Fighter Squadron 11 (FITRON 11)

VF-11 ‘Red Rippers’

 

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STATUS:

established as VF-43 on September 1, 1950

VF-43 redesignated VF-11 on February 16, 1959

VF-11 redesignated VFA-11 on April 1, 2005

AIRCRAFT:

Change-Vought F8U-1 Crusader (1959-1961)

Change-Vought F8U-2 Crusader (1962-1963)
Change-Vought F-8E Crusader (1963-1966)
McDonnell-Douglas F4B Phantom (1966-1973)

McDonnell-Douglas F4J Phantom (1974-1980)
Grumman F-14A Tomcat (1980-1992)
Grumman F-14D Super Tomcat (1992-1996)
Grumman F-14B Tomcat (1996-2005)

 

 

DEPLOYMENTS:

April 1959 - June 1959 with CVG-7 aboard USS Independence (CV 62)

January 1960 - August 1960 with CVG-1 aboard USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA 42)

February 1961 - August 1961 with CVG-1 aboard USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA 42)

November 1961 with CVG-1 aboard USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA 42)

July 1962 - August 1962 with CVG-1 aboard USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA 42)

September 1962 - April 1963 with CVG-1 aboard USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA 42)

November 1963 - December 1963 with CVG-1 aboard USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA 42)

April 1964 - December 1964 with CVW-1 aboard USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA 42)

June 1965 - December 1965 with CVW-1 aboard USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA 42)

January 1966 - February 1966 with CVW-1 aboard USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA 42)

June 1967 - September 1967 with CVW-17 aboard USS Forrestal (CVA 59)

July 1968 - April 1969 with CVW-17 aboard USS Forrestal (CVA 59)

August 1969 - September 1969 with CVW-17 aboard USS Forrestal (CVA 59)

October 1969 - November 1969 with CVW-17 aboard USS Forrestal (CVA 59)

December 1969 - July 1970 with CVW-17 aboard USS Forrestal (CVA 59)

January 1971 - July 1971 with CVW-17 aboard USS Forrestal (CVA 59)

September 1972 - July 1973 with CVW-17 aboard USS Forrestal (CVA 59)

March 1974 - September 1974 with CVW-17 aboard USS Forrestal (CVA 59)

March 1975 - September 1975 with CVW-17 aboard USS Forrestal (CVA 59)

September 1977 - October 1977 with CVW-17 aboard USS Forrestal (CV 59)

April 1978 - October 1978 with CVW-17 aboard USS Forrestal (CV 59)

November 1979 - May 1980 with CVW-17 aboard USS Forrestal (CV 59)

October 1981 - December 1981 with CVW-3 aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67)

January 1982 - July 1982 with CVW-3 aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67)

April 1983 - July 1983 with CVW-3 aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67)

September 1983 - May 1984 with CVW-3 aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67)

July 1985 - August 1985 with CVW-6 aboard USS Forrestal (CV 59)

March 1986 - April 1986 with CVW-6 aboard USS Forrestal (CV 59)

June 1986 - November 1986 with CVW-6 aboard USS Forrestal (CV 59)

August 1987 - October 1987 with CVW-6 aboard USS Forrestal (CV 59)

April 1988 - October 1988 with CVW-6 aboard USS Forrestal (CV 59)

November 1989 - April 1990 with CVW-6 aboard USS Forrestal (CV 59)

May 1991 - December 1991 with CVW-6 aboard USS Forrestal (CV 59)

February 1994 - August 1994 with CVW-14 aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70)

May 1996 - November 1996 with CVW-14 aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70)

February 1998 - August 1998 with CVW-7 aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74)

February 2000 - August 2000 with CVW-7 aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)

February 2002 - August 2002 with CVW-7 aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67)

January 2004 - July 2004 with CVW-7 aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73)

 

images

 

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F-14B (VF-11) and F/A-18F from VFA-11 Red Rippers. The squadron transitioned to the Super Hornets in 2005

