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We are continully working to preserve the history of NAS Alameda and her aviation predecessors at Alameda Point, and you can help by sharing information about the units, squadrons and ships stationed at NAS Alameda during your time of service.

Any old photos, news clippings, or documentation related to NAS Alameda is vital to our mission. We can digitally scan these items and return to you if necessary. Many former base personnel have spent time jotting down their recollections and forwarding in an e-mail. We’re not looking for award winning essays from polished authors. Just the things you remember from your days stationed at Alameda. Even a few paragraphs are valuable to us. Others, who have the capability to scan their photos, send us the digital images of themselves or the base during that same period. Please contact us if you are able to provide original photographs, images or artifacts.

CVWR-30 Carrier Air Wing Reserve

Carrier Air Wing Reserve THIRTY was established on 1 April 1970 at Naval Air Station Alameda, and was composed of an Air Wing Staff, two Fighter Squadrons, three Attack Squadrons, one Light Reconnaissance Squadron, one Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron, one Early Warning Squadron and one Aerial Refueling Squadron. They were: VA-303 “Golden Hawks” at […]

HM-15 “Blackhawks” Helicopter Mine Countermeasures

Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron FIFTEEN (HM-15) “Blackhawks” was established on 2 January 1987 at Naval Air Station Norfolk, Virginia. The first of two deployable, Airborne Mine Countermeasures (AMCM) squadrons to receive the Sikorsky MH-53E “Sea Dragon” helicopter. On 21 April 1987, HM-15 was ordered by the CNO to change duty stations to Naval Air Station […]

HM-19 “Golden Bears” Helicopter Mine Countermeasures

HM-19 was established at Naval Air Station Alameda, California on 9 January 1989 as the Naval Reserve’s second Airborne Mine Countermeasures (AMCM) squadron, flying the RH-53D Sea Stallion Helicopter operating under the control of Commander, Helicopter Wing Reserve. In January 1993, the Golden Bears began transitioning to the MH-53E Sea Dragon Helicopter. A transition to […]

HS-85 “Golden Gater’s” Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron

HS-85 was established as Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Eight Five on 1 July 1970 at Naval Air Station (NAS) Alameda, CA. In 1993, HS-85 moved from NAS Alameda to NAS North Island to assume the Target Launch and Target/Torpedo Recovery mission at Naval Auxiliary Landing Field (NALF) San Clemente Island, CA upon the decommissioning of Helicopter […]

SOSU-3 Scout and Observation Unit

Stationed at NAS Alameda: 1942 to 19?? — SOSU-3 supported the various aircraft assigned to the battleships and cruisers in San Francisco Bay. The unit functioned similar to a Carrier Service Unit (CASU), but serviced and trained personnel in the operation of catapult and scouting aircraft.

VA-303 “Golden Hawks” Attack Squadron

Attack Squadron (VA-303) was established at Naval Air Station Alameda on 1 July 1970. Disestablished on 31 December 1994. The first squadron to be assigned the VA-303 and VFA-303 designation. Chronology of Significant Events 1 July 1970: VA-303, a reserve squadron, established as part of a reorganization of the reserves intended to increase the combat […]

VA-304 “Firebirds” Attack Squadron

Attack Squadron (VA-304) was established at Naval Air Station Alameda on 1 July 1970. The squadron consists of twelve Ling-Temco-Vought A-7B Corsair II’s. VA-304 is a squadron of Reserve Carrier Air Wing Thirty (CVWR-30), also headquartered at NAS Alameda. Since its inception, the squadron has built a reputation as the performance leader in the Naval […]

VAQ-130 “Zappers” Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron

Dating from the Eisenhower administration, the Zappers of VAQ-130 have led the way in Navy electronic warfare for more than 40 years. Originally designated VAW-13, the unit is the longest serving carrier based electronic warfare squadron in Navy history, and has flown the Navy’s three primary tactical jamming aircraft into the heaviest, most threatening electronic environments ever […]

VAQ-131 “Hollygreens” Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron

VAQ-131 came into existence on 1 November 1968 when VAH-4 was re-designated. Homeport for the new TACELRON was NAS Alameda, California. The mission of VAQ-131 was to conduct electronic warfare and to provide air-to-air refueling in support of Attack Carrier Task Force operations. In conducting this mission, VAQ-131 utilized KA / EKA-3B models of the Douglas A-3 […]

VAQ-132 “Scorpions” Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron

Stationed at NAS Alameda: 1968-1971 — Formed 1 November 1968 when VAH-2 was redesignated. Detachments to USS Constellation (CVA-64). Combat cruises on USS Enterprise (CVAN-65) and USS America (CVA-66). Moved to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington 15 January 1971 and transitioned to EA-6B. Links http://www.vaq132.navy.mil/ VAQ-132 Unit Page (Military.com) — provided by Mr. Robert M. Cieri

