List of United States Navy aircraft wings

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This is a list of United States Navy aircraft wings. The U.S. Navy operates different types of aircraft wings. Carrier Air Wings are operational units made up of squadrons of different types of aircraft and which deploy aboard aircraft carriers. Type Wings are wings of a single type/model or type/model/series aircraft which do not deploy, they are "force providers" providing combat ready squadrons to deploying Carrier Air Wings and to other Navy or joint forces. Functional wings are wings which perform type wing functions but in addition to those functions they are also responsible for executing operational tasking of their subordinate squadrons. Lastly, the Navy operates Training Air Wings which train Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Student Naval Aviators and Student Naval Flight Officers qualifying them as Naval Aviators and Naval Flight Officers.

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Currently Active Wings[edit]

Carrier Air Wings (CVW)[edit]

See Carrier air wing

Carrier Air Wings of the United States Navy (Carrier Air Wings were titled Carrier Air Groups (CVG, CVAG or CVBG) prior to 20 Dec 1963)
Wing Tail Code Insignia Notes[1]
Carrier Air Wing
ONE
CVW-1 1946 T
1957 AB
Cvw-1.gif
Established as Ranger Air Group on 1 July 1938 (squadrons operating from USS Ranger (CV 4) had been informally called "Ranger Air Group" beginning 17 Aug 1934 but the air group was not established as a unit until 1 July 1938), redesignated CVG-4 (1st use of the designation) on 3 Aug 1943, redesignated CVAG-1 on 15 Nov 1946, redesignated CVG-1 (2nd use of the designation) on 1 Sep 1948, redesignated CVW-1 on 20 Dec 1963.
Carrier Air Wing
TWO
CVW-2 1946 M
1957 NE
Cvw-2.gif
Established as CVBG-74 on 1 May 1945, redesignated CVBG-1 on 15 Nov 1946, redesignated CVG-2 (2nd use of the designation) on 1 Sep 1948, redesignated CVW-2 on 20 Dec 1963.
Carrier Air Wing
THREE
CVW-3 1946 K
1957 AC
Carrier Air Wing 3 patch (US Navy) 2015.png
Established as Saratoga Air Group on 1 July 1938 (squadrons operating from USS Saratoga (CV 3) had been informally called "Saratoga Air Group" beginning 6 Jan 1928 but the air group was not established as a unit until 1 July 1938), redesignated CVG-3 (1st use of the designation) on 25 Sep 1943, redesignated CVAG-3 on 15 Nov 1946, redesignated CVG-3 (2nd use of the designation) on 1 Sep 1948, redesignated CVW-3 on 20 Dec 1963.
Carrier Air Wing
FIVE
CVW-5 1946 S
1957 NF
Cvw-5.gif
Established as CVG-5 (1st use of the designation) on 1 Jan 1943, redesignated CVAG-5 on 15 Nov 1946, redesignated CVG-5 (2nd use of the designation) on 1 Sep 1948, redesignated CVW-5 on 20 Dec 1963.
Carrier Air Wing
SEVEN
CVW-7 1946 L
1957 AG
Carrier Air Wing 7 patch (US Navy) 2015.png
Established as CVG-18 on 2 Jul 1943, redesignated CVAG-7 on 15 Nov 1946, redesignated CVG-7 (2nd use of the designation) on 1 Sep 1948, redesignated CVW-7 on 20 Dec 1963.
Carrier Air Wing
EIGHT
CVW-8 1951 E
1957 AJ
CVW-8 insignia.png
Established as CVG-8 (2nd use of the designation) on 9 Apr 1951, redesignated CVW-8 on 20 Dec 1963.
Carrier Air Wing
NINE
CVW-9 1952 N
1957 NG
Carrier Air Wing 9 (US Navy) patch 2015.png
Established as CVG-9 (3rd use of the designation) on 26 Mar 1952, redesignated CVW-9 on 20 Dec 1963.
Carrier Air Wing
ELEVEN
CVW-11 1946 V
1957 NH
Carrier Air Wing 11 (US Navy) patch 2011.png
Established as CVG-11 (1st use of the designation) on 10 Oct 1942, redesignated CVAG-11 on 15 Nov 1946, redesignated CVG-11 (2nd use of the designation) on 1 Sep 1948, redesignated CVW-11 on 20 Dec 1963.
Carrier Air Wing
SEVENTEEN
CVW-17 1966 AA
2012 NA
Cvw-17.png
Established as CVW-17 on 1 Nov 1966 (established as an Atlantic Fleet air wing (AA) and transferred to the Pacific Fleet (NA) in 2012)
Tail codes with a first letter "A" are affiliated with the Atlantic Fleet, while "N" denotes Pacific Fleet affiliation.

Type and Functional Wings[edit]

Type Wings are non-deploying "force provider" wings which supply combat ready VFA, VAQ, VAW, HSC or HSM squadrons or Fleet Logistics Support (VRC) detachments to Carrier Air Wings, or combat ready VAQ, VP, HM, HSC, HSM squadrons or detachments for "expeditionary" land based or shipboard (non-aircraft carrier) detachment deployments. Functional Wings operate land based aircraft such as those of Fleet Logistics Support, Patrol and Reconnaissance or Strategic Communications Squadrons.

Type and Functional Wings are not assigned Tail Codes except for the Navy Reserve's Tactical Support Wing which retains the code "AF" from its former existence as Carrier Air Wing Reserve TWENTY and Electronic Attack Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet (VAQWINGPAC) which adopted the code "NL" from the disestablished CVW-15 for use by the wing's land based "expeditionary" squadrons only. Type Wing squadrons which deploy as a part of a Carrier Air Wing wear the tail code of that Carrier Air Wing. Type Wing squadrons which do not deploy as part of a Carrier Air Wing and Functional Wing squadrons are all assigned tail codes unique to each squadron (except for the aforementioned expeditionary VAQ squadrons). See U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps Aircraft Tail Codes.

There have been numerous Type and Functional Wings throughout the history of the U. S. Navy. Type and Functional Wings have been established, disestablished or re-designated as the Navy has acquired different aircraft through the years. The tables below list the Type and Functional Wings which are active as of February 2018.

Type Wings[edit]

Type Wings of the United States Navy
Wing Insignia Aircraft Notes
Strike Fighter Wing,
U.S. Atlantic Fleet
STRKFIGHTWINGLANT
(SFWL)
Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic.jpg
F/A-18C
F/A-18E,F
Established as Light Attack Wing ONE (see "Disestablished Type and Functional Wings or designations no longer in use" section): All east coast based Strike Fighter Squadrons (VFA). Based at NAS Oceana, VA. Provides combat ready squadrons to Carrier Air Wings. Operates one F/A-18C,E,F Fleet Replacement Squadron.
Strike Fighter Wing,
U.S. Pacific Fleet
STRKFIGHTWINGPAC
(SFWP)
Strike Fighter Wing Pacific insignia.jpg
F/A-18E,F
F-35C
Established as Light Attack Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet (see "Disestablished Type and Functional Wings or designations no longer in use" section): All west coast based Strike Fighter Squadrons (VFA). Based at NAS Lemoore, CA., with two squadrons forward deployed to MCAS Iwakuni and two to NAF Atsugi (to relocate to MCAS Iwakuni in 2018). Provides combat ready squadrons to Carrier Air Wings. Operates one F/A-18E,F Fleet Replacement Squadron and two F-35C Fleet Replacement Squadrons, one of which is based at Eglin AFB, FL.
Electronic Attack Wing,
U.S. Pacific Fleet
VAQWINGPAC
(VWP)
Electronic Attack Wing Pacific insignia.gif
EA-18G Established as Electronic Combat Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet on 1 Feb 1993 (see "Disestablished Type and Functional Wings or designations no longer in use" section): Tail Code "NL" for the wing's land based "expeditionary" squadrons only. All Electronic Attack Squadrons (VAQ). Based at NAS Whidbey Island, WA., with one squadron forward deployed to MCAS Iwakuni. Provides combat ready squadrons to Carrier Air Wings and land based "expeditionary" squadrons to support joint force overseas operations. Operates one EA-18G Fleet Replacement Squadron.
Airborne Command,
Control, Logistics Wing
ACCLOGWING
(ACCLW)
Airborne Command Control Logistics Wing insignia.png
E-2C
E-2D

