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List of inactive United States Navy aircraft squadrons

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

Inactive fixed wing squadrons

Fighter squadrons (VF)

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Notes
VF-1 40px Wolfpack F-14 October 1, 1993
VF-1L November 20, 1948
VF-3 May 1924
VF-5 January 7, 1943
VF-6 October 1, 1945
VF-7 June 8, 1946
VF-8 Hellcats November 23, 1945
VF-9 September 28, 1945
VF-10 Grim Reapers November 26, 1945
VF-12 40px Ubangis (Kiss of Death) 1 October 1986
VF-13 October 20, 1945
VF-13 October 1, 1969
VF-14 June 14, 1946
VF-15 October 20, 1945
VF-16 November 6, 1945
VF-18 March 5, 1944
VF-20 F6F November 1945
VF-21 40px Freelancers F-14 January 31, 1996
VF-24 40px Fighting Renegades F-14 August 31, 1996
VF-33 40px Starfighters F-14 October 1, 1993
VF-43 40px Challengers A-4, F-5, F-16, F-21 July 1, 1994
VF-51 Screamin' Eagles F-14 March 31, 1995
VF-74 40px Be-Devilers F-14 April 30, 1994
VF-84 40px Jolly Rogers F-14 October 1, 1995
VF-92 Silver Kings F-4 December 12, 1975
VF-96 Fighting Falcons F-4 December 12, 1975 VF-103 F-4 Phantom
VF-111 40px Sundowners F-14 March 31, 1995
VF-114 40px Aardvarks F-14 April 30, 1993
VF-121 40px Pacemakers F-4 September 30, 1980 West Coast F-4 FRS
VF-124 40px Gunfighters F-14 September 30, 1994 West Coast FRS
VF-126 40px Bandits A-4
F-16N
April 1, 1994
VF-142 40px Ghostriders F-14 April 30, 1995
VF-162 Hunters F-8H January 29, 1971[3]
VF-171 Aces F-4 1984 East Coast F-4 FRS, 1977-1984
VF-191 40px Satan's Kittens F-14 April 30, 1988
VF-194 40px Red Lightning F-14 April 30, 1988
VF-202 40px Superheats F-14 December 31, 1994 USNR
VF-301 40px Devils Disciples F-14 December 31, 1994 USNR
VF-302 40px Stallions F-14 December 31, 1994 USNR
VFAW-3 40px Blue Nemesis F4D April 1963 All Weather Fighter Squadron redesignated from VC-3 in 1956. An interceptor unit assigned to NORAD.[4]

Strike fighter squadrons (VFA)

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Notes
VFA-82 40px Marauders FA-18 September 30, 2005
VFA-125 40px Rough Raiders FA-18 October 1, 2010
VFA-127 40px Desert Bogies FA-18 March 23, 1996 USNR
VFA-132 40px Privateers FA-18 June 1, 1992
VFA-161 40px Chargers FA-18 April 1, 1988
VFA-201 40px Hunters FA-18 June 30, 2007 USNR
VFA-203 40px Blue Dolphins FA-18 June 30, 2004 USNR
VFA-303 40px Golden Hawks FA-18 December 31, 1994 USNR
VFA-305 40px Lobos FA-18 December 31, 1994 USNR

Attack squadrons (VA)

