Fighter Squadron 31 (FITRON 31)

VF-31 ĎTomcattersí

 

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STATUS:

established as VF-1B on July 1, 1935

VF-1B redesignated VF-6 on July 1, 1937

VF-6 redesignated VF-3 on July 15, 1943

VF-3 redesignated VF-3A on November 15, 1946

VF-3A redesignated VF 31 on August 7, 1948

VF-31 redesignated VFA-31 in October 2006

AIRCRAFT:

Grumman F9F Panther (1949-53)

McDonnell F2H Banshee (1953-56)

McDonnell F3H Demon (1957-62)

McDonnell F-3B Demon (1962-63)

McDonnell Douglas F-4B Phantom II (1964-67)

McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II (1968-80)

Grumman F-14A Tomcat (1981-92)

Grumman F-14D Tomcat (1993-2006)

 

 

DEPLOYMENTS:

April 1949 - May 1949 with CVG-3 aboard USS Leyte (CV 32)

May 1950 - August 1950 with CVG-3 aboard USS Leyte (CV 32)

September 1950 - February 1951 with CVG-3 aboard USS Leyte (CV 32)

July 1951 - August 1951 with CVG-3 aboard USS Leyte (CV 32)

September 1951 - December 1951 with CVG-3 aboard USS Leyte (CV 32)

August 1952 - February 1953 with CVG-3 aboard USS Leyte (CV 32)

January 1954 - August 1954 with CVG-6 aboard USS Midway (CVA 41)

November 1955 - August 1956 with CVG-3 aboard USS Ticonderoga (CVA 14)

February 1958 - October 1958 with CVG-3 aboard USS Saratoga (CVA 60)

May 1959 - June 1959 with CVG-3 aboard USS Saratoga (CVA 60)

August 1959 - February 1960 with CVG-3 aboard USS Saratoga (CVA 60)

June 1960 - July 1960 with CVG-3 aboard USS Saratoga (CVA 60)

August 1960 - February 1961 with CVG-3 aboard USS Saratoga (CVA 60)

July 1960 - August 1961 with CVG-3 aboard USS Saratoga (CVA 60)

November 1961 - May 1962 with CVG-3 aboard USS Saratoga (CVA 60)

October 1962 - November 1962 with CVG-3 aboard USS Lexington (CVS 16)

March 1963 - October 1963 with CVG-3 aboard USS Saratoga (CVA 60)

November 1964 - July 1965 with CVW-3 aboard USS Saratoga (CVA 60)

January 1966 - February 1966 with CVW-3 aboard USS Saratoga (CVA 60)

March 1966 - October 1966 with CVW-3 aboard USS Saratoga (CVA 60)

April 1967 with CVW-3 aboard USS Saratoga (CVA 60)

May 1967 - December 1967 with CVW-3 aboard USS Saratoga (CVA 60)

March 1969 - April 1969 with CVW-3 aboard USS Saratoga (CVA 60)

May 1969 - June 1969 with CVW-3 aboard USS Saratoga (CVA 60)

July 1969 - January 1970 with CVW-3 aboard USS Saratoga (CVA 60)

June 1970 - November 1970 with CVW-3 aboard USS Saratoga (CVA 60)

June 1971 - October 1971 with CVW-3 aboard USS Saratoga (CVA 60)

April 1972 - February 1973 with CVW-3 aboard USS Saratoga (CVA 60)

September 1974 - March 1975 with CVW-3 aboard USS Saratoga (CVA 60)

January 1976 - July 1976 with CVW-3 aboard USS Saratoga (CV 60)

July 1977 - December 1977 with CVW-3 aboard USS Saratoga (CV 60)

October 1978 - April 1979 with CVW-3 aboard USS Saratoga (CV 60)

March 1980 - August 1980 with CVW-3 aboard USS Saratoga (CV 60)

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)

November 1997 - December 1997 with CVW-14 aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72)

June 1998 - December 1998 with CVW-14 aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72)

May 2000 - June 2000 with CVW-14 aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72)

August 2000 - February 2001 with CVW-14 aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72)

