VU-10 Proud Pelicans (1965) F-8 Crusader Model
Fly with the VU-10 again with this F-8 Crusader model. Each model is carefully carved from wood and expertly painted to provide a unique and treasured piece.
Fleet Utility Squadron Ten was originally commissioned as VJ-16 on 1 December 1943. Over the years the squadron has supplied service aircraft for Fleet training in the Caribbean ar¬ea. Stationed at NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the squadron was redes¬ignated VU-10 on 15 November 1946. The F8U-1 (F-8A) Crusader was ac¬quired in January 1962. UTRON TEN was redesignated Fleet Composite Squadron Ten (VC-10) on 1 July 1965.
The History of Guantanamo Bay 1494 -1964 – by M. E. Murphy, Rear Admiral, U. S. Navy – U. S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Squadrons Mentioned: VJ-16 and VU-10…” WebSite: U. S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
During 1945, however, all efforts were not bent toward reduction. The DD-DE Shakedown Task Group was moved to Guantanamo from Bermuda in February and March 1945 and became the Training Group (later Fleet Training Group). Another command that arrived in Guantanamo about that time was VJ-16.
VJ-16 had been established in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on 1 December 1943. There it served the need for aircraft towing and utility services for the Atlantic Fleet in the Caribbean area. VJ-16 was moved from San Juan on 10 May 1944, and after eleven months stay in Miami the Squadron arrived in Guantanamo Bay on 1 April 1945 under the command of LCDR V. C. Wright. The Squadron furnished utility services for Fleet units in the Guantanamo Bay area, particularly during Fleet problems. In the summer of 1946 the designation was changed to Utility Squadron 10, commonly known as VU-10.
The duties of this squadron include target towing for anti-aircraft gunnery practices, various radar exercises, rescue missions for ships or aircraft in distress, and bringing in emergency supplies and spare parts for the Base.
In the summer of 1948 two helicopters were attached to the Squadron and were used to provide security patrols for the Base, furnish a platform for spotting shore bombardments, furnishing air-sea rescue, plane guard, and emergency transportation. Santa Claus even arrives by helicopter in this tropical country.
VU-10 also has a large drone component, the drone Planes being used as targets for anti-aircraft practice.