C-2A
Established as Airborne Early Warning Wing ELEVEN (see "Disestablished Type and Functional Wings or designations no longer in use" section): All Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadrons (VAW) and Fleet Logistics Support Squadrons (VRC). Headquartered at NAWS Point Mugu, CA., squadrons are based at NAWS Point Mugu, CA., NAS North Island, CA., and NS Norfolk, VA., with one squadron forward deployed to MCAS Iwakuni. Provides combat ready E-2C and E-2D squadrons and C-2A detachments to Carrier Air Wings. Operates one E-2C,D and C-2A Fleet Replacement Squadron which is based at NS Norfolk.
Helicopter
Sea Combat Wing,
U. S. Atlantic Fleet
HELSEACOMBATWINGLANT
(HSCWL)
HELSEACONWINGLANT insignia.jpg
MH-60S
MH-53E
MQ-8B
Established as Helicopter Tactical Wing ONE (see "Disestablished Type and Functional Wings or designations no longer in use" section): All east coast based Helicopter Sea Combat Squadrons (HSC) and all Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadrons (HM). Based at NS Norfolk, VA. Provides combat ready MH-60S squadrons to Carrier Air Wings, "expeditionary" squadron MH-60S and or MQ-8B detachments to surface force ships and MH-53E squadrons or detachments for worldwide mine countermeasures operations as required. Operates one MH-60S Fleet Replacement Squadron and one MH-53E Fleet Replacement Squadron.
Helicopter
Sea Combat Wing,
U. S. Pacific Fleet
HELSEACOMBATWINGPAC
(HSCWP)
COMHSCWINGPAC.jpg
MH-60S
MQ-8B
Established as Helicopter Tactical Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet (see "Disestablished Type and Functional Wings or designations no longer in use" section): All west coast based Helicopter Sea Combat Squadrons (HSC). Headquartered at NAS North Island, CA., squadrons based at NAS North Island and Anderson AFB, Guam with one squadron forward deployed to NAF Atsugi. Provides combat ready MH-60S squadrons to Carrier Air Wings and "expeditionary" squadron MH-60S and or MQ-8B detachments to surface force ships. Operates one MH-60S Fleet Replacement Squadron.
Helicopter
Maritime Strike Wing,
U. S. Atlantic Fleet
HELMARSTRIKEWINGLANT
(HSMWL)
HELMARSTRIKEWINGLANT insignia-Logo.jpg
MH-60R
MQ-8B
Established as Helicopter Sea Control Wing THREE (see "Disestablished Type and Functional Wings or designations no longer in use" section): All east coast based Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadrons (HSM). Headquartered at NS Mayport, FL., squadrons are based at NS Mayport and NAS Jacksonville, FL. Provides combat ready MH-60R squadrons to Carrier Air Wings and "expeditionary" squadron MH-60R and or MQ-8B detachments to surface force ships. Operates one MH-60R Fleet Replacement Squadron.
Helicopter
Maritime Strike Wing,
U. S. Pacific Fleet
HELMARSTRIKEWINGPAC
(HSMWP)
COMHELMARSTRIKEWING.jpg
MH-60R
MQ-8B
Established as Helicopter Antisubmarine (Light) Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet (see "Disestablished Type and Functional Wings or designations no longer in use" section): All west coast based Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadrons (HSM). Headquartered at NAS North Island, CA., squadrons based at NAS North Island and MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI., with two squadrons forward deployed to NAF Atsugi. Provides combat ready MH-60R squadrons to Carrier Air Wings and "expeditionary" squadron MH-60R and or MQ-8B detachments to surface force ships. Operates one MH-60R Fleet Replacement Squadron.

Functional Wings[edit]

Functional Wings of the United States Navy and U. S. Navy Reserve
Wing Insignia Aircraft Notes
Strategic Communications Wing ONE
STRATCOMWING ONE
STRATCOMWINGONE.jpg
E-6B Established 1 May 1992.[2] Operates two Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadrons (VQ), which fly the Boeing E-6B Mercury airborne command post and communications relay aircraft as Commander United States Strategic Command task force 124. Based at Tinker AFB, OK. Operates one E-6B Fleet Replacement Squadron.
Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing TEN
PATRECONWING TEN
Patrol Wing Ten Logo.png
P-8A
P-3C
EP-3E
Established as Patrol Wing TEN (second use of the designation) on 1 Jun 1981, redesignated Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing TEN on 1 Jun 1999.[3] Operates all west coast based Patrol (VP) and Fleet Air Reconnaissance (VQ) squadrons. Based at NAS Whidbey Island, WA.
Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing ELEVEN
PATRECONWING ELEVEN
Patrol Recon Wing 11.gif
P-8A
MQ-4C
Established as Patrol Wing ELEVEN (1st use of the designation) on 15 Aug 1942, redesignated Fleet Air Wing ELEVEN (FAW-11) on 1 Nov 1942, redesignated Patrol Wing ELEVEN (2nd use of the designation) on 30 Jun 1973, redesignated Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing ELEVEN on 26 Mar 1999.[3] Operates all east coast based Patrol (VP) and (VUP) squadrons. Based at NAS Jacksonville, FL.
Naval Test Wing Atlantic
NTWL
Naval Test Wing Lant.jpeg
Various The operational component of the Naval Air Systems Command's Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Division. Composed of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Two Zero (VX-20), Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Two One (HX-21), Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Two Three (VX-23), Unmanned Aerial Systems Test Directorate (UASTD) and U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS). Conducts developmental test and evaluation of Naval aircraft and operates the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School. Based at NAS Patuxent River, MD.
Naval Test Wing Pacific
NTWP
Various The operational component of the Naval Air Systems Command's Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division. Established 8 May 1995. Composed of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Three Zero (VX-30) and Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Three One (VX-31). Conducts developmental test and evaluation of Naval aircraft systems and airborne weapons. Based at NAS Point Mugu, CA.
Tactical Support Wing
TSW
Tactical Support Wing.png
F/A-18A,C
F-5F,N
EA-18G
U. S. Navy Reserve Wing Tail Code "AF". Established as CVWR-20 on 1 Apr 1970 (see "Disestablished/Redesignated Carrier Air Wings" section), redesignated Tactical Support Wing (TSW) on 1 April 2007: Operates three aggressor squadrons (VFC) (one F/A-18 Hornet Squadron and two F-5F/N squadrons) providing air combat training to USN Strike Fighter (VFA) squadrons. Also provides one combat ready VFA F/A-18 Hornet squadron and one combat ready VAQ EA-18G squadron for tasking as required. Headquartered at NAS JRB Fort Worth, TX., squadrons are based at NAS Oceana, VA., NAS Fallon, NV., NAS Key West, FL., NAS JRB New Orleans, LA., and NAS Whidbey Island, WA.
Maritime Support Wing
MSW
Maritime Supt Wing.jpg
P-3C
HH-60H
MH-60R
U. S. Navy Reserve Wing Established 31 July 2015[4]: Provides two combat ready Patrol Squadrons (VP), one Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) which flies the HH-60H and one Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) flying the MH-60R for tasking as required. Headquartered at NAS North Island, CA., squadrons are based at NAS North Island, CA., NAS Jacksonville, FL., and NAS Whidbey Island, WA.
Fleet Logistics Support Wing
FLSW
Flt Log Supt Wing.jpg
C-40A
C-130T
C-20G
C-37A
C-37B
U. S. Navy Reserve Wing Established as Reserve Tactical Support Wing (see "Disestablished Type and Functional Wings or designations no longer in use" section): Operates twelve Fleet Logistics Support squadrons (VR) and two executive transport detachments conducting worldwide logistics support and Navy Unique Fleet Essential Airlift (NUFEA) missions in support of U.S. Navy requirements. Headquartered at NAS JRB Fort Worth, TX., squadrons and detachments are based at JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI., JB Andrews, MD., JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ., NAS JB Fort Worth, TX., NAS JB New Orleans, LA., MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI., NAWS Point Mugu, CA., NAS Oceana, VA., NAS North Island, CA., NAS Jacksonville, FL., NAS Whidbey Island, WA., and NAS Sigonella, Italy.

Training Air Wings (TAW)[edit]

See Naval Air Training Command

Training Air Wings of the United States Navy (Train Student Naval Aviators of the USN, USMC and USCG)
Wing Tail Code Insignia Aircraft Notes
Training Air Wing
ONE
TRAWING ONE
(TW-1)
A
Training Air Wing ONE insignia.png
T-45C Established on 1 Aug 1971[5] to control training activities at NAS Meridian, MS[6]. Operates two Training Squadrons (VT) conducting Student Naval Aviator Advanced Jet training.
Training Air Wing
TWO
TRAWING TWO
(TW-2)
B
TW-2 Logo.png
T-45C Established on 1 Aug 1971[5] to control training activities at NAS Kingsville, TX[6]. Operates two Training Squadrons (VT) conducting Student Naval Aviator Advanced Jet training.
Training Air Wing
FOUR
TRAWING FOUR
(TAW-4)
G
Training Air Wing FOUR insignia.png
T-6B
T-44C
Established in Mar 1972[7] to control training activities at NAS Corpus Christi, TX[6][8]. Operates four Training Squadrons (VT), two conducting Student Naval Aviator Primary Flight training in the T-6B Texan II and two conducting Student Naval Aviator Advanced Multi-Engine training in the T-44C Pegasus.
Training Air Wing
FIVE
TRAWING FIVE
(TAW-5)
E
TW5.jpg
T-6B
TH-57B
TH-57C
Established 9 Jan 1972 at NAS Whiting Field to control training activities at NAS Whiting Field, FL and NAS Ellyson Field, FL[8] (training operations ceased at Ellyson Field in Dec 1973). Operates three Training Squadrons (VT) conducting Student Naval Aviator Primary Flight training in the T-6B Texan II and three Helicopter Training Squadrons (HT) conducting Student Naval Aviator Advanced Helicopter training in the TH-57B and C Sea Ranger.
Training Air Wing
SIX
TRAWING SIX
(TAW-6)
F
TW-6 Logo.png
T-6A
T-45C
Established 1 Feb 1972 to control training activities at NAS Pensacola, FL[8]. Operates three Training Squadrons (VT) conducting all stages of Student Naval Flight Officer training in the T-6A Texan II, T-45C Goshawk and the Multi-Crew Simulator.

