF-1B, VB-2B, VB-3, VB-4, VS-41, VB-41, VB-4, VA-1A, VA-14, VF-14
CVW-9
NAS Lemoore
Established September 1919
VFA-22
VFA-22 insignia.gif
Fighting Redcocks
F/A-18F
Formerly VF-63, VA-63, VA-22
CVW-17
NAS Lemoore
Established July 28, 1948
VFA-25
Strike Fighter Squadron 25 (US Navy) insignia 2015.png
Fist of the Fleet
F/A-18E
Formerly VT-7, VA-6B, VA-65, VA-25(2nd)
CVW-9
NAS Lemoore
Established January 1, 1943
VFA-27
Strike Fighter Squadron 27 (US Navy) insignia c1998.png
Royal Maces
F/A-18E
Formerly VA-27
CVW-5
NAF Atsugi
Established September 1, 1967
VFA-31
Felix VF-31 logo.svg
Tomcatters
F/A-18E
Formerly VF-1B, VF-6, VF-3, VF-3A, VF-31(2nd)
CVW-8
NAS Oceana
Established July 1, 1935
VFA-32
Strike Fighter Squadron 32 (US Navy) insignia 2015.png
Swordsmen
F/A-18F
Formerly VBF-3, VF-4A, VF-32(2nd)
CVW-3
NAS Oceana
Established February 1, 1945
VFA-41
Strike Fighter Squadron 41 (US Navy) insignia 2015.png
Black Aces
F/A-18F
Formerly VF-41(4th)
CVW-9
NAS Lemoore
Established September 1, 1950
VFA-81
VFA-81insignia.png
Sunliners
F/A-18E
Formerly VA-66, VF-81, VA-81
CVW-17
NAS Oceana
Established July 1, 1955
VFA-86
Strike Fighter Squadron 86 (US Navy) patch 1987.png
Sidewinders
F/A-18E
Formerly VF-921, VF-84, VA-86
CVW-2
NAS Lemoore
Established February 1, 1951
VFA-94
Strike Fighter Squadron 94 (US Navy) insignia 1990.png
Mighty Shrikes
F/A-18F
Formerly VF-94, VA-94(2nd)
CVW-17
NAS Lemoore
Established March 26, 1952
VFA-97
Strike Fighter Squadron 97 (US Navy) insignia c1998.png
Warhawks
F/A-18E
Formerly VA-97
CVW-9
NAS Lemoore
Established June 1, 1967
VFA-102
Strike Fighter Squadron 102 (US Navy) insignia 2009.png
Diamondbacks
F/A-18F
Formerly VA-36, VF-102(2nd)
CVW-5
NAF Atsugi
Established July 1, 1955
VFA-103
Fighter Squadron 103 (US Navy) insignia 1995.png
Jolly Rogers
F/A-18F
Formerly VF-103
CVW-7
NAS Oceana
Established May 1, 1952
VFA-105
Strike Fighter Squadron 105 (US Navy) insignia 2014.png
Gunslingers
F/A-18E
Formerly VA-105(2nd)
CVW-3
NAS Oceana
Established March 4, 1968
VFA-106
Strike Fighter Squadron 106 (US Navy) insignia 2015.png
Gladiators
F/A-18A/B/C/D/E/F
FRS
NAS Oceana
Established April 27, 1984
VFA-113
Vfa113logo.gif
Stingers
F/A-18E
Formerly VF-113, VA-113
CVW-17
NAS Lemoore
Established July 15, 1948
VFA-115
Strike Fighter Squadron 115 (US Navy) insignia 1996.png
Eagles
F/A-18E
Formerly VT-11, VA-124, VA-115
CVW-5
NAF Atsugi
Established October 10, 1942
VFA-122
Strike Fighter Squadron 122 (US Navy) insignia 1999.png
Flying Eagles
F/A-18A/B/C/D/E/F
FRS
NAS Lemoore
Established January 15, 1999
VFA-136
Strike Fighter Squadron 136 (US Navy) insignia 2015.png
Knighthawks
F/A-18E
CVW-1
NAS Oceana
Established July 1, 1985
VFA-137
VFA-137 Official Logo.png
Kestrels
F/A-18E
CVW-2
NAS Lemoore
Established July 1, 1985
VFA-143
Strike Fighter Squadron 143 (US Navy) insignia 2015.png
Pukin' Dogs
F/A-18E
Formerly VF-871, VF-123, VF-53, VF-143(2nd)
CVW-7
NAS Oceana
Established July 20, 1950
VFA-146
Strike Fighter Squadron 146 (United States Navy) (insignia).gif
Blue Diamonds
F/A-18E
Formerly VA-146
CVW-11
NAS Lemoore
Established February 1, 1956
VFA-147
Strike Fighter Squadron 147 (US Navy) insignia 2015.png
Argonauts
F/A-18E
Formerly VA-147
CVW-11
NAS Lemoore
Established February 1, 1967
VFA-151
Vfa151.gif
Vigilantes
F/A-18E
Formerly VF-23, VF-151(4th)
CVW-9
NAS Lemoore
Established August 6, 1948
VFA-154
Fighter Squadron 154 (US Navy) patch.png
Black Knights
F/A-18F
Formerly VFB-718, VF-68A, VF-837, VF-154
CVW-11
NAS Lemoore
Established July 1946
VFA-192
Strike Fighter Squadron 192 (US Navy) insignia c1985.png
Golden Dragons
F/A-18E
Formerly VF-153, VF-15A, VF-151, VF-192, VA-192
CVW-9
NAS Lemoore
Established March 26, 1945
VFA-195
Strike Fighter Squadron 195 (US Navy) insignia c2009.png
Dambusters
F/A-18E
Formerly VT-19, VA-20A, VA-195
CVW-5
NAF Atsugi
Established August 15, 1943
VFA-211
Strike Fighter Squadron 211 (US Navy) insignia 2015.png
Checkmates
F/A-18F
Formerly VB-74, VA-1B, VA-24, VF-24, VF-211(2nd)
CVW-1
NAS Oceana
Established May 1, 1945
VFA-213
Strike Fighter Squadron 213 (US Navy) insignia 2015.png
Black Lions
F/A-18F
Formerly VF-213
CVW-8
NAS Oceana
Established June 22, 1955

