NAS Jacksonville Community
Mission and Units
Naval Air Station Jacksonville is one of the Navy’s finest and fastest growing installations. It is the largest Navy base in the Southeast Region and third-largest in the nation. The mission of NAS Jacksonville is to “Enable Warfighter Readiness.” Focused directly on support of operational units aboard the base and throughout the fleet, station personnel work around the clock providing services to the carrier strike groups as well as supporting the 101st Airborne Division Helicopter Brigade during its deployment and return from Iraq.
This master air and industrial base consists of more than 100 tenant commands. The installation is home to the P-3C Orion long-range anti-submarine reconnaissance and maritime patrol aircraft, the SH-60F Seahawk anti-submarine warfare helicopters and C-130 Hercules. In addition to the many operational squadrons flying P-3, C-40 and C-130 aircraft and SH-60F helicopters, NAS Jacksonville is home to Patrol Squadron Thirty (VP-30), the Navy’s largest aviation squadron and the only P-3 Orion Fleet Replacement Squadron. VP-30 prepares and trains U.S. and foreign pilots, air crew and maintenance personnel.
Helicopter Sea Combat Wing
Helicopter Sea Combat Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Det Jax carries on a long tradition of support to Atlantic Fleet HS squadrons. Originally established as Helicopter Antisubmarine Wing One on April 1, 1973, at NAS Quonset Point, R.I., the wing was relocated to NAS Jacksonville on Dec. 15, 1973, and redesignated as Helicopter Antisubmarine Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (HSWINGLANT). Its mission was to train and support carrier-based (CV/CVN) HS squadrons to conduct all-weather, multi-sensor anti-submarine warfare (ASW), comprehensive overwater search and rescue (SAR) and logistics support missions for all types of Atlantic Fleet units.
HSWINGLANT was disestablished and assimilated into Helicopter Sea Combat Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (HSCWINGLANT) on April 1, 2005, as part of a major reorganization of the Navy’s helicopter community. The HSWINGLANT organization survives today as Helicopter Sea Combat Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (HSCWINGLANT), Det Jax. The wing continues to support and train the five Atlantic fleet HS squadrons in the traditional missions of CV/CVN-based ASW, overwater SAR, logistics support and newer missions such as combat search and rescue, naval special warfare support and antisurface warfare.
All four squadrons based at NAS Jacksonville fly and maintain either the SH-60F and MH-60R helicopters in support of critical U.S. Navy missions around the world.
HS-11 conducts Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) in the SH-60F. The helicopter uses an Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS) to enable it to fly an automatic approach to a hover day or night and in all weather. Once in a hover, dipping sonar is used to actively search, detect and track submarines. In addition to its sonar, the SH-60F can carry active and passive sonobuoys. To attack a submerged target, the SH-60 can carry torpedoes and can launch them in flight or from a hover.
This helicopter is one of many Naval assets that conduct ASW. Due to the dipping sonar and superior crew training, the SH-60F is the vehicle of choice to successfully detect and destroy enemy submarines.
Combat Search and Rescue and
Naval Special Warfare
HS-11 conducts Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) and Naval Special Warfare (NSW) in the HH-60H. This aircraft can carry a squad of SEALS with all their combat gear and insert or extract them behind enemy lines. CSAR missions are designed to recover personnel from hostile territory.
To enhance aircraft survivability for these missions, the HH-60H is designed with some special equipment. To protect itself against infrared (heat-seeking) missiles, the helicopter’s engines have a Hover Infrared Suppression System (HIRSS) to reduce its heat signature. It also carries an infrared jammer to confuse or distract incoming infrared missiles. The chaff dispenser and the radar-warning receiver give the helicopter a measure of self-protection from radar guided missiles. Low level flying and terrain masking along with careful planning are essential in successful mission accomplishment.
Both the SH-60F and the HH-60H have the ability to conduct Vertical Replenishment (VERTREP) and Anti-Ship Missile Defense (ASMD). They can also provide passenger and cargo transfer capability to the various surface combatants and combat logistics ships in the battle group.
HS-11 is currently assigned to the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group. The Dragonslayer history has many distinguished highlights. In November 1962, HS-11 sailed to the Caribbean onboard USS Wasp to enforce the Cuban quarantine. Later that decade, the squadron played a leading role in astronaut recovery operations during the Gemini missions, plucking from the sea such famed astronauts as White, McDivitt, Lovell and Aldrin. In 1976, the squadron was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation for saving countless lives after ship collisions at sea while attached to USS John F. Kennedy. Throughout the years, HS-11 has the answered the domestic call for help numerous times in support of hurricane relief efforts, including Hurricane Andrew in 1993, and in 1999 the squadron rescued nine men whose ship was sunk during Hurricane Floyd in winds more than 50 knots and seas measuring 30 feet. Most recently, HS-11 was the first Navy squadron on-station just hours after Hurricane Ike swept through Galveston, Texas, in September 2008. In January 2010, the squadron detached four aircraft onboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and sailed to Haiti in support of Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief operations following a massive earthquake.
HSL-42 PROUD WARRIOR
Helicopter Squadron Light FOUR TWO was commissioned on Oct. 5, 1984, at Naval Station Mayport as the East Coast’s first Lamps MK-III Squadron to fly the SH-60B helicopters. HSL-42 supports 10 operational detachments which deploy with one or two aircraft providing a multi-mission air warfare capability. The Squadron’s namesake, Proud Warrior, is derived from the heritage of the Native American Indian: Principled. Disciplined. Confident. HSL-42 relocated to Naval Air Station Jacksonville in April 2010 and is making preparations for the transition to MH-60R helicopters.
