Fleet Replacement Squadron

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A Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS), is a unit of the United States Navy and Marine Corps that trains Naval Aviators, Naval Flight Officers (NFOs) and enlisted Naval Aircrewman on the specific front-line aircraft they have been assigned to fly. Students, referred to as Replacement Pilots or Replacement Weapon Systems Officers are either newly winged aviators (Category I), aviators transitioning from one type aircraft to another (Category II), or aviators returning to the cockpit after a period of non-flying (Category III). After completing the training regimen, graduates are assigned to fleet squadrons. Additionally, FRSs are responsible for training aircraft mechanics, providing replacement aircraft for fleet squadron attrition, and standardizing maintenance and aircraft operations.

U.S. Navy and Marine personnel (RPs, instructors, maintainers, etc.) are frequently assigned to other services' FRSs. The FRSs were formerly known as Replacement Air Groups, and are thus commonly called "Rags".

Active[edit]

US Navy[edit]

Logo Squadron Designation Current Aircraft Station Notes
Helicopter Mine Countermeasure Squadron 12 (United States Navy - insignia).gif
HM-12(2nd)
Sea Dragons
MH-53E Sea Dragon
NS Norfolk, VA
Established 1 Oct 2015 as an FRS. Second squadron designated HM-12
Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 2 (US Navy) patch 2015.png
HSC-2
Fleet Angels
MH-60S Seahawk
NS Norfolk, VA
Established 1 Apr 1987 as the second squadron designated HC-2. Became an FRS in 1997.
Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 3 (US Navy) patch 2015.png
HSC-3
Merlins
MH-60S Seahawk
NAS North Island, CA
Established 1 Sep 1967 as HC-3. Became an FRS in 1982.
Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 40 (US Navy) insignia 2016.png
HSM-40
Air Wolves
MH-60R Seahawk
NS Mayport, FL
Established 4 Oct 1985 as HSL-40 as an FRS.
Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 41 (US Navy) insignia 2016.png
HSM-41
Sea Hawks
MH-60R Seahawk
NAS North Island, CA
Established 1 Jan 1983 as HSL-41 as an FRS.
Carrier Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 129 (US Navy) - insignia.gif
VAQ-129
Vikings
EA-18G Growler
NAS Whidbey Island, WA
Established 1 May 1961 as VAH-10. Became an FRS in 1971.
Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 120 (US Navy) - insignia.gif
VAW-120
Grey Hawks
E-2C Hawkeye
E-2D Advanced Hawkeye
C-2A Greyhound
NAS Norfolk, VA
Established 1 Jul 1967 as RVAW-120 as an FRS.
Strike Fighter Squadron 101 (US Navy) patch 2012.png
VFA-101
Grim Reapers
F-35C Lightning II
Eglin Air Force Base, FL
Established 1 May 1952 as VF-101, became an FRS in 1958.
Inactive from 30 Sep 2005 to 1 May 2012.
VFA-106 insignia.jpg
VFA-106
Gladiators
F/A-18C Hornet
F/A-18E/F Super Hornet
NAS Oceana, VA
Established 27 Apr 1984 as an FRS.
Strike Fighter Squadron 112 (United States Navy - Insignia).gif
VFA-122
Flying Eagles
F/A-18E/F Super Hornet
NAS Lemoore, CA
Established 15 Jan 1999 as an FRS.
Vfa125.jpg
VFA-125
Rough Raiders
F-35C Lightning II
NAS Lemoore, CA
Established 13 Nov 1980 as an FRS.
Inactive from 1 Oct 2010 to 12 Jan 2017.
Vp30.jpg
VP-30
Pro's Nest
P-3C Orion
EP-3E Aries II
P-8A Poseidon
NAS Jacksonville, FL
Established 30 Jun 1960 as an FRS.
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VQ-7
Roughnecks
E-6B Mercury
Naval Air Facility Tinker AFB, OK
Established 1 Nov 1999 as an FRS.