 

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F-14B (VF-11) and F/A-18F from VFA-11 Red Rippers over Laint Louis, Missouri - 2005

 

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F-14B (VF-11) and F/A-18F from VFA-11 Red Rippers over Laint Louis, Missouri - 2005

 

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F-14B (VF-11) and F/A-18F from VFA-11 Red Rippers. The squadron transitioned to the Super Hornets in 2005

 

F-14B (VF-11) and F/A-18F from VFA-11 Red Rippers. The squadron transitioned to the Super Hornets in 2005

 

F-14B (VF-11) and F/A-18F from VFA-11 Red Rippers. The squadron transitioned to the Super Hornets in 2005

 

F-14B (VF-11) and F/A-18F from VFA-11 Red Rippers. The squadron transitioned to the Super Hornets in 2005

 

F-14B (VF-11) and F/A-18F from VFA-11 Red Rippers. The squadron transitioned to the Super Hornets in 2005

 

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F-14B Tomcat (VF-11 / CVW-7) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - 2004

 

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F-14B Tomcat (VF-11 / CVW-7) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - 2004

 

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F-14B Tomcat (VF-11 / CVW-7) - NAS Oceana, Virginia - 2004

 

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F-14B Tomcat (VF-11 / CVW-7) - NAS Oceana, Virginia - 2004

 

F-14B Tomcat (VF-11 / CVW-7) - NAS Oceana, Virginia - 2004

 

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F-14B Tomcat (VF-11 / CVW-7) - NAS Oceana, Virginia - 2004

 

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F-14B Tomcat (VF-11 / CVW-7) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - 2004

 

F-14B Tomcat (VF-11 / CVW-7) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - 2004

 

F-14B Tomcat (VF-11 / CVW-7) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - 2004

 

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F-14B Tomcat (VF-11 / CVW-7) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - 2004

 

F-14B Tomcat (VF-11 / CVW-7) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - 2004

 

F-14B Tomcat (VF-11 / CVW-7) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - 2004

 

F-14B Tomcat (VF-11 / CVW-7) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - 2004

 

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F-14B Tomcat (VF-11 / CVW-7) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - 2004

 

F-14B Tomcat (VF-11 / CVW-7) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - 2003

 

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F-14B Tomcat (VF-11 / CVW-7) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) - 2002

 

F-14B Tomcats (VF-11 / CVW-7) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) - 2002

 

F-14B Tomcat (VF-11 / CVW-7) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) - 2002

 

F-14B Tomcat (VF-11 / CVW-7) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) - 2002

 

F-14B Tomcat (VF-11 / CVW-7) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) - 2002

 

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F-14B Tomcat (VF-11 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) - 2000

 

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F-14B Tomcat (VF-11 / CVW-7) - Ahmed al Jaber Air Base, Kuwait - 1998

 

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F-14D Tomcat (VF-11 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) - 1995

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-11 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) - 1995

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-11 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) - 1995

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-11) - 1995

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-11 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) - 1994

 

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F-14D Tomcat (VF-11 / CVW-14) flying over USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) - 1994

 

F-14A Tomcats (VF-11) and A-6E Intruders (VA-42) - NAS Oceana, Virginia - 1991

 

F-14A Tomcat (VF-11 / CVW-6) - 1989

 

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F-14A Tomcat (VF-11 / CVW-6) embarked on USS Forrestal (CV 59) - 1988

 

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F-14A Tomcat (VF-11 / CVW-6) embarked on USS Forrestal (CV 59) - 1988

 

F-14A Tomcat (VF-11 / CVW-6) embarked on USS Forrestal (CV 59) - 1988

 

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F-14A Tomcat (VF-11 / CVW-6) embarked on USS Forrestal (CV 59) - 1988

 

F-14A Tomcat (VF-11 / CVW-6) embarked on USS Forrestal (CV 59) - 1988

 

