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Nicknames

Squadron names are culled from various Navy publications and internet references.  See references below.

Squadron designations/numbers are NOT in lineal order.

Nicknames date to the earliest days of naval aviation.  A name may be in simultaneous use by multiple squadrons.  Many squadrons either had no nickname or the name is unknown.  References vary with two word names or compound word names - Sea Hawks and Seahawks - with the more common use listed.  Names appear variously in the singular and plural noun forms - Blue Goose and Blue Geese - with the plural form more common.

As with squadron patches there are official and unofficial names recorded - CNO approved names and nicknames with local flavor and meaning - to confuse history buffs.  Any name found in the reference documents is listed.

This page came about as a reference to help identify squadron patches. This list is neither complete nor without error.   Your suggestions and corrections are welcomed by email to mailbuoy at this domain.

 
A
Aardvarks VF-114
Aces VF-171
Air Barons VF-725, VA-725, VA-8, VA-209
Airwolves HSL-40, HSM-40
Arabs VA-115
Arch Angels HC-5, HSL-31
Argonauts VA-147, VFA-147
Armed Keepers of the Peace VF-112
Axemen VAQ-309
B
Bandits VF-126, VQ-11
Barn Owls VA-215
Bats VT-27, VF(N)-90, VAH-13, RVAH-13
Batman VA-127, VP-24
Battering Rams VB-82, VA-17A, VA-174
Battle Cats HSL-43, HSM-73
Bear Aces VAW-124
Bears VF-878
Bearcats VF-8A, VF-72, VBF-18
Beasts VT-74, VA-2B
Bellicose Gators VF-822
Be-Devilers VF-10A, VF-74, VF-92
Big Brothers VAW-116
Big Red VP-19, VP-HL-11
Bitter Birds VF-884, VF-144, VF-52
Black Aces VF-3B, VF-41, VFA-41
Black Angels VF-122
Black Cats VF-13, VS-23, VF-733, VP-33, VP-54, VP-91, HC-9
Black Diamonds VA-216
Black Eagles VAW-113
Black Falcons VA-85, VC-2, VP-7, VP-ML-7
Black Jack VP-21
Black Knights VA-16, VF-15A, VA-23, HSC-4, HS-4, HCS-4, VF-151, VF-154, VFA-154, VA-45
Black Lancers VA-64
Black Lightening VP-31
Black Lions VF-116, VF-213
Black Panthers VB-3, VB-3B, VB-4, VF-22A, VA-3A, VA-34, VA-35
Black Ponies VAL-4
Black Rams VB-6
Black Ravens VAQ-135, VQ-6
Black Stallions HC-4
Blackbirds VF-45, VA-45
Blackjacks VP-21, HCS-21, VTC-21
Blackhawks HM-15, VA-2Z1, VA-210
Blacktails VA-146
Bloodhounds VX-30
Blue Alii VC-1
Blue Blasters VA-34, VFA-34
Blue Blazers VF-93, VA-93
Blue Bolts VF-172, VA-172
Blue Burglar Wasps VF-7
Blue Diamonds VA-146, VFA-146
Blue Dolphins VF-741, VA-741, VA-2F1, VA-203, VFA-203
Blue Dragons VP-50
Blue Eagles VXN-8
Blue Falcons VC-2
Blue Geese VP-HL-2, VP-22
Blue Goose VP-22
Blue Hawks VA-72, HSM-78, VP-67, HAL-5
Blue Knights VF-53, VA-133
Blue Lightning VC-3, VA-32R, VA-831
Blue Nemesis VC-3, VF(AW)-3
Blue Sharks VP-6, VP-ML-6
Blue Raiders VP-116, VP-117 
Blue Tail Flies VF-153, VA-153, VF-831
Blue Wolves VS-35
Bluetails VAW-121
Bobcats VT-24
