Strike Fighter Squadron 161 (STRKFITRON 161)

VFA-161 ‘Chargers’

 

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vfa-161 chargers strike fighter squadron f/a-18a hornet nas lemoore us navy

 

STATUS:

established as VF-161 on September 1, 1960

VF-161 redesignated VFA-161 on June 1, 1986

VFA-161 disestablished on April 1, 1988

AIRCRAFT:

McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (1986-88)

 

 

DEPLOYMENTS:

July 1987 - August 1987 with CVW-10 aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65)

 

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F/A-18A Hornet (VFA-161 / CVW-10) embarked on USS Enterprise (CVN 65) - 1987

 

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F/A-18A Hornet (VFA-161 / CVW-10) embarked on USS Enterprise (CVN 65) fires an AIM-7 Sparrow missile - 1987

 

F/A-18A Hornet (VFA-161 / CVW-10) embarked on USS Enterprise (CVN 65) - 1987

 

 

history

VFA-161, nicknamed the Chargers, was a Strike Fighter Squadron of the U.S. Navy. It was established at NAS Cecil Field as Fighter Squadron VF-161 on 1 September 1960. It moved to NAS Miramar on 19 September 1961, and to Naval Station Yokosuka, Japan. On 1 April 1988, the squadron was redesignated VFA-161. It was disestablished in 1987.

Embarked on USS Oriskany (CV-34) in November 1963, the squadron operated in the South China Sea during a crisis in South Vietnam and the coup that overthrew President Ngo Dinh Diem. on 13 June 1966, one of the squadron's aircraft shot down a North Vietnamese MiG-17, using a Sidewinder missile. In March, 1968, embarked on USS Coral Sea (CVA-43), the squadron operated on station off the coast of Korea following the capture of USS Pueblo (AGER-2).

From May to October 1972, the squadron participated in heavy air strikes against targets in North Vietnam to interdict the flow of supplies and to reduce North Vietnam's ability to continue the war effort in South Vietnam. During May, squadron aircraft shot down three MiG-17s. On 12 January 1973, squadron aviators shot down another. It was the last MiG to be shot down during the Vietnam War. In April and May 1975, squadron aircraft participated in Operation Frequent Wind, the evacuation of American personnel from Saigon, South Vietnam, as the country fell to the communists.

In 1976, embarked in USS Midway (CV 41), the squadron conducted flight operations near the Korean peninsula following the killing of U.S. military personnel in the Korean DMZ by North Koreans. In 1979, Midway, with VF-161 embarked, deployed to the Gulf of Aden to relieve USS Constellation (CV 64) and maintain a U.S. carrier presence following the outbreak of fighting between North and South Yemen and the fall of the Shah of Iran. Following the Iranian seizure of the American Embassy in Teheran and the taking of American hostages on 4 November 1979, Midway, with VF-161 embarked, proceeded to the Gulf of Oman and remained on station until relieved in early February 1980. From May-June of that year, Midway, with VF-161 embarked, operated off the coast of Korea due to the civil unrest in South Korea and the massacre of several hundred people in the town of Kwangju. In December 1981 due to tensions in Korea the squadron operated from Midway off the coast of Korea until the tensions subsided.

From May to October 1986, the squadron relocated to NAS Lemoore for transition training in the F/A-18 Hornet and redesignation as a Strike Fighter Squadron. VF-161 was one of only two F-4 Phantom II fighter squadrons to be assigned the VFA designation.

From October 1986 to Jun 1987, following the transfer of the squadron from CVW-5, and awaiting transfer to a newly established air wing, the squadron was in an inactive status at NAS Lemoore. It was disestablished in 1987.

 

source: wikipedia

 

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