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Notes
VA-1A Unknown September 1, 1948 Changed name from VB-4 in 1946. Redesignated to VF-14.
VA-1B Unknown September 1, 1948 Ultimately became VFA-211.
VA-1E Unknown September 1, 1948
VA-1L Unknown November 20, 1948
VA-2A Valions September 1, 1948 Became VA-15
VA-2B Beasts September 1, 1948 Became Second VA-65
VA-2E Valions September 1, 1948 Became VS-22
VA-3A Black Panthers August 3, 1948 Became Second VA-35
VA-3B Indians September 1, 1948 Became VA-44
VA-3E September 1, 1948 Ultimately became VS-23, disestablished 27 Sep 1968.
VA-4A Dragons August 7, 1948 Became VA-35
VA-4B Fish Hawks September 1, 1948 Became VA-45
VAL-4 40px Black Ponies OV-10A April 10, 1972 [5]
VA-5A Unknown August 16, 1948 Became VA-54
VA-5B July 27, 1948 Ultimately became VS-24, disestablished 1 Jun 1956.
VA-6A Torpcats August 16, 1948 Became VA-55
VA-6B 40px Fist of the Fleet July 27, 1948 Became VFA-25
VA-7A 40px Sunday Punchers July 27, 1948 Became Second VA-75
VA-8A Air Barons July 27, 1948 Became VA-75
VA-9A Tough Kitties August 12, 1948 Became VA-94
VA-10A Unknown August 12, 1948 Became VA-95
VA-11A Unknown July 15, 1948 Became VA-114
VA-12 40px Flying Ubangis A-7 October 1, 1986
VA-12A Arabs, Eagles July 15, 1948 Became VA-115
VA-13A Hell Razors August 2, 1948 Redesignated from VB-81 in 1944 became VA-134 in 1948 later VF-174 and the second VA-174[6]
VA-14 Ultimately became VFA-14.
VA-14A Uninvited August 2, 1948 Became VA-135
VA-15 Valions June 1, 1969
VA-15A Flying Cannons SB2C July 15, 1948 Formed from VB-153 in 1945 became VA-154 in 1948[7]
VA-16 Unknown AD-6 March 1, 1958
VA-16A Unknown TBM-3 July 15, 1948 Formed from VT-153 in 1945 became VA-155 in 1948[8]
VA-17A Battering Rams August 11, 1948 Redesignated VA-174 in 1948[9]
VA-18A Devils Diplomats August 11, 1948 Redesignated from VT-82 in 1944 and became VA-175 in 1948[10]
VA-19A Unknown August 24, 1948 Redesignated from VB-19 in 1943 and became VA-194 in 1948[11]
VA-20A Dambusters August 24, 1948 Became VFA-195
VA-21A Unknown SB2C, SBD August 4, 1947
VA-22A Unknown TBF August 5, 1947
VA-23 40px Black Knights A-4 April 1, 1970
VA-24 Corsairs March 9, 1959 [a]
VA-25 Tigers July 1, 1959 Became Second VA-65.
VA-26 Skylancers April 1, 1958 Became Second VA-125.
VA-34 Black Panthers February 15, 1950 Became Second VA-35
Second VA-34 Blue Blasters June 1, 1969
Third VA-34 Blue Blasters Unknown
VA-35 Unknown November 7, 1949 Redesignated from VA-4A on 7 August 1948
Second VA-35 40px Black Panthers A-6 January 31, 1995 Redesignated from VA-34 on 15 February 1950
VA-36 40px Roadrunners A-4 August 1, 1970
Second VA-36 Road Runners A-6 April 1, 1994
VA-38 None October 1, 1968
VA-42 40px Green Pawns A-6 September 30, 1994 Eastcoast A-6 RAG (FRS)
VA-44 40px Hornets June 8, 1950
Second VA-44 Hornets A-4 May 1, 1970
VA-45 40px Blackbirds June 8, 1950
Second VA-45 40px Blackbirds March 1, 1958
VA-46 40px Clansmen A-7E June 30, 1991
VA-52 40px Knightriders A-6 March 17, 1995
VA-54 Unknown December 1, 1949
Second VA-54 Hell's Angels April 1, 1958
VA-55 40px Torpcats, Warhorses A-4 December 12, 1975
Second VA-55 Warhorses A-6E January 1, 1991
VA-56 40px Champions A-7 August 31, 1986
Second VA-64 40px Black Lancers November 7, 1969
Second VA-65 40px Tigers A-6 March 31, 1993
VA-66 Crusaders July 1, 1955 [b]
Second VA-66 40px Waldomen A-7 October 1, 1986
VA-67 Valions June 2, 1969 [c]
VA-72 40px Blue Hawks A-7 June 30, 1991
VA-74 40px Sunday Punchers February 15, 1950 Became Second VA-75.
VA-75 Carrier Clowns November 30, 1949
Second VA-75 40px Sunday Punchers A-6 February 28, 1997
