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There are hundreds of Inactive US Navy aircraft squadrons dating back to pre-World War I. Various sources sometimes refer to these as "disestablished" or "decommissioned" squadrons. 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 once a squadron is disestablished (decommissioned), its lineage "dies", even if the name/insignia is later revived by a new unit. It is not uncommon, however, for these "reborn" squadrons to claim a link to the earlier squadron and assume their traditions and insignia. If a squadron is re-designated with a new name or aircraft (i.e., an unbroken link), its lineage lives on in the new squadron/aircraft.[2]

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Inactive fixed wing squadrons

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Fighter squadrons

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Notes
VF-1 Vf1wolfpack.jpg 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 November 23, 1945
VF-9 September 28, 1945
VF-10 November 26, 1945
VF-6 October 1, 1945
VF-12 September 17, 1945
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-21 Freelancers F-14 January 31, 1996
VF-24 Fighting Renegades F-14 August 31, 1996
VF-33 Vf33star.jpg Starfighters F-14 October 1, 1993
VF-43 Va-43.jpg Challengers FA-18 July 1, 1994
VF-51 Vf51eagle.jpg Screamin' Eagles F-14 March 31, 1995
VF-74 Vf74devil.jpg Be-Devilers F-14 April 30, 1994
VF-84 VF-84 USN squadron patch.png 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-101 Vf101grim.jpg Grim Reapers F-14 September 30, 2005 East Coast FRS
VF-111 Vf111sun.jpg Sundowners F-14 March 31, 1995
VF-114 Vf114sqd.jpg Aardvarks F-14 April 30, 1993
VF-121 Vf-121.jpg Pacemakers F-4 September 30, 1980
VF-124 Vf124gun.jpg Gunfighters F-14 September 30, 1994 West Coast FRS
VF-126 Vf-126.jpg Bandits A-4
F-16N
April 1, 1994
VF-142 Vf142ghost.jpg Ghostriders F-14 April 30, 1995
VF-191 Vf191.jpg Satan's Kittens F-14 April 30, 1988
VF-194 Vf194.jpg Red Lightning F-14 April 30, 1988
VF-202 Vf202.jpg Superheats F-14 December 31, 1994 USNR
VF-301 Vf-301.jpg Devils Disciples F-14 December 31, 1994 USNR
VF-302 Vf302.jpg Stallions F-14 December 31, 1994 USNR

Strike fighter squadrons

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Notes
VFA-82 Va-82.jpg Marauders FA-18 September 30, 2005
VFA-127 Va-127.jpg Desert Bogies FA-18 March 23, 1996 USNR
VFA-132 Vfa-132.jpg Privateers FA-18 June 1, 1992
VFA-161 Vfa-161.jpg Chargers FA-18 April 1, 1988
VFA-201 Vfa-201.jpg Hunters FA-18 June 30, 2007 USNR
VFA-203 Vfa203 insig.jpg Blue Dolphins FA-18 June 30, 2004 USNR
VFA-303 Va-303.jpg Golden Hawks FA-18 December 31, 1994 USNR
VFA-305 Va-305.jpg Lobo's FA-18 December 31, 1994 USNR

