Attack Squadron 147 (ATKRON 147)

VA-147 ĎArgonautsí

 

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STATUS:

established as VA-147 on February 1, 1967

VA-147 redesignated VFA-147 on July 20, 1989

AIRCRAFT:

Ling-Temco-Vought A-7A Corsair II (1967-69)

Ling-Temco-Vought A-7E Corsair II (1969-89)

 

 

DEPLOYMENTS:

November 1967 - May 1968 with CVW-2 aboard USS Ranger (CVA 61)

October 1968 - May 1969 with CVW-2 aboard USS Ranger (CVA 61)

January 1970 - March 1970 with CVW-9 aboard USS America (CVA 66)

April 1970 - December 1970 with CVW-9 aboard USS America (CVA 66)

October 1971 - July 1972 with CVW-9 aboard USS Constellation (CVA 64)

January 1973 - October 1973 with CVW-9 aboard USS Constellation (CVA 64)

June 1974 - December 1974 with CVW-9 aboard USS Constellation (CVA 64)

April 1977 - November 1977 with CVW-9 aboard USS Constellation (CV 64)

September 1978 - May 1979 with CVW-9 aboard USS Constellation (CV 64)

February 1980 - October 1980 with CVW-9 aboard USS Constellation (CV 64)

October 1981 - May 1982 with CVW-9 aboard USS Constellation (CV 64)

January 1984 - August 1984 with CVW-2 aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63)

July 1985 - December 1985 with CVW-9 aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63)

January 1987 - June 1987 with CVW-9 aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63)

June 1988 - August 1988 with CVW-9 aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68)

September 1988 - March 1989 with CVW-9 aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68)

 

images

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-147 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 1987

 

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A-7E Corsair IIís of VA-146 and VA-147, assigned to CVW-9 aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 1985

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-147 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Constellation (CV 64) - July 1980

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-147 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Constellation (CVA 64) - 1974 (NNAM)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-147 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Constellation (CVA 64) - undated

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-147 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Constellation (CVA 64) with a RA-5C Vigilante of RVAH-5 - 1974 (NNAM)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-147 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Constellation (CVA 64) - 1970ís (NNAM)

 

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A-7E Corsair II (VA-147 / CVW-9) embarked on USS Constellation (CVA 64) with a F-4J Phantom II (VF-96) and a RA-5C Vigilante (RVAH-11) - 1972 (NNAM)

 

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A-7A Corsair II (VA-147 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ranger (CVA 61) - 1968-69

 

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A-7A Corsair II (VA-147 / CVW-2) at NAS Lemoore, California - 1967 (NNAM)

 

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A-7A Corsair II (VA-147 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Ranger (CVA 61) with a F4U-7 Corsair - 1967

 

 

history

Attack Squadron 147 was commissioned as the Navy's First A-7A Corsair II squadron on February 1, 1967 in Lemoore, California. The squadron received its first A-7A on 28 June 1967, and in December 1967, the squadron flew its first combat missions, striking targets in North Vietnam from USS Ranger. This was the first introduction of the A-7 Corsair II in combat. The squadron would deploy a total of five times in support of the Vietnam War.

In January 1968 while embarked on USS Ranger (CV-61), the squadron flew support missions during the siege at Khe Sanh before the carrier was ordered from Yankee Station to the Sea of Japan following the capture of USS Pueblo (AGER-2) by North Korea on 23 January 1968. In April 1969 following the shoot down of a Navy EC-121 aircraft by the North Koreans on 15 April, Ranger, with VA-147 embarked, again left Yankee Station and proceeded to the Sea of Japan for operations off the coast of Korea. After deployment, the squadron upgraded to the A-7E in September 1969.

The Argonauts deployed to WestPac/Vietnam aboard USS America (CV-66) in 1970, and USS Constellation (CV-64) in 1971-72. In May 1972, the squadron participated in the early phase of Operation Linebacker I, heavy air strikes against targets in North Vietnam.

In April 1972 the squadron participated in Operation Freedom Train, tactical air sorties against military and logistic targets in the southern part of North Vietnam. It also provided support for forces in South Vietnam following a massive invasion by North Vietnam on 1 April 1972. In March-June 1973 embarked on Constellation, VA-147 provided aerial support during Operation End Sweep, the removal of mines from North Vietnamese waters.

In November 1974, VA-147 embarked on Constellation, operated in the Persian Gulf. This was the first time in 26 years that an American carrier had entered and operated in the Persian Gulf. The Squadron won the Battle "E" Award in 1977 as the top Corsair squadron in the Pacific Fleet.

VA-147 deployed aboard Constellation in 1980 and 1981-82. During these deployments, the squadron remained ashore at NAS Cubi Point as CVW-9ís Beach Detachment as part of the "Swing Wing Concept" during most of Constellationís deployment.

Between January 1984 and June 1987, the squadron deployed three times aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), including an around-the-world cruise.

In September 1988 while embarked on the first of two USS Nimitz (CVN-68) deployments, VA-147 operated in the Sea of Japan in support of the Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea.

The squadron was redesignated Strike Fighter Squadron 147 (VFA-147) on 20 July 1989, and transitioned to the F/A-18C Hornet under the instruction of VFA-125.

 

source: wikipedia

 

patches

 

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