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What is a "Composite Squadron"? - 6/10/2012 3:39:41 AM   
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USN has 3 of them. VC-24, VC-26, and VC-28. What was special about the "composite" part of their designation. Google has failed me.

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RE: What is a "Composite Squadron"? - 6/10/2012 3:57:40 AM   
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They were squadrons made up of 2( 3 sometimes?) different types of aircraft. I think most of them were on USN CVEs. In the game they have to be two separate air units.

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RE: What is a "Composite Squadron"? - 6/10/2012 4:01:48 AM   
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USN has 3 of them. VC-24, VC-26, and VC-28. What was special about the "composite" part of their designation. Google has failed me.


Historically, these three squadrons were anti-submarine squadrons.

http://www.history.navy.mil/branches/squades.htm

"In the late 1940s and early 1950s the VC squadron designation was used to identify a group of squadrons with several different missions but all assigned the VC designation. Missions for specific Composite Squadrons (VC) included all-weather night, attack and defense; air early warning; anti-submarine warfare; and photographic. The only identifying factor to separate the different types of Composite Squadrons was the numerical designation. In the late 1940s the single digit numbers were for the Composite Night or Attack and Defense units, those numbers in the teens were for Composite Air Warning squadrons, numbers in the 20s and 30s were for Composite Anti-Submarine units, and the numbers in the 60s were for Composite Photographic squadrons."

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RE: What is a "Composite Squadron"? - 6/10/2012 4:21:32 AM   
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I see now that there are actual squadrons called VC-xx

I was thinking of the VC(F)-xx and VC(T)-xx on a number of CVEs.

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RE: What is a "Composite Squadron"? - 6/10/2012 4:23:52 AM   
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Saw those...lots of them out there. Found more reference to them than the 3 mentioned. I did find them mentioned on google, but never in depth.

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RE: What is a "Composite Squadron"? - 6/10/2012 10:00:10 AM   
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Knavey,

Check out here at the NHHC on squadron designations system

After the war Composite Squadrons became the Squadrons that would be used for the nuclear, night fighting, night attack, Airborne Early Warning, Electronic Attack, photo recon (imagine how best to bring a squadron like VC-5 which at the time had F4U-5N, AD-4NA, AD-4NALs, AJ Savage, F3D, F2H-2P, F2H-2N, F2H-2B and a I think a couple of SNJ-6's around just for currency reasons; into the game). As the Composites had some of the extra missions spun off they held on to a few and gained some others. So by the mid-60's they had Photo Recon and being "aggressors" to the fleet air defense problems (ie playing the Red Force attack aircraft so the AA Gunners and Missiles could get thier practice in), finally by the late 70's and 80's as Photo fell out for "National Technical Means" they became the "Aggressors" for the fleet air defense solo or were in specific locations to be the on call air units to be used as the base commander saw fit for operations of the base (like Subic's VC unit which helped to conduct aerial surveys of the damage after the Volcano in the early 90's). There still are VC units in the Navy; one that I know of is VC-6 who operate the drones out of NAS Norfolk for air defense training and small boat defense training. There are also three fighter composite squadrons VFC-12, VFC-13, VFC-111 who provide "Aggressor" training as part of the TOPGUN circulium or Strike Fighter Weapons school instruction for either of the schools on the Atlantic or Pacific Fleet.

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