Attack squadrons

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Notes
VA-1L November 20, 1948
VA-2B Beasts September 1, 1948
VA-2E Valions September 1, 1948
VA-3A Black Panthers August 3, 1948
VA-3B Indians September 1, 1948
VA-3E September 1, 1948
VA-4A Dragons August 7, 1948
VA-4B Fish Hawks September 1, 1948
VAL-4 Val-4.jpg Black Ponies OV-10A April 10, 1972
VA-5A August 16, 1948
VA-5B July 27, 1948
VA-6A Torpcats August 16, 1948
VA-6B July 27, 1948
VA-7A Sunday Punchers July 27, 1948
VA-8A Air Barons July 27, 1948
VA-9A Tough Kitties August 12, 1948
VA-10A Vultures August 12, 1948
VA-11A July 15, 1948
VA-12 Flying Ubangis August 2, 1948
VA-12 Va-12.jpg Flying Ubangis A-7 October 1, 1986
VA-12A July 15, 1948
VA-13A Hell Razors August 2, 1948
VA-14A Uninvited August 2, 1948
VA-15A Flying Cannons July 15, 1948
VA-16A Gremlins June 15, 1948
VA-17A Battering Rams August 11, 1948
VA-18A Devils Diplomats August 11, 1948
VA-19A Bulldogs August 24, 1948
VA-20A August 24, 1948
VA-21A August 4, 1947
VA-22A August 5, 1948
VA-23 Va-23.jpg Black Knights A-4 April 1, 1970
VA-24 Corsairs March 9, 1959
VA-25 Tigers July 1, 1959
VA-26 Skylancers April 1, 1958
VA-34 Va-34.jpg Blue Blasters February 15, 1950
VA-35 Va-35.jpg Black Panthers A-6 January 31, 1995
VA-36 Va-36.jpg Roadrunners A-4 August 1, 1970
VA-36 Va-36.jpg Road Runners A-6 April 1, 1994
VA-38 October 1, 1968 VA-38 existed only on paper
no aircraft assigned
VA-42 Va-42.jpg Green Pawns A-6 September 30, 1994 Eastcoast A-6 RAG (FRS)
VA-44 Va-44.jpg Hornets June 8, 1950
VA-44 Va-44.jpg Hornets A-4 May 1, 1970
VA-45 Va-45.jpg Blackbirds June 8, 1950
VA-46 Va-46.jpg Clansmen A-7E June 30, 1991
VA-52 Va-52.gif Knightriders A-6 March 17, 1995
VA-54 Hells Angels April 1, 1958
VA-55 Va-55.jpg Warhorses A-4 December 12, 1975
VA-55 Va-55.jpg Warhorses A-6E January 1, 1991
VA-56 Va-56.jpg Champions A-7 August 31, 1986
VA-64 Va-64.png Black Lancers November 7, 1969
VA-65 Va-65.jpg Tigers A-6 March 31, 1993
VA-66 Va-66.jpg Waldomen A-7 October 1, 1986 det in existence until March 31, 1987
VA-67 June 2, 1969
VA-72 Va-72.jpg Blue Hawks A-7 June 30, 1991
VA-74 Sunday Punchers February 15, 1950
VA-75 Va-75.gif Sunday Punchers A-6 February 28, 1997
VA-76 Va-76.jpg Spirits September 30, 1969
VA-84 November 29, 1949
VA-85 Va-85.jpg Black Falcons A-6 September 30, 1994
VA-93 Va-93.jpg Blue Blazers A-7 August 31, 1986
VA-94 Mighty Shrikes November 30, 1949
VA-95 Va-95.jpg Green Lizards A-4 April 1, 1970
VA-95 Va-95.jpg Green Lizards A-6 November 18, 1995
VA-96 Eagles April 10, 1958
VA-104 Va-104.jpg Hells Archers March 31, 1959
VA-105 Va-105.jpg Gunslingers February 1, 1959
VA-106 Va-106.jpg Gladiators November 7, 1969
VA-112 Va-112.jpg Bombing Broncos October 10, 1969
VA-114 December 1, 1949
VA-116 Va-116.jpg Road Runners February 25, 1959
VA-122 Va-122.jpg Flying Eagles A-7 May 31, 1991
VA-125 Va-125.jpg Rough Raiders April 10, 1958
VA-125 Va-125.jpg Rough Raiders A-7 October 1, 1977
VA-126 Va-126.png Nulli Secondus October 15, 1963
VA-128 Va-128.gif Golden Intruders A-6 September 29, 1995
VA-133 Va-133.jpg Blue Knights October 1, 1962
VA-134 Va-134.gif Scorpions October 1, 1962
VA-135 Thunderbirds October 1, 1962
VA-144 Va-144.jpg Road Runners A-4 January 29, 1971
VA-145 Va-145.jpg Swordsmen A-6 October 1, 1993
VA-151 Black Knights February 23, 1959
VA-152 Va-152.jpg Mavericks A-4 January 29, 1971
VA-153 Va-153.jpg Blue Tail Flies A-7 September 30, 1977
VA-154 Flying Cannons December 1, 1949
VA-155 Va-155.jpg Silver Foxes A-7 September 30, 1977
VA-155 Va-155.jpg Silver Foxes A-6 April 30, 1993
VA-156 Iron Tigers January 20, 1959
VA-163 Va-163.jpg Saints A-4 July 1, 1971
VA-164 Va-164.jpg Ghost Riders A-4 December 2, 1975
VA-165 Va-165.gif Boomers A-6 July 26, 1996
VA-172 Va-172.png Bluebolts A-4 January 15, 1971
VA-174 VA-174insignia.jpg Hellrazors A-7 June 30, 1988 Eastcoast A-7 RAG (FRS)
VA-175 Va-175.jpg Devils Diplomats TBM, AD-1 March 15, 1958
VA-176 Va-176.jpg Thunderbolts A-6 October 1, 1992
VA-185 Va-185.jpg Night Hawks A-6 August 30, 1991
VA-194 Winged Lightnings December 1, 1949
VA-196 Va-196.gif Main Battery A-6 February 28, 1997
VA-205 Va-205.png Green Falcons A-6 December 31, 1994
VA-209 Va-209.png Air Barons A-4 August 15, 1971
VA-210 Va-210.gif Black Hawks A-4 June 30, 1971
VA-212 Va-212.jpg Rampant Raiders A-4 December 12, 1975
VA-213 June 1, 1949
VA-214 Volunteers August 1, 1958
VA-215 Va-215.jpg Barn Owls A-7 September 30, 1977
VA-216 Va-216.jpg Black Diamonds A-4 August 1, 1970
VA-304 Va-304.jpg Firebirds A-6 December 31, 1994
VA-702 Rustlers February 4, 1953
VA-728 February 4, 1953
VA-776 Va-776.jpg Golden Eagles November 1, 1968
VA-831 Va-831.gif Mohicans November 1, 1968
VA-873 November 1, 1968
VA-859 Black Falcons February 4, 1953
VA-923 Rough Riders February 4, 1953