VAQ-133 “Wizards” Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron

Established Mar 4, 1969. Deployments to Gulf of Tonkin on USS Constellation (CVA-64) and USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63). Stood down August 1971. Reactivated August 4, 1972 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington with EA-6B. Links http://vaq133.ahf.nmci.navy.mil/ VAQ-133 Unit Page (Military.com) — provided by Mr. Robert M. Cieri

VAQ-134 “Garudas” Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron

VAQ-134 was originally commissioned on 7 June 1969 at NAS Alameda, California as the GARUDAS. Based on an old Hindu myth, the Garuda is the bird that took Wisnu, the God of War, wherever necessary in his quest to protect God’s creation from those evil forces that sought to upset and destroy it. The Garudas, flying the […]

VAQ-135 “Black Ravens” Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron

Activated May 15, 1969. Deployments and detachments to Southeast Asia on USS Coral Sea (CVA-43), USS Hancock (CVA-19), USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63), and to Mediterranean on USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-43), USS Forrestal (CVA-59). Transition to EA-6B July 1974. Links VAQ-135 Unit Page (Military.com) — provided by Mr. Robert M. Cieri

VAQ/VAK-208 “Jockeys” Tactical Aerial Refueling Squadron

When the Naval Air Reserve was reorganized in 1970 Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 208 was established on July 31 at NAS Alameda, California, as part of Carrier Air Wing Twenty. Equipped with KA-3Bs to support CVWR-20 operations, VAQ-208 also began providing air refueling and pathfinding for Navy and Marine tactical aircraft being ferried to Southeast […]

VAQ/VAK-308 “Griffins” Tactical Aerial Refueling Squadron

As a result of the overhaul of the Naval Air Reserve, at NAS Alameda, California on May 2, 1970, VAQ-308, under the command of CDR Gregory Bambo Jr., was the first squadron of the first reserve Carrier Air Group to be commissioned. Comprised of a unique complement of civilian reservists and active duty personnel, VAQ-308 […]

VAW-13 “Zappers” Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

VAW-13 was born on Agana, Guam September 1, 1959. The planes assigned to the squadron were AD-5Q and AD-5W Sky Raiders, referred to by squadron personnel as “Queens”. The designation was changed several years later to EA-1F. The Tail Code was V R “Victor Romeo” and the call sign on the UHF Radio was “Robinson”. The Squadron […]

VMA-133 “Dragons” Marine Attack Squadron

VMA-133 was a U.S. Marine Corps reserve fighter squadron. Known as the “Dragons”, the squadron was part of Marine Aircraft Group 42 of the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing. The Dragons flew the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk. VMA-133 was deactivated in 1992. History: During WWII the squadron was known as Marine Torpedo Bombing Squadron 133 (VMTB-133) and originated […]

VR-55 Fleet Logistics Support Squadron

Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 55 was established in April 1976 at NAS Alameda. Calif., and was the first Naval Reserve unit to fly the C-9B Skytrain II. In 1993, the Minutemen transitioned to the C-130T Hercules, left, and today the squadron comprises approximately 275 personnel, including 35 pilots. The Minutemen provide global logistics support for U.S. […]

VSF-1 “Warhawks” Anti-Submarine Fighter Squadron

Stationed at NAS Alameda: 1965 to 19?? — VSF-1 was established on 1 July 1965. On 1 July 1966 VSF-1 was split in half — One half remained as VSF-1 and deployed on the USS Shangri-La CVS-38 to the Mediterranean and the other half was called VSF-1 Det Alameda which was later renamed VSF-3 Chessmen. […]

21 thoughts on “VSF-1 “Warhawks” Anti-Submarine Fighter Squadron

    1. larry.. i was transfered back to shore duty in feb 1963 to beeville texas while i was in vp19 i was a check crew chief and also flew with crew 10 in PE10 do you remember kenny stump? he passed a couple of years ago had retired from maint at the pentagon his wife stills lives in that area.i visited her a couple of yrars ago..when i left vp19 i was an ADJ2…ersel rust

  1. I served Marine Barracks NAS Alameda 1983-85 and did not find this Marine detachment as one of the units represented as one of the units on this base.

    1. Yes indeed! NAS Alameda was my first duty station in 1992. That was also the same year the MCSFco unit decommissioned as well (November or December 1992); then we had our choice of serving the rest of our Barracks duty commitment at either Bangor WA or Concord CA (I went to Bangor). Although the MCSFco unit was a small one at NAS Alameda, I also think it’s important to record our history, and not have it disappear in time.

  2. I notice the abscense of the c118 and vr 21 fleet tactical support and reconasse squadrenwe were home based in barbets polnt
    hawaii and hsd a detachment at alameda.