Bomb-a-Toms VB-74
Bombing Bees VB-75
Bombing Broncos VA-112
Bombing Bunnies VB-9
Bombing Twenty's Tough Kitty VB-20
Boomers VA-165, VT-27
Boomerangs VF-62, VA-56
Boomerangers VS-35, VP-48
Bounty Hunters VF-2, VFA-2
Boxing Pistols VF-45
Broad Arrows VP-62
Broncos VA-112
Bulldogs VB-19, VA-19A
Bullfrogs HC-16
Bulls VA-37, VFA-37
Bulls-Eye Hummers VAW-124
Buzzard Brigade VT-10
C
Capital Express VR-53
Capital Skyliners VR-48
Carrier Clowns VT-18, VA-8A
Cavaliers VF-22
Challengers VF-43, VA-43
Champions VA-56
Chargers VF-161, VFA-161, HC-6, HS-14, HSC-26
Checkertails VAH-11, RVAH-11, VC-5
Checkmates VF-18A, VS-22, VF-211, VF-172, VBF-82, VA-172
Chessmen VFS-3
Circuit Riders HC-2
Clansmen VA-46
Claw Clan VS-38
Clinchers VA-12
Cobras VAQ-143, VP-60
Cod-Fish Airlines VRC-40
Condors VR-64, VP-64
Conquistadors VR-57
Copperheads VF-16A, VA-54, VF-54, VF-152, VBF-153
Corsair College VA-122
Corsairs VF-24, VA-24
Cosmic Rats VT-10
Cotton Pickers VAW-88
Cougars VAQ-139
Crawfishers VP-94
Crusaders VF-44, VF-81, VC-10 
Cylons VA-127, VFA-127
D
Dambusters VA-195, VFA-195
Demon Elves HSL-74
Desert Bogeys VF-50, VFA-127
Desert Hawks HSC-26
Devil Cats VFA-127, VF-50
Devil's Diplomats VT-82, VA-18A, VA-175
Devil's Disciples VF-301
Devilfish P-Viators VP-150
Diamondbacks VF-102, VFA-102
Diamond Cutters VS-30
Dirty Birds VA-773
Doerbirds VT-2
Dragon Patrol VP-7
Dragon Whales HSC-28
Dragonflies VS-29
Dragons VT-2, VT-2B, VT-3, VF-653, VP-56, VA-4A, VA-35
Dragonslayers HS-11, HCS-11, HSC-11
Dust Devils VX-31
Dusty Dogs HS-7, HCS-7, HSC-7
Duty Cats VS-24
E
Eagle Eyes RVAH-14
Eagles VF-43, VP-16, VS-25, VR-46, VA-115, VFA-115, VA-96
Early Elevens VAW-11
Easyriders HSL-37, HSM-37
Eightballers HS-8, HCS-8, HT-8
Electric Horsemen VAQ-34
Emerald Knights HS-75
Eyes of the Fleet VFP-63
Executioners VF-20A, VF-114, VP-93
Exterminators VP-117
F
Falcons HS-2
Felix the Cat VF-3, VF-3A, VF-6, VF-6B, VF-31
Fighting Aces VF-15, VF-152
Fighting Beavers VF-915
Fighting Escargots VAW-78
Fighting Checkmates VF-211, VFA-211
Fighting Cocks VF-47
Fighting Falcons VF-96, VF-142
Fighting Five Able VF-5A
Fighting Frogs VT-19
Fighting Fools VF-82
Fighting Gators VP-741
Fighting Kangaroos VF-15A, VF-153
Fighting Marlins VP-40, VP-MS-10
Fighting Omars VFC-12
Fighting Phoenix VAQ-128
Fighting Photos VFP-62
Fighting Rebels VF-791
Fighting Red Tails VS-21
Fighting Red Checkertails VF-24
Fighting Redcocks VA-63, VF-63, VA-22, VFA-22
Fighting Renegades VF-24
Fighting Saints VFC-13, VSF-76
Fighting Seahawks VF-126
Fighting Wasps VF-72
Fireballers VAH-8
Firebirds VF-1, VF-41, VF-66, VAW-110, VA-304, VAQ-33
Firebees VC-6
Firefighters VF-661, VA-661
Firehawks HCS-5, HSC-85
Fishhawks VT-75, VA-4B, VA-45?
Fist of the Fleet VA-65, VA-25, VFA-25
Flashbacks VAQ-134
Flashers VF-23
Fleet Angels HU-2, HC-2, HCS-2
Fleet's Finest VP-ML-1
Fleurs VAH-6, RVAH-6
Flying Boars VF-40