Heavy attack squadrons

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Notes
VAH-1 Vah-1.gif Tigers September 1, 1964
VAH-3 Vah-3.gif Sea Dragons July 1, 1964
VAH-4 Vah-4.gif Fourrunners KA-3B November 1, 1968
VAH-5 Vah-5.gif Savage Sons May 1956
VAH-6 Vah-6.gif Fleurs September 23, 1965
VAH-7 Vah-7.gif Peacemakers of the Fleet December 1, 1964
VAH-8 Vah-8.gif Fireballers January 1, 1968
VAH-9 Vah-9.gif Hoot Owls June 30, 1964
VAH-11 Vah-11.gif Checkertails July 1, 1966
VAH-13 Vah-13.gif Bats November 1, 1964
VAH-15 Vah-15.jpg February 15, 1959
VAH-16 Vah-16.jpg White Blades January 30, 1959
VAH-21 Vah-21.jpg Roadrunners AP-2H June 16, 1969
VAH-123 Vah-123.gif Pros A-3 February 1, 1971

Aerial refueling squadrons

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Notes
VAK-208 Vak-208.gif Jockeys KA-3B September 30, 1989
VAK-308 Vak-308.gif Griffins KA-3B September 30, 1988

Electronic warfare squadrons

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Notes
VAQ-13 Scorpions October 1, 1968
VA(AW)-33 Vaaw-33.jpg Knight Hawks February 1, 1968
VAQ-33 Vaq-33.gif Firebirds EA-6A
EP-3J
TA-3B
ERA-3B
KA-3B
NC-121K
EA-4F
EF-4B
EF-4J
September 30, 1993
VAQ-34 Vaq-34.gif Flashbacks ERA-3B
KA-3B
EA-3B
EA-7L
TA-7C
February 1, 1991
VA(AW)-35 Vaaw-35.gif Night Hecklers June 29, 1959
VAQ-128 Vaq-128.jpg Fighting Phoenix EA-6B September 30, 2004