Disestablished Wings or Air Wing Designations no longer in use[edit]

Disestablished Carrier Air Wings (CVW)[edit]

See Carrier air wing

Disestablished Carrier Air Wings of the United States Navy (Carrier Air Wings were titled Carrier Air Groups (CVG, CVAG or CVBG) prior to 20 Dec 1963)
Wing Tail Code Insignia Notes[1]
Readiness Carrier Air Wing
FOUR
RCVW-4 1950 F
1957 AD
Established as CVG-4 (3rd use of the designation) on 1 Sep 1950, redesignated RCVG-4 on 1 Apr 1958, redesignated RCVW-4 on 20 Dec 1963. Disestablished 1 Jun 1970; tail code still used by Atlantic Fleet fixed wing CVW aircraft Fleet Replacement Squadrons
Carrier Air Wing
SIX
CVW-6 1946 C
1957 AF
1963 AE
Cvw6.jpg
Established as CVG-17 (1st use of the designation) on 1 Jan 1943, redesignated CVBG-17 on 23 Jan 1946, redesignated CVBG-5 on 15 Nov 1946, redesignated CVG-6 (2nd use of the designation) on 1 Sep 1948, redesignated CVW-6 on 20 Dec 1963. Disestablished 1 April 1992
Carrier Air Wing
TEN
(1st use)
CVW-10 1952 P
1957 AK
CVW-10 first.jpeg
Established as CVG-10 (2nd use of the designation) on 1 May 1952, redesignated CVW-10 (1st use of the designation) on 20 Dec 1963. Disestablished 20 November 1969
Carrier Air Wing
TEN
(2nd use)
CVW-10 NM
Carrier Air Wing 10 1st.jpg
Established as CVW-10 (2nd use of the designation) on 7 Nov 1986. Disestablished 1 Jun 1988; planned for assignment to USS Independence (CV-62) but never deployed.
Readiness Carrier Air Wing
TWELVE
RCVW-12 1950 D
1957 NJ
RCVW-12 insignia.jpeg
Established as CVG-102 (established to receive USNR squadrons activated for the Korean War) on 1 Aug 1950, redesignated CVG-12 (2nd use of the designation) on 4 Feb 1952, redesignated RCVG-12 on 1 Apr 1958, redesignated RCVW-12 on 20 Dec 1963. Disestablished 30 June 1970; tail code still used by Pacific Fleet fixed wing CVW aircraft Fleet Replacement Squadrons
Carrier Air Wing
THIRTEEN
CVW-13 AK
Carrier Air Wing 13 patch (US Navy) 1980s.png
Established as CVW-13 on 1 Mar 1984. Disestablished 1 January 1991[9]
Carrier Air Wing
FOURTEEN
CVW-14 1950 K
1957 NK
Cvw-14.gif
Established as CVG-101 (established to receive USNR squadrons activated for the Korean War) on 1 Aug 1950, redesignated CVG-14 (2nd use of the designation) on 4 Feb 1952, redesignated CVW-14 on 20 Dec 1963. Deactivated 31 March 2017. Had been under-strength in squadrons, had not deployed since 2011 and had been in reduced manning since 1 October 2013. Deactivation was originally begun in 2012 but was reversed due to congressional action.
Carrier Air Wing
FIFTEEN
CVW-15 1951 H
1957 NL
Carrier Air Wing-15.jpg
Established as CVG-15 (3rd use of the designation) on 5 Apr 1951, redesignated CVW-15 on 20 Dec 1963. Disestablished 31 March 1995. Tail code NL is now used by land based "expeditionary" VAQ squadrons of Electronic Attack Wing Pacific
Carrier Air Wing
SIXTEEN
CVW-16 AH
Carrier Air Wing-16.jpg
Established as CVG-16 (2nd use of the designation) on 1 Sep 1960, redesignated CVW-16 on 20 Dec 1963. Disestablished 30 June 1970
Carrier Air Wing
NINETEEN
CVW-19 1946 B
1957 NM
Carrier Air Wing-19.jpg
Established as CVG-19 (1st use of the designation) on 1 Aug 1943, redesignated CVAG-19 on 15 Nov 1946, redesignated CVG-19 (2nd use of the designation) on 1 Sep 1948, redesignated CVW-19 on 20 Dec 1963. Disestablished 30 June 1977
Carrier Air Wing
TWENTY ONE
CVW-21 1955 G
1957 NP
Carrier Air Wing-21.jpg
Established as CVG-21 (2nd use of the designation) on 1 Jul 1955, redesignated CVW-21 on 20 Dec 1963. Disestablished 12 December 1975[9]
Disestablished/Redesignated Carrier Air Wings of the United States Navy Reserve
Wing Tail Code Insignia Notes[1]
Carrier Air Wing Reserve
TWENTY
CVWR-20 AF
Carrier Air Wing Reserve-20.jpg
Established as CVWR-20 on 1 April 1970, redesignated Tactical Support Wing (TSW), 1 April 2007 (See Type and Functional Wings in the "Currently Active Wings" section)
Carrier Air Wing Reserve
THIRTY
CVWR-30 ND
Carrier Air Wing Reserve-30.jpg
Established as CVWR-30 on 1 Apr 1970. Disestablished 31 Dec 1994
Tail codes with a first letter "A" are affiliated with the Atlantic Fleet, while "N" denotes Pacific Fleet affiliation.

Disestablished Type and Functional Wings or designations no longer in use[edit]

