TRAINING SQUADRON 2 (VT-2)
VT-2, the Navy’s oldest primary training squadron, was formed as part of Basic Training Group 2 and commissioned May 1, 1960, at NAS Whiting Field. The squadron’s mission is to provide primary stage flight training to student aviators of the United States Navy, Marine Corp, and Coast Guard and several allied nations. VT-2 is fully committed to providing every advanced training pipeline with the highest-caliber student aviators possible while striving to mentor the professional development and achievement of all personnel assigned.
VT-2 consistently sets the bar for dedication to mission and safety. VT-2’s safety record has been recognized through several safety awards through the years to include most recently being awarded the CNO Safety Award for calendar year 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. VT-2 also received the Ellyson Production Award and the CNATRA Training Excellence Award for 2015. Training Squadron 2 graduates approximately 250 students each year. Logging nearly 21,000 flight hours last year, VT-2 has flown in excess of 2,492,100 flight hours and trained more than 24,150 students since its commissioning more than 50 years ago. VT-2 commanding officers normally alternate between Navy and Coast Guard officers.
TRAINING SQUADRON 3 (VT-3)
While VT-3’s roots extend as far back as World War II, its current commission began May 1, 1960, at NAS Whiting Field. The squadron’s primary mission at that time was the instruction of student naval aviators in radio instruments, formation flying and air-to-air gunnery. At the height of the Vietnam War, the command reached a peak in size and consisted of 174 instructors, 494 students, 649 enlisted personnel and 162 T-28 aircraft. In April 1977, VT-3 began the transition from the T-28 Trojan to the T-34C Turbo Mentor aircraft. In 1980, the Red Knights became the only Navy primary fixed-wing training squadron to be alternately commanded by a Navy and Marine Corps officer. In 1994, VT-3 was designated as the first and only Navy joint primary flight training squadron, instructing both student naval aviators and Air Force pilots. The era of joint Navy-Air Force pilot training came to an end in July 2013 when an Air Force student pilot landed his final flight. In 2010, VT-3 was the first at NASWF to transition from the T-34C to the Hawker Beechcraft T-6B Texan II. With this new advanced Joint Primary Aircraft Training System (JPATS), the VT-3 Red Knights continue to provide the highest-quality training to student naval aviators and pilots from the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and several allied nations. Current instruction includes emphasis on day and night piloting familiarization, precision aerobatics, basic and radio instruments, and formation flying skills.
TRAINING SQUADRON 6 (VT-6)
VT-6 was first commissioned in May 1960 as the first phase of advanced training for students completing primary training designated for helicopter training. The squadron flew TC-45J (SNB) aircraft with the mission of providing Navy, Marine Corps and international students initial qualification in basic and radio instruments prior to entering helicopter training. As the needs of naval aviation training changed over the years, VT-6 became an initial flight training squadron training Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and international students. VT-6 alternates Navy and Marine Corps commanding officers.