Airborne early warning squadrons

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Notes
VAW-11 Vaw-11.jpg Early Elevens E-2C March 31, 1995
VAW-12 Vaw-12.png Bats E-2C April 1, 1967
VAW-13 Vaw-13.jpg Zappers October 1, 1968
VAW-33 Vaw-33.jpg Knight Hawks February 1, 1968
VAW-78 Vaw-78.jpg Fighting Escargots E-2C March 31, 2005 USNR
VAW-88 Vaw-88.jpg Cotton Pickers E-2C December 31, 1994 USNR
VAW-110 Vaw-110.jpg Firebirds E-2C September 1, 1994 West Coast E-2/C-2 RAG (FRS)
VAW-114 Vaw-114.jpg Hormel Hawgs E-2C February 16, 1995
VAW-122 VAW122.jpg Steeljaw E-2C March 31, 1996
VAW-127 VAW-127 emblem.jpg Seabats E-2C September 30, 1991

Sea control squadrons

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Notes
VS-22 Vs22 insig.jpg Checkmates S-3B January 29, 2009
VS-21 Vs-21.jpg Redtails S-3B February 28, 2005
VS-24 Vs-24.png Scouts S-3B March 31, 2007
VS-29 Vs-29.jpg Dragonfires S-3B April 30, 2004
VS-30 Vs30 insign.jpg Diamondcutters S-3B April 20, 2007
VS-32 Vs-32.jpg Maulers S-3B September 25, 2008
VS-35 Vs-35.jpg Blue Wolves S-3B March 31, 2005
VS-38 Vs38 insig.jpg Red Griffins S-3B April 30, 2004
VS-41 Vs41 insig.jpg Shamrocks S-3B September 30, 2006

Reconnaissance squadrons

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Notes
VQ-5 Vq-5.jpg Sea Shadows ES-3A July 30, 1999
VQ-6 Vq-6.jpg Black Ravens ES-3A September 30, 1999
VQ-11 Vq-11.gif Bandits EP-3J March 31, 2000
VAP-61 Vap-61.jpg World Recorders RA-3B July 1, 1971
VAP-62 Vap-62.jpg Tigers RA-3B October 15, 1969
VFP-63 Eyes Of The Fleet F-8 Crusader September, 1982

Heavy reconnaissance squadrons

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Notes
RVAH-1 Rvah-1.jpg Smokin' Tigers RA-5C January 29, 1979
RVAH-3 RVAH3.jpg Sea Dragons RA-5C August 17, 1979
RVAH-5 Rvah-5.jpg Savage Sons RA-5C September 30, 1977
RVAH-6 RVAH6.jpg Fleurs RA-5C October 20, 1978
RVAH-7 Rvah-7.jpg Peacemakers RA-5C September 28, 1979
RVAH-9 Hoot Owls June 3, 1964
RVAH-9 RVAH9.jpg Hoot Owls RA-5C September 30, 1977
RVAH-11 RVAH11.jpg Checkertails RA-5C June 1, 1975
RVAH-12 Rvah-12.jpg Speartips RA-5C July 2, 1979
RVAH-13 Rvah-13.jpg Bats RA-5C June 30, 1976

Patrol squadrons

VP-67

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Notes
VP-6 Vp-6.jpg Blue Sharks P-3 May 31, 1993
VA(HM)-10 Vahm-10.jpg July 1, 1959
VP-11 Vp-11.jpg Proud Pegasus P-3 January 15, 1997
VA(HM)-13 July 1, 1959
VP-17 Vp-17.jpg White Lightnings P-3 March 31, 1995
VP-19 Vp-19.jpg Big Red P-3 August 31, 1991
VP-22 Vp-22.jpg Blue Geese P-3 March 31, 1994
VP-23 Vp-23.jpg Sea Hawks P-3 February 28, 1995
VP-24 Vp-24.jpg Batmen P-3 April 30, 1995
VP-31 Vp-31.jpg Black Lightenings/Genies P-3 November 1, 1993
VP-44 Vp-44.jpg Golden Pelicans P-3 June 28, 1991
VP-48 Vp-48.jpg Boomers P-3 May 23, 1991
VP-49 Vp-49.jpg Woodpeckers P-3 March 1, 1994
VP-50 Vp-50.jpg Blue Dragons P-3 June 30, 1992
VP-56 Vp-56.jpg Dragons P-3 June 28, 1991
VP-60 Vp-60.jpg Cobras P-3 September 1, 1994
VP-64 Vp-60.jpg Condors P-3 September 1, 1994
Vp-67.png Golden Hawks P-3 September 30, 1994
VP-68 Vp-68.jpg Blackhawks P-3 January 16, 1997
VP-90 Vp-90.jpg Lions P-3 September 30, 1994
VP-91 VP-91 logo.jpg Black Cats P-3 March 31, 1999
VP-92 Newpatch.gif Minutemen P-3 November 30, 2007 USNR
VP-93 Vp-93.jpg Executioners P-3 September 30, 1994

