Attack Squadron 153 (ATKRON 153)

VA-153 ‘Blue Tail Flies’

 

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STATUS:

established as VF-718 (Reserve Squadron)

redesignated VF-831 (Reserve Squadron) in September 1949

VF-831 activated on February 1, 1951

VF-831 redesignated VF-153 on February 4, 1953

VF-153 redesignated VA-153 on December 17, 1956

VA-153 disestablished on September 30, 1977

AIRCRAFT:

Grumman F9F-8B Cougar (1956-57)

Douglas A4D-1 Skyhawk (1957-58)

Douglas A4D-2 Skyhawk (1958-61)

Douglas A4D-2N Skyhawk (1961-62)

Douglas A-4C Skyhawk (1962-67)

Douglas A-4B Skyhawk (1964 / Det.R)

Douglas A-4E Skyhawk (1967-68)

Douglas A-4F Skyhawk (1968-69)

Ling-Temco-Vought A-7A Corsair II (1969-73)

Ling-Temco-Vought A-7B Corsair II (1973-77)

 

 

DEPLOYMENTS:

February 1958 - October 1958 with CVG-15 aboard USS Hancock (CVA 19)

August 1959 - January 1960 with CVG-15 aboard USS Hancock (CVA 19)

September 1960 - May 1961 with CVG-15 aboard USS Coral Sea (CVA 43)

December 1961 - July 1962 with CVG-15 aboard USS Coral Sea (CVA 43)

April 1963 - November 1963 with CVG-15 aboard USS Coral Sea (CVA 43)

December 1964 - November 1965 with CVW-15 aboard USS Coral Sea (CVA 43)

May 1966 - December 1966 with CVW-15 aboard USS Constellation (CVA 64)

July 1967 - April 1968 with CVW-15 aboard USS Coral Sea (CVA 43)

September 1968 - April 1969 with CVW-15 aboard USS Coral Sea (CVA 43)

May 1970 - December 1970 with CVW-19 aboard USS Oriskany (CVA 34)

May 1971 - December 1971 with CVW-19 aboard USS Oriskany (CVA 34)

June 1972 - March 1973 with CVW-19 aboard USS Oriskany (CVA 34)

October 1973 - June 1974 with CVW-19 aboard USS Oriskany (CVA 34)

September 1975 - March 1976 with CVW-19 aboard USS Oriskany (CV 34)

October 1976 - April 1977 with CVW-19 aboard USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV 42)

    

Detachment deployment only:

VA-153 / Det.R: June 1964 - December 1964 with CVSG-53 aboard USS Kearsarge (CVS 33)

 

images

 

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A-7B Corsair II (VA-153 / CVW-19) embarked on USS Oriskany (CVA 34) - ca. 1974 (NNAM)

 

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excerpt from above

 

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A-7A Corsair II (VA-153 / CVW-19) embarked on USS Oriskany (CVA 34) over Vietnam - 1972-73

 

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A-7A Corsair II (VA-153 / CVW-19) embarked on USS Oriskany (CVA 34) - ca. 1972

 

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A-7A Corsair II (VA-153 / CVW-19) embarked on USS Oriskany (CVA 34) - 1970

 

 

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A-4F Skyhawk (VA-153 / CVW-15) embarked on USS Coral Sea (CVA 43) - 1969

 

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A-4E Skyhawks (VA-153 / CVW-15) embarked on USS Coral Sea CVA 43) - 1967

 

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A-4C Skyhawk (VA-153 / CVW-15) embarked on USS Constellation (CVA 64) - 1966 (NNAM)

 

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A-4C Skyhawk (VA-153 / CVW-15) embarked on USS Constellation (CVA 64) - 1966

 

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A-4C Skyhawk (VA-153 / CVW-15) embarked on USS Constellation (CVA 64) - 1966

 

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A-4B Skyhawk (VA-153, Det.R / CVSG-53) embarked on USS Kearsarge (CVS 33) - 1964

 

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A-4B Skyhawk (VA-153, Det.R / CVSG-53) embarked on USS Kearsarge (CVS 33) - 1964

 

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A-4B Skyhawk (VA-153, Det.R / CVSG-53) embarked on USS Kearsarge (CVS 33) - 1964 (NNAM)

 

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A-4C Skyhawk (VA-153 / CVW-15) embarked on USS Coral Sea (CVA 43) - 1963 (NNAM)

 

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A4D-2N Skyhawk (VA-153 / CVG-15) embarked on USS Coral Sea (CVA 43) - 1961-62

 

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A4D-1 Skyhawk (VA-153 / CVG-15) embarked on USS Hancock (CVA 19) - 1958

 

 

history

23 Aug-9 Sep 1958: The squadron flew sorties in the Taiwan Straits after the Chinese Communists bombarded Quemoy Island.

Jan 1961: USS Coral Sea (CVA-43), with VA-153 embarked, operated in the South China Sea after Pathet Lao forces captured strategic positions in Laos.

2 Feb 1965: The squadron began participating in operations in Laos. These operations involved Yankee Team, Operation Barrel Roll and Operation Steel Tiger missions.

7 and 11 Feb 1965: The squadron participated in Flaming Dart I and II, reprisal strikes against targets in North Vietnam following a Viet Cong attack on the American advisors compound at Pleiku and the American billet in Qui Nhon, South Vietnam.

Mar 1965: The squadron participated in Operation Rolling Thunder, the bombing of military targets in North Vietnam.

13 Aug 1965: The squadron’s commanding officer, Commander H. E. Thomas, was killed in action over North Vietnam.

Mar 1968: USS Coral Sea (CVA-43), with VA-153 embarked, operated on station off the coast of Korea following the capture of USS Pueblo (AGER-2) in January by North Korea.


21 Nov 1970: The squadron flew missions in support of an attempt to rescue American prisoners of war at the Son Tay prisoner compound, 20 miles west of Hanoi.

11-22 Feb 1973: Following the cease fire with North Vietnam the squadron flew combat missions in Laos until a cease fire was signed with that country on 22 February 1973.

Feb 1973: Commander D. R. Weichman, the squadron’s executive officer, completed his 625th combat mission of the Vietnam Conflict. He maintains the record for the highest number of combat missions for a Navy fixed-wing pilot during this conflict.

Nov 1973: USS Oriskany (CVA-34), with VA-153 embarked, departed from operations in the South China Sea to relieve USS Hancock (CVA-19) on station in the Arabian Sea due to the unsettled conditions following the Yom Kippur War in the Middle East.

Homeport assignments:
NAS Moffett Field, California: 1956-61
NAS Lemoore, California: 1961-77

 

patches

 

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