VA-76 40px Spirits September 30, 1969
VA-84 Unknown November 29, 1949
VA-85 Unknown November 29, 1949
Second VA-85 40px Black Falcons A-6 September 30, 1994
VA-93 40px Blue Blazers, Ravens A-7 August 31, 1986
VA-94 Tough Kitty, Mighty Shrikes November 30, 1949
VA-95 Unknown November 30, 1949
Second VA-95 40px Green Lizards A-4 April 1, 1970
Third VA-95 40px Green Lizards A-6
VA-96 Unknown April 10, 1958
VA-104 40px Hells Archers March 31, 1959
VA-105 40px Gunslingers February 1, 1959
VA-112 40px Bombing Broncos October 10, 1969
VA-114 Unknown December 1, 1949
VA-115 Unknown October, 1996
VA-116 40px Road Runners February 25, 1959 Was redesignated as VA-144.
VA-122 40px Flying Eagles A-7 May 31, 1991
VA-125 40px Rough Raiders April 10, 1958
Second VA-125 40px Skylanchers, Rough Raiders A-7 October 1, 1977
VA-128 Golden Intruders A-6 September 29, 1995
VA-133 40px Blue Knights October 1, 1962
Second VA-134 Scorpions October 1, 1962
VA-135 Uninvited November 30, 1949
Second VA-135 Thunderbirds October 1, 1962
VA-144 Road Runners A-4 January 29, 1971
VA-145 40px Swordsmen A-6 October 1, 1993
VA-152 40px Mavericks A-4 January 29, 1971
VA-153 40px Blue Tail Flies A-7 September 30, 1977
VA-154 Flying Cannons Redesignated from VA-15A in 1948[7] December 1, 1949
VA-155 Unknown November 30, 1949 Redesignated from VA-16A in 1946[8]
Second VA-155 40px Silver Fox A-7 September 30, 1977 Redesignated from VA-728 in 1953[12]
Third VA-155 40px Silver Foxes A-6 April 30, 1993 Formed in 1987[13]
VA-156 Iron Tigers January 20, 1959 [d]
VA-163 40px Saints A-4 July 1, 1971 Formed in 1960[14]
VA-164 40px Ghost Riders A-4 December 12, 1975 Formed in 1960[15]
VA-165 40px Boomers A-6 July 26, 1996 Formed in 1960[16]
VA-172 40px Bluebolts A-4 January 15, 1971 Redesignated from VF-172 in 1948[17]
VA-174 Battering Rams A-7 June 30, 1988 Redesignated from VA-17A in 1946[9]
Second VA-174 40px Hell Razors A-7 June 30, 1988 Eastcoast A-7 RAG (FRS)
VA-175 40px Devils Diplomats TBM, AD-1 March 15, 1958 Redesignated from VA-18A in 1948[10]
VA-176 40px Thunderbolts A-6 October 1, 1992 Formed in 1955[18]
VA-185 40px Night Hawks A-6 August 30, 1991 Formed in 1986[19]
VA-194 Unknown December 1, 1949 Redesignated from VA-19A in 1948[11]
VA-196 40px Thundercats, Main Battery, Milestones A-6 February 28, 1997 Redesignated from VF-194 in 1955[20]
VA-205 40px Green Falcons A-4, A-7, A-6 December 31, 1994 USNR; formed in 1970[21]
VA-209 40px Air Barons A-4 August 15, 1971 USNR; formed in 1970[22]
VA-210 Black Hawks A-4 June 30, 1971 Formed in 1970[23]
VA-212 40px Rampant Raiders A-4 December 12, 1975 Re-designated from VF-212 in 1956[24]
VA-213 Unknown TBM-3E June 1, 1949 Formed in 1948[25]
VA-214 Unknown TBM-3E May 16, 1949 Formed in 1948[26]
Second VA-214 Volunteers August 1, 1958 Redesignated from VF-214 in 1955[27]
VA-215 40px Barn Owls A-1 August 31, 1967 Formed in 1955[28]
Second VA-215 40px Barn Owls A-7 September 30, 1977 formed in 1968[29]
VA-216 40px Black Diamonds A-4 August 1, 1970 Formed in 1955[30]
VA-304 40px Firebirds A-6 December 31, 1994 USNR; formed in 1970[31]
VA-702 Rustlers February 4, 1953 Became VA-145.
VA-728 Silver Fox February 4, 1953 USNR squadron activated in 1951, became the second VA-155 in 1953.[12]
VA-776 40px Golden Eagles A-4 November 1, 1968 USNR squadron activated in 1968[32]
VA-831 Mohicans A-4 November 1, 1968 USNR squadron activated in 1968[33]
VA-873 Unknown A-4 November 1, 1968 Reserve squadron activated in 1968[34]
VA-859 Black Falcons February 4, 1953 Became Second VA-85.
VA-923 Rough Riders February 4, 1953 [e]

