The S-3B Viking is nearing the end of its acitve service:
Four Viking squadrons remain in the Navy’s lineup, all based on the East Coast. One is set to retire this spring, followed by VS-31 in March 2008, a third later in 2008, and the final squadron bidding adieu in early part of 2009.
VS-31, based in Jacksonville, Fla., flew across the country to embark on the West Coast-based Stennis for the squadron’s farewell deployment, which finds the ship and squadron patrolling the Arabian Sea and conducting air strikes over Afghanistan.
I’ve never really thought that this move makes much sense.