Support Equipment (SE) Division
equipment to all organizational-level activities on the
naval air station. This division performs major repair
and periodic inspection and maintenance of all aviation
NOTE: Aviation support equipment includes, but
is not limited to, such items as test stands, workstands,
mobile electric power plants, pneumatic and hydraulic
servicing equipment, and avionics test equipment.
What is the primary mission of a naval air
What officer is responsible for the safety, well
being, and efficiency of the command?
On a naval air station, what department is
responsible for providing and operating the
What are three primary responsibilities of the
What are the two control centers in the
maintenance material control division?
What division performs all of the three-
degree gas turbine engine repairs?
NAVAL AIR FACILITIES AND NAVAL
functions of naval air facilities and naval
A naval air facility (NAF) performs maintenance
functions on aircraft and support equipment assigned to
that command. These functions sometimes include
organizational- and intermediate-level maintenance.
Naval air facilities are normally smaller than a naval air
station. Naval air facilities are not equipped to handle
large numbers of aircraft.
A naval aviation depot (NADEP) maintains and
operates facilities for a complete range of depot-level
rework operations to include designated weapons
systems, accessories, and equipment. The depot
manufactures parts and assemblies as required. It also
provides engineering services in the development of
changes to hardware design. The depot furnishes
technical and other professional services on aircraft
maintenance and logistic problems. They also perform
other levels of aircraft maintenance for eligible
activities when requested. The facility performs other
functions as the Commander, Naval Air Systems
Command may direct.
In what respect does a naval air facility
(NAF) differ from a naval air station?
LEARNING OBJECTIVE: Identify the four
basic types of squadrons, to include the
organization within the squadron and the
responsibilities of squadron personnel and
identify the function of squadron departments.
Squadrons are designated by the purpose they
serve. You should be familiar with the various types,
classes, and missions of each type of squadron.
TYPES OF SQUADRONS
There are four basic types of squadronscarrier,
patrol, composite, and noncombatant. In this section,
you will learn about squadron missions and the primary
aircraft that operates within a specific squadron.
There are five types of carrier squadrons. They are
airborne early-warning squadrons.
Fighter squadrons (VFs) are used against aircraft
and ground installations to defend surface units. They
escort attack aircraft, and give close air support to
landing forces. These squadrons combine maximum
firepower and speed. The F-14 Tomcat is the primary
aircraft assigned to a fighter squadron.
Attack squadrons (VAs) are employed for various
missions including enemy attack, search, bombing,
mining, and torpedo warfare. Aircraft assigned to an
attack squadron may be the multipurpose F-18 Hornet.
Strike fighter squadrons (VFAs) are employed
for both fighter and attack missions. The F/A-18
Hornet aircraft are assigned to strike fighter squadrons.
Antisubmarine squadrons (VS, HS, and HSL)
include both fixed-wing aircraft (VS) and helicopters
(HS and HSL). Their primary mission includes