United States Navy

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
United States Navy
English Title:
United States Navy
First Established:
ICAO Code:
United States


Narrative Summary

US Navy Aviation History

Key Dates

US Navy Aviation Timeline

Current Status

The aircraft of the US Navy are fully operational.

Future Plans

No information available.


National Insignia


Aircraft Serial Numbers

Background on Naval Aircraft Bureau (Serial) Numbers

Unit/Base Codes

Visual Identification System for Naval Aircraft (Tail Codes)


Aircraft Designations

History of Aircraft Designation Systems

Current Aircraft Inventory

Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

False reports of aircraft on order or in service

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.


Main Headquarters

Department of the Navy, The Pentagon, Washington, DC 20350

Organisational Structure

US Naval aviation is divided into Carrier Air Wings, Type Wings and Naval Air Force Reserve. The Carrier Air Wings each comprise between 5 and 7 squadrons plus a C-2 detachment. The Type Wings are land-based specific mission units, (training, ASW patrol, mine clearance etc), which can include up to 10 squadrons. Naval Air Force Reserve comprises a Tactical Support Wing and a Fleet Logistics Support Wing.

Current Order of Battle

Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle

Orders of Battle Listing

All-Time Flying Units List

Units Listing

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

US Naval Aviation currently operates from fifteen mayor airbases (Naval Air Stations), plus six Naval Air Facilities, three Naval Stations and two Joint Reserve Bases.
Current Military Air Bases Listing

All-Time Air Bases Used List

To be added.
Military Air Bases Listing

Aircraft-Carrying Ships

To be added.

More Information


Military Balance (IISS)
United States Air Forces Directory 2012/13 (Ken Wardle)
US Navy & Marine Corps Air Power Directory (David Donald & Jon lake)
U. S. Navy Aircraft, 1921-1941; U. S. Marine Corps Aircraft, 1914-1959 (William T. Larkins)
Wings of the Fleet: US Navy and Marine Corps Aviation 1919-1941 (Peter Freeman, Mike Starmer)
United States Naval Aviation 1919-1941 (E. R. Johnson)


World Air Power Journal No.9 p.140
Combat Aircraft March-April 2000
Combat Aircraft August 2002


America’s Navy (official homepage / includes aviation pages)
U.S. Navy in World War II
Naval Historical Center (Naval Aviation History)
United States Naval Aviation 1910-1995
Naval Air Systems Command

Any photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

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