F-14A Tomcat (VF-11 / CVW-6) embarked on USS Forrestal (CV 59) - 1988

 

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F-14A Tomcat (VF-11 / CVW-6) embarked on USS Forrestal (CV 59) - 1988

 

F-14A Tomcat (VF-11 / CVW-6) embarked on USS Forrestal (CV 59) - 1988

 

F-14A Tomcat (VF-11 / CVW-6) embarked on USS Forrestal (CV 59) - 1988

 

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F-14A Tomcat (VF-11 / CVW-3) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) intercepts a Sovjet Tupolev Tu-95 Bear D aircraft - circa 1985

 

F-14A Tomcat (VF-11 / CVW-3) launches an AIM-54 Phoenix missile - 1982 (NNAM)

 

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F-14A Tomcat (VF-11 / CVW-3) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) - 1980’s (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

 

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F-4J Phantom II’s (VF-11 / CVW-17) embarked on USS Forrestal (CV 59) - 1977 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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F-4J Phantom II’s (VF-11 / CVW-17) embarked on USS Forrestal (CV 59) - 1977 (NNAM)

 

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F-4J Phantom II’s (VF-11 / CVW-17) embarked on USS Forrestal (CV 59) - 1977 (NNAM)

 

F-4J Phantom II (VF-11 / CVW-17) embarked on USS Forrestal (CV 59) - 1977 (NNAM)

 

F-4J Phantom II (VF-11 / CVW-17) embarked on USS Forrestal (CV 59) - 1976 (NNAM)

 

F-4J Phantom II (VF-11 / CVW-17) embarked on USS Forrestal (CV 59) - 1976 (NNAM)

 

F-4J Phantom II (VF-11 / CVW-17) embarked on USS Forrestal (CV 59) - 1976 (NNAM)

 

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F-4J Phantom II (VF-11 / CVW-17) embarked on USS Forrestal (CV 59) - 1975 (NNAM)

 

F-4J Phantom II (VF-11 / CVW-17) embarked on USS Forrestal (CV 59) - undated (NNAM)

 

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F-4B Phantom II (VF-11 / CVW-17) embarked on USS Forrestal (CVA 59) - circa 1967-73

 

F-4B Phantom II (VF-11 / CVW-17) embarked on USS Forrestal (CVA 59) - circa 1971-73

 

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F-4B Phantom II (VF-11 / CVW-17) undated - (NNAM)

 

F-4B Phantom II (VF-11 / CVW-17) embarked on USS Forrestal (CVA 59) - 1971

 

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F-4B Phantom II (VF-11 / CVW-17) embarked on USS Forrestal (CVA 59) - 1970 (NNAM)

 

F-4B Phantom II (VF-11 / CVW-17) embarked on USS Forrestal (CVA 59) - 1969 (NNAM)

 

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F-4B Phantom II (VF-11 / CVW-17) embarked on USS Forrestal (CVA 59) - 1968 (NNAM)

 

F-4B Phantom II (VF-11 / CVW-17) embarked on USS Forrestal (CVA 59) - 1968 (NNAM)

 

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F-4B Phantom II (VF-11 / CVW-17) embarked on USS Forrestal (CVA 59) - 1968 (NNAM)

 

F-4B Phantom II (VF-11 / CVW-17) embarked on USS Forrestal (CVA 59) - 1968 (NNAM)

 

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F-4B Phantom II (VF-11 / CVW-17) embarked on USS Forrestal (CVA 59) - 1967 (NNAM)

 

F-4B Phantom II (VF-11 / CVW-17) - 1966 (NNAM)

 

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F-4B Phantom II (VF-11 / CVW-17) - undated (NNAM)

 

F-4B Phantom II (VF-11 / CVW-17) - undated (NNAM)

 

 

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F-8E Crusaders (VF-11 / CVW-1) embarked on USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA 42) - 1966

 

