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Vq-4

VQ-4 Insignia

VQ-4, officially Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron FOUR, nicknamed the Shadows, is a U.S. Navy naval aviation squadron based at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. The squadron flies the E-6B Mercury airborne command post and communications relay aircraft. It is part of the Navy's TACAMO community, whose mission is to enable the President of the United States and the Secretary of Defense to directly communicate with U.S. submarines, bombers, and missile silos during a nuclear war.[1]

Operations

VQ-4 has a complement of 78 officers and 426 enlisted personnel. Since 1992, it has operated under Navy Strategic Communications Wing 1 at Tinker Air Force Base. It forward deploys aircraft to fly operational patrols out of NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. The squadron formerly operated a special version of the Lockheed C-130 Hercules aircraft and was based at Patuxent River. It transitioned to the E-6A Hermes in 1991-92, and relocated to Tinker Air Force Base in 1992.[2]

References

  1. ^ Peloni, Matthew (2011-06-03). "Navy VQ-3 squadron welcomes new commander". Inside Tinker AFB (Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma:  
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