Infobox Military Unit
unit_name= Strike Fighter Squadron 106
caption= Old VFA-106 Insignia. The current one deletes the aircraft image.
April 27, 1984-Present
United States of America
United States Navy
Fleet Replacement Squadron
Strike Fighter Squadron 106 (VFA-106), also known as the "Gladiators", are a
United States Navy F/A-18 Hornetand F/A-18 Super Hornet Fleet Replacement Squadronstationed at Naval Air Station Oceana.
As the East Coast Fleet Replacement Squadron, the Gladiators’ mission is to train Navy and Marine Corps F/A-18 Replacement Pilots and
Weapon Systems Officers (WSOs) to support fleet commitments. Every 6 weeks a class of between 8-12 newly-winged Navy and Marine Corps pilots and Naval Flight Officers begins the 9 month training course in which they learn the basics of air-to-air and air-to-ground missions, culminating in day/night carrier qualification and subsequent assignment to fleet Hornet squadrons.
The West Coast counterparts to VFA-106 are
VFA-125and VFA-122at NAS Lemoore, California and VMFAT-101at MCAS Miramar, California. VFA-106 is also responsible for transitioning experienced naval aviators from other aircraft, such as the F-14 Tomcatand S-3 Viking, to the Hornet and Super Hornet. Aircrew returning from non-flying assignments undergo refresher training at VFA-106 prior to returning to the fleet. Additionally, VFA-106 (with the help from the Center of Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit: CNATTTU) trains maintenance personnel and provides replacement aircraft to fleet units.
There are approximately 1200 Navy and Marine personnel, as well as foreign instructors and students (from countries such as England, Switzerland, and Germany) assigned to VFA-106. VFA-106 typically has 90+ F/A-18s of various models assigned. There is a permanent VFA-106 Detachment in
Naval Air Station Key West, Florida, where the squadron often deploys for fighter training. The squadron often detaches 12 aircraft to Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevadaand Naval Air Facility El Centro, California, as well as various aircraft carriers for carrier qualifications (CQ).
quadron Insignia and Nickname
The squadron’s insignia was approved by
CNOon 26 May 1982, and was similar to one used by VA-106 from April 1952 until disestablishment on 7 November 1969.
VFA-106 was activated at
NAS Cecil Field, Florida on April 27, 1984, flying the A and B models of the F/A-18 Hornet. The first Replacement Pilot Class began training on the F/A-18 Hornet on 7 Oct 1985. In Oct and Dec 1987, respectively, VFA-106 received its first C and D models of the Hornet. In the summer of 1999, VFA-106 moved from NAS Cecil Field to NAS Oceana, Virginia. In 2004, VFA-106 received its F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.
* cite web|accessdate=2007-04-22
title=VFA-106's Official website
publisher=United States Navy
Modern US Navy carrier air operations
List of military aircraft of the United States (naval)/ List of US Naval aircraft
United States Naval Aviator
United States Marine Corps Aviation
List of United States Navy aircraft squadrons
List of Inactive United States Navy aircraft squadrons
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