July 2002 - May 2003 with CVW-14 aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72)

May 2004 - November 2004 with CVW-14 aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74)

September 2005 - March 2006 with CVW-8 aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)

 

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F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) - final flight at NAS Oceana, Virginia - 2006

 

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F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) - final flight at NAS Oceana, Virginia - 2006

 

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F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) - final flight at NAS Oceana, Virginia - 2006

 

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F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) - final flight at NAS Oceana, Virginia - 2006

 

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F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) - NAS Oceana, Virginia - 2006

 

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F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) - NAS Oceana, Virginia - 2006

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 2006

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 2006

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 2006

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 2006

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) - 2006

 

last launch of a F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarkd on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 2006

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 2006

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 2006

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 2006

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 2006

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 2006

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 2006

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 2006

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 2006

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 2006

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) - 2006

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) - 2006

 

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F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) - 2006

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) - 2006

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 2006

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 2006

 

F-14D Tomcats of VF-31 and VF-213 - NAS Oceana, Virginia - 2006

 

vf-31 tomcatters homecoming nas oceana virginia 2006

F-14D Tomcats of VF-31 and VF-213 - NAS Oceana, Virginia - 2006

 

F-14D Tomcats (VF-31 / CVW-8) - NAS Oceana, Virginia - 2006

 

f-14d tomcat vf-31 vf-213 cvw-8 uss theodore roosevelt cvn 71 final deployment 2006

F-14D Tomcats of VF-31 and VF-213 embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - final Tomcat deployment - 2006

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 2006

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 2006

 

F-14D Tomcats (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 2006

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 2006

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 2006

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 2006

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 2006

 

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F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 2006

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 2006

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 2006

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 2006

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 2006

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 2006

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - Persian Gulf - 2006

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - Persian Gulf - 2006

 

F-14D Tomcats (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - Persian Gulf - 2006

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - Persian Gulf - 2006

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - Persian Gulf - 2006

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - Persian Gulf - 2006

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 2005

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - Persian Gulf - 2005

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - Persian Gulf - 2005

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - Persian Gulf - 2005

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - Persian Gulf - 2005

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - Persian Gulf - 2005

 

F-14D Tomcats (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - Persian Gulf - 2005

 

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F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - Persian Gulf - 2005

 

F-14D Tomcat (103) (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - Persian Gulf - 2005

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - Persian Gulf - 2005

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - Persian Gulf - 2005

 

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F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - Persian Gulf - 2005

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - Persian Gulf - 2005

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - Persian Gulf - 2005

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - Persian Gulf - 2005

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - Persian Gulf - 2005

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - Persian Gulf - 2005

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - Persian Gulf - 2005

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - Persian Gulf - 2005

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-8) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - 2005

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-14) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - exercise RIMPAC 2004

 

vf-31 tomcatters f-14d tomcat cvw-14 uss john c. stennis cvn 74 rimpac 2004

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-14) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - exercise RIMPAC 2004

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-14) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - exercise RIMPAC 2004

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-14) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - exercise RIMPAC 2004

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-14) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - exercise RIMPAC 2004

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-14) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - exercise NORTHERN EDGE 2004

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-14) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - exercise NORTHERN EDGE 2004

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-14) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - exercise NORTHERN EDGE 2004

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-14) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) crashed in the Pacific - 2004

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-14) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) crashed in the Pacific - 2004

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-14) - NAS Oceana, Virginia - 2004

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-14) - NAS Oceana, Virginia - 2004

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-14) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - 2003

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-14) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - 2003

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - 2003

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - 2003

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - 2003

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - 2003

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - 2003

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - 2003

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - 2002

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - 2002

 

vf-31 tomcatters f-14d tomcat cvw-14 uss abraham lincoln cvn 72

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - 2002

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - 2002

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - 2002

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - 2002

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - 2002

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - 2002

 

F-14D Tomcats (VF-31 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - Operation Enduring Freedom - 2002

 

F-14D Tomcats (VF-31 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - 2001

 

vf-31 tomcatters f-14d tomcat carrier air wing cvw-14 uss abraham lincoln cvn 72 rimpac 2000