Heavy attack squadrons (VAH)

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Notes
VAH-1 40px Tigers A-3B September 1, 1964 redesignated RVAH-1
VAH-3 40px Sea Dragons A-3B, TA-3B July 1, 1964 redesignated RVAH-3
VAH-4 40px Fourrunners KA-3B November 1, 1968
VAH-5 40px Savage Sons A-3B May 1965 redesiganted RVAH-5
VAH-6 40px Fleurs A-3B September 23, 1965 redesignated RVAH-6
VAH-7 40px Peacemakers of the Fleet A-3B December 1, 1964 redesiganted RVAH-7
VAH-8 40px Fireballers A-3B January 17, 1968 [35]
VAH-9 40px Hoot Owls A-3B June 30, 1964 redesignated RVAH-9
VAH-11 40px Checkertails A-3B July 1, 1966 redesiganted RVAH-11
VAH-13 40px Bats A-3B November 1, 1964 redesignated RVAH-13
VAH-15 40px Sambos AJ-2, TV-2 February 15, 1959 [36]
VAH-16 40px White Blades AJ-2 January 30, 1959 [37]
VAH-21 40px Roadrunners AP-2H June 16, 1969 [38]
VAH-123 40px Pros A-3 February 1, 1971 [39]

Aerial refueling squadrons (VAK)

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Notes
VAK-208 40px Jockeys KA-3B September 30, 1989 [40] USNR
VAK-308 40px Griffins KA-3B September 30, 1988 [41] USNR

Electronic warfare squadrons (VAQ)

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Notes
VAQ-13 Scorpions October 1, 1968
VA(AW)-33 40px Night Hawks AD-5 Skyraider February 1, 1968
(as VAQ-33)
redesignation of VC-33 in 1956. Redesignated as a Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron VAW-33 in 1959.[42]
VAQ-33 40px Firebirds EA-6A
EP-3J
TA-3B
ERA-3B
KA-3B
NC-121K
EA-4F
EF-4B
EF-4J
September 30, 1993
VAQ-34 40px Electric Horsemen,
Flashbacks
ERA-3B
KA-3B
EA-3B
EA-7L
TA-7C
5 October 1993
VAQ-35 Greywolves EA-6B 7 October 1993
VA(AW)-35 Night Hecklers June 29, 1959
VAQ-128 40px Fighting Phoenix EA-6B September 30, 2004

Airborne early warning squadrons (VAW)

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Notes
VAW-11 40px Early Elevens E-2C March 31, 1995
VAW-12 40px Bats E-2C April 1, 1967
VAW-13 40px Zappers October 1, 1968
VAW-33 40px Night Hawks Douglas AD-5W (EA-1E) Skyraider February 1, 1968 Redesignation of VA(AW)-33 in July 1956. Redesignated as VAQ-33 [43]
VAW-77 40px Nightwolves E-2C March 9, 2013 USNR
VAW-78 40px Fighting Escargots E-2C March 31, 2005 USNR
VAW-88 40px Cotton Pickers E-2C December 31, 1994 USNR
VAW-110 40px Firebirds E-2C September 1, 1994 West Coast E-2/C-2 RAG (FRS)
VAW-114 40px Hormel Hawgs E-2C February 16, 1995
VAW-122 40px Steeljaw E-2C March 31, 1996
VAW-127 40px Seabats E-2C September 30, 1991