Disestablished Type and Functional Wings of the United States Navy
Airborne Early Warning and Fighter Wings
Naval Air Force, U. S. Atlantic Fleet
Wing Insignia Notes
Airborne Early Warning Wing,
U.S. Atlantic Fleet
(First use of the designation)
AEWWINGLANT
(First use)
Established 1 Jul 1955[10][11] to operate land based Airborne Early Warning (VW) squadrons as part of the "Atlantic Barrier", a seaward extension of the nation’s Distant Early Warning line (DEW line). Disestablished by 26 Aug 1965 when the Atlantic Barrier ceased to exist.[12]
Airborne Early Warning Wing
TWELVE
AEWWING 12
CAEWW 12.jpeg
Established 1 April 1967 to provide Carrier Airborne Early Warning (VAW) squadrons to Carrier Air Wings. Redesignated Airborne Early Warning Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (AEWWINGLANT) on 1 Sep 1993.[13]
Airborne Early Warning Wing,
U.S. Atlantic Fleet
(Second use of the designation)
AEWWINGLANT
(Second use)
Aewwinglant insig small.jpg
Disestablished 23 Sep 2005, squadrons were realigned under Airborne Early Warning Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet which was then redesignated Airborne Command, Control, Logistics Wing (ACCLOGWING) (see currently active Type Wings section). This wing was unrelated to the AEWWINGLANT which existed as part of the "Atlantic Barrier" from 1955 to 1965.
Fighter Wing
ONE
FITWING ONE
FITWING ONE.jpg
Established 16 Jul 1971. Redesignated Fighter Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (FITWINGLANT) on 1 Sep 1993.[13]
Fighter Wing,
U.S. Atlantic Fleet
FITWINGLANT
FITWINGLANT.jpg
Disestablished 1 Oct 2004, remaining F-14 Tomcat squadrons realigned under Strike Fighter Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (STKFITWINGLANT) (see currently active Type Wings section) and eventually transitioned to the F/A-18E or F Super Hornet.
Naval Air Force, U. S. Pacific Fleet
Wing Insignia Notes
Airborne Early Warning Wing,
U.S. Pacific Fleet
(First use of the designation)
AEWWINGPAC
(First use)
Established 10 Jan 1956[14] to operate land based Airborne Early Warning (VW) squadrons as part of the "Pacific Barrier", a seaward extension of the nation’s Distant Early Warning line (DEW line). Disestablished 1 Feb 1960 when the wing and its squadrons were merged into a single squadron designated AEW Barrier Squadron Pacific (AEWBARRONPAC).[15]
Airborne Early Warning Wing
ELEVEN
AEWWING 11
Established 20 April 1967 to provide Carrier Airborne Early Warning (VAW) squadrons to Carrier Air Wings. Combined with Fleet Air Miramar July 1973 to form Fighter, AEW Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet (FITAEWWINGPAC)
Fighter AEW Wing,
U.S. Pacific Fleet
FITAEWWINGPAC
Comfitaewwingpac.jpg
Established July 1973 by combining Fleet Air Miramar and AEWWING 11. Disestablished on 30 Sep 1993[16]. AEWWINGPAC was established to assume control of the wing's VAW squadrons and FITWINGPAC to assume control of the wing's VF squadrons.
Airborne Early Warning Wing,
U.S. Pacific Fleet
(Second use of the designation)
AEWWINGPAC
(Second use)
AEWWINGPAC.png
Established 1 Aug 1993[16] to assume control of the disestablished FITAEWWINGPAC's VAW squadrons. Redesignated Airborne Command, Control, Logistics Wing (ACCLOGWING) 23 Sep 2005 (see currently active Type Wings section). This wing was unrelated to the AEWWINGPAC which existed as part of the "Pacific Barrier" from 1956 to 1960.
Fighter Wing,
U.S. Pacific Fleet
FITWINGPAC
FITWINGPAC.jpg
Established 1 Aug 1993[16] to assume control of the disestablished FITAEWWINGPAC's VF squadrons. Disestablished 17 Dec 1996[17], remaining F-14 Tomcat squadrons were realigned under Fighter Wing, U. S. Atlantic Fleet (FITWINGLANT).
Attack and Electronic Warfare Wings
Naval Air Force, U. S. Atlantic Fleet
Wing Insignia Notes
Heavy Attack Wing
ONE
HATWING ONE
Vahw1 insig small.jpg
Established in 1951[18] and Redesignated Reconnaissance Attack Wing ONE (RECONATKWING ONE) in Aug 1964[19] with the end of the U.S. Navy’s nuclear bomber role and the conversion of the A-5 Vigilante nuclear bomber squadrons (VAH) to RA-5C Vigilante reconnaissance squadrons (RVAH).
Reconnaissance Attack Wing
ONE
RECONATKWING ONE
Vahw1 insig small.jpg
Disestablished 7 Jan 1980 with the retirement of the RA-5C Vigilante and disestablishment of RVAH squadrons.[18]
Light Attack Wing
ONE
LATWING ONE
Claw1 insig small.jpg
Established in 1970. Redesignated Strike Fighter Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (STRKFITWINGLANT) on 1 Sep 1993[13] (see currently active Type Wings section) with replacement of the A-7 Corsair II by the F/A-18 Hornet in the Atlantic Fleet.
Medium Attack Wing
ONE
MATWING ONE
Medium Attack Wing ONE.jpg
Established 1 Oct 1971, Redesignated Attack Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (ATTACKWINGLANT) on 1 Sep 1993.[13].
Attack Wing,
U.S. Atlantic Fleet
ATTACKWINGLANT
Insignia of u s navy Attack Wing Atlantic Fleet.jpg
Disestablished on 30 Jun 1997[20] with the retirement of the A-6 Intruder.
Naval Air Force, U. S. Pacific Fleet
Wing Insignia Notes
Heavy Attack Wing
TWO
HATWING TWO
Vahw2 insig small.jpg
Established 2 July 1956.[21] Disestablished 30 Jun 1959,[22] squadrons realigned under Fleet Air Whidbey.
Tactical Electronic Warfare Wing
THIRTEEN
VAQWING 13
Established 1 Sep 1968. Disestablished 1972, squadrons realigned under Fleet Air Whidbey.
Light Attack Wing,
U.S. Pacific Fleet
LATWINGPAC
LATWINGPAC.jpeg
Established from Fleet Air Lemoore 1 Jul 1973 and redesignated Strike Fighter Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet (STRKFITWINGPAC) on 5 Apr 1991[23] (see currently active Type Wings section) with replacement of the A-7 Corsair II by the F/A-18 Hornet in the Pacific Fleet.
Medium Attack, Tactical Electronic Warfare Wing,
U.S. Pacific Fleet
MATVAQWINGPAC
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Established from Fleet Air Whidbey in 1973. Disestablished 31 Jan 1993.[24] ATTACKWINGPAC and VAQWINGPAC were established to assume control of the wing's Medium Attack and Tactical Electronic Warfare squadrons respectively.
Electronic Combat Wing,
U.S. Pacific Fleet
VAQWINGPAC
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Established 1 Feb 1993[24] to assume control of the disestablished MATVAQWINGPAC's Tactical Electronic Warfare squadrons. Renamed Electronic Attack Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet (VAQWINGPAC) in 1998 (see currently active Type Wings section).
Attack Wing,
U.S. Pacific Fleet
ATTACKWINGPAC
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Established 1 Feb 1993[24] to assume control of the disestablished MATVAQWINGPAC's Medium Attack squadrons. Disestablished on 30 Apr 1997[20] with the retirement of the A-6E Intruder.
Anti-Submarine and Sea Control Wings
Naval Air Force, U. S. Atlantic Fleet
Wing Insignia Notes
Air Antisubmarine Wing
ONE
AIRANTISUBWING ONE
Established 1 Apr 1973. Redesignated Sea Strike Wing ONE (SEASTRIKEWING ONE) May 1987.
Sea Strike Wing
ONE
SEASTRIKEWING ONE
Redesignated Sea Control Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (SEACONWINGLANT) on 1 Sep 1993.[13]
Sea Control Wing,
U.S. Atlantic Fleet
SEACONWINGLANT
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Disestablished 30 Jan 2009 with retirement of the S-3 Viking.
Helicopter Sea Control Wing
ONE
HELSEACONWING ONE
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Established Jun 1973, disestablished 1 Jul 1992,[25] squadrons re-aligned under Helicopter Antisubmarine (Light) Wing ONE (HSLWING ONE).
Helicopter Sea Control Wing
THREE
HELSEACONWING THREE
Established Mar 1985, redesignated Helicopter Antisubmarine (Light) Wing ONE (HSLWING ONE) on 1 Jul 1992.[26]
Helicopter Antisubmarine (Light) Wing
ONE
HSLWING ONE
Redesignated Helicopter Antisubmarine (Light) Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (HSLWINGLANT) on 1 Sep 1993.[13]
Helicopter Antisubmarine (Light) Wing,
U.S. Atlantic Fleet
HSLWINGLANT
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Redesignated Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (HSMWINGLANT) on 1 Jul 2006[26] (see currently active Type Wings section).
Helicopter Antisubmarine Wing
ONE
HSWING ONE
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Established 1 Apr 1973, redesignated Helicopter Antisubmarine Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (HSWINGLANT) on 1 Sep 1993.[13]
Helicopter Antisubmarine Wing,
U.S. Atlantic Fleet
HSWINGLANT
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Disestablished 1 Apr 2005, squadrons realigned under Helicopter Sea Combat Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (HSCWINGLANT) (see currently active Type Wings section).
Naval Air Force, U. S. Pacific Fleet
Wing Insignia Notes
Anti Submarine Warfare Wing,
U.S. Pacific Fleet
ASWWINGPAC
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(included Pacific Fleet logistics and service support squadrons as well as ASW squadrons) Established from Fleet Air San Diego in July 1973. Disestablished on 30 Sep 1993.[27] SECONWINGPAC, HSWINGPAC, HSLWINGPAC and HELTACWINGPAC were established to assume control of the wing's Sea Control (VS), Helicopter Antisubmarine (HS), Helicopter Antisubmarine (light) (HSL) and Helicopter Combat Support (HC)/Helicopter Mine Coutermeasures (HM) squadrons respectively.
Sea Control Wing,
U.S. Pacific Fleet
SEACONWINGPAC
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Established 22 Apr 1993[27] to assume control of Sea Control squadrons from the disestablished ASWWINGPAC. Disestablished 19 Aug 2005, remaining squadrons were re-aligned under SECONWINGLANT.
Helicopter Antisubmarine (Light) Wing,
U.S. Pacific Fleet
HSLWINGPAC
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Established 5 May 1993[28] to assume control of HSL squadrons from the disestablished ASWWINGPAC. Redesignated Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet (HSMWINGPAC) on 1 Apr 2005 (see currently active Type Wings section).
Helicopter Antisubmarine Wing,
U.S. Pacific Fleet
HSWINGPAC
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Established 1 July 1993[28] to assume control of Helicopter Antisubmarine squadrons from the disestablished ASWWINGPAC. Disestablished in Apr 2005, squadrons realigned under Helicopter Sea Combat Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet (HSCWINGPAC) (see currently active Type Wings section).
Logistics and Service Support Wings
Naval Air Force, U. S. Atlantic Fleet
Wing Insignia Notes
Fleet Tactical Support Wing
ONE
FLTTACSUPWING ONE
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Established 1 Jul 1973.[29] Disestablished 1 Oct 1989.[30]
Helicopter Tactical Wing
ONE
HELTACWING ONE
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Established 1 Oct 1982, redesignated Helicopter Tactical Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (HELTACWINGLANT) on 1 Sep 1993.[13]
Helicopter Tactical Wing,
U.S. Atlantic Fleet
HELTACWINGLANT
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Redesignated Helicopter Sea Combat Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (HSCWINGLANT) 1 Apr 2005 (see currently active Type Wings section).
Naval Air Force, U. S. Pacific Fleet
Wing Insignia Notes
Helicopter Tactical Wing,
U.S. Pacific Fleet
HELTACWINGPAC
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Established on 1 July 1993[28] to assume control of Helicopter Combat Support (HC) and Helicopter Mine Countermeasures (HM) squadrons from the disestablished ASWWINGPAC. Redesignated Helicopter Sea Combat Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet (HSCWINGPAC) in Apr 2005 (see currently active Type Wings section).
Disestablished Type and Functional Wings of the United States Navy Reserve
Wing Insignia Notes
Helicopter Wing
Reserve
HELWINGRES
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Tail Code “NW”: Established Jun 1975, disestablished 31 May 2007[31]. Remaining reserve helicopter squadrons continue to use tail code NW even though the wing no longer exists.
Reserve Tactical Support Wing
RESTACSUPWING
Established in 1974, redesignated Fleet Logistics Support Wing (FLSW) in 1983[32] (see currently active Functional Wings section).