HSM-74 SWAMP FOXES
HSM-74 deploys people and helicopters to all corners of the globe in support of a Carrier Air Wing. As part of Carrier Air Wing Three, HSM-74 deploys aboard aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers and frigates.
Its primary mission areas are Subsurface Warfare (ASW) and Anti-Surface Warfare (SUW). The MH-60R and its combat crew is equipped, trained and ready to detect and engage enemy submarines with the MK-46 or MK-50 torpedo or to classify and neutralize enemy surface combatants using its multiple onboard sensors and AGM-114 Hellfire Missiles. Aircrewmen stand alert with the M240 and GAU-16 crew-served machine guns, and are fully qualified rescue swimmers, ready to conduct Search and Rescue and Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) on a moment’s notice.
In recent years the Swamp Foxes flew hundreds of flight hours in support of the relief effort after Hurricane Katrina rescuing dozens of personnel, and more recently the earthquake in Haiti, delivering food, water and supplies to the region. HSM-74 has always been and will continue to be “Tip of the Spear.”
Its aircraft have flown in support of the Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, the War on Terror, tracked and seized drug smugglers in the Eastern Pacific, conducted Search and Rescue on land and sea, and provided humanitarian relief after Hurricane Katrina and the earthquake in Haiti.
Patrol and Reconnaissance
Commissioned on Aug. 15, 1942, at Norfolk, Va., Patrol Wing Eleven relocated five days later to San Juan, Puerto Rico, to provide support for allied shipping convoys in the Navy’s Caribbean Sea Frontier. As the Navy overcame Germany’s Atlantic/Caribbean U-boat campaign, Wing Eleven PBY-5Ns patrolled 1 million square miles of ocean, providing spotting and assistance to scores of wounded allied ships and sinking 10 German submarines while damaging 18 others.
During the post-World War II drawdown, Wing Eleven in 1950 shifted homeport to NAS Jacksonville and transitioned to the P-2V Neptune. Throughout the decade, Wing Eleven squadrons continued to patrol vast areas in support of long-range reconnaissance and fleet exercises. Operational commitments grew as the Cold War intensified and maritime patrol aviation (MPA) continued to refine warfighting competencies in antisubmarine warfare, aerial mine warfare, search and rescue and aerial photographic intelligence.
MPA excellence continued in the 1960s with Wing Eleven aircraft on station for the recovery of our first astronauts and in support of President Kennedy’s quarantine of Cuba at the height of the 1962 Missile Crisis. By 1970, Wing Eleven squadrons had transitioned to the P-3 Orion. In the years that followed, Wing Eleven squadrons recorded thousands of hours “on top” of Soviet submarines in Cold War operations from Greenland, Iceland, Bermuda, Ascension, the Canary and Azores Islands and bases throughout the Mediterranean.
Wing Eleven units met the challenge of the immediate post Cold War period, supporting Operation Desert Shield/Storm, establishing an airborne presence during the Balkan wars of the 1990s and supporting counter narcotics efforts in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Navy formally recognized the close link between VP and VQ missions in 1998, bringing Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron Two into Wing Eleven and amending the command name to Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing Eleven.
Wing Eleven units continue to excel in multi-mission roles. The P-3 Aircraft Improvement Program delivers traditional maritime capabilities, real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and Standoff Land Attack Missile capability to theater and fleet commanders. Wing Eleven units proved their continued relevance and vitality during operations over Kosovo in 1999 and in subsequent stabilization efforts there.
The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, signaled a new focus for Wing Eleven units. In addition to traditional missions, units supported homeland defense and the global war on terrorism in Operations Vigilant Shield and Enduring Freedom respectively. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Wing Eleven’s VP-45 was the first East Coast squadron to establish a permanent detachment site in Iraq, flying combat missions in direct support of the troops on the ground. Additionally, supporting Department of Defense initiatives, Wing Eleven transferred administrative control of VQ-2 to Wing Ten in Whidbey Island, Wash. Wing Eleven’s patrol squadrons include VP-5, VP-8, VP-10, VP-16, VP-26 and VP-45. A patrol squadron is a diverse element of the United States Navy that performs a wide array of missions and provides a valuable asset for the Fleet. It serves as the eyes and ears of the United States Navy.
Patrol squadrons also serve as a strategic deterrent to crisis and conflict and when called, closely monitor adversaries around the world. Furthermore, they provide valuable information required by theater commanders to support decisions regarding possible courses of action.
The diverse service of maritime patrol requires that it perform such tasks as anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, offensive and defensive mine delivery, sea surveillance and maritime intelligence collection, coastal and overland reconnaissance, targeting for strikes, counter-drug detection and monitoring, electronic warfare, battle damage assessment, and search and rescue.
PATROL SQUADRON FIVE – MAD FOXES
Through almost seven decades, the command now recognized as Patrol Squadron (VP) FIVE has served the cause of freedom.