F/A-18C Hornet[edit]

"F/A-18 Hornet strike fighter". USN Fact File. United States Navy. 

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Notes
VFA-15
Strike Fighter Squadron 15 (US Navy) insignia c2008.png
Valions
F/A-18C
Formerly VA-67, VA-15(2nd)
CVW-8
NAS Oceana
Established August 1, 1968
VFA-34
Strike Fighter Squadron 34 (US Navy) insignia 1999.png
Blue Blasters
F/A-18C
Formerly VA-34(3rd)
CVW-2
NAS Oceana
Established January 1, 1970
VFA-37
Vfa-37.png
Ragin Bulls
F/A-18C
Formerly VA-37
CVW-3
NAS Oceana
Established July 1, 1967
VFA-83
Strike Fighter Squadron 83 (US Navy) insignia 2015.png
Rampagers
F/A-18C
Formerly VF-961, VF-83, VA-83
CVW-7
NAS Oceana
Established February 1, 1951
VFA-87
Strike Fighter Squadron 87 (US Navy) insignia 2015.png
Golden Warriors
F/A-18C
Formerly VA-87
CVW-8
NAS Oceana
Established February 1, 1968
VFA-131
Strike Fighter Squadron 131 (US Navy) insignia c1984.png
Wildcats
F/A-18C
CVW-3
NAS Oceana
Established October 3, 1983
VFA-204
Strike Fighter Squadron 2014 (US Navy) insignia c1992.png
River Rattlers
F/A-18A
Formerly VA-204
USNR
Tactical Support Wing
NAS JRB New Orleans
Established July 1, 1970

F-35 Lightning II[edit]

VFA-101 received its first F-35C at Eglin AFB, 22 June 2013.
Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Notes
VFA-101
Strike Fighter Squadron 101 (US Navy) patch 2012.png
Grim Reapers
F-35C
Formerly VF-101
FRS
Eglin Air Force Base
Established May 1, 1952; deactivated September 30, 2005; re-activated May 1, 2012

Fleet Air Reconnaissance[edit]

EP-3E Aries II
E-6B Mercury

Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron ONE is the Navy's only land-based signals intelligence (SIGINT) reconnaissance squadron. The 13 aircraft in the Navy's inventory are based on the Orion P-3 airframe and provide fleet and theater commanders worldwide with near real-time tactical SIGINT. With sensitive receivers and high-gain dish antennas, the EP-3E exploits a wide range of electronic emissions from deep within targeted territory.

Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadrons THREE and FOUR provide communications relay and strategic airborne command post missions. They provide survivable, reliable, and endurable airborne command, control, and communications between the National Command Authority (NCA) and U.S. strategic and non-strategic forces. The TACAMO ("Take Charge and Move Out") mission links the NCA with naval ballistic missile submarine forces during times of crisis. The aircraft carries a very low frequency communication system with dual trailing wire antennae. The E-6B is a dual-mission aircraft, capable of fulfilling the airborne strategic command post mission and is equipped with an airborne launch control system (ALCS), which is capable of launching U.S. land based intercontinental ballistic missiles.[8]

Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron SEVEN is the E-6B Fleet Replacement Squadron, providing initial and requalification training for pilots, aircrews, and maintainers. It operates E-6B's on loan from VQ-3 and VQ-4, having returned its leased Lauda Air 737-600.

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Notes
VQ-1
Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 1 (US Navy) insignia 2016.png
World Watchers
EP-3E
NAS Whidbey Island
Established 1 June 1955
VQ-3
Vq3 logo.jpg
Ironman
E-6B
Tinker AFB
Established 1 July 1968
VQ-4
Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 4 (US Navy) insignia 2015.png
Shadows
E-6B
Tinker AFB
Established 1 July 1968
VQ-7
Vq7.jpg
Roughnecks
E-6B
Formerly Naval Training Support Unit (NTSU)
FRS
Tinker AFB
Re-designated VQ-7 1 November 1999

Fleet Fighter Composite[edit]

F-5s.

Fleet Fighter Composite squadrons provide adversary simulation for fleet squadrons. All VFC squadrons are from the Navy Reserve.

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Notes
VFC-12
VFC12.jpg
Fighting Omars
F/A-18A+/B
Reserve
NAS Oceana
VFC-13
Vfc13 insigia.jpg
Saints
F-5
Reserve
NAS Fallon
VFC-111
Vfc-111.png
Sundowners
F-5
Reserve
NAS Key West

Fleet Logistics Support[edit]

C-20.
C-130.
C-40A.

Fleet Logistics Support squadrons operate Navy unique airlift aircraft on a worldwide basis to provide responsive, flexible, and rapidly deployable air logistics support required to sustain combat operations from the sea. During peacetime, squadrons provide air logistics support for all Navy commands as well as provide continuous quality training for mobilization readiness. Fleet Logistics Support squadrons have no counterpart in the Regular Navy. They represent 100% of the Navy's medium and heavy intra-theater airlift, and operate year-round, around the world providing the critical link between deployed seagoing units and air mobility command logistics hubs. VR-1 provides dedicated airlift support to the Office of the Secretary of the Navy, Chief of Naval Operations and Commandant of the Marine Corps. All VR squadrons are from the Navy Reserve.

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Notes
VR-1
Vr1.jpg
Star Lifters
C-20D
C-37B
Reserve
Andrews AFB
VR-46
Vr46.jpg
Eagles
C-9
Reserve
NAS Fort Worth
(Deactivation scheduled for Summer 2012)
VR-48
Vr48.jpg
Capital Skyliners
C-20G
Reserve
Andrews AFB
VR-51
Vr51 insig.jpg
Windjammers
C-20G
Reserve
MCAS Kaneohe Bay
VR-52
Vr52.jpg
Taskmasters
C-9
Reserve
McGuire AFB
(Relocated from NAS Willow Grove in Mar 2011)
VR-53
Vr53.gif
Capital Express
C-130T
Reserve
Andrews AFB
VR-54
Vr54.jpg
Revelers
C-130T
Reserve
NAS New Orleans
VR-55
Vr55.jpg
Minutemen
C-130T
Reserve
NAS Point Mugu
VR-56
Vr56.jpg
Globemasters
C-40
Reserve
NAS Oceana
VR-57
Vr57 insig.jpg
Conquistadors
C-40
Reserve
NAS North Island
VR-58
Vr58 insig.jpg
Sunseekers
C-40
Reserve
NAS Jacksonville
VR-59
Vr59b&w.jpg
Lone Star Express
C-40
Reserve
NAS Fort Worth
VR-61
Vr-61.jpg
Islanders
C-9
Reserve
NAS Whidbey Island
VR-62
VR-62 NOMADS Logo
Nomads
C-130T
Reserve
NAS Jacksonville
(Relocated from NAS Brunswick in 2009)
VR-64
VR-64.jpg
Condors
C-130T
Reserve
McGuire AFB
(Relocated from NAS Willow Grove in Mar 2011)
Formerly VP-64 – redesignated 18 Sep 2004

Carrier Fleet Logistics Support[edit]

C-2A Greyhound

There are two Carrier Fleet Logistic Support squadrons - one on each coast. VRC-30 is based at Naval Air Station North Island, VRC-40 is based at Naval Station Norfolk. These squadrons send two-plane detachments with each deploying aircraft carrier. The C-2A Greyhound, more commonly referred to as a "COD" (short for Carrier onboard delivery), is used to deliver high priority parts, supplies, people, and mail to/from the carrier and shore sites near the carrier operating area.