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-14) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - exercise RIMPAC 2000

 

circa 1998

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31) - 1997

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-14) at NAS Oceana, Virginia - 1996

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-14) at NAS Oceana, Virginia - 1996

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-14) at NAS Oceana, Virginia - 1996

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-14) at NAS Miramar, California - 1995

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-14) at NAS Miramar, California - 1995

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-14) at NAS Miramar, California - 1995

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-14) at NAS Miramar, California - 1995

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-14) at NAS Miramar, California - 1995

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-14) at NAS Miramar, California - 1995

 

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F-14D Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-14) at NAS Miramar, California - 1995

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31) - 1992

 

F-14D Tomcat (VF-31) - 1992

 

F-14A Tomcats (VF-31 / CVW-6) embarked on USS Forrestal (CV 59) - 1989

 

vf-31 tomcatters fighter squadron f-14a tomcat carrier air wing cvw-6 uss forrestal cv 59

F-14A Tomcats (VF-31 / CVW-6) embarked on USS Forrestal (CV 59) - 1988

 

F-14A Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-6) embarked on USS Forrestal (CV 59) - 1988

 

F-14A Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-6) embarked on USS Forrestal (CV 59) - 1988

 

F-14A Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-6) embarked on USS Forrestal (CV 59) - 1988

 

F-14A Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-6) embarked on USS Forrestal (CV 59) - 1988

 

F-14A Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-6) embarked on USS Forrestal (CV 59) - 1988

 

F-14A Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-6) embarked on USS Forrestal (CV 59) - 1988

 

F-14A Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-6) embarked on USS Forrestal (CV 59) - 1988

 

F-14A Tomcat (VF-31 / CVW-6) embarked on USS Forrestal (CV 59) - off Norway - 1987

 

 

vf-31 tomcatters fighter squadron f-4j phantom carrier air wing cvw-3 uss saratoga cv 60

F-4J Phantom II (VF-31 / CVW-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CV 60) - 1980 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

F-4J Phantom II (VF-31 / CVW-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CV 60) - 1980 (NNAM)

 

F-4J Phantom II (VF-31 / CVW-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CV 60) - 1980 (NNAM)

 

F-4J Phantom II (VF-31 / CVW-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CV 60) - 1980 (NNAM)

 

F-4J Phantom II (VF-31 / CVW-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CV 60) - 1980 (NNAM)

 

F-4J Phantom II (VF-31 / CVW-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CV 60) - 1980 (NNAM)

 

F-4J Phantom II (VF-31 / CVW-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CV 60) - 1980 (NNAM)

 

F-4J Phantom II (VF-31 / CVW-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CV 60) - 1980 (NNAM)

 

vf-31 tomcatters fighter squadron f-4j phantom cvw-3 uss saratoga cv 60

F-4J Phantom II (VF-31 / CVW-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CV 60) - 1979 (NNAM)

 

F-4J Phantom II (VF-31 / CVW-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CV 60) - 1979 (NNAM)

 

F-4J Phantom II (VF-31 / CVW-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CV 60) - 1978 (NNAM)

 

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F-4J Phantom II (VF-31 / CVW-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CV 60) - 1978 (NNAM)

 

F-4J Phantom II (VF-31 / CVW-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CV 60) - 1977 (NNAM)

 

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F-4J Phantom II (VF-31 / CVW-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CV 60) - 1976 (NNAM)

 

F-4J Phantom II (VF-31 / CVW-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CV 60) - 1976 (NNAM)

 

F-4J Phantom II (VF-31 / CVW-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CV 60) - 1975 (NNAM)

 

F-4J Phantom II (VF-31 / CVW-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CV 60) - 1975 (NNAM)

 

F-4J Phantom II (VF-31 / CVW-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CVA 60) - 1973 (NNAM)

 

F-4J Phantom II (VF-31 / CVW-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CVA 60) - 1973 (NNAM)

 

F-4J Phantom II (VF-31 / CVW-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CVA 60) - 1970ís (NNAM)

 

F-4J Phantom II (VF-31 / CVW-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CVA 60) - 1970ís (NNAM)