The Mad Foxes moved to Jacksonville in December 1949, deploying regularly to Bermuda, Sicily, Spain, the Azores, Puerto Rico, Iceland, Newfoundland and the Philippines. Continuing a well-established record of long-range maritime warfighting and surveillance excellence, the Mad Foxes excelled in Cold War ASW and anti-surface warfare (ASUW) encounters with Soviet and Soviet-aligned forces. With more than 152,000 mishap-free flight hours in 27 years, the Mad Foxes have served the nation and clearly distinguished themselves in battle efficiency and combat readiness. VP-5 continues training to core maritime warfighting expertise while simultaneously readying themselves to answer the nation’s call in the Global War on Terrorism. Standing on the shoulders of the Naval Aviation giants that preceded them, Mad Foxes recognize that mission details may change, but the imperatives of Duty and Service to Nation remain constant.
Command awards include: Battle “E”: 1951, 1952, 1958, 1975, 1976, 1992, 1998 and 2001 COMLANTFLT Retention Excellence Award: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 AVCM Donald M. Neal “Golden Wrench” Award 2005
PATROL SQUADRON EIGHT
The Fighting Tigers of Patrol Squadron Eight were commissioned in September 1942 as Patrol Squadron 201 in Norfolk, Va. During World War II, VP-201 flew the sea-based PBM Mariner combating the German submarines that were threatening allied shipping throughout the Atlantic. In September 1948, the squadron received its current designation, Patrol Squadron Eight. In October 1962, VP-8 became the fleet’s first operational P-3A Orion squadron.
Today the squadron is comprised of four P-3C aircraft operated by 12 combat aircrews. Each combat aircrew consists of three pilots, a tactical coordinator, a navigator/communicator, two flight engineers, two acoustic operators, a non-acoustic operator and an in-flight technician. The combat air crews are responsible for employing the aircraft mission systems to accomplish complex and dynamic tasking. Squadron manning includes a group of 65 officers and more than 300 enlisted personnel.
Tiger Maintenance comprised of more than 200 highly skilled maintenance professionals and a corps of administrative specialists supports the squadron’s worldwide operations.
In December 2008, the Fighting Tigers departed on deployment from NAS Brunswick for the final time as they commenced a homeport change to NAS Jacksonville in conjunction with a deployment to Qatar, Djibouti and Japan. The Fighting Tigers flew more than 650 missions and 4,500 flight hours in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom and coalition counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden and Somali Basin. The Fighting Tigers were the first Department of Defense asset on scene during the Merchant Vessel Maersk Alabama hostage crisis and ultimately maintained round-the-clock coverage until Capt. Richard Phillips was rescued by the USS Bainbridge and Naval Special Warfare operators on Easter Sunday. The Fighting Tigers returned to their new homeport at NAS Jacksonville in June 2009.
In November 2010, the squadron deployed its crews to three sites in both the Fifth and Seventh Fleet Area of Responsibilities. During the deployment they have flown more than 900 missions and 5,500 flight hours in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn, along with the continuing coalition counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden and Somali Basin.
The Fighting Tigers have achieved a reputation of operational excellence without sacrificing safety standards — the squadron has completed more than 195,000 mishap-free flying hours since 1978. The pride and professionalism of every squadron member serves as a reminder to all of VP-8’s dedication to excellence and service to our nation.
PATROL SQUADRON TEN
Patrol Squadron TEN (VP-10) is one of the original naval aviation squadrons and one of the oldest patrol squadrons in the U.S. Navy. VP-10 was originally a derivative of VS-15, which formed in 1921. The squadron traces its official heritage, however, to July 1, 1930, with the commissioning of Patrol Bombing Squadron 10S.
Throughout the past four decades, the squadron has flown P-3 aircraft to numerous sites around the world. The squadron deployed to Sigonella, Sicily, in 1991 and 1994, operating in support of Operations Desert Storm, Restore Hope, Provide Promise, Sharp Guard and Deny Flight.
From 1996 to 1998, VP-10 completed back-to-back multi-site deployments to Puerto Rico, Iceland and Panama. During this period, the squadron was credited with interdicting the flow of more than $2 billion of illicit narcotics to the United States. This unprecedented success was topped in 2000 when the squadron interdicted 34 metric tons of narcotics worth more than $5 billion.
In February 1999, VP-10 began a six-month deployment to Sigonella, Italy. This deployment saw the Red Lancers become one of the first squadrons tasked with the operational employment of the AIP aircraft. VP-10 was also the first squadron to operationally employ the Stand-Off Land Attack Missile during Operation Allied Force.
From 1999 to 2005, the squadron participated in Operations Deliberate Forge, Eagle Eye, Allied Force, Noble Anvil, Iraqi Freedom, Joint Guardian, Deliberate Forge, Caper Focus, Carib Shield, Hilgard, Gwot Pan Sahel and Enduring Freedom while on numerous worldwide deployments.
In December 2009, the Red Lancers returned from their combined Fifth and Sixth fleet deployments. While deployed, the squadron safely flew more than 731 sorties amassing more than 4,000 flight hours. The Red Lancers also accomplished a near 100 percent mission completion rate. Its multiple deployment successes were not unnoticed, as the squadron received notification in February 2010 that it won the Naval Air Forces Atlantic VP Battle “E.” Since reactivating in 1951, Patrol Squadron TEN has won numerous awards and accolades. The squadron has been awarded three Joint Meritorious Unit Commendations, eight Meritorious Unit Commendations, three Navy Unit Commendations and four Navy Battle Efficiency “E” Awards. VP-10 won nine Captain Arnold Jay Isbell trophies for air ASW excellence, most recently in 2007, and is the first squadron to win consecutive awards (’83, ’84, ’85, and ’97, ’98) since the trophy’s first presentation in 1958. Patrol Squadron 10 was awarded the Atlantic Fleet Golden Wrench award in 2002, 2005 and in 2006. The squadron was recently awarded its eighth consecutive CFFC Retention Excellence Award. VP-10 has won nine CNO Aviation Safety Awards, the most recent being 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997 and 2005.
