STT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 17270 posts, RR: 50 Posted (4 years 6 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 11264 times:
How many C-130s does the US Navy operate? I know they have 5 Fleet Logistics support squadrons that operate C-130s, my question is how many does the Navy currently operate total and how many per squadron?..
United States Navy
Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron "Blue Angels" - Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida (C-130T) 
VX-20 Development Squadron - Patuxent River, Washington, D.C. (KC-130F/J)
Air Test and Evaluation Squadron THREE ZERO "Bloodhounds" - Point Mugu, California (C-130A)
VR-53 Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (Reserve) "Capital Express" - Washington, DC
VR-54 Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (Reserve) "Revelers" - New Orleans, Louisiana
VR-55 Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (Reserve) "Minutemen" - Point Mugu, California
VR-62 Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (Reserve) "Nor'easters" - Brunswick, Maine
VR-64 Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (Reserve) "Condors" - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania
United States Coast Guard
5th Coast Guard District Elizabeth City, North Carolina (HC-130H)
7th Coast Guard District Clearwater, Florida (HC-130H)
14th Coast Guard District Kalaeloa Airport, Oahu, Hawaii (HC-130H)
17th Coast Guard District Kodiak Island, Alaska (HC-130H)
United States Marine Corps
VMGR-152 Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron - "Sumos" MCAS Futenma, Okinawa, Japan (KC-130J)
VMGR-234 Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron "Rangers" NASJRB Fort Worth, Dallas, Texas (KC-130T)
VMGR-252 Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron "Otis" MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina (KC-130J)
VMGR-352 Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron "Raiders" MCAS Miramar, San Diego California (KC-130J)
VMGR-452 Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron "Yankees" Stewart Air National Guard Base, New York (KC-130T)
VMGRT-253 Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Training Squadron "Titans" MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina (KC-130F/R/T)(Decommissioned)
mechatnew From United States of America, joined May 2005, 112 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (4 years 6 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 10684 times:
The Navy bought 20 C-130Ts starting in the early 1990s. One is with the Blue Angels, and the other 19 serve with the 5 VR squadrons. Each units has 3-4 aircraft, just like the other VR units with C-9s, and C-40s. I belive there are a handfull of other aircraft[Ex USMC KC-130F/R] that are used for testing, and support.
KingairTA From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 458 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 6 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 10659 times:
Quoting mechatnew (Reply 3): The Navy bought 20 C-130Ts starting in the early 1990s. One is with the Blue Angels, and the other 19 serve with the 5 VR squadrons. Each units has 3-4 aircraft, just like the other VR units with C-9s, and C-40s. I belive there are a handfull of other aircraft[Ex USMC KC-130F/R] that are used for testing, and support.
Of those 20 I have flown on 19 of them. The only exception is the one the Blue Angels operate. Hopefully that will be resolved at the air show next week (provided budget is signed) here at KNFW.
I was stationed with VR-48, VR-53, VR-55, VR-62 and a loadmaster for hire with VR-54, and VR-64.
Also VR-62 is now stationed at NAS Jacksonville, FL and VR-64 is now at McQuire AFB, NJ.
Little trivia. VR-53 originally had the tail code WV. In honor of West Virginia because Senator Bird was a big proponent of buying the C-130s and VR-53 was supposed to move to Martinsburgh WV. Hangar started to be built and then the political climate changed and the squadron stayed at Andrews. Tail code is now AX.
The units are reserve units but they are operated primarily by FTS (formally TAR) personnel and are operational 24/7/365.
Those planes are always on the go. Even though those planes are less then 20 years old most of them have more flight hours on them then quite a few of the Air Forces E-models.
All 20 of those planes were outfitted as KC's. All they need are refueling pods (currently in storage). CFLSW experimented doing refueling with them but the cargo mission is so demanding that there was not enough time to maintain crew currency for tanking.
Same thing air drops. Not enough planes to go around.
Another bit of trivia. Those T models are the equivalent of H3s minus the glass. The Navy had the glass cockpits removed and had the old steam guages installed.
Also 165378 and 165379 were the last of the Ts/Hs to roll off the line after those it was all Js.