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  • Bittersweet Goodbyes: Last S-3 Viking leaves US Navy service

    POINT MUGU, Calif. (NNS) -- After more than 40 years of service, the last S-3B Viking in U.S. Navy service launched one last time from the runway at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, Jan. 11.

    Originally introduced in 1974 as a replacement for the S-2 Tracker, the Viking has ranged far from its anti-submarine warfare roots to perform various roles such as organic tanking, electronic intelligence, and carrier onboard delivery.
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    Landed on a carrier in the Med in one of those. Thunderstorm to make things interesting. 500 gal. LOX trailer a few inches from me to make things exciting.
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      Does the Super Hornet pick up this mission too?
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        What did the Viking do anymore? If I remember correctly, they haven't been used for ASW for years.
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          ASW ain't what it used to be... I won't say more about that.

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            Originally posted by The Doctor View Post
            Does the Super Hornet pick up this mission too?
            No the F-35 does. They've decided to add an ASW capable "D" version because they realized there was a mission it couldn't do yet. Its only expected to set the whole program back 4 years.
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            • #7
              My brother-in-law flew the S-3. He has some cool stories to tell about ASW

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              • #8
                They should keep the S-3 in a tanker role. It beats using a fighter like the Hornet.

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