PATROL SQUADRON SIXTEEN
The War Eagles of Patrol Squadron Sixteen’s (VP-16) mission is to provide maritime patrol services to the fleet in support of national interests. The War Eagles fly and maintain the P-3C Orion to accomplish this mission. The Training Department plays an integral role in developing pilots, NFOs and enlisted aircrew. Patrol Squadron Sixteen’s training goal is to provide theater commanders in specific areas of operation with the best trained and professionally competent aircrew.
PATROL SQUADRON TWO SIX – THE TRIDENTS
In November 2009, Patrol Squadron 26 deployed from Naval Air Station Brunswick, Maine, for the last time before beginning its transition to Naval Air Station Jacksonville due to the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Act of 2005, which resulted in the closure of NAS Brunswick. The Tridents were the last squadron of Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing FIVE to leave Brunswick for Jacksonville and their new home with Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing ELEVEN.
During its illustrious history, VP-26 has enjoyed success in a wide variety of areas. The Tridents have been recognized with six Battle Efficiency “E” Awards, four Capt. Arnold Jay Isbell Throphies, two Golden Wrench awards for maintenance excellence, two Navy Unit Commendations, 10 Mertorious Unit Commendations, one Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation, three Navy Expeditionary Medals, one AFEM, three JMUA and the Gold, Silver and Bronze Anchors for retention excellence. But the Tridents take the most pride in their six Chief of Naval Operations Safety Awards, the most recent of which was awarded for 1989.
PATROL SQUADRON FORTY-FIVE
Patrol Squadron Forty-Five (VP-45) was initially commissioned Patrol Squadron Two Zero Five (VP-205) on Nov. 1, 1942, at NAS Norfolk, Va. The squadron was soon ordered to San Juan, Puerto Rico, where it received a full complement of 13 PBM Mariners for its mission of anti-submarine patrol and convoy escort over Atlantic and Caribbean waters. VP-45 took part in numerous Caribbean operations with seaplane tenders, was airborne on all Mercury space shots as part of the Bermuda Recovery Unit, and became part of ASW Task Group Delta in September 1961. The early efforts of Task Group Delta resulted in significant developments in ASW tactics, sensors and related equipment.
In September 1963, VP-45 established detachments at NAS Patuxent River, Md., and NAS Jacksonville to commence transition to the P-3A Orion aircraft. On Jan. 1, 1964, the squadron changed homeport to NAS Jacksonville and became part of Fleet Air Wing Eleven. VP-45 was fully operational in the P-3A by May 1964.
In December 1968, VP-45 departed NAS Jacksonville for a six-month deployment in support of U. S. combat operations in Southeast Asia. Under the consecutive operational control of CPW-10 and CPW-8, the squadron carried out operations from bases at NS Sangley Point, Philippines and U-Tapao, Thailand. The squadron’s primary mission was coastal surveillance patrols in conjunction with operation “Market Time.” All VP-45 crews were awarded at least two Air Medals in addition to the Vietnamese Service Medal and Vietnamese Campaign Medal.
In October 1970 the squadron deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily. During the four-month deployment, VP-45 conducted ASW and surface surveillance operations for Commander, Antisubmarine Warfare Forces Sixth Fleet. The squadron flew numerous operations during the Jordanian crisis and logged more than 3,500 flight hours. The squadron was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation for its participation during the Jordanian situation.
In April 1972, VP-45 began transitioning to the P-3C Orion, a computerized, more sophisticated version of the P-3A. Transition was complete in October 1972, and the squadron gained immediate operational experience with detachments to NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, in December 1972 and January 1973. In October 1973, the Pelicans completed a five-month deployment to NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, and were the first P-3C squadron in the Mediterranean. VP-45 was later awarded the Arnold J. Isbell Trophy for excellence in anti-submarine warfare for the NAS Sigonella, Sicily, deployment.
The Pelicans deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, in August 1975 and conducted ASW operations, surface surveillance and participated in several NATO and Sixth Fleet exercises. The squadron was awarded the first Sixth Fleet “Hook ‘Em” Award for ASW excellence in the Mediterranean and logged nearly 6,000 flight hours during the five-month deployment. In September 1984, VP-45 began a split deployment to NS Rota, Spain, and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. During the five months that followed, VP-45 was awarded their fourth “Hook ‘Em” award and third Battle “E” for overall operational excellence. The Pelicans deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, in July 1987, flying more than 4,500 hours of high-tempo operations in direct support of the Sixth Fleet. The Pelicans then returned home to Jacksonville where they became the first active duty patrol squadron to retrofit the P-3C baseline aircraft with the advanced Update III package.
In 1992, VP-45 embarked upon a split deployment between Keflavik and Jacksonville, aggressively participating in carrier battle group operations and coordinated shallow water ASW with several NATO countries. During the deployment, the squadron surpassed 155,000 hours of mishap-free flying and achieved a phenomenal 99 percent sortie completion rate. Another multi-site deployment followed in 1993, with the aircrews showing their versatility by participating in both operations Desert Storm and Sharp Guard. The Pelicans received the Golden Wrench Award for outstanding maintenance and the Captain Arnold J. Isbell trophy for ASW excellence.
