C-130 Units

US Navy


VC-3 - Point Mugu, California
Status:
Disbanded
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Version: DC-130A - Tail Code UF
Role: Drone Control
Tailband: N/A
Squadron operated eight DC-130A that were remote drone control for BQM-34S Firebee target drones for which it carried under its wings. Home base as NAS North Island, San Diego, California.
 
VR-1 - NAS Norfolk, Virginia "Star Lifters"
Status:
Disbanded
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Version: C-130F and two C-130Gs - Tail Code JK
Role: Transport
Tailband: N/A
C-130Fs were sent to VR-24 while the C-130Gs were assigned to VQ-4 in 1968 when the squadron disbanded. Currently flying the C-20A/D and C-37A/B at Andrews AFB, Maryland.
 
VR-3 - McGuire AFB, New Jersey
Status:
Disbanded
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Version: C-130E
Role: Airlift
Tailband: N/A
Began operations with the C-130E in January 1964 under the combined MATS and disbanded July 19, 1967 becoming the last Navy squadron in the combined services Air Mobility Command (AMC).
 
VR-7 - NAS Moffett Field, California
Status:
Disbanded
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Version: C-130E
Role: Airlift
Tailband: N/A
Activated with the C-130E in 1964 attached to the USAF Air Mobility Command. A detachment was kept at Tachikawa AB Japan (VR-7A). Disbanded in early 1967.
 
VR-8 - NAS Moffett Field, California
Status:
Disbanded
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Version: C-130E
Role: Airlift
Tailband: N/A
From 1964 to 1967 operated as part of the MATS attached to Air Mobility Command.
 
VR-21 - NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii "Pineapple Airlines"
Status:
Dropped Aircraft Type
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Version: C-130F - Tail Code RZ
Role: Transport
Tailband: N/A
Several C-130s have come and gone through the squadrons history, but the squadron mainstay has been the C-118. In the 1970's the C-130s were dropped from the inventory for the last time and were transferred to VRC-50 and VR-21 maintained it's fleet of C-118's till disbanded in 1979.
 
VR-22 - NAS Rota, Spain "Medriders"
Status:
Disbanded
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Version: C-130F and KC-130F - Tail Code JL
Role: Transport
Tailband: N/A
During 1964, began conversion to the C-130E at NAS Norfolk, Virginia. Shortly after, in 1965, the squadron was relocated to NAS Moffett Field. Thus served both Atlantic and Pacific Divisions MATS/MAC. Disbanded in April 1967 with the last flight on March 31, 1967 on the finishing end of a round trip to Vietnam. Reinstated again at NAS Rota, Spain in October 1984 after being detachment from VR-24. Disbanded in April 1993.
 
VR-24 - NAF Sigonella, Sicily "Lifting Eagles"
Status:
Disbanded
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Version: C-130F - Tail Code JM
Role: Transport
Tailband: N/A
First C-130 (known at the time as GV1U) arrived on February 28, 1962. Disbanded on March 31, 1993. Over the years the C-130 flew along side many other aircraft types including the C-2 Greyhound, the H-53 Sea Stallions and many others.
 
VR-48 - NAF Washington, DC "Capital Skyliners"
Status:
Converted
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Version: C-130T - Tail Code JR
Role: Transport
Tailband: N/A
Received the first C-130T in October of 1992, but was short lived when transitioned one year later to the C-20G Gulfstream IV. Tail code for this unit is normally JR, but all the C-130s carried the WV tail code.
 
VR-53 - Andrews AFB, Maryland "Capital Express"
Status:
Active
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Version: C-130T - Tail Code AX
Role: Transport
Tailband: N/A
Established October 1, 1993 as a Naval Reserve squadron which has a handful of full time support personnel and reservists. The four C-130s came from VR-48 and carried originally the WV tail code. At one point was set to move to Martinsburgh, West Virginia. Currently the tail code assigned is AX.
 
VR-54 - NAS New Orleans, Louisiana "Revelers"
Status:
Active
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Version: C-130T - Tail Code CW
Role: Transport
Tailband: N/A
Re-activated June 1, 1991 but didn't receive the first C-130T till August that year.
 
