Squadron history :
On 1 July 1965, Fleet Utility Squadron Five was redesignated VC-5. The squadron was based at NAS Atsugi but maintained permanent detachments in Naha AFB and NAS Cubi Point. The squadron operated a mixed batch of aircraft due to the numerous tasks it was assigned: F-8 Crusader, S-2 Tracker, A-4 Skyhawk, P-2 Neptune, H-34 Choctaw, RC-45 Expeditor.
Its missions included target towing, target drone operation, aerial photography, administrative and logistic flights, combat training, radar calibration and maintaining pilot proficiency.
In April and March 1966, the squadron was involved in a large live-fire exercise at Naha AFB, firing air-to-air missiles against towed Delmar targets. In December of the same year, a Sparrow III was succesfully launched by USS Essex against such a target.
Crusader models used: