Squadron Scrapbook
Port Lyautey/Kenitra

Welcome to Morocco

A detachment of VRU-4 was established at Naval Air Facility, Port Lyautey, French Morocco, at the same time, or soon after, that squadron was commissioned at RAF Hendon, England in 1946. In 1948, VRU-4 was redesignated as VR-24. And the Port Lyautey detachment became the VR-24 parent squadron when its homebase was moved from RAF Hendon to Morocco in 1950. In its combined forms, the squadron maintained a continued presence at Port Lyautey, later known as Kenitra, for over sixteen years until it moved to Rota, Spain during the early part of 1963.

The photos currently shown on the following pages were contributed by former members of VR-24 who served in the squadron during the time it was based in Morocco. Anyone who has photos and material relating to VR-24 operations at Port Lyautey, or Kenitra, which they wish to share is encouraged to send them to Dick Prather, Webmaster/Editor of the VR-24 website.

(owen collection)

NAS Port Lyautey

The first close-up view of Morocco for the majority of Navy personnel assigned duty there, or else passing through to other destinations, was of the air terminal at NAS Port Lautey. Many of those personnel and their dependents arrived via a VR-24 aircraft, as did the people just deplaning from the C-130 Hercules in this photo.  




Others arrived from the States on planes operated by VR-24's sister squadron, VR-22 based in Norfolk, VA. For years, the red-suited gentleman shown in the photo to the left arrived in mid-December aboard an R5D.
Some Navy personnel and dependents flew from Charleston, SC to Morocco. Those folks first landed at Nouasseur AFB near Casablanca and were then bussed to Port Lyautey, giving them a first hand look at the capitol city of Rabat.




Most new arrivals were struck by how pleasant the Moroccan weather was. However, a few of those arriving during the winter rainy season were greeted by a different form of sunshine.

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