US Marine Corps[edit]

Logo Squadron Designation Current Aircraft Station
HMT-302.png
HMHT-302
CH-53 Super Stallion
MCAS New River, NC
HMT-303.png
HMLAT-303
AH-1 SuperCobra
UH-1 Huey
MCAS Camp Pendleton, CA
VMMT-204.jpg
VMMT-204
MV-22 Osprey
MCAS New River, NC
Vmat203.jpg
VMAT-203
AV-8 Harrier II
MCAS Cherry Point, NC
VMFAT-101 insignia.png
VMFAT-101
F/A-18C/D Hornet
MCAS Miramar, CA
VMFAT 501.PNG
VMFAT-501
F-35B Lightning II
MCAS Beaufort, SC

Disestablished, Deactivated or Re-designated Fleet Replacement Squadrons[edit]

From 1958 to 1971 the Navy organized the Fleet Replacement Squadrons for Carrier Based aircraft into Readiness Carrier Air Groups (RCVG) and Readiness Carrier Air Anti-Submarine Groups (RCVSG). On 20 December 1963 when all Carrier Air Groups were redesignated Carrier Air Wings (CVW) the RCVGs were redesignated Readiness Carrier Air Wings (RCVW), the RCVSGs however were not redesignated and they remained Readiness Carrier Air Anti-Submarine Groups until they were disestablished in 1970 and 1971. After disestablishment of the RCVWs and RCVSGs the Fleet Replacement Squadrons were placed under the operational control of the aircraft specific type or functional wings but they all retained their former RCVW or RCVSG tail codes.