VR-55 - Point Mugu, California "Minuteman"
Status:
Active
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Version: C-130T - Tail Code RU
Role: Transport
Tailband: N/A
USN Reserve unit that converted from the C-9B Skytrain to the C-130T during 1993.
 
VR-62 - NAS Jacksonville, Florida "Nomads" or "Nor'easters"
Status:
Active
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Version: C-130T - Tail Code JW
Role: Tranport
Tailband: N/A
Received first C-130T during January 1995 while based at NAS South Weymouth. Forced to move due to base closure, the squadron made the move to NAS Brunswick, Maine and renamed the Nor'Easters. Facing base closure again, the squadron had to move on September 1, 2009 to NAS Jacksonville, Florida and fittingly reinstated the Nomads squadron name.
 
VR-64 - Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey "Condors"
Status:
Active
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Version: C-130T - Tail Code BD
Role: Transport
Tailband: N/A
Reserve squadron that first received the C-130T in 2004. After being located at Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove, Pennsylvania since inception made the move during March 2011 to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey.
 
VRC-50 - Andersen AFB, Guam "Foo Dogs"
Status:
Disbanded
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Version: C-130F - Tail Code RG
Role: Transport
Tailband: N/A
A former detachment of VR-21 that stood up on October 1, 1966 at NAS Atsugi , Japan with the C-1A and shortly after obtained the C-2A. In June of 1969 the squadron received it's first C-130F. During February of 1971 the squadron moved to NAS North Island, California and gave up its C-130Fs to VR-21. After a few years the squadron, at the time located at Naval Air Station, Cubi Point, Philippines, received the C-130F in March 1977. Final move was August 1991 to Andersen AFB, Guam where the unit disbanded on October 1, 1994.
 
VQ-3 - NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii "Ironman"
Status:
Converted
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Version: EC-130Q
Role: TACAMO (Take Charge and Move Out) communications platform
Tailband: N/A
Established in 1968 at Agana, Guam. Served as communications platforms as command connections to US Navy ballistic missile submarines. Squadron moved to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii in 1981. Began converting to the E-6A Hermes (Mercury) on August 3, 1989 when the first E-6A entered service with VQ-3. Also made the moved to Tinker AFB, Oklahoma.
 
VQ-4 - Patuxent River, Maryland "Shadows"
Status:
Converted
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Version: EC-130Q
Role: TACAMO (Take Charge and Move Out)
Tailband: N/A
Established in 1968 at Patuxent River, Maryland. Served as communications platforms as command connections to US Navy ballistic missile submarines. Converted to the E-6A Hermes (Mercury) in January 1991 and phased out the EC-130Q by June. Also made the moved to Tinker AFB, Oklahoma.
 
VX-6 / VXE-6
Status:
Disbanded
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Version: LC-130 - Tail Code XD (JD)
Role: Specialized Airlift
Tailband: N/A
NAS Quonset Point. Aircraft were modified C-130s with skis to help land on the Antarctic ice pack. USAF - Air National Guard took over the role by the 139th Airlift Squadron.
 
VX-20 - Patuxent River, Marylan
Status:
Active
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Version: KC-130F/J
Role: Testing
Tailband: N/A
 
VX-30 - Point Mugu, California "Bloodhounds"
Status:
Active
(Details)
Version: C-130A
Role: Testing
Tailband: N/A
 
NATC - NAS Patuxent River, Maryland
Status:
Dropped Aircraft Type
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Version: Various C-130s
Role: Testing and Weapons System Tests
Tailband: N/A
Over the years this unit has used a few C-130s for the purpose of testing. During 1963, USMC KC-130F #149798, loaned to the Naval Air Test Center, made 29 touch-and-go landings, 21 full-stop landings and 21 unassisted take-offs on USS Forrestal (CV-59).
 
Blue Angels - NAS Pensacola, Florida "Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron"
Status:
Active
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Version:
Role: Aerial Demon Stration Team
Tailband: N/A