Sea control squadrons (VS)

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Notes
VS-21 40px Redtails S-3B February 28, 2005
VS-22 40px Checkmates S-3B January 29, 2009
VS-24 40px Scouts S-3B March 31, 2007
VS-27 40px Sea Wolves S-3B September 30, 1994 First S-3B Squadron
East Coast FRS
VS-28 40px Hukkers,
Gamblers
S-3B October 1, 1992
VS-29 40px Dragonfires S-3B April 30, 2004
VS-30 40px Diamondcutters S-3B April 20, 2007
VS-31 40px Topcats S-3B March 27, 2008
VS-32
40px Maulers S-3B September 25, 2008
VS-33 40px Screwbirds S-3B June 15, 2005
VS-35 40px Blue Wolves S-3B March 31, 2005
VS-37 40px Sawbucks S-3B March 1, 1995
VS-38 40px Red Griffins S-3B April 30, 2004
VS-41 40px Shamrocks S-3B September 30, 2006 FRS

Reconnaissance squadrons (VQ, VFP, VAP)

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Notes
VQ-2 40px Rangers EP-3E 17 May 2012
VQ-5 40px Sea Shadows ES-3A 30 July 1999
VQ-6 40px Black Ravens ES-3A 30 September 1999
VQ-11 40px Bandits EP-3J 31 March 2000
VAP-61 40px World Recorders RA-3B 1 July 1971 [44]
VAP-62 40px Tigers RA-3B 15 October 1969 [45]
VFP-62 45px Fighting Photos RF-8A/G Crusader 1 January 1968
VFP-63 45px Eyes Of The Fleet RF-8A/G Crusader September 1982
VFP-206 45px Hawkeyes RF-8G Crusader 20 March 1987 USNR
VFP-306 45px Photomasters RF-8G Crusader 30 September 1984 USNR

Heavy reconnaissance squadrons (RVAH)

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Notes
RVAH-1 40px Smokin' Tigers RA-5C 29 January 1979
RVAH-3 40px Sea Dragons RA-5C 17 August 1979 FRS
RVAH-5 40px Savage Sons RA-5C 30 September 1977
RVAH-6 40px Fleurs RA-5C 20 October 1978
RVAH-7 40px Peacemakers of the Fleet RA-5C 28 September 1979
RVAH-9 40px Hoot Owls RA-5C 30 September 1977
RVAH-11 40px Checkertails RA-5C 1 June 1975
RVAH-12 40px Speartips RA-5C 2 July 1979
RVAH-13 40px Bats RA-5C 30 June 1976
RVAH-14 40px Eagle Eyes RA-5C 1 May 1976

Patrol squadrons (VP, VA(HM), VPB)

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Notes
VP-6 40px Blue Sharks P-3 May 31, 1993 NAS Barbers Point
VA(HM)-10 40px July 1, 1959 Ultimately became VP-17 White Lightnings
VP-11 40px Proud Pegasus P-3 January 15, 1997
VA(HM)-13 40px Batmen July 1, 1959 Ultimately became VP-24
VP-17 40px White Lightnings P-3 March 31, 1995
VP-18 40px Flying Phantoms P-2 October 10, 1968 based at NS Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico
VP-19 40px