Flying Cannons VB-153, VA-15A, VA-154
Flying Chiefs VF-2, VF-2B, VF-2S
Flying Cougars VF-103
Flying Dragons VF-192
Flying Eagles VA-122, VFA-122, VP-57, VP-931
Flying Meataxers VF-31
Flying Phantoms VP-18, VP-861
Flying Ubangis VF-2A, VF-12, VA-12, VBF-4
Flying Wolfhounds VF-74
Foo Dogs VRC-50
Fools in God's Ocean VC-13
Forty-Niners VF-49
Four Runners VAH-4
Freelancers VF-13A, VF-21, VF-64, VF-81, VF-131
Friendlies VA-152
G
Gallant Blades HC-4
Gamblers VS-28
Gamecocks VF-88
Garudas VAQ-134
Gators VSF-86
Gauntlets VAQ-136
Gay Blades VF-75, VF-75A
Genies VP-31
Ghost Cats VF-8
Ghostriders VA-164, VF-142, VF-193
Gladiators VF-62, VA-106, VFA-106
Globemasters VR-56
Go-Devils VAH-7, RVAH-7
Golden Bears HM-19
Golden Dragons VA-192, VFA-192
Golden Eagles VP-1, VP-9, VT-22, VA-776
Golden Falcons HS-2, HCS-12
Golden Gators HC-85
Golden Hawks VAW-112, VF-876, VA-876, VA-20G2, VA-303, VFA-303, VP-67
Golden Intruders VA-128
Golden Pelicans VP-44
Golden Swordsmen VP-47
Golden Warriors VA-87, VFA-87
Grand Slammers VF-154
Grandmasters HSL-46, HSM-46
Gray Berets VAW-111
Gray Wolves VAQ-142
Green Falcons VA-205
Green Lizards VA-95
Green Pawns VBF-75, VF-4B, VF-42, VA-42
Greencheckers HSL-34
Gremlins VT-153, VA-16A, VA-155
Grey Knights VP-46
Greyhawks VAW-120
Greywolves VAQ-35
Griffins VF-34W1, VF-53, VF-123, VAW-121, VF-871, VF-931, VAQ-308, VAK-308
Grim Reapers VF-10, VF-101
Grim Watchdogs VS-27, VAQ-142
Gringos VBF-88
Gun Bears HC-11
Gunfighters VF-124
Gunslingers VA-105, VFA-105
H
Hackers VA-305
Hawaiian Warriors VP-28, VP-HL-8
Hawkeyes VFP-206
Hawks VA-72, VF-72
Hell Cats VF-5, VF-9
Hell Razors VB-81, VF-174, VA-174, VA-13A, VA-134
Hell's Angels VA-54, VF-54
Hell's Archers   VA-104  
Hellions HT-28
High Hatters VB-2B, VB-3, VF-1, VF-1B
High Rollers HSC-85
Hoot Owls VS-39, VAH-9, RVAH-9
Hormel Hawgs VAW-114
Hornets VF-44, VA-44
Hukkers VS-28
Hummers VAW-120
Hummer-Gators VAW-122
Hunters VF-162, VF-124D1, VF-201, VFA-201, VF-701
Hurricane Hunters VW-4
I
Ice Pirates VX-6
Indians VA-3B, HS-6, HSC-6, HCS-6
Invaders HSL-32
Iron Angels VF-14, VF-53, VF-141, VF-721, VA-721
Iron Men VF-82, VU-3, VC-3, VQ-3
Iron Tigers VA-156
Ironman VQ-3
Island Knights HSC-25
Islanders VR-61
J
Jaguars HSL-60
Jesters VF-173
Jockeys VAQ-208, VAK-208
Jokers VB-5, VF-20, VF-9A, VF-91, VF-34, VA-34
Jolly Rogers VF-5B, VF-17, VF-61, VF-84, VF-103, VFA-103
K
Kangaroos VF-27, VF-82
Kestrels VFA-137
Kingpins VF-143
Knights VA-2B, VA-25
Knighthawks VFA-136
Knightriders VF-52, VA-52
L
Lamplighters HSL-36
Lancers VAQ-131, VP-10
Leaping Lizards VF-879, VA-879, VA-20G1
Leeman's Demons VP-202
Legendary Red Lightnings VF-194
Liberty Bells VAW-115, VP-66
Lions VP-90
Lobos VA-305, VFA-305, VF-77A
Lonestar Express VR-59
Lovin-Eleven VP-11
Lucky Seven VF-7
M
Mach Busters VF-21
Mad Cats VP-63
Mad Dogs VA-105
Mad Foxes VP-5, VP-ML-5
Main Battery VA-194, VA-196, VAQ-196
Magicians HSM-35, HSL-35
Marauders VA-82, VFA-82
