Cmdr. Dennis Lloyd relieved Cmdr. Bill Selk as commanding officer of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20 Dec. 3 after serving as the squadron’s chief test pilot since May 2014.
During Selk’s tenure as commanding officer, the squadron’s 974 military members, civil servants and contractors accomplished 387 developmental test projects for 15 program offices. The squadron flew three MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft systems from Palmdale, California, to NAS Patuxent River in fall 2014 for extensive ground and flight testing as part of the new UAS’s operational assessment. VX-20 also tested developmental weapon and sensor systems for the P-8A Poseidon and continued to test upgrades to the legacy P-3C Orion and EP-3 Aries maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft.
The squadron conducted high-priority flight testing to support safe operation of the fleet’s E-2C Hawkeyes and C-2A Greyhounds, and its E-2D Advanced Hawkeye test team conducted developmental and operational test events in support of the first operational deployment of the Naval Integrated Fire Control — Counter-Air (NIFC-CA) capability with the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) carrier strike group.
Selk conducted the final flight of the U.S. Navy’s last T-2C Buckeye Sept. 25, 2015, bringing to a close the aircraft type’s 56 years of service as a training and safety chase aircraft.
As part of Naval Test Wing Atlantic, VX-20 tests and evaluates aircraft and systems for the E-2C/D Hawkeye, KC-130J/R/T Hercules, C-38 Courier, E-6B Mercury, MQ-4C Triton, C-2A Greyhound, T-6A Texan II, C-12B/M Huron and P-8A Poseidon in support of their delivery to the fleet.