VMF-311 was established on December 1, 1942 and re-designated VMA-311 in 1957. On November 22, 1988 AV-8B 163664 MSN 139 was delivered to VMA-311 "Tomcats" and took part in Desert Storm as well as Operation Desert Shield. In 2002 the wings, tail and various other parts were added to a new fuselage that would become an AV-8B Harrier II+ assigned a new BuNo. 165584 / MSN B321. VMA-311's home base is MCAS Yuma, Arizona and in February 2012 operated from USS Peleliu conducting deck landing qualifications during Iron Fist 2012.