The Pelicans deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, in 1996 and again set new standards for maritime patrol aviation by participating in 18 exercises and detaching to five locations throughout Europe and the Middle East. The squadron demonstrated the multi-mission capability of the P-3C, flying both tactical reconnaissance missions overland Bosnia and blockade support missions in operation Sharp Guard.
Returning to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, in 1997, the Pelicans flew more than 5,000 hours with a 98 percent sortie completion rate. The sorties flown supported 18 detachments from 10 locations, including three weeks of SAR contingency operations out of Namibia. The Pelicans were the first VP squadron to bring the Standoff Land Attack Missile (SLAM) to the Meditteranean, and fired the first Maverick Missile there since 1994. The squadron continued to set high standards for on-station presence and performance, both over land in operation Deliberate Guard and in a remarkable 28 exercises in support of the Sixth Fleet. For outstanding performance throughout the year, the VP-45 Maintenance Department received the Golden Wrench Award for 1998.
Returning home to Jacksonville in August, the squadron began another rigorous Inter-deployment Training Cycle (IDTC), which included transitioning to the latest P-3 upgrade, the Aircraft Improvement Program (AIP) modification. With the transition complete in August 2000, VP-45 took AIP back on deployment to Sigonella, Sicily. VP-45’s deployment encompassed more than 84 armed missions in support of Sixth Fleet contingency operations. The Pelicans provided superior support throughout the Mediterranean in Anti-submarine/Surface Warfare, Overland Reconnaissance and Strike missions. The squadron was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation for their success while deployed. It also earned the 2000 Golden Wrench Award, Captain Arnold J. Isbell Trophy and the Southeast Region Navy Community Service Award for the second consecutive year.
After the terrorist attacks in September 2001, VP-45 flew long-range reconnaissance missions along the U.S. East Coast in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The Pelicans were awarded the Arleigh Burke Trophy and the CNO Personal Excellence Partnership Award for 2001. The squadron departed for a split site Puerto Rico/Keflavik deployment in February 2002 and operated from multiple detachment locations spanning three continents. During this deployment, the squadron was involved in the largest maritime drug interdiction in SOUTHCOM history, totaling more than $12.4 billion. The Pelicans received the Chief of Naval Operations Safety Award and the Captain Arnold J. Isbell trophy in 2002.
Four Pelican aircrews were detached prior to and during Operation Iraqi Freedom receiving 10 Navy Commendation Medals and 14 Navy Achievement Medals for exceptional skill and courage. In February 2004, the Pelicans returned home from NAS Sigonella, Sicily, completing a challenging Mediterranean deployment operating from eight countries directly supporting the Global War on Terrorism. The squadron received the Command Retention Excellence Award, a second consecutive CNO safety award and a second consecutive CPRW-11 nomination for Golden Wrench Award. In June 2005, the squadron completed its rigorous Inter-deployment Readiness Cycle. Fully qualified and eager to deploy, VP-45 set a new precedent as the first East coast VP squadron to deploy to Fifth and Seventh Fleets since the Vietnam era. Operating out of 16 countries throughout the deployment, the Pelicans flew more than 3,800 hours in direct support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom and were the first to establish a detachment in Iraq while capturing the battlespace in real time for the troops on the ground and theater commanders. Additionally, VP-45 established a new Maritime Patrol Reconnaissance hub at Al Udied Air Base, Qatar. For their outstanding performance, the Pelicans were awarded the 2005 Battle “E” and Arliegh Burke Award.
In 2009, the Pelicans executed a challenging multi-site deployment operating in both the Pacific and Southern Command’s Area of Responsibility. While on deployment, VP-45 executed 500 missions and 11 detachments encompassing 3,321 mishap-free flight hours in support of Seventh Fleet operational tasking and Fourth Fleet counter-drug operations. During this time, VP-45 crews flew the most successful and longest ASW prosecution of an out-of-area deployer in the Seventh Fleet AOR, conducted maritime counter-proliferation and interdiction operations in support of United Nation sanctions against North Korea and assisted in the seizure of more than 20 metric tons of illegal narcotics. Shortly after returning from deployment, VP-45 supported the nation of Haiti during post earthquake recovery efforts. The Pelicans maintained their impressive safety record flying more than 5,200 hours mishap-free culminating in the squadron being awarded the CNO Safety “S” Award for the second consecutive year. The Pelicans were recognized for their hard work and set as the benchmark with the COMNAVAIRLANT Battle “E” for 2010.
PATROL SQUADRON THREE ZERO
Patrol Squadron Three Zero, the Pro’s Nest, is the U.S. Navy’s maritime patrol fleet replacement squadron. VP-30’s mission is to provide aircraft specific training for pilots, naval flight officers and enlisted aircrew prior to reporting to maritime patrol aviation fleet. VP-30 trains approximately 650 officers and enlisted annually, using 29 P-3 Orion aircraft of various models. Additionally, foreign military personnel from Great Britain, Canada, Australia, Thailand, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Chile, Norway and Argentina have received specific aircrew and maintenance training on P-3 operations and systems.