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F-8E Crusaders (VF-11 / CVW-1) embarked on USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA 42) - 1966

 

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F-8E Crusaders (VF-11 / CVW-1) embarked on USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA 42) - 1965

 

F-8E Crusaders (VF-11 / CVW-1) embarked on USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA 42) - 1965

 

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F-8E Crusader (VF-11 / CVW-1) embarked on USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA 42) - 1964

 

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F-8E Crusader (VF-11 / CVG-1) embarked on USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA 42) - 1963

 

F-8E Crusaders (VF-11 / CVG-1) embarked on USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA 42) - 1963

 

F8U-1 Crusader (VF-11 / CVG-1) embarked on USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA 42) - 1962

 

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F8U-1 Crusader (VF-11 / CVG-1) embarked on USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA 42) during a crash landing - 1961

 

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F8U-1 Crusader (VF-11 / CVG-1) embarked on USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA 42) during a crash landing - 1961

 

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F8U-1 Crusader (VF-11 / CVG-1) embarked on USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA 42) during a crash landing - 1961

 

F8U-1 Crusader (VF-11 / CVG-1) embarked on USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA 42) during a crash landing - 1961

 

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F8U-1 Crusader (VF-11 / CVG-1) embarked on USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA 42) - 1960

 

 

history

The Red Rippers were commissioned in 1927 as VF-5S in the earliest days of Naval Aviation and are proud to be the Navy’s oldest continuously active fighter squadron. The Rippers began their distinguished heritage in Hampton Roads, Virginia flying the Curtis F6C-3 HAWK. They served in both theaters of World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and in Operations PROVIDE COMFORT, SOUTHERN WATCH, OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, and OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. From the decks of the USS LANGLEY (CV-1), America's first carrier, to the USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN-75), the Red Rippers have been indelibly written into the history of Naval Aviation.


Prior to WWII, the Rippers flew a number of propeller aircraft including the Boeing F3B-1 and F4B-1, and the Grumman FF-1 and F3F-1, and held the following squadron designations: VF-5S, VB-1B, VF-5, and VF-4.


During WWII, the Rippers (then known as VF-41) supported the allied invasion of North Africa, downing sixteen enemy aircraft in the Grumman F4F-3 WILDCAT. They also conducted the first air strikes against German forces in Norway in September 1943. The Red Rippers (re-designated VF-A) transferred to the Pacific theater in 1944, operating from USS BUNKER HILL and USS ESSEX. The squadron additionally flew the first air strikes against Tokyo in the Grumman F6F HELLCAT.


In 1948, the Rippers became Fighter Squadron ELEVEN (VF-11), and leapt into the jet age flying the McDonnell F2-1 BANSHEE. They flew the BANSHEE during the Korean War from USS KEARSARGE, and later transitioned to the Change-Vought F-8 CRUSADER aboard USS ROOSEVELT, helping quell unrest in the Dominican Republic. In 1965, the Rippers moved to Naval Air Station Oceana flying the F-4B PHANTOM II and saw action against North Vietnam in 1967 aboard USS FORRESTAL (CV-59).


The Rippers transitioned to the F-14A TOMCAT in 1980 and made their first TOMCAT cruise aboard USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67) in 1982. On 30 May 1991, the Rippers made their final deployment with Carrier Air Wing SIX, flying from the flight deck of USS FORRESTAL in support of Operation PROVIDE COMFORT in Northern Iraq.

On 12 July 1992, the Rippers joined Carrier Air Wing FOURTEEN at Naval Air Station Miramar and transitioned to the F-14D. In February 1994, the Rippers deployed on the first “Super TOMCAT” cruise aboard USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH. The Rippers completed a second cruise onboard VINSON in 1996, supporting combat operations against Iraq during Operation DESERT STRIKE.

December 1996 marked the Rippers return to NAS Oceana, a transition to the F-14B, and service with Carrier Air Wing SEVEN. The Rippers deployed aboard USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN-74) on her maiden deployment. This deployment was an around-the-world cruise providing support for Operation SOUTHERN WATCH.