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Notes
VRC-30
Vrc30 logo.jpg
Providers
NAS North Island
VRC-30 Det 1
Logo det1.gif
Hustlers
C-2
CVW-14
VRC-30 Det 2
Logo det2.gif
Roughnecks
C-2
CVW-2
VRC-30 Det 3
Logo det3.gif
Crusaders
C-2
CVW-11
VRC-30 Det 4
Logo det4.gif
Pure Horsepower
C-2
CVW-9
VRC-30 Det 5
Logo det5.gif
Providers
C-2
CVW-5
Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Notes
VRC-40 Det 1
Vrc-40.jpg
Rawhides
C-2
CVW-3
VRC-40 Det 2
Vrc-40.jpg
Rawhides
C-2
CVW-1
VRC-40 Det 3
Vrc-40.jpg
Rawhides
C-2
CVW-7
VRC-40 Det 4
Vrc-40.jpg
Rawhides
C-2
CVW-17
VRC-40 Det 5
Vrc-40.jpg
Rawhides
C-2
CVW-8

Patrol[edit]

P-3C Orion

Maritime patrol aircraft are used primarily for reconnaissance, anti-surface warfare and anti-submarine warfare. Volume 2 of the Dictionary of American Naval Aviation Squadrons contains comprehensive histories over 150 patrol squadrons. Its Appendix 7 details the lineage of every VP, VPB, VP(H), and VP(AM) squadron from 1922 through the late 1990s.

P-8A Poseidon.
Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Notes
VP-1
Vp-1.jpg
Screaming Eagles
P-3C
NAS Whidbey Island
VP-4
Vp-4 logo.jpg
Skinny Dragons
P-3C
MCAS Kaneohe Bay
VP-5
Vp-5 insig.jpg
Mad Foxes
P-8A
NAS Jacksonville
VP-8
Vp-8 logo.jpg
Tigers
P-3C
P-8A
NAS Jacksonville
VP-9
Insignia of Patrol Squadron 9 (United States Navy).jpg
Golden Eagles
P-3C
MCAS Kaneohe Bay
VP-10
Patrol Squadron 10 (US Navy) insignia 2016.png
Red Lancers
P-8A
NAS Jacksonville
VP-16
Vp16.jpg
War Eagles
P-8A
NAS Jacksonville
VP-26
Vp26 insig.jpg
Tridents
P-3C
NAS Jacksonville
VP-30
Vp30.jpg
Pro's Nest
P-3C
P-8A
FRS
NAS Jacksonville
VP-40
Vp40 insig.jpg
Fighting Marlins
P-3C
NAS Whidbey Island
VP-45
Vp45.jpg
Pelicans
P-8A
NAS Jacksonville
VP-46
VP-46.png
Grey Knights
P-3C
NAS Whidbey Island
VP-47
Vp47 insig.jpg
Golden Swordsmen
P-3C
MCAS Kaneohe Bay
VP-62
VP-62.png
Broadarrows
P-3C
Reserve
NAS Jacksonville
VP-69
Vp69 insig.jpg
Totems
P-3C
Reserve
NAS Whidbey Island
VPU-2
Patrol Unit 2 (US Navy) patch.png
Wizards
P-3C
MCAS Kaneohe Bay

Training[edit]

There are three types of fixed wing training squadrons - Primary, Intermediate, and Advanced - that train Student Naval Aviators to become United States Naval Aviators and Naval Flight Officers in the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. 100 United States Air Force student pilots receive primary training at Training Air Wing 5 at Whiting Field in the T-6B and 100 Navy and Marine Student Naval Aviators complete their primary training in the USAF's T-6A at Vance AFB annually. This 100 student "swap" was mandated by congress when the Joint Primary Aircraft Training System (JPATS) consisting of the T-6 aircraft was first procured in the early 2000s. Navy training aircraft are typically painted orange and white, the exception are the T-6As flown by TRAWING Six. The T-6As were procured along with the USAF's T-6As and are painted in the same blue and white color scheme as the USAF's T-6As.

