Topcats End 66 Years of Service

JACKSONVILLE, FL — The ‘Topcats’ of Sea Control Squadron 31 are no more. They held a disestablishment ceremony at NAS Jacksonville Thursday morning.

The ceremony brought to an end more than 66 years of distinguished service for the Atlantic Fleet carrier-based squadron.

Topcats have proudly served from Jacksonville for 35 years. They were originally located at NAS Atlantic City, New Jersey and NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island. The squadron moved from there to NAS Cecil Field in 1973 and eventually to its current home base of NAS Jacksonville in 1997.

VS-31 returned from its last deployment in the Arabian Gulf in September of 2007. The squadron was there in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom where they provided real time ‘eye in the sky’ support to coalition forces in the Iraqi city of Basra.

Flying the S-3 ‘Viking’ multi-mission aircraft, VS-31 is comprised of over 300 squadron members and six aircraft. The squadron has taken all but one of its jets to Davis Mothan Air Force Base where they will be maintained as war reserve aircraft.

Source:  First Coast News

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