Logo Squadron Designation Aircraft Trained Station
Squadrons of RCVG-4/RCVW-4 (Tail Code AD)
Fighter Squadron 101 (United States Navy - insignia).jpg
VF-101 (Grim Reapers)
Deactivated then later Reactivated and Redesignated VFA-101
VF FRS from Apr 1958 to deactivation
F4D Skyray, F3H Demon
F-4 Phantom II, F-14 Tomcat
NAS Oceana, VA
VF-171 aces.jpeg
VF-171(2nd) (Aces)
Disestablished 1 Jun 1984
(Split out of VF-101 to continue F-4 training when VF-101 began F-14 training)
VF FRS from Aug 1977 to disestablishment
F-4 Phantom II
NAS Oceana, VA
Insignia of u s navy VF-174.jpeg
VF-174 (Hellrazors)
Redesignated VA-174 1 Jul 1966
VF FRS from 1 May 1958 to redesignation
F8U/F-8 Crusader
NAS Cecil Field, FL
VA-174insignia.jpg
VA-174 (Hellrazors)
Disestablished 30 Jun 1988
VA FRS from redesignation to disestablishment
A-7 Corsair II
NAS Cecil Field, FL
Attack Squadron 42 (VA-42) insignia (US Navy).png
Va-42 second insignia.jpeg
(1992)
VA-42 (Green Pawns), (Thunderbolts) - 1992
Disestablished 30 Sep 1994
FRS from 24 Oct 1958 to disestablishment
AD/A-1 Skyraider
A-6 Intruder
NAS Oceana, Virginia
Atkron 43 insignia.jpg
VA-43 (Challengers)
Redesignated VF-43 1 Jun 1973
FRS from 1 Jul 1959 to redesignation
A4D/A-4 Skyhawk
NAS Oceana, Virginia
Attack Squadron 44 (US Navy) insignia c1956.png
VA-44 (Hornets)
Disestablished 1 May 1970
FRS from 1 Jun 1958 to disestablishment
AD/A-1 Skyraider
A4D/A-4 Skyhawk
NAS Jacksonville, FL
NAS Cecil Field, FL
Attack Squadron 45 Insignia (US Navy).jpg
VA-45 (Blackbirds)
Redesignated VF-45 7 Feb 1985
(Split out of VA-44 to continue A-1 training and allow VA-44 to conduct only A-4 training)
FRS from Feb 1963 to retirement of the A-1. Flew the A-4 as an adversary squadron until redesignation
A-1 Skyraider
NAS Cecil Field, FL
Heavy AttackSquadron 3 (US Navy - Insignia).gif
VAH-3/RVAH-3 (Sea Dragons)
Distesablished 17 Aug 1979
FRS from mid 1958 to disestablishment
VAH-3: A3D/A-3 Skywarrior, A3J/A-5 Vigilante
RVAH-3: RA-5C Vigilante
NAS Sanford, FL
NAS Albany, GA
NAS Key West, FL
Squadrons of RCVG-12/RCVW-12 (Tail Code NJ)
Fighter Squadron 121 (United States Navy - insignia).jpg
VF-121 (Pacemakers)
Disestablished 30 Sep 1980
FRS from Apr 1958 to disestablishment
F3H-2N Demon
F11F-1 Tiger
F-4 Phantom II
NAS North Island, CA
NAS Miramar, CA
Attack Squadron 122 Insignia (US Navy).jpg
VA-122 (Flying Eagles)
Disestablished 31 May 1991
FRS from 29 Jun 1959 to disestablishment
AD/A-1 Skyraider
A-7 Corsair II
NAS Lemoore, CA
Heavy Attack Squadron 123 (US Navy - insignia).gif
VAH-123 (Pros)
Disestablished 1 Feb 1971
FRS from 15 Jun 1957 to disestablishment
A3D/A-3 Skywarrior
A-6 Intruder
NAS Whidbey Island, WA
VF-124 FRS.jpg
VF-124 (Gunfighters)
Disestablished 30 Sep 1994
FRS from 11 Apr 1958 to disestablishment
F8U/F-8 Crusader
F-14 Tomcat
NAS Miramar, CA
Attack Squadron 125 Insignia (US Navy).jpg
VA-125 (Rough Raiders)
Disestablished 1 Oct 1977
FRS from 11 Apr 1958 to disestablishment
A4D/A-4 Skyhawk
A-7 Corsair II
NAS Lemoore, CA
Insignia of VA-126.jpg
VA-126 (Nulli Secondus)
Redesignated VF-126 15 Oct 1963
FRS from 6 Apr 1956 to redesignation
F9F-8T/TF-9J Cougar
A4D/A-4 Skyhawk
NAS Miramar, CA
First insignia of VA-127.jpg
VA-127 (Royal Blues)
Redesignated VFA-127 1 Mar 1987
FRS from 15 Jun 1962 to 1975
F9F-8T/TF-9J Cougar
TA-4 Skyhawk
NAS Lemoore, CA
Insignia of VA-128 golden intruders.jpg
VA-128 (Golden Intruders)
Disestablished Sep 1995
FRS from 1 Sep 1967 to disestablishment
A-6 Intruder
NAS Whidbey Island, WA
Carrier Airborne Early Warning Training Squadron 110 (US Navy - Insignia).jpg
VAW-110 (Firebirds)
Disestablished Sep 1994
FRS from 20 Apr 1967 to disestablishment
E-1 Tracer
E-2 Hawkeye
NAS Miramar, CA
Squadrons of RCVSG-50 (Tail Code AR)
Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 1 (United States Navy - insignia).gif
HS-1 (Sea Horses)
Disestablished 30 Jun 1997
FRS from 30 Sep 1960 to disestablishment
HSS-1 Seabat, SH-3 Sea King
SH-60F Seahawk
NAS Jacksonville, FL
Vs30 insign.jpg
VS-30 (Diamond Cutters)
Deactivated 20 Apr 2007 (official)
Deactivation ceremony was 9 Dec 2005

