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Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 1

ADDRESS: 47298 Tate Road, Hangar 305
NAS Patuxent River MD 20670
PHONE: 301-757-1468

The principal mission of VX-1 is to test and evaluate airborne anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and maritime anti-surface warfare (SUW) weapon systems, airborne strategic weapon systems, as well as support systems, equipment and materials in an operational environment. The squadron also develops, reviews and disseminates new ASW/SUW tactics and procedures for fleet use, serving as the model manager for all such tactical publications.

Because of the squadron's unique position as the interfacing unit between the development of new weapon and mission systems and subsequent introduction to the fleet, VX-1 is considered the squadron that “Does it First.”

A variety of operational aircraft are assigned to VX-1 including the P-8A Poseidon, E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, MH-60R and MH-60S. Additionally, VX-1 provides test and evaluation support for such diverse programs as the E-6B Mercury, KC-130J Hercules, and the MQ-8B Fire Scout, and MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

As anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare operations evolve to defeat emerging threats to national security, so too does the nature of projects assigned for evaluation. The squadron has numerous projects assigned, from complete airframe upgrades to weapon system evaluation of electronic, acoustic and optic methods of ship and submarine detection, classification, and attack.

VX-1, in its role as the Navy's air ASW/SUW operational evaluator, meets regularly with our allies to share tactical knowledge and advancement. With ASW continuing as a vital multi-national mission, these contacts have been invaluable to tactical development.

 

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