A new chapter in the history of NAS Jacksonville began July 25, 2009 when, for the first time ever, a squadron of Navy C-130T Hercules aircraft was welcomed to its new home at Hangar 1000.
VR-62 formerly known as the "Nor'easters" arrived here due the 2005 BRAC decision to close NAS Brunswick, Maine. This is the fourth home base relocation in VR-62's 24-year history - and each time the squadron took on a new name appropriate to its location.
However, its new name of "Nomads" won't change should the squadron ever have to relocate again.
VR-62 was established July 1, 1985 at NAF Detroit, Mich. under the operational control of Commander, Fleet Logistics Support Wing. In February 1988, the squadron began providing logistics support flights operating the McDonnell Douglas C-9B "Sky train II" aircraft. Following nine years of outstanding airlift service to the fleet and with the closing of NAF Detroit, the VR-62 "Motowners" were ordered to change their homeport. This move also included a transition to the newly acquired C-130T Hercules aircraft. In 1994, VR-62 officially changed its homeport to NAS South Weymouth, Mass., and was renamed "Mass Transport."
The squadron received their first of four C-130T aircraft in January 1995. Following several months of rigorous training, VR-62 began its operational commitments, sending detachments to Sicily, Japan and Bahrain in support of worldwide naval operations.
The BRAC commission ordered the disestablishment of NAS South Weymouth and VR-62 was again ordered to change their homeport. In 1996, the squadron relocated to NAS Brunswick, Maine, and was renamed the "Nor' Easters." Today, VR-62 remains an integral part of fleet support having transported in excess of 29,500 passengers and over 29 million pounds of cargo since receiving the C-130T aircraft. The squadron has billets for 35 pilots, 85 active duty 130 Selective Reservists.
For more information about the squadron, go to VR-62.