THE LOCKHEED S-3 VIKING WAS DESIGNED AS REPLACEMENT FOR THE GRUMMAN S-2 TRACKER. FROM 1974, IT HAS BEEN THE U.S. NAVY'S STANDARD CARRIER CAPABLE ANTI-SUBMARINE WARFARE AIRCRAFT. IN THE LATE 1990S, ITS ROLE SHIFTED TO ANTI-SURFACE-VESSEL WARFARE, AERIAL REFUELING AND RECONNAISSANCE.

WE SHALL ALSO NEVER FORGET THAT FREEDOM IS NOT FREE AND FOR THOSE LISTED BELOW WE SALUTE YOU.
REST EASY, SLEEP WELL MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS; KNOW THE LINE HAS HELD, YOUR JOB IS DONE; REST EASY, SLEEP WELL; OTHERS HAVE TAKEN UP WHERE YOU FELL, THE LINE HAS HELD; PEACE, PEACE, AND FAREWELL...

History of the Viking Squadron and Fallen Comrades

S-3 VIKING

Wing span: 69 feet
Length: 53 feet
Height: 23 feet
Weight: empty: 26,500 pounds
             maximum takeoff: 52,539 pounds
Speed: 518 mph
Ceiling: 40,000 feet
Range: more than 2,300 nautical miles
Power plant: two GE TF34-GE-2 turbofan engines
Crew: four
Contractor: Lockheed

The VSX program (S-3) started in 1968, and, in 1969, Lockheed was awarded the contract to develop the Navy's new carrier-based, fan-powered ASW aircraft. It was designed to incorporate the latest concepts in sensors and in computer-based data processing, display and weapons control systems, and in enabling the four-man crew to effectively deal with the anticipated submarine threat. The S-3 Viking replaced the old reciprocating-engine-powered S-2 Tracker.

The S-3 Viking has all four crew members seated on ejection seats. The pilot's controls include a control stick in place of the traditional wheel. The slightly swept wing and General Electric TF-34 fan engines provide the S-3A with long-range or on-station endurance at cruise speeds and altitudes typical of subsonic jet aircraft. In-flight refueling through a retractable refueling probe can be used to further extend its mission performance. Folding wings and vertical tail provide carrier handling flexibility.

The S-3A airframe has been adapted to other roles--a characteristic for which its S-2 predecessor has long been noted. The improved S-3B version incorporates improved technology for increased radar detection range and classification, advanced acoustic processing, and support measures, and has Harpoon missile capability.

Upgrades to the radar, mission computer, communications and navigation suite will support organic reconnaissance capabilities in the littoral regions. Added to the planned airframe structural enhancements, these upgrades will curb obsolescence and ensure an adequate inventory of this essential platform well into the next century.






Here we honor the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. This area is an opportunity to remember and honor the nation's war heroes and a place to reflect on the lives of each and every individual listed below. Farewell comrades, farewell.

Date Command Comrade
2 Nov 1978

VS-37

LT B. Blanton, USN
LCDR G. Kelley, USN
LT R. Mikal, USN
AW3 J.C. Mentink, USN
10 March 1980 VS-41 LT D.A. Davis, USN
17 Mar 1981

VS-24

CDR P.L. Reed, USN
LT D.C. Deem, USN
LTJG C.A. Arthur, USN
AW3 C.Wade, USN
26 Jan 1983


VS-24

 

LCDR L.R. Dixon, USN
LTJG P.J. Moller, USNR
AW2 R.N. Lanzendorf Jr, USN
08 Nov 1983

VS-24

CDR G. Owens, USN
LT E.R. Nroczynski, USN
21 Oct 1986



VS-22



LCDR D.E. Hebdon, USN
LT C.L. Sullivan, USN
LT R.A. Urbanek, SUN
AW1 R.E. Childress, USN
21 Mar 1987

VS-38

LT V.B. Moezzi, USNR
LT F.D. Carozzo, USN
05 Jun 1988


VS-21


CDR R.A. Anderson, USN
LTJG C.H. Roy, USNR
AW2 D.E. Stenstrom, USN
20 Jan 1989

VRC-50

CAPT R.W. Geeding, USN
LT W.T. Bartram, USN
07 Oct 1989


VS-22


LT D.G. Gray, USN
LT J.T. Hartman, USNR
LT D.S. Jennings, USNR
19 Feb 1992 VS-29 LT R.B. Bridges, USN
15 Mar 1996

VS-24

LT D.R. Cioffi, USN
LT T.P. Wilcox, USN
04 Feb 1997



VS-22



LCDR M.A. Ehlers, USN
LT M.A. Weems, USN
LT M.J. Eyre, USN
AW3 W.L. Potter, USN
14 Nov 1999

VS-32

LT M.T. Moneymaker, USN
LTJG M.T. Meschke, USN
10 Sept 2002


VS-22


LCDR J.J. Gray, USN
LCDR M.D. Chalfant, USN
LTJG T.B. McCombie, USN
10 Aug 2004



VS-35



LCDR S.A. Zellem, USN
LT P.S. Myrick, USN
LT J. Pupplo, USN
AT2 J.B. Showalter, USN
21 Sept 2005

VS-32

LCDR S. Bracher, USN
LCDR T. Blake, USN
Lockheed Martin

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