Disestablished Fleet Air Wings, Patrol Wings, and Patrol and Reconnaissance Wings or designations no longer in use[edit]

All Patrol Wings in existence on 1 Nov 1942 were redesignated Fleet Air Wings. Additional Fleet Air Wings were established during WWII and as late as 1963.[33] All Fleet Air Wings still in existence in 1973 were redesignated Patrol Wings except for FAW-10 (the second to use the designation) which was disestablished. All Patrol Wings still in existence in 1999 were redesignated Patrol and Reconnaissance Wings.

Disestablished Fleet Air Wings, Patrol Wings, and Patrol and Reconnaissance Wings of the United States Navy and U. S. Navy Reserve
Wing Insignia Notes[3]
Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 1
PATRECONWING
ONE
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(FAW-1)
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(PatReconWing 1)
Established as Patrol Wing 1 (first use of the designation) on 1 Oct 1937, redesignated Fleet Air Wing 1 on 1 Nov 1942, redesignated Patrol Wing ONE (second use of the designation) on 30 Jun 1973, redesignated Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing ONE on 1 June 1999. Ceased operations as a functional wing after 2000 and was redesignated Patrol and Reconnaissance Force 7th Fleet/CTF-72 exercising operational control over VP squadrons deployed to 7th Fleet.
Patrol Wing 2
PATWING TWO
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(FAW-2)
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(PatWing 2)
Established as Patrol Wing 2 (first use of the designation) on 1 Oct 1937, redesignated Fleet Air Wing 2 on 1 Nov 1942, redesignated Patrol Wing TWO (2nd use of the designation) on 30 Jun 1973, disestablished on 8 Jun 1993.
Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 2
PATRECONWING TWO
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Established as Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing TWO in Oct 2003 (adopted insignia from previously disestablished Patrol Wing TWO),[34] disestablished on 1 May 2017[35]
Fleet Air Wing 3
FAW 3
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Established as Patrol Wing 3 on 1 Oct 1937, redesignated Fleet Air Wing 3 on 1 Nov 1942, disestablished on 30 Jun 1971.
Fleet Air Wing 4
FAW 4
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(PatWing 4)
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(FAW-4)
Established as Patrol Wing 4 (first use of the designation) on 1 Oct 1937, redesignated Fleet Air Wing 4 on 1 Nov 1942, disestablished on 30 Jun 1970.
Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing FIVE
PATRECONWING FIVE
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Established as Patrol Wing 5 (first use of the designation) on 1 Oct 1937, redesignated Fleet Air Wing 5 on 1 Nov 1942, redesignated Patrol Wing FIVE (second use of the designation) on 1 Jul 1973, redesignated Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing FIVE on 26 Mar 1999, disestablished in 2009.
Fleet Air Wing 6
(First use)
FAW 6 (1st)
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Established as Fleet Air Wing 6 (first use of the designation) on 2 Nov 1942, disestablished on 1 Dec 1945.
Fleet Air Wing 6
(Second use)
FAW 6 (2nd)
Established as Fleet Air Wing 6 (second use of the designation) on 4 Aug 1950, disestablished on 1 Jul 1972.
Fleet Air Wing 7
FAW 7
Established as Patrol Wing Support Force on 1 Mar 1941, redesignated Patrol Wing 7 on 1 Jul 1941, redesignated Fleet Air Wing 7 (FAW-7) on 1 Nov 1942, disestablished on 4 Aug 1945.
Fleet Air Wing 8
(first use)
(FAW 8) (1st) Established as Patrol Wing 8 on 8 Jul 1941, redesignated Fleet Air Wing 8 (first use of the designation) on 1 Nov 1942, disestablished on 3 Jul 1946.
Fleet Air Wing 8
(second use)
(FAW 8) (2nd) Established as Fleet Air Wing 8 (second use of the designation) on 1 Jul 1965, disestablished on 1 Aug 1972.
Fleet Air Wing 9
FAW 9
Established as Patrol Wing 9 in Apr 1942, redesignated Fleet Air Wing 9 on 1 Nov 1942, disestablished on 19 Jul 1945.
Fleet Air Wing 10
(First use)
FAW 10 (1st)
Established as Patrol Wing 10 (first use of the designation) in Dec 1940, redesignated Fleet Air Wing 10 (first use of the designation), disestablished on 7 Jun 1947. Note: the current Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing TEN does not share a lineage with this wing, that wing was established in 1981 as Patrol Wing TEN (second use of the designation).
Fleet Air Wing 10)
(Second use)
FAW 10 (2nd)
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Established as Fleet Air Wing 10 (second use of the designation) on 29 Jun 1963, disestablished on 30 Jun 1973.
Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing ELEVEN
PATRECONWING ELEVEN
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(FAW-11)
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(PatWing 11)
Established as Patrol Wing 11 (1st use of the designation) on 15 Aug 1942, redesignated Fleet Air Wing 11 on 1 Nov 1942, redesignated Patrol Wing ELEVEN (2nd use of the designation) on 30 Jun 1973, redesignated Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing ELEVEN on 26 Mar 1999. Still exists as Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing ELEVEN.
Fleet Air Wing 12
FAW 12
Established as Patrol Wing 12 on 16 Sep 1942, redesignated Fleet Air Wing 12 on 1 Nov 1942, disestablished on 14 Jul 1945.
Fleet Air Wing 14
FAW 14
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Established as Patrol Wing 14 on 15 Oct 1942, redesignated Fleet Air Wing 14 on 1 Nov 1942, disestablished in 1969.
Fleet Air Wing 15
FAW 15
Established as FAW-15 on 1 Dec 1942, disestablished on 28 Jul 1945.
Fleet Air Wing 16
FAW 16
Established as FAW-16 on 16 Feb 1943, disestablished on 27 Jun 1945.
Fleet Air Wing 17
FAW 17
Established as FAW-17 on 15 Sep 1943, disestablished on 2 Jan 1946.
Fleet Air Wing 18
FAW 18
Established as FAW-18 on 5 May 1945, disestablished on 30 Jun 1947.
Reserve Patrol Wing
RESPATWING
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Reserve Patrol Wing Atlantic and Reserve Patrol Wing Pacific (later dual designated as Reserve Patrol Wing Pacific/Patrol Wing FOUR (second use of the designation)) which had both been established in 1970 were consolidated into a single wing designated Reserve Patrol Wing in January 1999, disestablished in June 2007.[34]

Disestablished Training Air Wings (TAW)[edit]

See Naval Air Training Command

Disestablished Training Air Wings of the United States Navy
Wing Tail Code insignia Notes
Training Air Wing
THREE
TRAWING THREE
(TW-3)
C
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Established on 1 Oct 1971[5] to control training activities at NAS Chase Field, TX. Disestablished 31 Aug 1992 with the closure of NAS Chase Field and disestablishment of subordinate squadrons.[36]
Training Air Wing
SEVEN
TRAWING SEVEN
(TAW-7)
Established 1 Feb 1972 to control training activities at NAS Saufely Field, FL.[8] Disestablished in 1976 with deactivation of the Saufley Field airfield and disestablishment of subordinate squadrons.[37]
Training Air Wing
EIGHT
TRAWING EIGHT
(TAW-8)
Established in 1972 to control training activities at NAS Glynco, GA.[38][8] Disestablished in 1974 with closure of NAS Glynco.[39] Subordinate squadron was relocated to NAS Pensacola and realigned under TRAWING SIX.

