VS-41 Shamrocks S-3a Viking (1976) model
Time to celebrate the bicentennial with the a carefully crafted S-3a Viking model with the VS-41 Shamrocks- a perfect display to capture your time with the legendary squadron! Each model is solid wood and hand painted to provide a piece of exceptional quality. Wingspan is 18 inches.
VS-41 was commissioned June 30, 1960, receiving its first Viking Feb. 20, 1974. Since then, the training squadron has logged more than 347,000 flight hours, made more than 48,000 carrier landings, and has trained more than 35,000 personnel.
On 20 February 1974 VS-41 received the successor of the Tracker, the Lockheed S-3A Viking. The Viking-squadrons were integrated into the former Attack Carrier Air Wings, which became Carrier Air Wings. During the latter half of the 1980s VS-41 was equipped with the upgraded S-3B. With the diminishing submarine threat after the end of the Cold War VS-41 was redesignated as a “Sea Control Squadron” on 1 October 1993. In 1994 the squadron became responsible for the training of all U.S. Navy S-3 squadrons.
The training included working with the computer systems that processed information generated by acoustic and non-acoustic target sensor systems; Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar (ISAR) and ESM systems suites. Identified targets should then be destroyed with conventionals bombs, cluster bombs, rocktes, AGM-84 Harpoon or AGM-65 Maverick air-to-surface missiles, Mark 46 torpedoes, or Mark 54 depth bombs. The Viking could also drop mines. Additionally, all S-3B aircraft were equipped to carrying an inflight refueling “buddy” store.
VS-41 flew in excess of 10,000 hours per year, qualifying approximately 50 fleet pilots and 80 tactical coordinators (TACCO)and 80 sensor operators (SENSO) yearly. From 1960 to 2008, the training squadron logged more than 347,000 flight hours, made more than 48,000 carrier landings, and trained more than 35,000 personnel. On September 30, 2006, the squadron was officially disestablished at Naval Air Station North Island, CA. The squadron history or lineages should not be confused with the VS-41 “Tophatters” that flew the SBD-3 Dauntless torpedo bombers during World War II from the deck of USS Ranger.