 

fighter squadron vf-31 tomcatters f-4j phantom carrier air wing cvw-3 uss saratoga cva 60

F-4J Phantom II (VF-31 / CVW-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CVA 60) flying over NAS Oceana - 1970ís (NNAM)

 

F-4J Phantom II (VF-31 / CVW-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CVA 60) - 1968 (NNAM)

 

F-4B Phantom II (VF-31 / CVW-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CVA 60) - 1967 (NNAM)

 

vf-31 tomcatters fighter squadron f-4b phantom carrier air wing cvw-3 uss saratoga cva 60 1964

F-4B Phantom IIís (VF-31 / CVW-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CVA 60) - 1964 (NNAM)

 

F-4B Phantom II (VF-31 / CVW-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CVA 60) - 1964 (NNAM)

 

F-4B Phantom II (VF-31 / CVW-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CVA 60) - 1960ís (NNAM)

 

F-4B Phantom II (VF-31 / CVW-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CVA 60) - 1960ís (NNAM)

 

vf-31 tomcatters fighter squadron f-4b phantom cvw-3 uss saratoga cva 60

F-4B Phantom II (VF-31 / CVW-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CVA 60) - 1960ís (NNAM)

 

 

vf-31 tomcatters fighter squadron f-3b demon carrier air group cvg-3 uss saratoga cva 60

F-3B Demon (VF-31 / CVG-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CVA 60) - 1963 (NNAM)

 

F-3B Demon (VF-31 / CVG-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CVA 60) - 1963 (NNAM)

 

f-3b demon vf-31 tomcatters crash aboard uss saratoga cva-60

F-3B Demon (VF-31 / CVG-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CVA 60) after a crash landing - 1963 (NNAM)

 

F3H-2 Demon (VF-31 / CVG-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CVA 60) - 1962 (NNAM)

 

vf-31 tomcatters f3h-2 demon cvg-3 uss saratoga cva 60

F3H-2 Demons (VF-31 / CVG-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CVA 60) - early 1960ís (NNAM)

 

F3H-2 Demon (VF-31 / CVG-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CVA 60) - early 1960ís (NNAM)

 

F3H-2 Demon (VF-31 / CVG-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CVA 60) - early 1960ís (NNAM)

 

F3H-2 Demon (VF-31 / CVG-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CVA 60) - early 1960ís (NNAM)

 

F3H-2 Demon (VF-31 / CVG-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CVA 60) - early 1960ís (NNAM)

 

f3h-2 demon vf-31 tomcatters fighter squadron cvg-3 uss saratoga cva 60

F3H-2 Demon (VF-31 / CVG-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CVA 60) - 1958 (NNAM)

 

F3H-2 Demon (VF-31 / CVG-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CVA 60) - early 1960ís (NNAM)

 

vf-31 tomcatters f3h-2 demon cvg-3 uss saratoga cva 60

F3H-2 Demon (VF-31 / CVG-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CVA 60) - 1959 (NNAM)

 

F3H-2 Demon (VF-31 / CVG-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CVA 60) refuels from an AD6 Skyraider (VA-35) - 1959 (NNAM)

 

F3H-2 Demon (VF-31 / CVG-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CVA 60) - 1958 (NNAM)

 

F3H-2 Demon (VF-31 / CVG-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CVA 60) - 1958 (NNAM)

 

F3H-2 Demon (VF-31 / CVG-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CVA 60) - 1958 (NNAM)

 

F3H-2 Demons (VF-31 / CVG-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CVA 60) - 1958 (NNAM)

 

F3H-2 Demons (VF-31 / CVG-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CVA 60) - 1958 (NNAM)

 

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F3H-2 Demon (VF-31 / CVG-3) - 1957 (NNAM)

 

F3H-2 Demon (VF-31 / CVG-3) - 1957 (NNAM)

 

F3H-2 Demons (VF-31 / CVG-3) embarked on USS Saratoga (CVA 60) - late 1950ís (NNAM)

 

F3H-2 Demons (VF-31 / CVG-3) with A4D-1 Skyhawks (VA-34) embarked on USS Saratoga (CVA 60) - late 1950ís (NNAM)