Disestablished Carrier Air Groups (CVSG, Ship Named Groups, CVG, CVLG, CVEG, CVAG, CVBG) and Air Task Groups (ATG) or designations no longer in use[edit]

Prior to 20 Dec 1963 aircraft squadrons which operated from aircraft carriers were organized into Carrier Air Groups (CVG). There were sometimes variations of the Air Group designation adding a modifying letter between the V and the G to indicate the type of aircraft carrier from which the group operated: E-Escort Carrier, L-Light Carrier, B-Large Carrier, A-Medium Carrier and from 1960 to 1976; S-Antisubmarine Carrier. On 20 December 1963 all existing Carrier Air Groups except for the CVSGs were redesignated Carrier Air Wings (CVW).
Note: the parenthetical (1st), (2nd), (3rd) appended to some Carrier Air Group designations below are not a part of the Group's designation. They are added to indicate that the designation was used more than one time during the history of U.S. Navy Naval Aviation and to specify which use of the designation is indicated. There is not necessarily any connection between two or more Carrier Air Groups which shared the same designation.

Antisubmarine Carrier Air Groups (CVSG) established 1960 through 1970[edit]

See Carrier air wing

Disestablished Antisubmarine Carrier Air Groups of the United States Navy (Carrier Air Groups (except for the Antisubmarine Carrier Air Groups) were retitled Carrier Air Wings (CVW) on 20 Dec 1963. The CVSGs remained titled Antisubmarine Carrier Air Groups until their disestablishements)
Group Tail Code Insignia Notes[1]
Readiness Antisubmarine Carrier Air Group FIFTY RCVSG-50 AR
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Established on 30 Jun 1960, disestablished 17 Feb 1971; tail code remained in use by Atlantic Fleet fixed and rotary wing carrier based ASW aircraft Fleet Replacement Squadrons
Readiness Antisubmarine Carrier Air Group FIFTY ONE RCVSG-51 RA
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Established 30 Jun 196, disestablished 30 Jun 1970; tail code remained in use by Pacific Fleet fixed and rotary wing carrier based ASW aircraft Fleet Replacement Squadrons
Antisubmarine Carrier Air Group FIFTY TWO CVSG-52 AS
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Established 1 Jun 1969, disestablished 15 Dec 1969
Antisubmarine Carrier Air Group FIFTY THREE CVSG-53 NS
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Established 1 Apr 1960, disestablished 30 Jun 1973[29]
Antisubmarine Carrier Air Group FIFTY FOUR CVSG-54 AT
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Established 18 May 1969, disestablished 1 Jul 1972
Antisubmarine Carrier Air Group FIFTY FIVE CVSG-55 NU
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Established 1 Sep 1960, disestablished 27 Sep 1968
Antisubmarine Carrier Air Group FIFTY SIX CVSG-56 AU
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Established 25 May 1960, disestablished 30 Jun 1973[29]
Antisubmarine Carrier Air Group FIFTY SEVEN CVSG-57 NV
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Established 3 Jan 1961, disestablished 30 Sep 1969
Antisubmarine Carrier Air Group FIFTY EIGHT CVSG-58 AV
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Established 6 Jun 1960, disestablished 31 May 1966
Antisubmarine Carrier Air Group FIFTY NINE CVSG-59 NT
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Established 1 Apr 1960, disestablished 30 Jun 1973[29]
Antisubmarine Carrier Air Group SIXTY CVSG-60 AW
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Established 2 May 1960, disestablished 1 Oct 1968
Antisubmarine Carrier Air Group SIXTY TWO CVSG-62 AX Established 1 Sep 1961, disestablished 1 Oct 1962
Disestablished Antisubmarine Carrier Air Groups of the United States Navy Reserve
Group Tail Code Insignia Notes[1]
Antisubmarine Carrier Air Group Reserve SEVENTY CVSGR-70 AW Established 1 May 1970,[40] disestablished 30 Jun 1976
Antisubmarine Carrier Air Group Reserve EIGHTY CVSGR-80 NW Established 1 May 1970,[40]disestablished 30 Jul 1976. Tail Code "NW" was adopted by Helicopter Wing Reserve (See Reserve Air Wings in the "disestablished type and functional wings" section) and is still in use today by the two remaining USNR helicopter squadrons.
Tail codes with a first letter "A" are affiliated with the Atlantic Fleet, while "N" denotes Pacific Fleet affiliation.

Ship-Named Air Groups established pre WWII[1][edit]

Aircraft squadrons operating from the Navy's first Aircraft Carriers prior to WWII were assigned to that aircraft carrier and were organizationally grouped into that carrier's "air group". On 1 July 1938 the "Carrier Air Group" was formally established as a separate unit and the previously informally named air groups were titled "name of ship Air Group". Carrier Air Groups were permanently assigned to a specific Aircraft Carrier and carried that Aircraft Carrier's name.

Air Groups established during WWII [1][edit]

With the massive build up of Aircraft Carriers and Carrier Air Groups after the U.S. entry into WWII, the Carrier Air Group designation scheme was changed to drop the name of the Aircraft Carrier to which the Air Group was assigned and a numbering system was adopted. By this time CV 1 had been converted to a Seaplane Tender (in 1936), and CV 2, CV 5, CV 7 and CV 8 had been sunk. The Air Groups of the remaining CV 3 and CV 4 were redesignated CVG-3 and CVG-4 respectively and CV 6's "Enterprise Air Group" was disestablished and a new CVG-6 was established and assigned to the ship. In 1943 new CVGs 1, 2, 5, 7 and 8 were established (with no corresponding CVs 1, 2, 5, 7 or 8 as CV 1 had long ago been converted and CV 2, 5, 7 and 8 had been sunk) and the practice of numbering CVGs with the hull number of the Aircraft Carrier to which they were assigned ceased.

Fleet Carrier Carrier Air Groups (CVG) and Large Carrier (Midway class) Carrier Air Groups (CVBG)[edit]

  • CVG-1(1st) Established 1 May 1943, disestablished 25 Oct 1945.
  • CVG-2(1st) Established 1 Jun 1943, disestablished 9 Nov 1945.
  • CVG-3(1st) See CVW-3 in the "Currently Active Wings" section.
  • CVG-4(1st) See CVW-1 in the "Currently Active Wings" section.
  • CVG-5(1st) See CVW-5 in the "Currently Active Wings" section.
  • CVG-6(1st) Established 15 Mar 1943, disestablished 29 Oct 1945.
  • CVG-7(1st) Established 3 Jan 1944, disestablished 8 Jul 1946.
  • CVG-8(1st) Established 1 Jun 1943, disestablished 23 Nov 1945.
  • CVG-9(1st) Established 1 Mar 1942, disestablished 15 Oct 1945.
  • CVG-10(1st) Established 16 Apr 1942, disestablished 16 Nov 1945.
  • CVG-11(1st) See CVW-11 in the "Currently Active Wings" section.
  • CVG-12(1st) Established 9 Jan 1943, disestablished 17 Sep 1945.
  • CVG-13(1st) Established 2 Nov 1943, disestablished 20 Oct 1945.
  • CVG-14(1st) Established 1 Sep 1943, disestablished 14 Jun 1945.
  • CVG-15(1st) Established 1 Sep 1942, disestablished 30 Oct 1945.
  • CVG-16(1st) Established 16 Nov 1942, disestablished 6 Nov 1945.
  • CVG-17(1st)/CVBG-17 See CVW-6 in the "Disestablished Carrier Air Wings" section.
  • CVG-18 See CVW-7 in the "Currently Active Wings" section
  • CVG-19(1st) See CVW-19 in the "Disestablished Carrier Air Wings" section.
  • CVG-20 Established 15 Oct 1943, redesignated CVAG-9 on 15 Nov 1946, redesignated CVG-9(2nd) on 1 Sep 1948, disestablished 1 Dec 1949.
  • CVBG-74 See CVW-2 in the "Currently Active Wings" section.
  • CVBG-75 Established 1 Jun 1945, redesignated CVBG-3 on 15 Nov 1946, redesignated CVG-4(2nd) on 1 Sep 1948, disestablished 8 Jun 1950.
  • CVG-80 Established 1 Feb 1944, disestablished 16 Sep 1946.
  • CVG-81 Established 1 Mar 1944, redesignated CVAG-13 on 15 Nov 1946, redesignated CVG-13(2nd) on 1 Sep 1948, disestablished 30 Nov 1949.
  • CVG-82 Established 1 Apr 1944, redesignated CVAG-17 on 15 Nov 1946, redesignated CVG-17(2nd) on 1 Sep 1948, disestablished 15 Sep 1958.
  • CVG-83 Established 1 May 1944, disestablished 24 Sep 1945.[9]
  • CVG-84 Established 1 May 1944, disestablished 8 Oct 1945.
  • CVG-85 Established 15 May 1944, disestablished 27 Sep 1945.
  • CVG-86 Established 15 Jun 1944, disestablished 21 Nov 1945.
  • CVG-87 Established 1 Jul 1944, disestablished 2 Nov 1945.
  • CVG-88 Established 18 Aug 1944, disestablished 29 Oct 1945.
  • CVG-89 Established 2 Oct 1944, disestablished 27 Apr 1946.
  • CVG-92 Established 2 Dec 1944, disestablished 18 Dec 1946.
  • CVG-93 Established 21 Dec 1944, disestablished 30 Apr 1946.
  • CVG-94 Established 15 Nov 1944, disestablished 7 Nov 1945.
  • CVG-95 Established 2 Jan 1945, disestablished 31 Oct 1945.
  • CVG-97 Established 1 Nov 1944, disestablished 31 Mar 1946.
  • CVG-98 Established 28 Aug 1944, redesignated CVAG-21 on 15 Nov 1946, disestablished 5 Aug 1947.
  • CVG-99 Established 15 Jul 1944, disestablished 8 Sep 1945.
  • CVG-100 Established 1 Apr 1944, disestablished 20 Feb 1946.
  • CVG-150 Established 22 Jan 1945, disestablished 2 Nov 1946.
  • CVG-151 Established 12 Feb 1945, disestablished 6 Oct 1945.
  • CVG-152 Established 5 Mar 1945, disestablished 21 Sep 1945.
  • CVG-153 Established 26 Mar 1945, redesignated CVAG-15 on 15 Nov 1946, redesignated CVG-15(2nd) on 1 Sep 1948, disestablished 1 Dec 1949.