T-6B Texan II
T-45 Goshawk
T-44 Pegasus
Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Notes
VT-2
VT-2.png
Doerbirds
T-6B
Formerly Basic Training Group-2 (BTG-2)
Primary
TRAWING 5, NAS Whiting Field
Re-designated VT-2 on 1 May 1960
VT-3
Vt3 insig.jpg
Red Knights
T-6B
Formerly BTG-3
Primary
TRAWING 5, NAS Whiting Field
Re-designated VT-3 on 1 May 1960
VT-4
Vt-4 patch.jpg
Warbucks
Multi Place Crew Simulator
Formerly BTG-9
NFO Advanced MPA, TACAMO, AEW
TRAWING 6, NAS Pensacola
Re-designated VT-4 on 1 May 1960 (Inactive Dec 2010 - Jun 2013)
VT-6
Vt6 insig.jpg
Shooters
T-6B
Formerly Multi-Engine Training Group (METG)
Primary
TRAWING 5, NAS Whiting Field
Established 1 Jul 56, redesig to VT-6 on 1 May 1960
VT-7
Vt7 insig.jpg
Eagles
T-45C
Formerly BTG-7
Intermediate Tailhook, Advanced Jet
TRAWING 1, NAS Meridian
Established 1 Jun 58, redesig to VT-7 on 1 Jul 1960
VT-9
Vt9.gif
Tigers
T-45C
Formerly VT-19
Intermediate Tailhook, Advanced Jet
TRAWING 1, NAS Meridian
Established 2 Aug 71, redesig to VT-9 on 1 Oct 1998 (2nd Training Squadron desig VT-9)
VT-10
TRARON10.jpg
Wildcats
T-6A
Formerly Basic Naval Aviation Officer (BNAO) school
NFO Primary/Intermediate
TRAWING 6, NAS Pensacola
Established Jun 1960, redesig to VT-10 on 15 Jan 1968
VT-21
Vt21a insig.jpg
Redhawks
T-45C
Formerly Advanced Training Unit-202 (ATU-202)
Intermediate Tailhook, Advanced Jet
TRAWING 2, NAS Kingsville
Established Apr 1951, redesig VT-21 on 1 May 1960
VT-22
VT-22 logo.png
Golden Eagles
T-45C
Formerly ATU-6, Jet Transitional Training Unit-1 (JTTU-1), ATU-3, ATU-212
Intermediate Tailhook, Advanced Jet
TRAWING 2, NAS Kingsville
Established 13 Jun 1949, redesig VT-22 on 1 May 1960
VT-27
Vt27a insig.jpg
Boomers
T-6B
Formerly ATU-B, ATU-402
Primary
TRAWING 4, NAS Corpus Christi
Established 11 Jul 1951, redesig VT-27 on 1 Jul 1960
VT-28
VT-28.png
Rangers
T-6B
Formerly ATU-611
Primary
TRAWING 4, NAS Corpus Christi
Re-designated to VT-28 on 1 May 1960
VT-31
Vt31 b insig.jpg
Wise Owls
T-44A/C
Formerly ATU-601
Advanced Multi-engine
TRAWING 4, NAS Corpus Christi
Established Feb 1958, redesig VT-31 on 1 May 1960
VT-35
VT-35.png
Stingrays
TC-12B
Advanced Multi-engine
TRAWING 4, NAS Corpus Christi
Established 29 Oct 1999
VT-86
VT-86 logo.png
Sabrehawks
T-45C
NFO Advanced Jet
TRAWING 6, NAS Pensacola
Established 5 Jun 1972

Other[edit]

Some of these organizations are not technically "squadrons", however they have custody of and routinely fly Navy aircraft.

Blue Angels
Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Notes
Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron
Blue Angels Insignia.svg
Blue Angels
F/A-18A/B/C/D
C-130T
NAS Pensacola
NAF El Centro
Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center
Nsawc logo.jpg
Strike U
Topgun
Topdome
F/A-18A/B/C/D/E/F
F-16
E-2C
MH-60S
NAS Fallon
Strike Fighter Weapons School Pacific
Strike Fighter Weapons School Pacific.gif
F/A-18
NAS Lemoore
Pacific Missile Range Facility
RC-26D
Barking Sands

Helicopter Squadrons[edit]

Helo Master Plan

US Navy helicopters are used for antisubmarine warfare, antisurface warfare, mine warfare, combat search and rescue, special operations, and vertical replenishment missions. The USN helicopter community, in accordance with the "Helicopter Master Plan", is currently undergoing a transformation to reduce costs and infrastructure. The plan calls for expanding warfighting capabilities, modernizing the force, necking down from eight to three aircraft types, and consolidating force structure where possible. This plan is also leading to the renaming of many squadrons.[9] All Navy helicopter (or rotary wing) squadrons' informal names start with the letter "H".

Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron[edit]

The Mine Countermeasures Squadrons employ 28 total MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopters. The primary mission of the Sea Dragon is Airborne Mine Countermeasures (AMCM). The MH-53 can operate from carriers and other warships and is capable of towing a variety of mine hunting/sweeping countermeasures systems.[10] The MH-53E Sea Dragon is also a capable heavy-lift asset, with three powerful turboshaft engines and a maximum take-off weight of 69,750 pounds (31,640 kg). This gives the Sea Dragon the capability to carry an impressive amount of cargo, personnel or equipment over long distances. The Sea Dragon remains in service as the Navy's only heavy-lift helicopter and only proven mine countermeasure platform. While not intended to specifically be the MH-53E's replacement, the U.S. Navy's largest-ever helicopter, the new Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion, intended to start flying its evaluations in 2015, has an increased MTOW figure of some 84,700 lb (38,400 kg), some 14,950 lb (6,781 kg) heavier than the Sea Dragon.

An MH-53 delivers aid in Sumatra following the 2004 Tsunami.
Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Notes
HM-12(2nd)
HM-12 logo.jpg
Sea Dragons
MH-53E
FRS
NS Norfolk
Established 1 Oct 2015
HM-14
Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 14 (United States Navy) emblem.png
Vanguard
MH-53E
NS Norfolk
Established 12 May 1978
HM-15
Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 15 (United States Navy) emblem.png
Blackhawks
MH-53E
NS Norfolk
Established 2 Jan 1987

Helicopter Sea Combat Squadrons[edit]

The Sea Combat Squadron combines both the strike capability of the Helicopter Anti-submarine wing and the cargo capability of the Helicopter Combat Support wing into its primary mission. Over the next decade all HC and HS squadrons will transition to Sea Combat Squadrons upon receiving the MH-60S.[11]

An MH-60S Knighthawk conducts vertical replenishment (VERTREP)
Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Notes
HSC-2
Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 2 (US Navy) patch 2015.png
Fleet Angels
MH-60S
Formerly HC-2(2nd)
FRS
NS Norfolk
Established 1 Apr 1987
HSC-3
Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 3 (US Navy) patch 2015.png
Merlins
MH-60S
Formerly HC-3
FRS
NAS North Island
Established 1 Sep 1967
HSC-4
Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 4 (US Navy) patch 2012.png
Black Knights
MH-60S
Formerly HS-4
CVW-2
NAS North Island
Established 30 Jun 1952
HSC-5
Hsc5.png
Nightdippers
MH-60S
Formerly HS-5
CVW-7
NS Norfolk
Established 3 Jan 1956
HSC-6
Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 6 (US Navy) patch 2015.png
Indians
MH-60S
Formerly HS-6
CVW-11
NAS North Island
Established 1 Jun 1956
HSC-7
Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 7 (US Navy) patch 2015.png
Dusty Dogs
MH-60S
Formerly HS-7(2nd)
CVW-3
NS Norfolk
Established 15 Dec 1969
HSC-8
HSC-8.gif
Eightballers
MH-60S
Formerly HS-8(2nd)
CVW-9
NAS North Island
Established 1 Nov 1969
HSC-9
HSC-9 Patch with transparent background.GIF
Tridents
MH-60S
Formerly HS-3
CVW-8
NS Norfolk
Established 18 Jun 1952
HSC-11
Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 11 (US Navy) insignia 2016.png
Dragon Slayers
MH-60S
Formerly HS-11
CVW-8
NS Norfolk
Established 27 Jun 1957
HSC-12
Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 12 (US Navy) patch 2009.png
Golden Falcons
MH-60S
Formerly HS-2
CVW-5
NAF Atsugi
Established 7 Mar 1952
HSC-14
Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 14 (US Navy) emblem 2015.png
Chargers
MH-60S
Formerly HS-14
NAS North Island
Established 10 Jul 1984
HSC-15
HSC-15 Red Lions Crest.JPG
Red Lions
MH-60S
Formerly HS-15
CVW-17
NAS North Island
Established 29 Oct 1971
HSC-21
Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 21 (US Navy) patch 2015.png
Blackjacks
MH-60S
Formerly HC-11
Expeditionary
NAS North Island
Established 1 Oct 1977
HSC-22
Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 22 (US Navy) patch 2015.png
Sea Knights
MH-60S
Expeditionary
NS Norfolk
Established 29 Sep 2006
HSC-23
Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23 (US Navy) patch 2015.png
Wild Cards
MH-60S
Expeditionary
NAS North Island
Established 29 Sep 2006
HSC-25
Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 (US Navy) patch 2015.png
Island Knights
MH-60S
Formerly HC-5(2nd)
Expeditionary
Andersen AFB
Established 3 Feb 1984
HSC-26
Hsc26.jpg
Chargers
MH-60S
Formerly HC-6
Expeditionary
NS Norfolk
Established 1 Sep 1967
HSC-28
Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 28 (US Navy) patch 2015.png
Dragon Whales
MH-60S
Formerly HC-8
Expeditionary
NS Norfolk
Established 3 Dec 1984
HSC-85
NEW FIREHAWK small.jpg
Fire Hawks
HH-60H
Formerly HS-85, HC-85
Expeditionary (USNR)
NAS North Island
Established 1 Jul 1970

Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadrons[edit]

An MH-60R prepares to conduct sonar dip operations.