VP-30 was commissioned in June 1960 at NAS Jacksonville to train flight crews for P-5 Marlin and P-2 Neptune aircraft. In June 1963, VP-30 Detachment ALFA was formed at Patuxent River, Md., to begin training for the newly introduced P-3 Orion. Growth of VP-30 Det ALFA soon became significant enough that the squadron homeport was changed to Patuxent River in 1966. In 1970, VP-30 assumed training for P-3 maintenance personnel, and in 1975, VP-30 returned to NAS Jacksonville. In August 1991, the command was designated a major shore command as the maritime patrol community’s fleet replacement squadron.
VP-30 is the Navy’s largest aviation squadron and the only site conducting maritime patrol fleet replacement training. Since its establishment, VP-30 has epitomized professionalism in naval aviation. This ideal has been the command’s trademark, which is largely due to a rigorous process used to screen ground and flight instructors who come to the Pro’s Nest with vast fleet operational experience. They also undergo an extensive instructor-under-training syllabus prior to assignment as trainers. VP-30 ensures the fleet receives safe and competent replacement pilots, naval flight officers, aircrewmen and maintenance technicians who are ready to do the job upon reporting to fleet squadrons.
FLEET LOGISTICS SUPPORT
Fleet Logistics Support Squadron Fifty-Eight (VR-58) was established at NAS Jacksonville in November 1977. The squadron is comprised of active duty and selected reserve personnel who provide seven-day, around-the-clock worldwide logistics support for all Department of Defense forces. The “Sunseekers” operate three Boeing C-40A Clipper aircraft. The C-40A operates as speeds in excess of 500 mph and altitudes up to 41,000 feet and is capable of carrying seven crewmembers, 121 passengers, 30,000 pounds of cargo or various combined passenger/cargo loads.
Since its establishment, VR-58 has compiled almost 30 years and more than 120,000 class alpha mishap-free flight hours, provided more than 16 million cargo ton miles and more than 16 million passenger seat miles and provided personnel and aircraft for 90 overseas detachments. Squadron missions encompass worldwide fleet support throughout the United States, Caribbean, Central and South America, Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Mediterranean, the Western Pacific, including the Republic of China, and the Indian Ocean. VR-58 has directly supported operations for U.S. forces in Lebanon, Grenada, NATO, Operations Desert Shield/Storm, as well as many other missions.
Through reserve squadrons such as VR-58, the U.S. military ensures quick reaction to any emergent world situation. VR-58 is a prime example of the “One Navy” concept, in which a reserve force squadron is fully integrated into fleet service.
PATROL SQUADRON SIXTY-TWO
Patrol Squadron Sixty-Two (VP-62) is a Reserve Force unit commissioned in November 1970, to provide fully manned and equipped squadrons in the event of war or national emergency. VP-62 is located at NAS Jacksonville and has operated the SP-Neptune, P-3AJB Orion, P-3C Update III and currently the Navy’s newest and most formidable maritime patrol aircraft, the P-3C Aircraft Improvement Program (AIP). The squadron has selected reservists who commute across the southeastern United States to take part in proficiency training and fleet contributory support missions. Since commissioning, VP-62 has logged thousands of operational flight hours supporting the fleet throughout the world. During reservists’ two-week annual training periods, VP-62 personnel have operated out of the Azores, Bermuda, Brazil, Chile, Crete, Japan, Iceland, Norway, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Sicily, Spain and the United Kingdom. The overwhelming success of these deployments has highlighted the advanced capability of the PR3C AIP and demonstrated the Naval Reserve’s ability to effectively operate and maintain front-line equipment in a challenging real-world environment.
FLEET LOGISTICS SUPPORT
A new chapter in the history of NAS Jacksonville began July 25, 2009, when, for the first time, a squadron of Navy C-130T Hercules aircraft was welcomed to its new home at Hangar 1000. VR-62 formerly known as the “Nor’easters” arrived after the 2005 BRAC decision to close NAS Brunswick, Maine. This is the fourth home base relocation in VR-62’s 24-year history — and each time the squadron took on a new name appropriate to its location.
However, its new name of “Nomads” won’t change should the squadron ever have to relocate again. VR-62 was established July 1, 1985, at NAF Detroit, Mich., under the operational control of Commander, Fleet Logistics Support Wing. In February 1988, the squadron began providing logistics support flights operating the McDonnell Douglas C-9B “Sky train II” aircraft. Following nine years of outstanding airlift service to the fleet and with the closing of NAF Detroit, the VR-62 “Motowners” were ordered to change their homeport. This move also included a transition to the newly acquired C-130T Hercules aircraft. In 1994, VR-62 officially changed its homeport to NAS South Weymouth, Mass., and was renamed “Mass Transport.”
The squadron received their first of four C-130T aircraft in January 1995. Following several months of rigorous training, VR-62 began its operational commitments, sending detachments to Sicily, Japan and Bahrain in support of worldwide naval operations.
The BRAC commission ordered the disestablishment of NAS South Weymouth, and VR-62 was again ordered to change their homeport. In 1996, the squadron relocated to NAS Brunswick, Maine, and was renamed the “Nor’easters.” Today, VR-62 remains an integral part of fleet support having transported in excess of 29,500 passengers and more than 29 million pounds of cargo since receiving the C-130T aircraft. The squadron has billets for 35 pilots, 85 active duty 130 Selective Reservists.
Southeast Regional Calibration Center (SERCC) is a world-class calibration, maintenance and repair center providing superior electrical, electronic and physical/dimensional calibration services in support of warfighters in the Eastern United States, Atlantic Fleet and Caribbean Sea.