Light Carrier Carrier Air Groups (CVLG) and Escort Carrier Carrier Air Groups (CVEG)[edit]

  • CVLG-21 Established 15 May 1943, disestablished 5 Nov 1945.
  • CVLG-22 Established 30 Sep 1943, disestablished 15 Sep 1945.
  • CVLG-23 Established 16 Nov 1942, disestablished 19 Sep 1945.
  • CVLG-24 Established 31 Dec 1942, disestablished 25 Sep 1945.
  • CVLG-25/CVEG-25 Established 15 Feb 1943, redesignated CVEG-25 28 Aug 1944, disestablished 20 Sep 1945.
  • CVEG-26 Established 4 May 1942, disestablished 13 Nov 1945.
  • CVLG-27 Established 1 Mar 1942, disestablished 26 Oct 1945.
  • CVLG-28 Established 6 May 1942, disestablished 6 Nov 1945.
  • CVLG-29 Established 18 Jul 1942, disestablished 10 Sep 1945.
  • CVLG-30 Established 1 Apr 1943, disestablished 12 Sep 1945.
  • CVLG-31 Established 1 May 1943, disestablished 28 Oct 1945.
  • CVLG-32 Established 1 Jun 1943, disestablished 13 Nov 1945.
  • CVEG-33 Established 15 May 1944, disestablished 19 Nov 1945.
  • CVLG-34 Established 1 Apr 1945, disestablished 5 Dec 1945.
  • CVEG-35 Established 15 Jul 1943, disestablished 19 Nov 1945.
  • CVEG-36 Established 15 May 1944, disestablished 28 Jan 1946.
  • CVEG-37 Established 15 Jul 1943, disestablished 20 Dec 1945.
  • CVLG-38/CVEG-38 Established 16 Jun 1943, redesignated CVEG-38 on 15 Aug 1944, disestablished 31 Jan 1946.
  • CVEG-39/CVLG-39 Established 15 Mar 1945, redesignated CVLG-39 on 2 Jul 1945, disestablished 10 Sep 1945.
  • CVEG-40 Established 15 Jun 1943, disestablished 19 Nov 1945.
  • CVEG-41 Established 26 Mar 1945, redesignated CVEG-1 on 15 Nov 1946, disestablished 1 Sep 1948.
  • CVEG-42 Established 15 Jul 1945, redesignated CVEG-2 on 15 Nov 1946, disestablished 1 Sep 1948.
  • CVEG-43 Established 9 Aug 1945, disestablished 17 Jun 1946.
  • CVLG-43 Established 1 Aug 1943, disestablished 8 Nov 1943.
  • CVLG-44 Established 1 Feb 1944, disestablished 18 Sep 1945.
  • CVLG-45 Established 1 Apr 1944, disestablished 10 Sep 1945.
  • CVLG-46 Established 15 Apr 1944, disestablished 14 Sep 1945.
  • CVLG-47 Established 15 Apr 1944, disestablished 21 Sep 1945.
  • CVLG-48 Established 1 Jun 1944, disestablished 2 Jan 1945.
  • CVEG-49/CVLG-49 Established 10 Aug 1944, redesignated CVLG-49 on 1 Jan 1945, disestablished 27 Nov 1945.
  • CVLG-50/CVEG-50 Established 10 Aug 1944, redesignated CVEG-50 on 1 Oct 1944, disestablished 29 Oct 1945.
  • CVLG-51 Established 22 Sep 1943, disestablished 13 Nov 1945.
  • CVLG-52 Established 1 Sep 1943, disestablished 8 Nov 1943.
  • CVEG-60 Established 15 Jul 1943, disestablished 15 Nov 1945.
  • CVEG-66 Established 1 Jan 1945, disestablished 6 Jun 1945.

Night Carrier Air Groups (CVG(N), CVLG(N), CVEG(N))[edit]

  • CVLG(N)-41 Established 28 Aug 1944, disestablished 25 Feb 1945.
  • CVLG(N)-42 Established 28 Aug 1944, disestablished 2 Jan 1945.
  • CVLG(N)-43 Established 2 Aug 1944, disestablished 2 Jan 1945.
  • CVLG(N)-52/CVG(N)-52 Established 20 Oct 1944, redesignated CVG(N)-52 on 6 Jan 1945, disestablished 15 Dec 1945.
  • CVG(N)-53 Established 2 Jan 1945, disestablished 11 Jun 1945.
  • CVG(N)-55 Established 1 Mar 1945, disestablished 11 Dec 1945.
  • CVEG(N)-63 Established 20 Jun 1945, disestablished 11 Dec 1945.
  • CVG(N)-90 Established 25 Aug 1944, disestablished 21 Jun 1946.
  • CVG(N)-91 Established 5 Oct 1944, disestablished 21 Jun 1946.

Air Groups established after WWII but before 15 Nov 1946 redesignations[1][edit]

  • CVLG-58 Established as CVLG-58 on 19 Mar 1946, redesignated CVLG-1 on 15 Nov 1946, disestablished 1 Sep 1948.

Air Groups redesignated on 15 Nov 1946 or established before 1 Sep 1948 redesignations[1][edit]

Carrier Air Groups still in existence on 15 November 1946 were redesignated in accordance with a new Carrier Air Group Designation scheme: "A" for Air Groups assigned to medium carriers (Essex class) "B" for those assigned to large carriers (Midway class), "L" for those assigned to light carriers (Independence or Siapan classes) and "E" for those assigned to remaining WWII escort carriers.

Medium Carrier Carrier Air Groups (CVAG)[edit]

  • CVAG-1 Tail Code "T". See CVW-1 in the "Currently Active Wings" section.
  • CVAG-3 Tail Code "K". See CVW-3 in the "Currently Active Wings" section.
  • CVAG-5 Tail Code "S". See CVW-5 in the "Currently Active Wings" section.
  • CVAG-7 Tail Code "L". See CVW-7 in the "Currently Active Wings" section.
  • CVAG-9 Tail Code "PS". See CVG-20 in the "Air Groups established during WWII" section.
  • CVAG-11 Tail Code "V". See CVW-11 in the "Currently Active Wings" section.
  • CVAG-13 Tail Code "P". See CVG-81 in the "Air Groups established during WWII" section.
  • CVAG-15 Tail Code "A". See CVG-153 in the "Air Groups established during WWII" section.
  • CVAG-17 Tail Code "R". See CVG-82 in the "Air Groups established during WWII" section.
  • CVAG-19 Tail Code "B". See CVW-19 in the "Disestablished Carrier Air Wings" section.
  • CVAG-21 Tail Code "RI". See CVG-98 in the "Air Groups established during WWII" section.

Large Carrier Carrier Air Groups (CVBG)[edit]

  • CVBG-1 Tail Code "M". See CVW-2 in the "Currently Active Wings" section.
  • CVBG-3 Tail Code "F". See CVBG-75 in the "Air Groups established during WWII" section.
  • CVBG-5 Tail Code "C". See CVW-6 in the "Disestablished Carrier Air Wings" section.

Light Carrier Carrier Air Groups (CVLG) and Escort Carrier Carrier Air Groups (CVEG)[edit]

  • CVLG-1 Tail Code "SA". See CLVG-58 in the "Air Groups established after WWII but before 15 Nov 1946" section.
  • CVEG-1 Tail Code "BS". See CVEG-41 in the "Air Groups established during WWII" section.
  • CVEG-2 Tail Code "SL". See CVEG-42 in the "Air Groups established during WWII" section.
  • CVEG-3 Established 21 Apr 1947, disestablished 15 Sep 1948.

