The F-14 Tomcat was a supersonic, twin-engine, variable sweep wing, two-place fighter designed to attack and destroy enemy aircraft at night and in all weather conditions. The F-14 could track up to 24 targets simultaneously with its advanced weapons control system and attack six with Phoenix AIM-54A missiles while continuing to scan the airspace. Armament also included a mix of other air intercept missiles, rockets and bombs.
The VF-101 Grim Reapers (now decommissioned) were the US Navy's sole Fleet Replacement Squadron for the F-14 Tomcat, training aircrew and maintenance personnel for the fleet. The squadron trained pilots, radar intercept officers, and enlisted personnel in the operation and employment of the F-14 Tomcat fighter. The squadron operated over 40 F-14A, B, and D aircraft at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Virginia.