Helicopter Maritime Strike squadrons operate the MH-60R Seahawk. The first operational fleet squadron to receive the Romeo was HSM-71 in fiscal year 2008. The new squadron designation was created to reflect the MH-60Rs multi-mission capabilities.[12]

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Notes
HSM-35
Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 35 (US Navy) insignia 2016.png
Magicians
MH-60R, MQ-8B
Expeditionary
NAS North Island
Established May 2, 2013.[13]
HSM-37
Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 37 (US Navy) insignia 2016.png
Easyriders
MH-60R
Formerly HSL-37
Expeditionary
MCAS Kanehoe Bay
Established 3 Jul 1975
HSM-40
Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 40 (US Navy) insignia 2016.png
Airwolves
MH-60R
Formerly HSL-40
FRS
NS Mayport
Established 4 Oct 1985
HSM-41
Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 41 (US Navy) insignia 2016.png
Seahawks
MH-60R
Formerly HSL-41
FRS
NAS North Island
Established 21 Jan 1983
HSM-46
Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 46 (US Navy) insignia 2016.png
Grandmasters
MH-60R
Formerly HSL-46
Expeditionary
NS Mayport
Established 7 Apr 1988
HSM-48
HSM48.png
Vipers
MH-60R
Formerly HSL-48
Expeditionary
NS Mayport
Established 7 Sep 1989
HSM-49
Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 49 (US Navy) insignia 2016.png
Scorpions
MH-60R
Formerly HSL-49
Expeditionary
NAS North Island
Established 23 Mar 1990
HSM-51
Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 51 (US Navy) insignia 2016.png
Warlords
MH-60R
Formerly HSL-51
Expeditionary
NAF Atsugi
Established 1 Oct 1991
HSM-60
Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 60 (United States Navy) emblem 2014.png
Jaguars
MH-60R
Formerly HSL-60
Expeditionary (USNR)
NAS Jacksonville
Established 1 April 2001
HSM-70
Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 70 (US Navy) insignia 2016.png
Spartans
MH-60R
CVW-8
NAS Jacksonville
Established 12 Feb 2009
HSM-71
Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 71 (US Navy) insignia 2016.png
Raptors
MH-60R
CVW-9
NAS North Island
Established 1 Mar 2012
HSM-72
HSM 72 Logo.png
Proud Warriors
MH-60R
Formerly HSL-42
CVW-7
NAS Jacksonville
Established 5 Oct 1984
HSM-73
HSM 73 Logo.jpg
Battle Cats
MH-60R
Formerly HSL-43
CVW-17
NAS North Island
Established 5 Oct 1984
HSM-74
HSM-74 Squadron Patch.jpg
Swamp Fox
MH-60R
Formerly HSL-44
CVW-3
NAS Jacksonville
Established 21 Aug 1986
HSM-75
HSM-75 Squadron Logo.jpg
Wolfpack
MH-60R
Formerly HSL-45
CVW-11
NAS North Island
Established 3 Oct 1986
HSM-77
HSM77 Insignia.jpg
Saberhawks
MH-60R
Formerly HSL-47
CVW-5
NAF Atsugi
First LAMPS squadron deployment aboard carrier[14]
Established 25 Sep 1987
HSM-78
HSM 78 Logo.GIF
Blue Hawks
MH-60R
CVW-2
NAS North Island
Established 1 Mar 2012
HSM-79
Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 79 (US Navy) insignia 2016.png
Griffins
MH-60R
CVW
NAS North Island
Established 2 Jun 2016
HSMWSL
HSMWSL Logo.gif
Talons
MH-60R
HSM Weapons School Atlantic
NS Mayport
HSMWSP
HSMWSP Logo 2.jpg
Honey Badgers
MH-60R
HSM Weapons School Pacific
NAS North Island

Helicopter Training Squadrons[edit]

The United States Navy's Helicopter Training Squadrons provide advanced helicopter flight instruction to all Navy, US Marine Corps, and United States Coast Guard helicopter flight students as well as international students from several allied nations. Students who successfully complete the program earn the right to wear the coveted "Wings of Gold."[15] and will receive orders to their selected aircraft's FRS.

