Strike Fighter Squadron 136 (STRKFITRON 136)

VFA-136 ‘Knighthawks’

 

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STATUS:

established as VFA-136 on July 1, 1985

    

Homebase: NAS Oceana, Virginia

Carrier Air Wing: CVW-1

Aircraft Carrier: USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)

ACITVE UNIT

AIRCRAFT:

McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (1985-90)

McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet (1991-2008)

Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet (2008- )

 

 

DEPLOYMENTS:

September 1987 - March 1988 with CVW-13 aboard USS Coral Sea (CV 43)

April 1989 - May 1989 with CVW-7 aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)

October 1989 - November 1989 with CVW-7 aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)

January 1990 - September 1990 with CVW-7 aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)

September 1991 - April 1992 with CVW-7 aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)

May 1994 - November 1994 with CVW-7 aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73)

January 1996 - July 1996 with CVW-7 aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73)

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)

May 2006 - November 2006 with CVW-1 aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65)

July 2007 - December 2007 with CVW-1 aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65)

May 2009 with CVW-1 aboard USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77)

January 2011 - July 2011 with CVW-1 aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65)

March 2012 - November 2012 with CVW-1 aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65)

?? with CVW-1 aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)

 

images

 

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F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-136 / CVW-1) embarked on USS Enterprise (CVN 65) - November 2012

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-136 / CVW-1) embarked on USS Enterprise (CVN 65) - October 2012

 

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F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-136 / CVW-1) embarked on USS Enterprise (CVN 65) - July 2012

 

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F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-136 / CVW-1) embarked on USS Enterprise (CVN 65) - July 2012

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-136 / CVW-1) on the aircraft elevator of USS Enterprise (CVN 65) - June 2012

 

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F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-136 / CVW-1) embarked on USS Enterprise (CVN 65) - February 2012

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-136) landing aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) - July 2009

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-136) aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) - July 2009

 

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F/A-18E Super Hornets (VFA-136) aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) - July 2009

 

F/A-18E Super Hornets (VFA-136) aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) - July 2009

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-136) aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) - July 2009

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-136) aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) - July 2009

 

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F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-11 / CVW-1) during flight deck certifications aboard USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) - May 2009

 

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F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-136 / CVW-1) embarked on USS Enterprise (CVN 65) - November 2007

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-136 / CVW-1) embarked on USS Enterprise (CVN 65) was refueled by an USAF KC-135 tanker - October 2007

 

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F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-136 / CVW-1) embarked on USS Enterprise (CVN 65) - October 2007

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-136 / CVW-1) embarked on USS Enterprise (CVN 65) - September 2007

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-136 / CVW-1) embarked on USS Enterprise (CVN 65) - September 2007

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-136 / CVW-1) embarked on USS Enterprise (CVN 65) - August 2007

 

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F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-136 / CVW-1) embarked on USS Enterprise (CVN 65) - August 2007

 

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F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-136 / CVW-1) embarked on USS Enterprise (CVN 65) - July 2007

 

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F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-136 / CVW-1) embarked on USS Enterprise (CVN 65) - October 2006

 

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F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-136 / CVW-1) - NAS Oceana, Virginia - September 2005

 

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F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-136 / CVW-7) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - May 2004

 

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F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-136 / CVW-7) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) - March 2002

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-136 / CVW-7) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) - March 2002

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-136 / CVW-7) embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) - March 2002

 

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F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-136 / CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) armed with an AGM-62 Walleye missile - February 1992

 

January 1992

 

 

history

Strike Fighter Squadron One Three Six was established on 1 July 1985 at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California under the instruction of VFA-125. The Knighthawks received their first F/A-18A on 7 January 1986, and a month later they moved to their new homeport of Naval Air Station Cecil Field, Florida. VFA-136 first deployed in September 1987 with Carrier Air Wing Thirteen on board the USS Coral Sea (CV-43). One year later, the Knighthawks joined Carrier Air Wing Seven on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69).

During the Ike’s "Centennial Cruise" in 1990, the Knighthawks participated in exercises with French, British, Italian and Tunisian forces. The cruise took a serious turn after Iraq invaded Kuwait on 2 August 1990. In support of Operation Desert Shield, the Ike was on station in the Red Sea within 36 hours, becoming the first carrier to conduct sustained operations in the area. After returning from deployment in November 1990, the Knighthawks upgraded to the new Lot XIII Night Attack F/A-18C. The Knighthawks became the first fully operational night strike Hornet squadron in the Navy.