Commander, Navy Region Southeast
Aviation Survival Training Center Jacksonville
Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit Jax
Commander, Navy Reserve Intelligence Area Southeast
Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility
Fleet and Industrial Supply Center
Fleet Readiness Center Southeast
Housing Learning Center
Human Resources Office Jax
Jacksonville University Navy ROTC
Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Jax
Naval Construction Battalion Assets
Navy Drug Screening Laboratory
Naval Hospital Jacksonville
Naval Legal Service Office Southeast
Naval Mobilization Processing Site
Naval Operational Support Command
Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast
Navy Entomology Center of Excellence
Navy Medicine Support Command
Personal Property (Smart Move)
Personnel Support Detachment Jax
Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Charleston
Transient Personnel Unit Jax
U.S. Fish and Wildlife
MAYPORT TENANT COMMANDS
Afloat Training Group Mayport
Afloat Training Group Mayport (ATGM) provides dynamic, quality training to Navy and Coast Guard Sailors to ensure forces are proficient in maritime missions. ATGM receives surface force training direction and guidance from COMNAVSURFOR via COMNAVSURFLANT and ATG Atlantic, and its primary customers are ships’ commanding officers and their Immediate Superiors in Command (ISICs). ATGM trains ships’ training teams and crews in establishing and maintaining required operational capabilities and continuous training requirements to increase war-fighting competence and effectively accomplish missions. They train Sailors in organizing, training, assessing and certifying engineering, damage control, combat systems, navigation, seamanship, aviation, anti-terrorism/force protection and medical training teams. ATGM primarily assists Sailors by increasing combat readiness throughout the unit level training phase, although it also trains and assesses Sailors in the integrated and sustainment training phases. ATGM also conducts search and rescue swimmer training and evaluations, visit board search and seizure training, Monthly Import Training Exercises and surface warfare junior officer training. When necessary, training teams travel out of homeport to conduct scheduled and emergent training and assessments resulting from real- world commitments.
U.S. Fourth Fleet
U.S. Fourth Fleet (C4F) is the numbered fleet assigned to U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) to execute their mission in the U.S. Southern Command area of focus. Fourth Fleet conducts several exercises and deployments in the region throughout the year, including: Continuing Promise, a humanitarian assistance deployment which provides healthcare, civic assistance, training and conducts community relations with nations in the region; Southern Partnership Station, a deployment utilizing a variety of platforms to provide training and information-sharing; Southern Seas, an annual deployment focusing on partnership building and conducts a variety of Theatre Security Cooperation events to ensure maritime security in the region; UNITAS, the longest-running maritime exercise, conducted annually to promote interoperability among partner nations throughout the region; and PANAMAX, the largest multi-national maritime exercise, conducted annually and focuses on interoperability of an international force to protect the Panama Canal.
U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command
U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (COMUSNAVSO) is the Naval component for U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM), the joint command headquartered in Miami. COMUSNAVSO directs U.S. Naval forces operating in the region and interacts with Caribbean, Central and South American navies and civil forces to shape the maritime environment within USSOUTHCOM’s area of focus in support of the Maritime Strategy. With an emphasis on Theatre Security Cooperation (TSC), COMUSNAVSO works to build and strengthen relations, develop partner nation capabilities and maintain maritime access to defend the United States. TSC encompasses a robust strategy which includes military-to-military and subject matter expert exchanges, multi-national exercises and training, diplomatic port visits and community relations activities. COMUSNAVSO also provides operational control of U.S. Navy units supporting Joint and Inter-Agency efforts in counter-illicit trafficking (CIT) operations.
Destroyer Squadron 14 (CDS 14) is the Navy’s largest destroyer squadron and is homeported in Mayport. As Common Support Directorate (CSD) and also the head of FFG CLASSRON, CDS 14 responsibilities are three-fold. As the Immediate Superior in Command (ISIC) of 13 assigned surface ships homeported in Mayport, CDS 14 executes direct oversight of assigned ships during the Maintenance, Unit Level Training and Intermediate Training Phases and discretionary oversight of assigned units while they are deployed in support of scheduled deployments, homeland defense and the Global War on Terrorism.
As CSD, CDS 14 provides religious, medical, career counseling, industrial hygiene, manpower management and equal opportunity program support to surface ships homeported in Mayport. CDS 14 reports administratively to Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet and operationally to Commander, U.S. Second Fleet.
Squadron Twenty Four
Commander, Destroyer Squadron TWENTY FOUR (CDS 24) is charged with commanding assigned ships for naval strike and sea control missions. When deployed, the Squadron is normally assigned as the Sea Combat Commander for a Carrier Strike Group, in charge of anti-submarine, anti-surface and maritime interdiction operations. Additional missions for the Squadron can include Tomahawk strike planning and Force Over The Horizon Track Coordinator. Additionally, the Squadron Staff supports the training and readiness of the six ships assigned to CDS 24.
Squadron Four Zero
Commander, Destroyer Squadron FOUR ZERO (CDS 40) is an afloat command reporting directly to COMUSNAVSO. The Squadron provides dedicated support to operations in the U.S. Southern Command’s area of responsibility. COMDESRON 40 routinely conducts significant multi-national exercises and operations in the AOR, working with North, Central and South American navies to enhance regional cooperation and improve interoperability with our partner nations.
