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Naval Air Station Oceana is located at Virginia Beach, Virginia. It is the master jet base of the US Navy on the east coast. NAS Oceana is one of the world's largest military air bases and is home to Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic with eighteen F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet squadrons. Sixteen of these are Strike Fighter Squadrons that deploy aboard US aircraft carriers. Among them are two of the Navy's most famous squadrons. VFA-11 "Red Rippers" is the oldest continuously active fighter squadron. VFA-31 "Tomcatters" is the only Navy fighter squadron that achieved aerial victories in three wars: WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. They also performed the last official flight of an F-14 Tomcat on September 22, 2006. The other two F-18 squadrons are permanently based at NAS Oceana. Fighter Squadron Composite 12 (VFC-12) "Fighting Omans" provides adversary training to East Coast wings and supports the Strike Fighter Advanced Readiness Program, which trains operational fleet F/A-18 squadrons. VFA-106 "Gladiators", with about 130 assigned Hornets and Super Hornets the largest squadron in the Navy, is the East Coast fleet replacement unit. Its mission is to train new F/A-18 pilots and weapons system officers in the basics of air-to-air and air-to-ground missions along with day and night carrier qualification. All in all more than 130 legacy Hornets (F/A-18A/B/C/D) and Super Hornets (F/A-18E/F) are based at NAS Oceana. These aircraft deploy as part of Oceana's five Carrier Air Wings (CVW) to CVN 65 USS Enterprise with CVW-1, to CVN 75 USS Harry S. Truman with CVW-3, to CVS 69 USS Dwight D. Eisenhower with CVW-7, to CVN 77 George H. W. Bush with CVW-8 and to CVN 70 USS Carl Vinson with CVW-17. Other than Hornet at NAS Oceana units are the Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 56 (VR-56) "Globemaster" flying the C-40A, the Navy version of the Boeing 737NG and the Strike Fighter Weapons School, Atlantic operating some Beechcraft T-34C Turbo Mentor.

2016 / 01