We’ve seen them rescue Harrison Ford from the damaged Air Force One, collect Robert Downey Jr. on a search and rescue mission in Iron Man and transport George Clooney to Russian airspace in The Peacemaker. We see them in action films. We read them on novels. What are squadrons in real life and who flies them?
Navy squadrons are usually composed of several aircraft (from as few as two to as many as several dozen) the officers who fly them and the men and women that maintain them. Majority of the squadrons also have a number of other administrative support personnel.
Aircraft Squadrons are typically headed by a Commander. Second in command is the Executive Officer, also a Commander. Typically, there are four functional departments – Operations, Maintenance, Safety, and Administration – each led by a Lieutenant Commander. Within departments are Divisions and branches led by a Lieutenant and headed by a Chief Petty Officer respectively.
To be able to classify a squadron is to look at its Type, Model and Series. Active squadrons are those in the regular US Navy, Reserve squadrons are in the US Navy Reserve and are manned by reservists.
With no counterpart in the Regular Navy, they represent 100% of the Navy’s medium and heavy intra-theater airlift, and operate year-round, around the world providing critical link between deployed sea going units and air mobility command logistics hubs.
Featured plaque shown above is an example of Fleet Logistics Support squadron that operates navy unique airlift aircraft on a worldwide basis to provide responsive, flexible, and rapidly deployable air logistics support required to sustain combat operations from the sea.
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