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Navy Tail Codes, Unit Call Signs and Carrier Call Signs

Navy Tail Codes, Unit / Carrier Call Signs and CV Nicknames
Navy Tail Codes

Carrier Air Wings
(old Carrier Air Groups)
CVW-1 AB
CVW-2 NE
CVW-3 AC
CVW-4 AD
CVW-5 NF
CVW-6 AE
CVW-7 AG
CVW-8 AJ
CVW-9 NG
CVW-10 AK
CVW-11 NH
CVW-12 NJ
CVW-13 AK
CVW-14 NK
CVW-15 NL
CVW-16 AH
CVW-17 AA
CVW-19 NM
CVW-21 NP: CAG 21 = Harbor Master
RCVW-4* AD
RCVW-12** NJ
CVWR-20 AF
CVWR-30 ND
CVSG-50/RCVSF-50 AR
CVSG-51/RCVSF-51 RA
CVSG-52 AS
CVSG-53 NS
CVSG-54 AT
CVSG-55 NU
CVSG-56 AU
CVSG-57 NV
CVSG-58 AV
CVSG-59 NT
CVSG-60 AW

Naval Air Stations (NAS)
Alameda 7J
Brunswick 7F
Cecil Field 7U
Fallon 7H
Jacksonville 7E
Key West 7Q
Lemoore 7S
Memphis 7K
Norfolk 7C
North Island 7M
Oceana 7R
Patuxent River 7A
Point Mugu 7L
Whidbey Island 7G
Naval Air Warfare Center
Weapons Division

China Lake 7P
Naval Air Warfare Center
Naval Aircraft Division

Patuxent River SD
Fleet Composite
VC-6 JG
VC-8 GF
Air Test and Evaluation
VX-1 JA
VX-9 XE

Chief of Naval Air Training
TRAWING ONE
Meridian A
VT-7 A
VT-19 A
TRAWING TWO
Kingsville B
VT-21 B
VT-22 B
VT-23 B
JTTU B

Chief of Naval Air Training (cont.)
TRAWING FOUR
Corpus Christi G
VT-27 G
VT-28 G
VT-31 G
TRAWING FIVE
Whiting Field E
VT-2 E
VT-3 E
VT-6 E
HT-8 E
HT-18 E
TRAWING SIX
Pensacola F
VT-4 F
VT-10 F
VT-86
Navy Support
NAF Atsugi 8A
NAF El Centro 8N
NAVSTA Guam 8J
NAVSTA Guantanamo 8F
NAVSTA Mayport 8U
NAF Mildenhall 8G
NAF Misawa 8M
COMFLTACT Okinawa 8H
NAVSTA Roosevelt Roads 8E
NAVSTA Rota 8D
NAS Sigonella 8C
HQ CMEF (Bahrain) 8K
Chief Naval Reserve
NAS Pax River 7A
NAS Atlanta 7B
NAS Norfolk 7C
NAS Dallas 7D
NAS Jacksonville, NAS Twin Cities 7E
NAS Brunswick 7F
NAS Whidbey 7G
NAS Fallon 7H
? 7I
NAS Alameda 7J
NAS Memphis RAW-88 7K
Pt. Mugu, NAS Las Alamitos RAW-77 7L
NAS North Island 7M
NAF Andrews Washington, DC 7N
? 7O
NAF China Lake 7P
NAS Key West 7Q
NAS Oceana, RAW-83 7R
NAS Lemoore 7S
Pax River, Moffet 7T
NAS Cecil Field 7U
NAS Glenview RAW-72, VMA-543 7V
Willow Grove 7W
NAS New Orleans, RAW-82 7X
NAS Detroit Selfridge 7Y
NAS So. Weymouth RAW-91 7Z
Naval Air Reserve
Jacksonville 6F
Alameda 6G
Memphis 6M
Norfolk 6S
Chief of Naval Technical Training
NATTC Lakehurst 4L
NAS Memphis 4M
Carrier AEW
CAEWW-12 GE
ASW Air Groups
CVSG-50*** AR
CVSG-51**** RA
HELWINGRES NW
Fleet Tactical Readiness Group
COMFEWSG GD

Call Signs

USN RVAH Squadron:
RVAH-3 = Drake
USN A-4 VA squadrons:
12 = Clincher (Cecil 1957)
15 = Active Boy / Pride ?
22 = Beefeater
23 = Law Case
34 = Fighting Tiger
36 = Gale Force / Heartless ?
55 = Garfish
56 = Champion
66 = Waldo
72 = Decoy
76 = Sun Glass
81 = Sunliner
83 = Rampager
86 = Sidewinder
93 = Raven
94 = Hoboken
106 = Beach Head / Roman ?
112 = Montana
113 = Battle Cry
125 = Packsaddle
144 = War Paint
146 = Busy Bee
153 = Power House
155 = Silver Fox
163 = Old Salt
164 = Magic Stone, perhaps Ghost Riders (72)
172 = Holloway
192 = Jury
195 = Chippy
212 = Flying Eagle
216 = Diamond Back
VSF
1 = Nevada City
3 = Nevada City

Land Based:
China Lake: Callsign = China
VX-5: Callsign = Mystify or Misty

Carrier
09 Essex: Callsign = Undermine, Banknote
10 Yorktown: Callsign = Cactus, Steamboat, Ocean Wave. Nickname = The Fighting I.
11 Intrepid: Callsign = Atlas
12 Hornet: Callsign = Wimpy, Judo
14 Ticonderoga: Callsign = Panther. Nickname = Fighting Tigers
15 Randolph: Callsign = Johnstown
16 Lexington: Callsign = Spartan. Nickname = Lady Lex
17 *Bunker Hill: Callsign = Expose
18 Wasp: Callsign = ?
19 Hancock: Callsign = Rampage. Nickname = Hannah, Building 19
20 Bennington: Callsign = Big Boy
31 Bon Homme Richard: Callsign = Rocket. Nickname = Bonnie Dick
32 * Leyte: Callsign = Rugby
33 Kearsarge: Callsign = Wildcat
34 Oriskany: Callsign = Sea Lord, Child Play. Nickname = Big O/O-boat
36 Antietam: Callsign = ?
37 * Princeton: Callsign = Bullhorn
38 Shangri La: Callsign = All Star. Nickname = Shang
39 * Lake Champlain: Callsign = Nighthawk, Nickname = Champ
41 Midway: Callsign = Schoolboy
42 Franklin D Roosevelt: Callsign = Riptide. Nickname = Rosie/Roach Boat
43 Coral Sea: Callsign = Mustang. Nickname = Cora/Coral/Maru
45 *Valley Forge: Callsign = Bearcat
47 * Philippine Sea: Callsign = Cashew
48 * Saipan: Callsign = Trainshed
59 Forrestal: Callsign = Handbook. Nickname = FIDLIP/Forest Fire
60 Saratoga: Callsign = Fairfield. Nickname = Sara
61 Ranger: Callsign: 1960 = Spitfire, later changed to Grey Eagle. Nickname = Top Gun
62 Independence: Callsign = Guntrain. Nickname = Indy
63 Kitty Hawk: Callsign = Pawtucket. Nickname = The Hawk
64 Constellation: Callsign = Warchief. Nickname = Connie
65 Enterprise: Callsign = Climax. Nickname = Big E
66 America: Callsign = Courage
67 John F Kennedy: Callsign = Eagle Cliff. Nickname = JFK
* The Skyhawk never flew from these carriers.


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