    1. While we do have an archive, the info is not cataloged, much less digitized for access. Our museum is more about showing what happened at the base and it’s relationship to the City of Alameda, through artifacts and displays. Good luck finding info.
      Robbie Dileo, Secretary

  3. There was also VMA-141 and a MAG plus a H&MS squadron assigned there. I can not remember what MAG was there.

  4. Request assistance in obtaining a copy of COMFAIRALAMEDA Instruction 3310.5 (late 1950’s) containing “Sandblower” mission routes/checkpoints.
    I am researching my fathers aviation career and I am specifically looking for information on the “Sandblower #12” mission route. Sandblower routes are identified in this instruction.

    Thank You.

  5. Why no VR-30 listed? The first squadron to receive the Navy’s first jet transport in April 1973, the C9B. They also deployed on the USS Hornet for Carrier on Board Delivery for the astronauts returning from space. VR 55 received the C130 in 1994 not 1993 and were at Moffett at that time.
    Thanks for the all the work with the museum, I need to stop by and check it out, Thanks, Ross Bogert, VR-30 and VR55. 20 years Hanger 40

    1. Thanks for the info. Will look into updating the website. I am new to doing changes and approving comments.
      Robbie Dileo, Secretary

  6. I see from looking at your site that you that you don’t have Commander Fleet Air Alameda (COMFAIRALAMEDA) listed. I served on Staff there from 4/67 to 5/69. COMFAIRALAMEDA located on the second floor of the Headquarters Building was the Senior Command over Naval Air Station (NAS) Alameda, CA; NAS Lemoore, CA; NAS Moffett Field, CA; NAS Fallon, NV and Aircraft Carriers: USS Enterprise (CVN-65), USS Ranger (CV-61), USS Coral Sea (CV-43), USS Oriskany (CV-34), USS Hancock (CVA-19) and others that were home ported in Alameda, CA. In 1967 or 1968 President Ronald Reagan then Governor Reagan visited COMFAIRALAMEDA Rear Admiral Frederick E. Bakutis.

    1. Thanks for commenting. I am new to website replies and updating of information. Will look into including info.

      Robbie Dileo, Secretary

  7. I’m not sure were this information would be listed but I forgot to mention that the movie “Yours mine and ours” with Henry Fonda and Lucille Ball was filmed at NAS Alameda and on the USS Enterprise. A couple of COMFAIRALAMEDA’s officers, their children and myself were in the move filmed in 1967 and released April 24, 1968.

  8. I have the 1940 – 1980 NARF Alameda yearbook digitized on “Photobucket”. You may have access to it for photos etc. and photos for those now in the “Memorial” section of your website. Go to http://www.photobucket, login = paisan2u1 and password = hotdog4u. In the entire book, there is no identification of who produced, published or printed it, nor any copyright claims or statements, as the entire book and all pages are shown. I hope this may contribute to your site. Feel free to copy any/all. (Please do not make any additions, deletions or changes to the contents in my page)
    Nick Quattrociocche
    NAS Alameda, USN 1972-1976
    NARF Alameda, 1977-1986

  9. I guess you totally forgot 1955 thru 1957 Of ATG1 air group and the squadrons, . Especially VF111 the SUNDOWNERS.

  10. i was stationed there in 1960.61 62 63 in vp 19 i was a check crew chief and flight crew plane captain flying #pe10 a p2v7 neptune transfered out when they went to the p3v orion and moved the
    squadron to moffit field …

  11. Hi
    I’m trying to contact someone at the Museum to discuss the Seaplane Ramp conditions and hanger facilities for the Martin Mars. We have the 2 Mars here and are looking to store the Philippine Mars until it can be flown to NAS Pensacola. My contact number is 1-250-724-0584.
    Thanks

  12. Hi, I was stationed there from Dec. 68 to Sept. 70 to COMFAIRALAMEDS “DET A”. Does anybody have any information on this detachment and who was stationed with them. I’m trying to find my history with this Unit.

  13. I was a nineteen year old airman in 1969. Was sent with my squadron VSF1 based in Alameda to Norfolk Virginia to the USS Independence.Went on a NATO cruise mostly in the north Atlantic,dropped the hook off Portsmouth England and during that time had the time of my life.Had my boot camp buddies there alsoRay, Don, and Roger.Worked on the flight deck as plane captain. Lots of hrs.What a great time!

  14. I was assigned to VSF-1 “Warhawks” in 1967 after plain captain training, we were attached to the USS Independence CVA62 out of Norfolk, VA and deployed to the Mediterranean Six Fleet. After the cruise which included three aircraft carriers (service to the fleet) in the Mediterranean I was stationed in Norfolk, VA with the Joint Chiefs of Staff ” (CINCLANTFLEET) . I was releaved from active duty after 52 months in March 1971 as Yeoman Second Class with an honorable discharge in 1972. I enjoyed my enlistment and if I could do it over I would be proud to. I worked on the flight deck before I transferred to squadron office as yeoman. Great time proud to be a veteran of the United States Navy.

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