40px 40px

Big Red P-3 August 31, 1991 NAS Moffett Field
VP-22 40px Blue Geese P-3 March 31, 1994
VP-23 40px Sea Hawks P-3 February 28, 1995 NAS Brunswick
VP-24 40px Batmen P-3 April 30, 1995 NAS Jacksonville
VP-31 40px Black Lightnings/Genies P-3 November 1, 1993 NAS Moffett Field
West Coast FRS
VP-44 40px Golden Pelicans P-3 June 28, 1991
VP-48 40px Boomers P-3 May 23, 1991 NAS Moffett Field
VP-49 40px Woodpeckers P-3 March 1, 1994 NAS Jacksonville
VP-50 40px Blue Dragons P-3 June 30, 1992
VP-56 40px Dragons P-3 June 28, 1991 NAS Jacksonville
VP-60 40px Cobras P-3 September 1, 1994 USNR

NAS Glenview

VP-64 40px Condors P-3 Redesignated VR-64

on September 18, 2004

USNR

NAS Willow Grove

VP-65 40px Tridents P-3 March 31, 2006 USNR

NAS Point Mugu

VP-66 40px Liberty Bells P-3 February 11, 2006 USNR

NAS Willow Grove

VP-67 40px Golden Hawks P-3 September 30, 1994 USNR

NAS Memphis

VP-68 40px Blackhawks P-3 January 16, 1997 USNR

NAF Washington/Andrews AFB

VP-90 40px Lions P-3 September 30, 1994 USNR

NAS Glenview

VP-91 40px Black Cats P-3 March 31, 1999 USNR

NAS Moffett Field

VP-92 40px Minutemen P-3 November 30, 2007 USNR

NAS Brunswick

VP-93 40px Executioners P-3 September 30, 1994 USNR

NAF Detroit/Selfridge ANGB

VP-94 40px Crawfishers P-3 March 31, 2006 USNR

NAS New Orleans

VP-102 40px Unknown PBY April 18, 1942
VP-MAU Rolling Thunder P-3 August 17, 1991 USNR

NAS Moffett Field

VPB-18 40px Unknown PBM November 23, 1945

Fleet logistics squadrons (VRC)

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Notes
VRC-50 40px Foo-Dogs US-3
C-2
C-130
October 7, 1994

Composite squadrons (VC)

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Notes
VC-4 40px Night Cappers F4U, F9F, F3D, AM Mauler 1949-1956[47] SEE VFAW-4
VC-5 Checkertails A-4E, TA-4J, SH-3G, CH-53E 1992 NAS Cubi Point Philippines
VC-6 40px Firebees RQ-2A[48]
BQM-74
August 7, 2008 NAS Norfolk
VC-7 40px Redtails A-4F, TA-4J September 30, 1980 NAS Miramar
VC-8 40px Redtail A-4, SH-3G October 1, 2003 NS Roosevelt Roads
VC-10 Crusaders F-8 July 1, 1968 NAS Leeward Point Guantanamo Bay
VC-13 40px Fools in God's Oceans (WW II); Saints (1973-1988) F4F, TBM;
A-4, F-5
c.1945; April 22, 1988 (redesignated VFC-13 USS Tripoli (CVE-64), USS Anzio (CVE-57);
NAS New Orleans, NAS Miramar
VC-72 Ball the Jack FM-2, TVM 1944-1945

Anti Submarine Squadrons (VS)

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

Training squadrons (VT)

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Notes
VT-23 40px Professionals T-2C September 30, 1999
VT-2 "Doerbirds" T-6B Operated from Moffett on a trial basis

Other squadrons (VX, VO)

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Notes
VX-3 1 March 1960 Fighter tactics development squadron formed by merging VF-1L and VA-1L in November 1948. Used tailcode XC then JC from 1957[49]
VX-6 Ice Pirates LC-130
December 31, 1969
VXE-6 40px Puckered Penguins
LC-130
UH-1
March 27, 1999
VX-4 40px The Evaluators
F-14
F/A-18
September 30, 1994 Merged with VX-5 to form VX-9
VO-67 Gandydancers OP-2E July 1, 1968

Inactive helicopter squadrons

Anti-submarine squadrons (HS, HSL)