In October 1991, the Knighthawks and Ike were back in the Persian Gulf enforcing the peace accords set after Operation Desert Storm. Upon completion of those operations, the team transitioned to the North Atlantic to participate in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Exercise "TEAMWORK '92". This would be the largest NATO exercise in over three years.

The Knighthawks next deployed aboard the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, USS George Washington (CVN-73) for her maiden cruise in May 1994. George Washington was the flagship for the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of D-Day, hosting President Bill Clinton. During the cruise, the Knighthawks participated in NATO Operations Deny Flight (over Bosnia-Herzegovina), Southern Watch and Vigilant Warrior (both in the Persian Gulf). In addition to supporting NATO, the Knighthawks also participated in exercises in England, France, Sicily, Jordan, Tunisia, Bahrain and Oman. The squadron returned from deployment in November 1994.

The Knighthawks deployed again aboard George Washington in January 1996 in support of Operation Decisive Endeavor over Bosnia-Herzegovina and Operation Southern Watch.

In February 1998, the Knighthawks embarked on the maiden deployment of USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74). This "world cruise" included a tour of duty in the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch and culminated in the arrival of USS John C. Stennis in their new homeport of San Diego, California.

Immediately following this deployment, the Knighthawks relocated to Naval Air Station Oceana in December 1998 as mandated by the Base Realignment and Closure decision.

In February 2000, the Knighthawks embarked aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) to the Mediterranean. In March 2000, the Knighthawks flew in support of the Dayton Accords governing the peace between the former warring factions in Bosnia and other parts of the Balkans. Eisenhower then proceeded to the Persian Gulf, in support of Operation Southern Watch, returning to Norfolk on 18 August 2000.

2010 was an outstanding year for the Knighthawks. CDR Liam Bruen was relieved by CDR Damien R. Christopher on July 23, 2010. The change of command ceremony was attended by Rear Admiral Buss and Rear Admiral Manazir. August was a great month for the Hawks as they won the Strike Fighter Weapons School Atlantic (SFWSL) Bombing Derby trophy for the first time in the squadron's history. The Hawks enjoyed the tremendous results of a Maintenance Program Assist inspection conducted by CSFWL in September. The arduous pre-deployment work ups which lasted the remainder of the year culminated with the Hawks winning the 2010 CVW-1 Top Hook Award.

In January 2011, the Knighthawks embarked on a highly successful deployment to the Mediterranean Sea, the North Arabian Sea, and Persian Gulf aboard USS Enterprise (CVN-65). While deployed, the Hawks flew combat sorties in the skies over Afghanistan in support Operation Enduring Freedom and over Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn while also supporting anti-piracy operations and special forces in multiple theaters. The Hawks received accolades not only for their many successes in combat, but also for their prowess in carrier aviation winning their tenth straight CVW-1 Top Hook Award posting a 3.706 with a 96% boarding rate for the duration of cruise. Individual Top Ten award winners included Commanding Officer CDR Damien R. Christopher, LCDR Jeff Farmer, LCDR Mark Haas, LT Rob Littman, LT Danny Westphall and LT Bryan Knick. Top five nugget award winners included LT Mike Segrest, LT Bryan Knick, LT Andy Talbott, and LT Joey Pasko.

Following deployment the Knighthawks were awarded their second straight Strike Fighter Weapons School Atlantic (SFWSL) Bombing Derby trophy. On October 7, 2011 CDR Damien R. Christopher was properly relieved by CDR Jason Velivlis. The change of command ceremony was attended by Admiral John Harvey, Rear Admiral Ted N. Branch, Rear Admiral Greg Nosal, and former Mayor of Virginia Beach, Meyera E. Oberndorf.

The Knighthawks finished 2011 on an exceptionally high note winning the Battle E Award for the first time in the squadron's twenty-six year history. The criterion for the Battle E is the overall readiness of a command to carry out its assigned wartime tasks, and is based on a year-long evaluation. The competition for the award is, and has always been, extremely keen. To win, a squadron must demonstrate the highest state of battle readiness. The Battle Effectiveness Award recognizes sustained superior performance in an operational environment.

 

source: wikipedia

 

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