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US Navy
Air Squadrons

 

 

  Helicopter Squadrons  
acronym squadron designation timeframe
HC Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 1965-2007
HCS Helicopter Combat Support Special Squadron 1988-2006
HM Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 1971-present
HS Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 1951-2016
HSC Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 2005-present
HSL Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron, Light 1972-2015
HSM Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 2005-present
HT Helicopter Training Squadron 1960-present
HAL Helicopter Attack Squadron, Light 1967-72 / 1976-88
     
  other Helicopter Squadrons - not listed  
HCT Helicopter Combat Support Training Squadron 1974-77
HTU Helicopter Training Unit 1950-57
HU Helicopter Utility Squadron 1948-65
     
     
  Fixed Wing Squadrons  
acronym squadron designation timeframe
VA Attack Squadron 1946-97
VAQ Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron or
Electronic Attack Squadron
1968-98
1998-present
VAW Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 1948 / 1956-present
VC Composite Squadron or
Fleet Composite Squadron
1943-45 / 1948-56
1965-2008
VF Fighter Squadron 1948-2006
VFA Fighter Attack Squadron or
Strike Fighter Squadron
1980-83
1983-present
VFC Fighter Squadron Composite 1988-present
VP Patrol Squadron 1924-44 / 1946 / 1948-present
VQ Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 1961-present
VR Fleet Tactical Support Squadron or
Fleet Logistics Support Squadron
1958-76
1976-present
VRC Fleet Tactical Support Squadron (COD) or
Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (COD)
1960-76
1976-present
VS Carrier Air Anti-Submarine Squadron or
Sea Control Squadron
1950-93
1993-2009
VT Training Squadron 1960-present
VX Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 1969-present
     
  older or minor fixed-wing Squadrons  
RVAH Reconnaissance Attack Squadron 1964-79
VAH or VA(H) Heavy Attack Squadron 1955-71
VAK Tactical Aerial Refueling Squadron 1979-89
VAL or VA(L) Light Attack Squadron 1969-72
VAP or VA(P) Heavy Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron or
Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron (Heavy) or
Heavy Photographic Squadron
1956-71
VFP or VF(P) Light Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron or
Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron or
Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron (Light) or
Light Photographic Squadron
1956-87
VPU Patrol Squadron Special Unit 1982-present
VXE Antarctic Development Squadron 1969-99
VXN Oceanographic Development Squadron 1969-93
VXS Scientific Development Squadron 2004-present
     
  other fixed-wing Squadrons - not listed  
RVAW Carrier Airborne Early Warning Training Squadron 1967-83
VA(AW) All-Weather Attack Squadron 1956-59
VA(HM) Attack Mining Squadron 1956-59
VAW Carrier Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron 1968
VB Bombing Squadron or
Light Bombing Plane Squadron
1928-46
VBF Bombing Fighting Squadron 1945-46
VCN Night Composite Squadron 1946-48
VCP Photographic Composite Squadron 1959-61
VCS Cruiser Scouting Squadron 1937-45
VD Photographic Squadron 1943-46
VE Evacuation Squadron 1944-45
VF Combat Squadron 1922
VF Fighting Plane Squadron or
Fighting Squadron
1922-48
VF(AW) All-Weather Fighter Squadron or
Fighter (All-Weather) Squadron
1956-63
VFN or VF(N) Night Fighting Squadron 1944-46
VGF Escort-Fighter Squadron 1942-43
VGS Escort-Scouting Squadron 1942-43
VH Rescue Squadron 1944-46
VJ Utility Squadron or
General Utility Squadron
1925-46
VJ Weather Squadron or
Weather Reconnaissnace Squadron
1952-53
VJ Photographic Squadron 1952-56
VK Special Air Task Squadron 1943-44
VN Training Squadron 1927-47
VO Spotting Squadron 1922
VO Observation Plane Squadron or
Observation Squadron
1923-45 / 1947-49
1967-68
VOC Composite Spotting Squadron 1944-45
VOF Observation Fighter Squadron 1942-45
VP Seaplane Patrol Squadron 1922
VP-AM Amphibian Patrol Squadron 1946-48
VPB Patrol Bombing Squadron 1944-46
VP-HL Heavy Patrol Squadron (landplane) 1946-48
VPM Meteorological Squadron 1946-47
VP-ML Medium Patrol Squadron (landplane) 1946-48
VP-MS Medium Patrol Squadron (seaplane) 1946-48
VPP or VP(P) Photographic Squadron or
Patrol Squadron (Photographic)
1946-48
VPW Weather Reconnaissance Squadron 1945-48
VPW Air Early Warning Squadron 1948
VQ Electronic Countermeasures Squadron 1955-60
VR Transport Squadron or
Air Transport Squadron
or

Fleet Logistic Air Squadron
1942-58
VRE Air Transport Evacuation Squadron 1945
VRF Transport Ferry and Service Squadron 1943-46
VRF Air Ferry Transport Squadron or
Air Ferry Squadron
1943-48
VRF or VR(F) Aircraft Ferry Squadron 1957-86
VRJ Utility Transport Squadron 1945-46
VRS Air Ferry Service Squadron or
Ferry Command Service Squadron
1943-46
VRU Transport Utility Squadron 1946-48
VS Scouting Plane Squadron or
Scouting Squadron
1922-46
VSF Anti-Submarine Fighter Squadron 1965-73
VT Torpedo Plane Squadron 1921
VT Torpedo Bombing Plane Squadron or
Torpedo Bombing Squadron
1922-30
VT Torpedo Squadron 1930-46
VTN Night Torpedo Squadron 1944-46
VU Utility Squadron 1946-65
VW Air Early Warning Squadron or
Airborne Early Warning Squadron
or
Fleet Early Warning Squadron
1952-71
VW Weather Reconnaissance Squadron or
Fleet Weather Reconnaissance Squadron
1967-75
VX Experimental Squadron 1927-43 (circa)
VX Experimental and Development Squadron or
Operational Development Squadron
or
Air Operational Development Squadron
or
Air Development Squadron
1946-68
ZJ Blimp Utility Squadron 1944-45
ZK Kite Balloon Squadron 1922-24
ZP Airship Patrol Squadron 1942-61
ZP Blimp Squadron 1942-61
ZP Airship Patrol Squadron (All-Weather Anti Submarine) or
Airship Squadron
or
LTA Patrol Squadron
1942-61
ZW Airship Early Warning Squadron 1956-61
ZX Airship Operational Development Squadron or
Airship Development Squadron
1950-57
     
  the following Squadron designations were developed but the
US Navy never established Squadrons using this designations
 
ZKN Kite Balloon Training Squadron  
ZKO Kite Balloon Observation Squadron  
ZNN Non-rigid Airship Training Squadron  
ZNS Non-rigid Airship Scouting Squadron  
ZRN Rigid Airship Training Squadron  
ZRP Rigid Airship Patrol Squadron  
ZRS Rigid Airship Scouting Squadron  
ZS Airship Anti-Submarine Squadron  
 

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