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Notes
HS-1 40px Seahorses SH-3 May 28, 1997 FRS
HS-7 40px Dusty Dogs HSS-1 May 31, 1966
HS-8 40px Eightballers HSS-1 December 31, 1968
HS-9 40px Sea Griffins HSS-1 October 1, 1968
HS-9 40px Sea Griffins SH-3 April 30, 1993
HS-12 40px Wyverns SH-3 November 30, 1994
HS-13 40px Sub Choppers HSS-1N October 1, 1962
HS-16 40px Nighthawks SH-3H June 1, 1988
HS-17 40px Neptune Raiders SH-3 June 30, 1991
HSL-30 40px Neptune's Horsemen SH-2F
HH-2D
September 30, 1993
HSL-31 40px Arch Angels SH-2F
HH-2D
July 31, 1992
HSL-32 40px Invaders SH-2F January 31, 1994
HSL-33 40px Seasnakes SH-2F April 29, 1994
HSL-34 40px Greencheckers SH-2F November 30, 1993
HSL-35 40px Magicians SH-2F December 4, 1992
HSL-36 40px Lamplighters SH-2F September 30, 1992
HSL-74 40px Demon Elves SH-2G April 1, 1994
HS-75 40px Emerald Knights SH-60F
HH-60H
March 31, 2007 USNR
HSL-84 40px Thunderbolts SH-2G June 30, 2001 USNR
HSL-94 40px Titans SH-2G April 1, 2001 USNR

Combat support squadrons (HC, HCS)

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Notes
HC-1 40px Fleet Angels CH-53E April 29, 1994
HU-2 40px Fleet Angels UH-1 July 1, 1965
HC-2 40px Fleet Angels H-3 September 30, 1977
HC-4 40px Black Stallions CH-53 September 30, 2007
HCS-5 40px Firehawks HH-60H December 3, 2006 USNR
HC-7 Seadevils H-3
H-46
June 30, 1975
HC-9 Black Cats HH-3A July 31, 1990
HC-16 40px NAS Pensacola
Bullfrogs
HH-46
UH-1N
April 1, 1994

Helicopter mine countermeasure squadrons (HM)

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Deactivated Notes
HM-16 40px Seahawks RH-53D January 2, 1987
HM-18 40px Norsemen MH-53E March 4, 1995 Reserve squadron
HM-19 40px Golden Bears MH-53E November 5, 1994 Reserve squadron integrated with HM-15

Other squadrons

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Active period Notes
HA(L)-3 40px Seawolves UH-1/HH-1 1967 - March 16, 1972 "Helicopter Attack Squadron (Light) 3" operated in Vietnam
VX-3 Helicopter Training 1 April 1948 - November 1948 Helicopter development squadron. Aircraft and crew reassigned to squadrons HU-1 and HU-2[49]

Inactive Blimp Patrol Squadrons (ZP)

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

See also

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References and notes

Notes
  1. ^ There is a plausible history at VFA-211, referenced to a Navy website.
  2. ^ VFA-81 has an unreferenced claim that VA-66 was redesignated VF-81 the day they were established
  3. ^ VFA-15 has unreferenced material connecting it with them and VA-15.
  4. ^ VF-111 has some not-too-well referenced claims about it in the "Second VF-111" section
  5. ^ VFA-125 has some material in its History section that connects VA-55E, VA-923, and VA-125.
References
  1. ^ The Name's the Same[dead link]
  2. ^ Current Navy Aviation Squadron Lineages, Naval Historical Center, 6 January 1998 
  3. ^ http://vf-162.org/
  4. ^ "Flightdeck Friday: F4D Skyray (Part 2)" Naval History Blog. U.S. Naval Institute
  5. ^ Grossnick 1995, Chapter 5 pp.307-308
  6. ^ Grossnick 1995, Chapter 2 pp.248-251
  7. ^ a b Grossnick 1995, Chapter 2 pp.222-223
  8. ^ a b Grossnick 1995, Chapter 2 pp.224-225
  9. ^ a b Grossnick 1995, Chapter 2 pp.246=247
  10. ^ a b Grossnick 1995, Chapter 2 p.252
  11. ^ a b Grossnick 1995, Chapter 2 pp.261-263
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