TH-57 training helicopter from HT-8 makes a landing aboard the Navy Helicopter Landing Trainer (HLT) IX-514
Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Notes
HT-8
Helicopter Training Squadron 8 (US Navy) insignia 2016.png
Eightballers
TH-57B/C
Formerly HTU-1, HTG-1
TRAWING 5
NAS Whiting Field
Established 3 Dec 1950
HT-18
Helicopter Training Squadron 18 (US Navy) insignia 2016.png
Vigilant Eagles
TH-57B/C
TRAWING 5
NAS Whiting Field
Established 1 Mar 1972
HT-28
Helicopter Training Squadron 28 (US Navy) insignia 2016.png
Hellions
TH-57B/C
TRAWING 5
NAS Whiting Field
Established 2 May 2007

UAV Squadrons[edit]

Fleet Composite squadrons' primary missions include providing fixed wing and helicopter services to the Fleet in support of the United States and Allied operational training exercises and operating the Navy's only operational Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). This aircraft is utilized primarily in reconnaissance missions. Tactical employment of this unique asset primarily supports both Battle Group deployments and Amphibious Warfare Operations.[16]

Unmanned Reconnaissance Helicopter Squadrons[edit]

The Unmanned Reconnaissance Helicopter Squadrons' mission is to support Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance demands for conventional forces and special forces. They will be used by HSM and HSC Expeditionary detachments to support Littoral Combat Ship operations and will also be used by unmanned detachments on other aviation capable navy ships.[17] The aviation platforms will consist of the MQ-8B, flown by SH-60 aviators, and the MQ-8C Fire-X, flown by enlisted operators.[18]

A US Navy MQ-8B with the BRITE Star II electro-optical/infrared payload at Webster Field, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland
Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Notes
HUQ-1
TBD
TBD
MQ-8
FRS[17]
NAS North Island

Unmanned Patrol Squadrons[edit]

Unmanned maritime patrol aircraft are used for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance.

MQ-4C Triton.
Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Notes
VUP-11
TBD
TBD
MQ-4C Triton
To be established in 2015[19]
VUP-19
TBD
Big Red
MQ-4C Triton
NAS Jacksonville
NAS Point Mugu (detachment)
To be established in 2014[20]

Test and Evaluation[edit]

Test and Evaluation squadrons test everything from basic aircraft flying qualities to advanced aerodynamics. VX-1 and VX-9 report to the Commander, Operational Test and Evaluation Force (OPTEVFOR).

VX-23 jets.
Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Notes
USN Test Pilot School
US Naval Test Pilot School emblem 2014.png
Various
NAS Patuxent River
VX-1
Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 (US Navy) patch 2014.png
Pioneers
P-3C
MH-60R
MH-60S
SH-60F
EP-3E
E-6B
KC-130J
E-2C
RQ-4
P-8A
Evaluation of airborne
anti-submarine warfare
and maritime anti-surface warfare
weapons
NAS Patuxent River[21]
VXS-1
Vxs-1.jpg
Warlocks
P-3
C-12
formerly NRL's Flight Support Detachment
Scientific Development
NAS Patuxent River[21]
VX-9
VX-9- logo.png
Vampires
F/A-18A/A+/A++/B/C/D/E/F
EA-18G
Operational Weapons Test
NAWS China Lake
VX-20
VX20.gif
Force
E-2C
P-3C
C-130
C-2A
E-6B
T-34C
Force Warfare Aircraft Test
NAS Patuxent River[22]
HX-21
HX 21 Rotary wing test.jpg
Blackjack
AH-1Z
UH-1Y
MH-60R
MH-60S
MV-22B
AH-1W
UH-1N
VH-3A
CH-53E
TH-57C
SH-60F
Rotary Wing Aircraft Test
NAS Patuxent River[23]
VX-23
Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 23 (US Navy) patch 2014.png
Salty Dogs
F-35B/C
F/A-18A/A+/A++/B/C/D/E/F
EA-6B
EA-18G
T-45
Strike Aircraft Test
NAS Patuxent River
VX-30
Vx-30 logo.jpg
Bloodhounds
C-130
P-3 All Variants
S-3B
F/A-18A/A+/A++/B/C/D/E/F
Weapons Test
NAS Point Mugu
VX-31
Vx-31 logo.jpg
Dust Devils
F/A-18A/A+/A++/B/C/D/E/F
EA-18G
NEA-18G
P-3
C-130
AV-8
TAV-8B
T-39
AH-1Z
UH-1Y
and other variants
Weapons Test
NAWS China Lake

See also[edit]

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