Who We Are

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ANA is an advocate group for all aviation forces in the US Navy, US Marine Corps, and US Coast Guard.

The only requirement for membership is to be interested in naval aviation. We have membership throughout the US, in the UK, France, Italy, Australia, Malta and several other countries. Complete a Membership Application if you are interested in joining. In addition to individual members, the Association of Naval Aviation has more than 60 squadrons which meet regularly to interface with active duty personnel, tour military facilities and ships, and hear presentations from key members of the military establishment.

The squadrons have two functions: First to support naval aviation and inform the general public about the magnificent job being done by the men, women and equipment of naval aviation; secondly, to share in the camaraderie and excitement of being connected to naval aviation.

Click here for a complete list of the locations of all the squadrons.

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March 2017

During ceremonies on March 29, 2017 at the Naval Air Station Oceana Officers’ Club eight aviators received patches from the fleet squadrons they will call home for the next three years after completing a 39-week training syllabus in the FA-18 Hornet and Super Hornet at Strike Fighter Squadron One-Zero-Six (VFA-106.

The ceremony included seven USN and 1 USMC officers who, once their names were called, waited until their new squadron claimed them with the presentation of a squadron patch. CAPT Joyner presented each aviator with a free one year subscription to the ANA magazine, Wings of Gold (WOG).  (Troy Snead)

Participants left to right: CAPT Jim Joyner, USN (Ret) Commanding Officer, HRANA, LTJG Luke Nowlin (VFA-11), LTJG Chris Fowler (VFA-143), LTJG Bobby Ward (VFA-103), LTJG Dan Wilkinson (VFA-103), LT Steve Harry (VFA-131), lstLT Christopher O’Neil VMFA-115), LTJG Frank Goldstein (VFA-11) and LTJG Amanda Lee (VFA-81) and CDR Martin Weyenberg, Commanding Officer, VFA-106).  (Photo by Harry Gerwien)

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CAPT Marc Miguez, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Three, was guest speaker at the March 2017 luncheon meeting of the Hampton Roads Association of Naval Aviation held at the NAS Oceana’s Dam Neck Annex in Virginia Beach, VA.  He briefed HRANA members on the markup of the air wing and operations during  the seven-month deployment onboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69).  CVW-3 is one of the oldest air wings in the Navy initially commissioned on Sept 25, 1943.  CAPT John Allen, USN (Ret) center, presented CAPT Miguez with a NAS Oceana history book following the presentation, also attended  by CAG member LCDR Sung Nguyen.  (Photo by Troy Snead)

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November 2016

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HRANA Squadron CO CAPT Jim Joyner USN (Ret.) and CDR Bryan “RJ” Roberts (O-IN-C LSO School) at the HRANA Squadron November luncheon.

“RJ” is deeply involved in the development of PLM, Precision Landing Mode, aka “Magic Carpet” the latest and greatest method of landing Navy aircraft aboard CVN’s.

He is one of a small handful fully qualified individuals preparing the fleet in both theory and execution of PLM.

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August 2016

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Guest speaker for the August luncheon of the Hampton Roads Association of Naval Aviation Squadron was ADM Bill Gortney USN (Ret), former Fleet Forces Commander and  who recently retired as Commander, US North America Air Defense Command, Commander, US Northern Command.  While the main theme of his remarks touched on the modern hi-tech, stealth weapons and target-acquisition equipment, it’s still the individual that brings it all to bear on the enemy.  The Admiral said when he speaks to middies who select aviation he reminds them that first and foremost is to remember the importance that leadership plays in the mix of things.  CAPT Jim Joyner, USN (Ret), Commanding Officer HRANA presents ADM Gortney with a history book, “Mud Flats to Master Jet Base at NAS Oceana.”  The event was held at the NAS Oceana/Dam Neck Shifting Sands Club in Virginia Beach.   (Photo by Marshall Lefavor).

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June 2016

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The Battle of Midway was celebrated on June 2, 2016 at the Monument to Naval Aviation Park on the Virginia Beach oceanfront with the laying of a wreath by members of the Hampton Roads Association of Naval Aviation and other dignitaries.  Guest speaker for the event was Norfolk Naval Museum historian Laura Orr.  Attending the ceremonies was, from left, RADM Mark Gemmill, USN (Ret), PNCS Wayne Rogers, USN (Ret),  CAPT Floyd Friesen, USN (Ret) CDR Carroll Bains, USN (Ret), VADM Ed Clexton, USN (Ret), CAPT Jim Joyner, USN (Ret) CO HRANA, RADM Jack Dantone, USN (Ret), and Dennis Key.

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Become a Member
The only requirement for membership to ANA is to be interested in Naval Aviation.  We have membership throughout the US, in the UK, France, Italy, Australia, Malta and several other countries.  Complete a Membership Application if you are interested in joining.

Now, you can renew your membership or sign up a new member at:https://www.anahq.org/OnlineMembership.asp

Visit the Monument
The Hampton Roads Squadron of ANA invites you to visit the site that tells the story of our Naval Aviation heritage depicted through a series of sculptures, images and historical events that have helped preserve our American freedoms.  Naval Aviation Monument Park is located at 25th Street and the ocean front.  A public parking lot is located at 25th Street and Pacific Avenue, allowing easy access to the Park.

Click here for directions to the monument

Contribute To The Monument Fund
Plans are for Aviation Monument Park to continue to expand as we receive donations.  To date, the cost has been $2 million.  Consider becoming a sponsor of this magnificent project.  Click on the link above to find out more information about sponsor opportunities.

Learn More
The Hampton Roads Squadron of ANA embarked on the Naval Aviation Monument Park project in 1997.  The goal was to build a monument that would tell the local and national story and depict the various eras of Naval Aviation history.

A partnership was formed between the Hampton Roads Squadron of ANA Committee and the City of Virginia Beach.

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