Marlins VP-40
Maulers VS-32
Mavericks VA-152
Men-O-War VF-46
Merlins HCS-3
Midnight Mariners VP-203
Mighty Shrikes VA-94, VFA-94
Mighty Warbucks VT-4
Milestones VA-196
Minutemen VR-55, VP-92, VF-783
Mohicans VA-831
Mushmouths RVAH-5
N
Navy's Number One Squadron VQ-1
Neptune Raiders HS-17
Neptunes VP-2, VP-ML-2
Neptune's Horsemen HSL-30
Night Hecklers VA(AW)-35
Nightcappers VF(AW)-4, VF-13, VF-131, VC-4
Nightdippers HS-5, HSC-5, HCS-5
Night Hawks VA(AW)-33, VAQ-33, VA-185, HS-16
Night Owls VF-171, VA-185, VAQ-33
Night Wolves VAW-77
Nor'easters VR-62
Norseman HM-16
Nulli Secondus VA-126
O
Old Buzzards VPU-1
Old Crows VP-118
Omars VC-12
Outlaw's Bandits VF-32
P
Pacemakers VF-121, VF-781
Pacific Fleet Angels HC-1
Pack Rats HC-3
Panthers VF-6A, VA-35
Patriots   VAQ-140  
Peacemakers of the Fleet VAH-7, RVAH-7
Peeping Toms VFP-306
Peg Leg Petes VF-14A, VF-132
Pegasus VB-11, VA-11A, VA-114
Pelicans VP-45, VP-MS-4
Phantom Fighters VF-171
Photomasters VFP-306
Pied Pipers VF-89
Pink Panthers VP-91
Pioneers VX-1
Pistol-Packing Airdales VF-16
Pregnant Pelicans VP-48
Privateers VFA-132
Pros VAH-123
Professionals VAH-123, VS-28
Pro's Nest VP-30
Proud Pegasus VP-11
Proud Tigers VS-34
Proud Warriors HSL-42, HSM-72
Providers VRC-30, HC-5
Puckered Penguins VXE-6
Puking Dogs VF-143, VFA-143
R
Rampagers VA-83, VFA-83
Rampant Raiders VA-212
Rangers VT-28, VQ-2
Raptors HSM-71
Ravens VA-93
Rawhides VRC-40
Red Checkertails VF-24, VF-211, VA-1B
Red Darters VP-45
Red Devils VB-5, VT-13, VF-772
Red Griffins VS-38
Red Knights VT-3
Red Lancers VP-10
Red Lightning VF-91, VF-194, VA-728
Red Lions HS-15, HSC-15
Red Rippers VF-1A, VF-4, VF-5, VF-5S, VF-11 , VF-41
Red Wolves HCS-4, HSC-84, HAL-4
Redhawks VT-21
Redskins HS-6
Redtail VC-8
Reluctant Dragons VP-102
Revelers VR-54
Rex Itineris VRF-32
River Rattlers VA-204, VFA-204
Road Runners F-102, VA-36, VA-116, VA-144, VAH-21, VAQ-144
Roaring Bulls VF-83, VF-916
Rooks VAQ-137
Rooster-Tails VS-37
Rough Raiders VA-125, VFA-125, VA-923
Roughnecks VQ-7
Roughriders VA-125
Royal Blues VA-127
Royal Maces VA-27, VFA-27
Royal Rampants VAH-2
Royal Rogues VF-95
Rustlers VF-702, VA-702, VA-145
S
Sabrehawks VT-86, HSL-47, HSM-77
Saints VA-163, VSF-76, VC-13, VC-27
Salty Dogs VX-23
Satan's Angels VBF-15
Satan's Kittens VF-19, VF-19A, VF-191
Satan's Playmates VF-15
Savage Sons VAH-5, RVAH-5
Sawbucks VS-37
Scarlet Knights VA-44
Scorpions HSL-49, VAQ-132, VA-134
Scouts VS-24
Scrappers VF-23, VBF-80
Screaming Demons VF-171
Screaming Eagles VF-1, VF-5, VF-5A, VF-51, VP-1, VP-3
Screwbirds VS-33
Screwtops VAW-123
Sea Demons VP-42, VP-MS-2
Sea Dragons VAH-3, RVAH-3, HM-12
Sea Griffins HS-9
Sea Knights HCS-22
Sea Shadows VQ-5
Seabats VAW-127
Seadevils HC-7
Seahawks VP-23, VAW-126, HM-16, HSL-41, HSM-41
Seahorse HS-1
Seasnakes HSL-33
Seawolves HAL-3, VB-2, VS-27
Sentinels VAW-115
Shadowhawks VAQ-141
Shadows VQ-4
Shamrocks VS-41
Sharks VT-21
Shillelaghs VF-29
Shooters VT-6, VP-30
Shooting Stars VF-1B, VF-6
Shrikes VA-94
Sidewinders VF-84, VA-86, VFA-86
Silver Foxes VA-155
Silver Kings VF-54, VF-92
Skeeters VC-6
Skinny Dragons VP-4
Sky Knights VA-95
Skyhawks VF-45
Skylancers VA-26
Skylords VTC-22
Sleepless Knights VF(N)-53, VF(N)-63
Sluggers VF-103
Smokin' Tigers RVAH-1
Snowbirds VA-811, VA-813
Spartans HSM-70
Speartips VAH-1, RVAH-12
Spiders VAW-114
Spirits VA-76
Stagecoach West VR-30
Stallions VF-302
Star Busters VF-721
Star Lifters VR-1
Star Warriors VAQ-209
Starfighters VF-33
Steeljaw VAW-122
Stingers VF-113, VA-113, VFA-113, VP-91
Stingrays VT-35
Stingarees VF-124, VF-874
Striking Eagles VF-3S
Sub Choppers HS-13
Sub Seekers HS-11
Sun Kings VAW-116
Sunday Fliers VP-731, VP-905, VP-ML-55
Sunday Punchers VB-18, VA-75, VA-7A
Sundowners VF-11, VF-11A, VF-86, VF-26, VF-111, VFC-111
Sunliners VA-81, VFA-81
Sunseekers VR-58
Superheats VF-53D2, VF-202, VF-703, VA-703
Swamp Fox HSL-44, HSM-74
Swordsmen VF-4A, VA-145, VF-32, VFA-32
T
Tarsiers VF-33
Taskmasters VR-52
The Condors VP-64
The Evaluators VX-4
The Genies VP-31
The Liberty Bells VP-66
The Taskmasters VR-52
Thunderbirds VF-12, VA-135, VA-892
Thunderbolts VA-176, VA-42, HSL-84
Thundercats VF-153, VF-194
Tiger Squadron VP-8
Tigers VA-65, VAP-62, VP-8, VP-ML-8, VP-MS-8, VT-9, VA-25, VA-195
Tigertails VAW-125
Titans HSL-94
Tomcatters VF-31
Toppers VF-54L
Tophatters VF-3B, VB-4, VB-41, VA-14, VF-14, VFA-14, VA-1A
Top Cats VS-31
Torpcats VT-5, VA-6A, VA-55
Totems VP-69
Tough Kitty VB-20, VA-94, VF-94, VA-9A
Tridents HSC-9, HS-3, HCS-9, VP-26, VP-65
Tromboners VS-29
Typhoon Chasers VW-1, VPW-1
Typhoon Trackers VPM-1
U
Ubangis VA-12
Unique Antiques VC-1
Uninvited VT-81, VA-135
V
Vagabonds VF-84
Valions VT-4, VA-15, VFA-15, VA-2A, VA-2E
Vanguard HM-14
Vanguards VX-4
Vampires VX-5, VX-9
Vapor Trails VBF-86
Vigilant Eagles HT-18
Vigilantes VF-151, VFA-151
Vikings VAH-10, VAQ-129
Vipers HSL-48, HSM-48, VF-80
Volunteers VF-214, VA-214
Vorse's Vipers VT-80
VQ-2 Squadron VQ-2
Vultures VT-20, VF-713, VA-10A, VA-95
W
Waldomen VF-671, VF-81, VA-66
Waldos VA-66
Wallbangers VAW-117
War Eagles VFS-1, VP-16
War Hogs HS-10
Warbucks VT-4
Warhawks VA-97, VFA-97
Warhorses VA-55
Warlocks VXS-1
Warlords HSL-51, HSM-51
Warriors VA-691
Watermen VP-1649
Whistling Death VBF-6
White Blades VAH-16
White Cats VPB-6
White Lightning VP-17
Wild Aces VA-152
Wild Hares VF-86
Wildcards HCS-23
Windjammers VT-10, VFA-131
Winged Lightning VR-51
Winged Lions VA-194
Wizards VB-19
Wolf Gang VAQ-133, VPU-2
Wolf Pack VF-84
Wolf Pack VF-1, HSL-45, HSM-75
Wolverators VP-106
Woodpeckers VP-49
World Famous Black Eagles VAW-113
World Famous Fighting Falcon VF-96
World Recorders VAP-61
World Watchers VQ-1  
World's Biggest Little Airline VR-24
Wyverns HS-12
Y
Yellow Devils VF-194
Yellow Tails VS-32
Yellowjackets VAQ-138, VAL-4
Z
Zappers VAW-13, VAQ-130