FRS from Jun 1960 to Apr 1976
S-2 Tracker
NAS Cecil Field
Squadrons of RCVSG-51 (Tail Code RA)
HS-10 insignia.gif
HS-10 (Task Masters), (Warhawks) - 1990s
Deactivated 12 Jun 2012
FRS from 30 Jun 1960 to deactivation
HSS-1 Seabat, SH-3 Sea King
SH-60F Seahawk
NAS North Island, CA
Vs41 insig.jpg
VS-41 (Shamrocks)
Deactivated 30 Sep 2006
FRS from 30 Jun 1960 to deactivation
S-2 Tracker
S-3 Viking
NAS North Island
Other USN FRSs (Tail Code squadron specific)
Vp-31.jpg
VP-31 (Genies), (Black Lightnings) - 1971
Disestablished 1 Nov 1993
FRS from 30 Jun 1960 to disestablishment
P2V/P-2 Neptune, P5M/P-5 Marlin, R5D/C-54 Skymaster
R7V/C-121 Constellation, UF-1/SHU-16 Albatross, P-3 Orion
NAS Moffett Field, CA
Carrier Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 33 (US Navy) - insignia.gif
VAQ-33 (Nighthawks), (Firebirds) - 1970
Distesablished 1 Oct 1993
FRS from 1977 to 1991
A-3 Skywarrior
NS Norfolk, VA
NAS Oceana, VA
NAS Key West, FL
Anti-Submarine Squadron 27 (US Navy) insignia 1987.png
VS-27 (Sea Wolves)
Disestablished 30 Sep 1994
FRS from 22 Jan 1987 to disestablishment
S-3A Viking
NAS Cecil Field
Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 30 (United States Navy - insignia).jpg
HSL-30 (Neptune's Horsemen)
Disestablished 30 Sep 1993
FRS from Mar 1972 to disestablishment
HH-2, SH-2 Seasprite
NAS Norfolk, VA
Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 31 (United States Navy - insignia).jpg
HSL-31 (Arch Angels)
Disestablished 31 Jul 1992
FRS from Mar 1972 to disestablishment
HH-2, SH-2 Seasprite
NAS North Island, CA
Helicopter Mine Countermeasure Squadron 12 (United States Navy - insignia).gif
HM-12(1st) (Sea Dragons)
Disestablished 30 Sep 1994
FRS from Apr 1971 to disestablishment
RH-53D Sea Stallion
CH-53E Super Stallion, MH-53E Sea Dragon
NAS Norfolk, VA
Airborne Mine Countermeasures Weapon Systems Training School (emblem).jpg
AWSTS
Disestablished 1 Oct 2015
FRS from 1 Oct 1994 to disestablishment
MH-53E Sea Dragon
NAS Norfolk, VA
Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 1 (United States Navy - insignia).gif
HC-1 (Fleet Angels)
Disestablished 29 Apr 1994
H-3 FRS from Jun 1989 to Mar 1993
UH-3 Sea King
NAS North Island, CA
Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 2 (US Navy) patch 2015.png
HC-2(2nd) (Fleet Angels)
Redesignated HSC-2
H-3 FRS from 1997 to redesignation
UH-3 Sea King
NAS Norfolk, VA
Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 3 (US Navy) patch 2015.png
HC-3 (Packrats)
Redesignated HSC-3
H-46 FRS from Feb 1982 to redesignation
H-46 Sea Knight
NAS North Island, CA
Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 16 (United States Navy - insignia).gif
HC-16 (Bullfrogs)
Disestablished 1 Apr 1994
FRS Jun 1977 to disestablishment
H-46 Sea Knight, H-1N Huey
NAS Pensacola, FL
USMC FRSs (Tail Code squadron specific)
Vmgrt253.jpg
VMGRT-253
Deactivated 14 Sep 2006
FRS from 1 Oct 1986 to deactivation
KC-130 Hercules
MCAS Cherry Point, NC
VMAQ-1 patch.png
VMAQT-1
Deactivated Apr 2016
FRS from 2013 to deactivation
EA-6B Prowler
MCAS Cherry Point, NC
HMMT164.gif
HMMT-164
Redesignated VMM-164
FRS from Feb 1999 to redesignation
CH-46 Sea Knight
MCAS Camp Pendleton, CA

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