 

 

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F2H-3 Banshee (VF-31 / CVG-6) embarked on USS Midway (CVA 41) - 1954

 

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F2H Banshee (VF-31 / CVG-3) - mid 1950ís (NNAM)

 

F2H Banshee (VF-31 / CVG-3) - mid 1950ís (NNAM)

 

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F2H Banshee (VF-31 / CVG-3) - mid 1950ís (NNAM)

 

F2H Banshee (VF-31 / CVG-3) - mid 1950ís (NNAM)

 

F2H Banshees (VF-31 / CVG-3) - mid 1950ís (NNAM)

 

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F2H Banshee (VF-31 / CVG-3) - mid 1950ís (NNAM)

 

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F2H Banshees (VF-31 / CVG-3) flying over USS Midway (CVA 41) - mid 1950ís (NNAM)

 

 

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F9F Panther (VF-31 / CVG-3) embarked on USS Leyte (CV 32) circa 1950 (NNAM)

 

F9F Panther (VF-31 / CVG-3) embarked on USS Leyte (CV 32) circa 1950 (NNAM)

 

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F9F Panther (VF-31 / CVG-3) embarked on USS Leyte (CV 32) with arresting hook lost - circa 1950 (NNAM)

 

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F9F Panthers (VF-31 / CVG-3) embarked on USS Leyte (CV 32) circa 1950 (NNAM)

 

F9F Panthers (VF-31 / CVG-3) embarked on USS Leyte (CV 32) circa 1950 (NNAM)

 

 

history

Two US Navy squadrons have held the designation VF-31. The first to be designated VF-31 was in existence from May 1943 to Oct 1945 and is not related to this unit. The second VF-31 has a direct lineage to VF-31 and the current VFA-31 " Tomcatters".


Early years:

VFA-31, originally established as VF-1B on July 1, 1935 flying the Boeing F4B, is the second oldest active US Navy squadron behind VFA-14 (1919).

On 1 July 1937, the squadron combined with VF-8B and was redesignated VF-6, flying the Grumman F3F. Between the years 1937 and 1943 VF-6 flew the F3F-1 and two variants of the Grumman F4F and ended with the F4F-4.

On 15 July 1943, VF-6 swapped designations with VF-3 and began flying the F6F Hellcat.

Through the years the Tomcatters and their predecessors have served on many of the Navy's aircraft carriers, including the first, the USS Langley; the second, USS Lexington; and the sixth, USS Enterprise. They were aboard Enterprise during the bombing of Pearl Harbor as well as the battles of Wake Island, Marcus Island, Midway, Guadalcanal, and the Eastern Solomon Islands.
The squadron also saw aerial combat over the Philippines, Formosa, Okinawa, and China.

On 7 August 1948, VF-3A was redesignated VF-31 Tomcatters. For almost four years, the Tomcatters flew the F9F Panther, the squadron's first jetaircraft.


1950s:

In 1952, the squadron transitioned to the F2H Banshee, and then switched to the F3H Demon in 1957, flying it through 1962.


1960s:

VF-31 transitioned to the F-4 Phantom in 1964, flying the B model for two years before transitioning to the F-4J.


1970s:

In 1972, flying the F-4J Phantom, Tomcatter aircrew shot down a MiG-21 over North Vietnam and in doing so made VF-31 the only Navy fighter squadron to achieve aerial victories in three wars - World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.


1980s:

In 1980, VF-31 and USS Saratoga concluded a 24-year period of continuous service together, the longest in naval history. VF-31 received the F-14 Tomcat in early 1981. The squadron's first cruise was on board USS John F. Kennedy. In 1983, VF-31 embarked on its fourth cruise with Kennedy. The cruise took the carrier and its air wing to the southern Mediterranean off the North African coast. VF-31 regularly flew over Lebanese and Syrian positions in support of multi-national peacekeeping operations, often being fired at by Syrian AAA. During a mission in early December 1983, heat-seeking SA-7 SAMs were launched at two squadron F-14s. Although both Tomcats were able to return safely to Kennedy, this incident led to US Navy retaliatory strikes. On December 4, both carriers in the Mediterranean Sea, Kennedy and USS Independence, launched strikes against Syrian SAM sites, losing one A-7 and one A-6.