In February 2000, the Rippers completed a highly successful deployment on board USS DWIGHT D EISENHOWER (CVN-69) providing support to operations in both Kosovo and Iraq. The Rippers additionally became the first squadron to drop ordnance in combat from the deck of the EISENHOWER.

On September 11, 2001 in response to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in Pennsylvania, Fighter Squadron ELEVEN was called to action to provide homeland and coastal defense. In February of 2002 the Rippers deployed aboard USS JOHN F KENNEDY (CV-67) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. The squadron played an instrumental role in the Global War on Terrorism by providing airborne support for coalition troops.

In the summer of 2004, the Rippers returned from a six-month deployment to the Arabian Gulf where they flew combat missions in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM from the flight deck of USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73). This marked VF-11’s final deployment in the Grumman F-14 TOMCAT, and in 2005, the Rippers began a new chapter in their history when they transitioned to the FA-18F Super Hornet.

On November 5, 2007 the Rippers embarked on their first combat deployment flying the “Rhino” aboard the USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN-75) as a member of Carrier Air Wing THREE. During this deployment the Rippers continued their long history of superior tactical employment, by leading the air wing in ordnance released in support of the troops on the ground in Iraq as part of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. While deployed they released 40 tons ordnance and flew over 1,800 sorties totaling more than 5,070 embarked hours. The Red Rippers joined Carrier Air Wing ONE on September 30, 2008, and today, the squadron continues to exercise the full gamut of strike-fighter day and night missions, to included Air Superiority, Strike, Maritime Superiority, Forward Air Control (Airborne) and Combat Search and Rescue.

 

from the VFA-11 website

 

 

 

The second Red Rippers (from wikipedia):

1950s

On September 1, 1950, Fighter Squadron 43 (VF-43), known as Rebel's Raiders, was commissioned at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. They moved to NAS Cecil Field on September 18, 1950, and were initially outfitted with new F4U-5N Corsair night fighters. The squadron traded its night fighters for F4U-5s (day fighters) in October 1950. The squadron's first deployment was aboard USS Oriskany (CV-34) to the Mediterranean from April–October 1951.

In February 1952, the squadron transitioned to the F4U-4 and deployed to the Med aboard USS Coral Sea (CVA-43).

In the mid-50s, the squadron transitioned to the F9F-8 Cougar. In April 1958, the squadron transitioned to the Chance-Vought F-8 Crusader. On February 16, 1959 (the day after VF-11 was disestablished), VF-43 was redesignated as VF-11, the second to be so designated. That squadron decided to adopt the traditions and insignia of the first Red Rippers (although they do not claim the lineage).


1960s

The "new" VF-11 transitioned to USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42), where they helped quell the unrest in the Dominican Republic in 1961. VF-11 was the first operational squadron to receive the F8U-2NE, receiving its first aircraft on February 8, 1962.

In January 1966 the Rippers traded their F-8Es for F-8Ds. In the Fall of 1966, they moved to NAS Oceana and transitioned to the F-4B Phantom.

The squadron saw its first combat on July 25, 1967 over North Vietnam from USS Forrestal (CV-59). The brief combat period on Yankee Station was cut short when, on July 29, 1967, the Forrestal fire occurred. VF-11 lost 47 men in the catastrophe.


1970s

The squadron made several Med cruises in the 70s aboard Forrestal. In 1972, the landed an F-4 aboard HMS Ark Royal in a cross deck exercise. On August 20, 1973, the squadron received its first F-4J, beginning the transition from the F-4B.


