VS-35 Blue Wolves deactivated.
Ceremonies held on 24 March 2005 at NAS (1) See network access server.
(2) (Network Attached Storage) A specialized file server that connects to the network. A NAS device contains a slimmed-down operating system and a file system and processes only I/O requests by supporting the popular North Island, Calif., marked the deactivation de·ac·ti·vate
tr.v. de·ac·ti·vat·ed, de·ac·ti·vat·ing, de·ac·ti·vates
1. To render inactive or ineffective.
2. To inhibit, block, or disrupt the action of (an enzyme or other biological agent).
3. (officially 31 March) of Sea Control Squadron 35 (VS-35) after more than 13 years of service. Cdr. Gary M. Wilson was the last CO of the Blue Wolves.
The Blue Wolves were the fourth antisubmarine warfare (ASW ASW Antisubmarine Warfare
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ASW Australian Standard White (wheat) ) squadron designated VS-35. The first, the Boomerangers, was an S-2 Tracker squadron that served from 1961 until 1973. A second VS-35 was established in October 1976 but shut down six months later without ever flying. The third VS-35, established in March 1987, became the S-3 Viking squadron for the short-lived Carrier Air Wing (CVW CVW Carrier Air Wing
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The Blue Wolves were established as Air Antisubmarine Squadron 35 (VS-35) at North Island on 4 April 1991 and equipped with S-3A Viking antisubmarine warfare jets. The new squadron was assigned to CVW-14 on board Carl Vinson (CVN (Card Verification Number) See CSC. 70). Before its initial deployment, VS-35 upgraded in December 1992 to the S-3B version, which featured ASW and antisurface warfare improvements. VS-35 was redesignated Sea Control Squadron 35 (also VS-35) on 15 December 1993 in reflection of its broadened capabilities.
VS-35 departed on its first deployment to the Western Pacific/Indian Ocean/Arabian Gulf in February 1994. The squadron supported Operation Southern Watch Operation Southern Watch was an operation conducted by Joint Task Force Southwest Asia (JTF-SWA) with the mission of monitoring and controlling airspace south of the 33rd Parallel in Iraq, following the 1991 Gulf War until the 2003 invasion of Iraq. missions over Iraq, providing surveillance and aerial refueling services. The squadron returned home in August 1994 but made a second deployment to the region from May until November 1996.
In June 1998, VS-35 again departed for the Arabian Gulf, this time on board Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). However, before its next deployment, the squadron's ASW role ended when ASW mission equipment was removed from S-3Bs Navy-wide. During a subsequent deployment to the Arabian Gulf in August 2000, VS-35 fielded the surveillance systems upgrade (SSU SSU Small Subunit
SSU Sonoma State University
SSU Savannah State University (Savannah, Georgia)
SSU Shawnee State University (Ohio)
SSU Salisbury State University ) capabilities to its S-3Bs. The SSU enhanced the ability of the S-3Bs' APS-137 synthetic aperture radar Synthetic aperture radar (SAR)
Radar, airborne or satellite-borne, that uses special signal processing to produce high-resolution images of the surface of the Earth (or another object) while traversing a considerable flight path. to accurately track surface targets.
In July 2002, VS-35 deployed with CVW-14 and flew missions from the Arabian Sea in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, the liberation of Afghanistan from Taliban rule, and Operation Southern Watch over Iraq. During a January 2003 port call on the voyage home, Abraham Lincoln was ordered back to the Arabian Gulf, where CVW-14 participated in strikes against Iraqi forces in March. During Operation Iraqi Freedom in April, the Blue Wolves flew 411 sorties and transferred 1.2 million pounds of fuel.
As Abraham Lincoln approached California on 1 March 2003, VS-35's executive officer, Cdr. John Lussier, had the privilege of flying President George W. Bush to the carrier for a welcome and the announcement that major combat operations had ended in Iraq. It was the first time a Navy aircraft was designated "Navy One." The S-3B was later retired to the National Museum of Naval Aviation The National Museum of Naval Aviation is a military and aerospace museum located at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida. The museum opened in 1962.
As its name suggests, the museum is devoted to the history of naval aviation. , Pensacola, Fla.
VS-35 made its final deployment on board John C. Stennis (CVN 74), departing in May 2004 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The squadron returned home for the last time on 1 November 2004 and began preparing for deactivation.
By LCdr. Rick Burgess, USN (Ret.)