VF-31 shifted carriers and air wings in April 1985 and was now on board USS Forrestal along with its sister squadron, the VF-11 Red Rippers. In June 1986, VF-31 and the rest of the Forrestal battle group set sail for the Mediterranean. While deployed the squadron participated in numerous fleet exercises. In August 1986, VF-31 participated in joint exercises with the Egyptian Air-Force and Navy.

In September 1987 VF-31 and the Forrestal battle group participated in North Atlantic exercises above the arctic circle. In April, 1988 VF-31 and the Forrestal battle group set sail for a six month Indian Ocean cruise which lasted for six months. While heading home from the "IO", the battle group once again participated in North Atlantic NATO exercises before coming home to Oceana in Virginia Beach, Virginia.


1990s:

VF-31 stayed with Forrestal until 1992, when the squadron switched carriers, planes, and home bases at concurrently. VF-31 (and VF-11) moved from NAS Oceana to NAS Miramar and to the USS Carl Vinson, and exchanged its F-14As for the new and improved F-14Ds.


In late 1996, VF-31 returned from its second Western Pacific deployment aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), flying missions in the Persian Gulf and over southern Iraq in support of Operations Southern Watch and Desert Strike.

VF-31 moved back to Oceana in 1997. The squadron then sent a single F-14D and crew to the 1997 Paris Air Salon, primarily to promote new F-14 LANTIRN.

In 1998 they made a deployment to the Persian Gulf with USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) supporting Operation Southern Watch.


2000s:

2000 began with a WESTPAC deployment aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72).

VF-31 deployed aboard USS Abraham Lincoln in July 2002, operating over Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and again over theskies of Iraq supporting Operation Southern Watch. During their return home, the entire battle group was turned around on 1 January for the commencement of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Flying from the first night of combat, VF-31 was responsible for delivering ordnance to targets in Baghdad and the southern vicinities in direct support of coalition forces. During that deployment, VF-31 had the dubious distinction of having the longest cruise in the last 30 years of the Navy's history, returning to Oceana on 2 May 2003. The squadron flew 585 sorties, dropping 239 LGB/JDAM/MK 82.

In 2004, VF-31 and CVW-14 embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) for a WESTPAC cruise. This was the last time the F-14 would fly over the skies of the Pacific. They returned to the US on October 31, 2004. The squadron became the last unit to fly F-14 Tomcats with the Pacific Fleet.

In December 2004, VF-31 transferred from Carrier Air Wing Fourteen to its current home with Carrier Air Wing Eight and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71).

In September 2005, the Tomcatters deployed aboard Theodore Roosevelt for the final Tomcat deployment, again to the Persian Gulf. February 7, 2006 marked the last recovery of an F-14 Tomcat from a combat mission. While operating from Theodore Roosevelt in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, VF-31 was credited with being the last F-14 unit to drop a bomb in combat. VF-31 returned to NAS Oceana on March 10, 2006 for the final F-14 fly-in.

VF-31 remained operational aboard Theodore Roosevelt until July 28, 2006 when the last Tomcat trap and catapult launch took place off the VirginiaCapes, with journalists from around the world (Mexico, UK, Holland, Germany and US) witnessing. VF-31 was the last Tomcat squadron, with the last F-14flight occurring on October 4, 2006 as BuNo.164603 flew from NAS Oceana to Republic Airport. After spending a year at the American Airpower Museum, the aircraft is now on public display outside of Northrop Grumman headquarters in Bethpage, NY.

VF-31 transitioned to F/A-18E Super Hornet and was redesignated VFA-31 in 2006.

 

source: wikipedia

 

patches

 

vf-31 tomcatters crest insignia patch badge†† fighter squadron vf-31 tomcatters cruise patch

 

vf-31 tomcatters cruise patch††

†† fighter squadron vf-31 tomcatters cruise patch

 

 

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