1980s

The Red Rippers transitioned to the F-14 in 1980 and deployed two years later. The squadron’s combat debut occurred in early December 1983 when VF-11 F-14s engaged eight Syrian MiGs over Lebanon and were fired upon by Syrian surface-to-air missiles and anti-aircraft artillery. On December 4, 1983 the squadron flew combat air patrols over a Navy strike force from the carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), while A-6E Intruders from the KENNEDY attacked Syrian positions in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon. The strikes were in response to the Syrian SAM and AAA engagements. Two of the twenty-eight strong strike package were shot down, one A-7 from USS Independence (CV-62) and one A-6 from the KENNEDY. The pilot of the A-6 crew died while the B/N was held prisoner by the Syrians for a year before being released. While they were deployed for operations in Lebanon, one aircraft sustained damage from a suspected surface-to-air missile. VF-11 and three other squadrons from CVW-3 and the USS JOHN F. KENNEDY won Battle E's for 1983. VF-11 also won the Safety 'S'. After three cruises with Carrier Air Wing Three and the Kennedy Battle Group, VF-11 and its sister squadron transferred to Carrier Air Wing Six and USS Forrestal (CV-59). In 1985 VF-11 Won the Battle E award as the best fighter squadron in the Atlantic Fleet and the Joseph S. Clifton award as the best fighter squadron in the Navy. They deployed again in 1986, and stayed with CVW-6/Forrestal until its last cruise in 1991, making a total of five deployments.


1990s

In January 1992, VF-11 and VF-31 moved to NAS Miramar and transitioned to the F-14D Tomcat. VF-11’s F-14As were transferred to VF-24 and VF-211.

In February 1994, VF-11 and CVW-14 deployed aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), in support of Operation Southern Watch. The Red Rippers returned to NAS Miramar on August 15.

In the Fall of 1994, VF-11 acquired Night vision goggles requiring substantial changes to the F-14's internal and instrument lighting.

In 1995, VF-11 received upgrades to their mission computers, providing air-to-ground ordnance capability. VF-11 sent their first aircrews to Forward Air Controller school in September 1995. Also in 1995, VF-11 was aboard Carl Vinson when she visited Hawaii for the 50th anniversary of V-J Day (Victory over Japan.)

In May 1996, CVW-14 deployed with Carl Vinson in support of Operation Southern Watch. On August 31 the Iraqi army attacked the town or Irbil in northern Iraq and several SAM missiles were launched against U.S. aircraft. The United States responded with Operation Desert Strike by attacking targets in the southern no-fly zone with cruise missiles launched from B-52s escorted by VF-11 Tomcats. Carl Vinson left the Gulf on October 1.

Upon return from deployment, VF-11 moved to NAS Oceana as the US Marines took over Miramar. At the same time, VF-11 transitioned to the F-14B and changed air wings to Carrier Air Wing Seven.

In 1997, VF-11 was awarded the Battle E and Clifton Awards as the squadron celebrated their 70th Anniversary. Also that year, VF-11 received the LANTIRN infrared targeting pod and dropped their first GBU-16 laser-guided bomb.

In February 1998, the Red Rippers deployed from Norfolk with CVW-7 aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) on its Maiden voyage/world deployment. They supported Operation Southern Watch, travelled to Australia and Pearl Harbor before the carrier arrived at its new home, Naval Air Station North Island.


2000s

VF-11 made a deployment in 2000 aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69), in support of Operation Southern Watch.

Seven hours after the September 11 terrorist attacks, VF-11 emergency sortied all squadron aircraft aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) to support Operation Noble Eagle.

They deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in early February 2002, and employed the first JDAM bombs from F-14s in combat on March 11, 2002.

In 2004 VF-11 deployed for the last time with the F-14 aboard USS George Washington (CVN-73) in support of Iraqi Freedom. During that cruise, VF-11 F-14s participated in the bombing of Fallujah during a 48-hour period between April 28 and 29.

On April 20, 2005, VF-11 delivered the last of their F-14s to the “boneyard” at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona.

The squadron reported to VFA-106 for F/A-18 Super Hornet transition training, completing on November 5, 2005.

 

patches

 

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