Air Groups redesignated on 1 Sep 1948 or established before 20 Dec 1963 redesignations[1][edit]

Carrier Air Groups (CVG)[edit]

Carrier Air Groups still in existence on 1 Sep 1948 were redesignated in accordance with a new Carrier Air Group Designation scheme: All groups designated CVAG or CVBG were redesignated CVG. CVLG and CVEG groups were disestablished.

  • CVG-1(2nd) Tail Code "T" (1946), "AB" (1957). See CVW-1 in the "Currently Active Wings" section.
  • CVG-2(2nd) Tail Code "M" (1946), "NE" (1957). See CVW-2 in the "Currently Active Wings" section.
  • CVG-3(2nd) Tail Code "K" (1946), "AC" (1957). See CVW-3 in the "Currently Active Wings" section.
  • CVG-4(2nd) Tail Code "F" (1946). See CVBG-75 in the "Air Groups established during WWII" section.
  • CVG-4(3rd) Tail Code "F" (1950), "AD" (1957). See RCVW-4 in the "Disestablished Carrier Air Wings" section.
  • CVG-5(2nd) Tail Code "S" (1946), "NF" (1957). See CVW-5 in the "Currently Active Wings" section.
  • CVG-6(2nd) Tail Code "C" (1946), "AF" (1957), "AE" (1963). See CVW-6 in the "Disestablished Carrier Air Wings" section.
  • CVG-7(2nd) Tail Code "L" (1946), "AG" (1957). See CVW-7 in the "Currently Active Wings" section.
  • CVG-8(2nd) Tail Code "E" (1951), "AJ" (1957). See CVW-8 in the "Currently Active Wings" section.
  • CVG-9(2nd) Tail Code "PS" (1946), "D" (1948). See CVG-20 in the "Air Groups established during WWII" section.
  • CVG-9(3rd) Tail Code "N" (1952), "NG" (1957). See CVW-9 in the "Currently Active Wings" section.
  • CVG-10(2nd) Tail Code "P" (1952), "AK" (1957). See CVW-10(1st) in the "Disestablished Carrier Air Wings" section.
  • CVG-11(2nd) Tail Code "V" (1946), "NH" (1957). See CVW-11 in the "Currently Active Wings" section.
  • CVG-12(2nd) Tail Code "D" (1950), "NJ" (1957). See RCVW-12 in the "Disestablished Carrier Air Wings" section.
  • CVG-13(2nd) Tail Code "P" (1946). See CVG-81 in the "Air Groups established during WWII" section.
  • CVG-13(3rd) Tail Code "AE". Established 21 Aug 1961, disestablished 1 Oct 1962.
  • CVG-14(2nd) Tail Code "A" (1950), "NK" (1957). See CVW-14 in the "Disestablished Carrier Air Wings" section.
  • CVG-15(2nd) Tail Code "A: (1946). See CVG-153 in the "Air Groups established during WWII" section.
  • CVG-15(3rd) Tail Code "H" (1951), "NL" (1957). See CVW-15 in the "Disestablished Carrier Air Wings" section.
  • CVG-16(2nd) Tail Code "AH". See CVW-16 in the "Disestablished Carrier Air Wings" section.
  • CVG-17(2nd) Tail Code "R" (1946), "AL" (1957). See CVG-82 in the "Air Groups established during WWII" section.
  • CVG-19(2nd) Tail Code "B" (1946), "NM" (1957). See CVW-19 in the "Disestablished Carrier Air Wings" section.
  • CVG-21(1st) Established 15 Sep 1948, disestablished 15 Mar 1949.
  • CVG-21(2nd) Tail Code "G" (1955), "NP" (1957). See CVW-21 in the "Disestablished Carrier Air Wings" section.
  • CVG-101 Tail Code "A" (1950), "NK" (1957). See CVW-14 in the "Disestablished Carrier Air Wings" section.
  • CVG-102 Tail Code "D" (1950) "NJ" (1957). See RCVW-12 in the "Disestablished Carrier Air Wings" section.

Air Task Groups (ATG)[edit]

Air Task Groups were non-established carrier air group equivalents the first two of which were created during the Korean War (though they far outlasted the Korean War) when the Navy's requirement for CVGs exceeded the statutory limit on them. They were composed of squadrons transferred from existing CVGs reducing the number of squadrons in those CVGs from the then typical five total VF/VA squadrons to four total VF/VA squadrons reducing the number of squadrons in those CVGs but giving the Navy more "CVGs".[41]

  • ATG-1 Tail Code "U" (1956), "NA" (1957). Formed Oct 1951, disbanded 23 Feb 1959.
  • ATG-2 Tail Code "W" (1956), "NB" (1957). Split out of CVG-19 and named "CVG-19X" (with CVG-19's Tail Code "B") on 1 Aug 1950, renamed ATG-2 in Oct 1951, disbanded 1 Apr 1958.
  • ATG-3 Tail Code "Y" (1956), "NC" (1957). Formed 5 Mar 1955, disbanded 11 Apr 1958.
  • ATG-4 Tail Code "Z" (1956), "ND" (1957). Formed 30 Mar 1955, disbanded 19 Jan 1959.
  • ATG-181 Tail Code "I" (1956), "AM" (1957). Formed 5 Mar 1955, disbanded 15 Aug 1958.
  • ATG-182 Tail Code "O" (1956), "AN" (1957). Formed 1 Jul 1955, disbanded Jan 1959.
  • ATG-201 Tail Code "J" (1956), "AP" (1957). Formed Jun 1955, disbanded Nov 1958.
  • ATG-202 Tail Code "X" (1956), "AQ" (1957). Formed 1 Jul 1955, disbanded Jan 1959.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Air Wings of the US Navy". www.wings-aviation.ch.
  2. ^ Naval Aviation News July-August 1992 pg4
  3. ^ a b c https://www.history.navy.mil/content/dam/nhhc/research/histories/naval-aviation/dictionary-of-american-naval-aviation-squadrons-volume-2/pdfs/Appen13.pdf
  4. ^ OPNAVNOTE 5400 dated 9 Jul 2015
  5. ^ a b c Naval Aviation News Feb 1972 pg 18
  6. ^ a b c Naval Aviation News October 1971 pg 23
  7. ^ "Training Air Wing Four". www.cnatra.navy.mil.
  8. ^ a b c d e Naval Aviation News April 1972 pg 3
  9. ^ a b c Roy A. Grossnick (ed.), United States Naval Aviation 1910–1995, Appendix 15, accessed May 2012
  10. ^ http://www.willyvictor.com/Atlantic_Barrier/AtBarrier.htm
  11. ^ Naval Aviation News May 1957 pg 1
  12. ^ Naval Aviation News Feb 1966 pg 10
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h Naval Aviation News May/June 1994 pg 6
  14. ^ Naval Aviation News Jan 1957 pg 3
  15. ^ Naval Aviation News April 1960 pg 38
  16. ^ a b c Naval Aviation News May/June 1994 pg 8
  17. ^ "Oceana Commands". militarynews.com.
  18. ^ a b Naval Aviation News May 1980 pg 4
  19. ^ Naval Aviation News Feb 1965 pg10
  20. ^ a b Naval Aviation News Sep/Oct 1997 pg22
  21. ^ Naval Aviation News Jan 1957 pg 5
  22. ^ Naval Aviation News Feb 1960 pg10
  23. ^ Naval Aviatin News July/Aug 1993 pg 6
  24. ^ a b c Naval Aviation News May/Jun 1993 pg 7
  25. ^ "Disestablished Atlantic Fleet Navy Helicopter Squadrons - Naval Helicopter Association Historical Society". nhahistoricalsociety.org.
  26. ^ a b "Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing, Atlantic - Naval Helicopter Association Historical Society". nhahistoricalsociety.org.
  27. ^ a b Naval Aviation News May/Jun 1994 pg 8
  28. ^ a b c Naval Aviation News May/Jun 1994 pg 9
  29. ^ a b c d Naval Aviation News Feb 1974 pg 19
  30. ^ Naval Aviation News November-December 1989
  31. ^ "Helicopter Wing Reserve - Disestablished - Naval Helicopter Association Historical Society". nhahistoricalsociety.org.
  32. ^ http://www.public.navy.mil/navres/cflsw/Pages/default.aspx
  33. ^ Dictionary of American Naval Aviation Squadrons Vol II App 13
  34. ^ a b "VPNAVY - Commander, Patrol Wing Main Summary Page - VP Patrol Squadron". www.vpnavy.com.
  35. ^ OPNAVNOTE 5400 dated 10 May 2016
  36. ^ Naval Aviation News November-December 1992 pg 7
  37. ^ Naval Aviation News June 1977 pg 34.
  38. ^ Naval Aviation News Oct 1971 pg 23
  39. ^ Naval Aviation News November 1974 pg 29
  40. ^ a b Naval Aviation News Feb 1971 pg 15
  41. ^ Dictionary of American Naval Aviation Squadrons Vol I pg 30

References[edit]

  • Roy A. Grossnick (ed.), United States Naval Aviation 1910–1995, [1]