   

References (off site)

1.  Gossnick, Roy A.: Dictionary of American Naval Aviation Squadrons, Volume I, The History of VA, VAH, VAK, VAL, VAP and VFA Squadrons.  Washington, D.C., Navy Historical Center, Department of the Navy, 1995. 
2.  Roberts, Michael D.: Dictionary of American Naval Aviation Squadrons, Volume 2, The History of VP, VPB, VP(HL) and VP(AM) Squadrons. Washington, D.C., Navy Historical Center, Department of the Navy, 2000. 
3. Evans, Mark L.  and Grossnick, Roy A.
 United States Naval Aviation 1910-2010, Vol I & II, Naval History and Hertiage Command, Washington, D.C. 2015

4.  Naval Aviation News,  Back Issues (1917-present).
5.
 GoNavy.jp
6.
 Neil Baumgardner's Orders of Battle Page  
7VPNavy.com

8.
 Wikipedia List of United States Navy Aircraft Squadrons (Active) (Inactive)

References on squadron naming and lineages

1.  Chief of Naval Operations: OPNAV INSTRUCTION 5030.4G, Navy Aviation Squadron Lineage and Naval Aviation Command Insignia, 2012.
2. Tillman, Barrett. The Name's the Same : The Hook, Spring 1999.
3. Ground Rules for Squadron Insignia, Naval Aviation News, December 1952