Fleet logistics squadrons

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

Composite squadrons

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Notes
VC-6 Vc-6.gif Firebees RQ-2A[3]
BQM-74
August 7, 2008 NS Norfolk
VC-8 Vc-8.gif Redtail A-4 October 1, 2003

Training squadrons

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Notes
VT-23 Vt-23.jpg Professionals T-2C September 30, 1999

VF-171 Nas Oceana was a training squadron. F-4 Phantom Aircraft. Decomissioned.

Other squadrons

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated Notes
VXE-6 Vxe-6.jpg Puckered Penguins
Ice Pirates
LC-130
UH-1
March 27, 1999

Inactive helicopter squadrons

Anti-submarine squadrons

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated
HS-1 Hs-1.gif Seahorses SH-3 May 28, 1997
HS-7 Hs7.jpg Dusty Dogs HSS-1 May 31, 1966
HS-8 Hs8s.jpg Eightballers HSS-1 December 31, 1968
HS-9 Hs-9.jpg Sea Griffins HSS-1 October 1, 1968
HS-9 Hs-9.jpg Sea Griffins SH-3 April 30, 1993
HS-12 Hs-12.jpg Wyverns SH-3 November 30, 1994
HS-13 Hs-13.jpg Sub Choppers UH-1 October 1, 1962
HS-16 Hs-16.jpg Nighthawks SH-3H June 1, 1988
HS-17 Hs-17.jpg Neptune Raiders SH-3 June 30, 1991
HSL-30 Hsl-30.jpg Neptune's Horsemen SH-2F September 30, 1993
HSL-31 Hsl-31.jpg Arch Angels SH-2F July 31, 1992
HSL-32 Hsl-32.jpg Invaders SH-2F January 31, 1994
HSL-33 Hsl-33.jpg Seasnakes SH-2F April 29, 1994
HSL-34 Hsl-34.jpg Greencheckers SH-2F November 30, 1993
HSL-35 Hsl-35.jpg Magicians SH-2F December 4, 1992
HSL-36 Hsl-36.jpg Lamplighters SH-2F September 30, 1992
HSL-74 Hsl-74.jpg Demon Elves SH-2G April 1, 1994
HS-75 Hs75.jpg Emerald Knights SH-60F
HH-60H
March 31, 2007
HSL-84 Hsl84.jpg Thunderbolts SH-2G June 30, 2001
HSL-94 Hsl94.jpg Titans SH-2G April 1, 2001

Combat support squadrons

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated
HC-1 HC-1.gif Fleet Angels CH-53E April 29, 1994
HU-2 Hu-2.jpg Fleet Angels UH-1 July 1, 1965
HC-2 HC-2.jpg Fleet Angels H-3 September 30, 1977
HC-4 Hc-4.gif Black Stallions CH-53 September 30, 2007
HCS-5 Hcs5 insig.jpg Firehawks (USNR) HH-60H December 3, 2006
HC-7 Hc-7.gif Seadevils H-3
H-46
June 30, 1975
HC-9 Hc-9.gif Black Cats HH-3A July 31, 1990
HC-16 Hc-16.gif NAS Pensacola
Bullfrogs
SH-3 April 1, 1994

Mine coutermeasure squadrons

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated
HM-12 Hm-12.gif Sea Dragons MH-53E September 30, 1994
HM-16 Hm-16.gif Seahawks RH-53D January 2, 1987
HM-18 Hm-18.gif Norsemen (USNR) MH-53E March 4, 1995
HM-19 Hm-19.gif Golden Bears MH-53E November 5, 1994

Other squadrons

Squadron Name Insignia Nickname Aircraft Date deactivated
HA(L)-3 Hal-3.gif Seawolves UH-1/HH-1 January 26, 1972
VX-3 Helicopter Training April 1, 1948
VO-67 Gandydancers OP-2E July 1, 1968

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