- Antarctic Development Squadron Six (VXE-6) operates on the continent of Antarctica -
Earth's highest, driest, coldest, and windiest land mass -- as the United States Navy's
only unit directly supporting the mission of polar research and scientific programs of the
National Science Foundation.
- We deploy every year for Operation DEEP FREEZE from October to February.
- We operate ski-equipped LC-130 "Hercules" and twin engined UH-1N
"Huey" transport aircraft and helicopter, flying out of McMurdo Station to most
parts of Antarctica.
- Our tasking is to move large amounts of cargo, personnel, and fuel throughout the
continent, as well as providing round-the-clock Search And Rescue (SAR) and Medivac
- During the summer training cycle from March to September, the squadron is based at Naval
Air Weapons Station, Point Mugu, California.
- DEEP FREEZE 98/99 is our last deployment.
- In a joint agency agreement between the Departments of Defense, Navy, and Air Force, and
the National Science Foundation, the services/tasking we currently provide will be
transferred to the Air National Guard, based out of Scotia, New York.
- I enthusiastically invite all former "Puckered Penguins" and "Ice
Pirates" to check out this
- "Pirated" web site and sign the log book.