Maquis SIM Project/Fighters/VP-24
History and Squadron Insignia/Nickname
MFI's Patrol Squadron TWENTY-FOUR (VP-24) carries the name of a late twentieth century squadron established during the second world war. The first squadron insignia on record was designed for VP-HL-4 and was approved by CNO on 9 July 1947. The theme of the design was based on the Bat, or Special Weapons Ordnance Device (SWOD) Mark 9, a radio-controlled glide bomb assigned to the squadron in 1946. Although the weapon was re-designated ASMN-2 after the war, it was still affectionately called the Bat by the few squadrons carrying it. The design consisted of a yellow bat superimposed on a large red figure 4 on a circular field of blue. The bat, clutching a large bomb, and with lightning flashing from its eyes, signified the mission of the squadron and the electronic nature of the device. In the upper left of the circular field of blue there was a silhouette of a PB4Y-2 Privateer, the aircraft assigned to the squadron. Colors: background, medium blue; bat, yellow; bat’s eyes and mouth, red; bomb, white; lightning bolts, white; aircraft silhouette, white; letters, red. The insignia remained in use from 1946 to 1948. The second squadron insignia was submitted when the mission of the squadron changed from Bat glide bombs to ASW, reconnaissance and anti-shipping in 1950. The squadron was so fond of the designation Batmen, that permission was requested to retain the symbolism in the new design. Upon approval by CNO on 23 January 1951, this insignia became unique as the only authorized naval squadron insignia displaying a member of the female sex. The Batgirl was depicted leaning against a heraldic shield superimposed over a naval officer’s sword. On the shield was a homing torpedo suspended by parachute over a periscope emerging from the ocean depths. Colors: Batgirl, black wings and outfit; skin, flesh color; shield, red border with white background; sea, blue; periscope, white; torpedo, black and white with red parachute; sword, red pommel and blade with gold tassel; VP-24 letters, black on white background in scroll at bottom of design. The insignia was used by VP-24 from 1951 until the squadron was disestablished in 1995.
MFI's VP-24 insignia is one which takes many elements of her 20th century namesake. Replacing the shield with one of Maquis origin, this remains very recognizable as that of the Batmen!
At the time of is disestablishment in the 20th century, VP-24 flew the P-3C Orion, based on the Lockheed L-188 Electra which met limited success as an airliner against emerging pure jets. It served as the replacement for the postwar era P-2 Neptune which was powered by 2 piston engines and 2 jets. The Orion was powered by 4 powerful and efficient turboprops which give it speed comparable to fast propeller powered fighters, or even slow turbofan jets such as the A-10. Most other similar patrol aircraft adopted this model, with Soviets adapting their own counterpart to the Electra. The P-3C also competed with the British Nimrod adaption of the Comet. Experience with the P-3C helped with the S-3 Viking carrier-borne ASW jet. The P-3C had an internal bomb bay under the front fuselage, as well as under-wing stations which it could carry missiles such as the AGM-84 Harpoon. It had a characteristic long stinger in the tail which housed the MAD magnetic detector, and domed windows for observation.
Sonobuoys (a portmanteau of sonar and buoy) were VP-24's expendable sonar system launched from externally loaded tubes for the purpose of anti-submarine warfare or underwater acoustic research. The buoys are ejected from the aircraft in canisters and deploy upon water impact. An inflatable surface float with a radio transmitter remains on the surface, for communication with the aircraft, while one or more hydrophone sensors and stabilizing equipment descend below the surface to a variable depth depending on environmental conditions and the search pattern. The buoy relays acoustic information from its hydrophone(s) via UHF/VHF radio to operators on board the aircraft.
Today, MFI's VP-24 is made up of nine Maquis Ju'Day Raider Class starships. These modified transports have been outfitted with weaponry and a variety of other mission specific equipment. Specifically tasked to Patrol the Badlands and established Maquis bases, VP-24's Raiders are mostly outfitted with special and highly tuned sensor equipment designed to serve as early warning for attacks or detecting hostile forces in areas in which the Maquis operate.
VP-24's missions include deploying specially shielded sensor buoys and monitoring for any incursions into the Badlands and Maquis territory. These shielded sensor buoys are very difficult to detect by hostile forces and have been recorded to have had hostiles even come within visual distance without being compromised.
VP-24's Raiders have had Cloaking technology added in order to assist with the stealth needed to patrol the Badlands should they come across hostile forces during security sweeps. Their sensor buoys are modified sensor probes with all propulsion systems removed. The re-designated Class 7 Sensor Buoy is packed with sensor jamming equipment developed by the Maquis in the Badlands through their black market contacts in the Orion Syndicate, the galaxy's experts on stealth and evasion. VP-24's Raiders carry 12 Class 7 Sensor Buoys. Once deployed, these devices remain stationary with little or no "on station" maintenance. If one does malfunction, it is equipped with its own version of the "dead man's switch" and will neatly self destruct keeping it from being obtained by anyone other than the Maquis.
Although not intended for combat but rather long and deep patrols in and around Maquis territory, the Raiders of VP-24 are armed to defend themselves and the assets they protect and patrol.
Specifications & Deck Plans
Ships Of The Squadron
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