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team
The mission of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team is to eliminate hazards from ordnance, which jeopardize operations conducted in support of the national security strategy by providing combat-ready EOD forces to the fleet. EOD shore-based detachments are located at shore activities that have a need for continuous EOD support. EOD mission support includes general ordnance handling, transportation, storage, disposal and/or safety missions, live fire training, range clearance and underwater ordnance testing. A shore-based EOD detachment may be deployed by their operational commander for area or regional response in support of military and civilian incidents and accidents involving underwater and surface ordnance, nuclear and chemical weapons and improvised explosive devices. These operations may involve diving, collecting ordnance related intelligence and providing EOD support in response to requests by higher authority. Additionally, they provide VIP protective support for the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Department of State, as required.
Naval Aviation Forecast
Mayport’s Meteorological and Oceanographic (METOC) Detachment is located on the ground floor of Building 90 (Air Tower), across the hall from Air Operations. Their mission is to provide METOC support products and analysis to meet the needs of customers (aircraft, ships, staffs and those commands supporting war fighting efforts from ashore) and ensure the maximum protection of operational resources and safety of flight. Primary support products include the local area forecast (updated daily on the Internet) and observation/warning support for all aircraft. Flight weather briefs now provided by NAFC Norfolk (via phone or Internet). Please contact the detachment at (904) 270-6196 with any customer service requests and/or questions. For the most current weather information available, log on to https://detweb.weather.navy.mil/mayport.
Training Support Department
Located on the northeast corner of the naval station, the Training Support Department (TSD) supports fleet training provided by seven training centers including the Center for Naval Engineering (CNE), Center for Surface Combat Systems (CSCS), Center for Security Forces (CSF), Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT), Center for Naval Leadership (CNL), Center for Information Technologies (CIT) and Center for Personnel Development (CPD). The training sites provide training for afloat units, air wings, shore activities and international allies. TSD offers 41 courses including damage control, fire fighting, propulsion plant control, anti-submarine warfare, leadership development, combat systems and electronic repair. TSD also offers seven Video Tele-Training (VTT) courses. TSD uses new energy-efficient, pollution-free firefighting training facilities that simulate shipboard compartments, complete with locker and bilge areas and stages fires fueled by computer-controlled propane gas jets. TSD also has a similar propane-fired facility for flight deck fire fighting and a shipboard wet trainer.
Southeast Regional Maintenance Center (SERMC) is Naval Station Mayport’s largest tenant command with more than 800 military and civilian personnel who provide all levels of maintenance and repair support to ships of the Atlantic Fleet. The mission of SERMC is to provide ship repair, modernization, engineering and technical support services for naval ships assigned or operating within the South East United States and South American geographical area. SERMC, serving as U.S. Fleet Forces Command’s direct waterfront maintenance representative in Mayport, administers contracts for depot level industrial repairs, screens ship maintenance requests to determine when and where maintenance will be performed based on availability of resources and provides coordination and support to Group and Squadron Commanders and their assigned ships as Mayport’s single point of contact for maintenance issues. Located on Massey Avenue, adjacent to Echo pier, SERMC houses a 177,000 square foot industrial facility with more than 60 shops and work centers including a fully equipped dive locker, a CNC equipped machine shop, a marine gas turbine repair/change out shop and facilities for repair and maintenance of hundreds of mechanical and electronic systems. SERMC also provides contract administration and oversight for more than $100 million in private shipyard/ship repair contractor work on Navy ships each year. SERMC exists to maintain our ships at a level of material readiness that will allow the ships to get to the fight and win once they get there.
The HSM Community
Naval Station Mayport proudly hosts Commander, Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (COMHSMWINGLANT). The Wing is responsible for the material readiness and training of all Atlantic Fleet Helicopter Maritime Strike (HSM) and Helicopter Anti-Submarine Light (HSL) squadrons. COMHSMWINGLANT consists of more than 2,500 personnel and has more than 90 SH-60B and MH-60R aircraft assigned. The Wing currently supports one fleet replacement squadron (HSM-40), two fleet squadrons (HSL-46 and HSL-48), a fleet reserve squadron (HSL-60) and the HSM Weapons School (HSMWSL) at Naval Station Mayport and three fleet squadrons (HSL-42, HSM-70 and HSM-74), the Surface Rescue Swimmers School (SRSS) and Carrier Tactical Support Center (CV-TSC) at NAS Jacksonville. The HSL squadrons operate the SH-60B and deploy in one or two aircraft detachments aboard cruisers, destroyers and frigates, while the HSM squadrons operate the MH-60R helicopter, deploying on aircraft carriers in addition to cruisers, destroyers and frigates. The detachments provide their respective ships with extensive capabilities in Anti-Submarine Warfare and Anti-Surface Warfare. The HSM Wing is also responsible for the Aviation Support Detachment (ASD) Mayport. This activity supports the HSM Community’s supply requirements.
The Fleet Readiness Center, Southeast Mayport (FRC-SE) is located in Building 1553 which it shares with Commander Helicopter Strike Maritime Wing Atlantic (CHSMWL). FRC-SE Mayport’s primary mission is to provide “Ready for Issue” aircraft components and support equipment and intermediate level maintenance support services to Battle Group Commanders, Aircraft Carrier Air Wings, CHSMWL squadrons and the Naval Supply System. FRC-SE Mayport’s outstanding efforts enable U.S. Naval Air Forces to sustain outstanding levels of readiness in support of operations around the world.