Strike Fighter Squadron 192 (STRKFITRON 192)

VFA-192 ‘Golden Dragons’

 

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STATUS:

established as VF-153 on March 26, 1945

VFA-153 redesignated VF-15A on November 15, 1946

VF-15A redesignated VF-151 on July 15, 1948

VF-151 redesignated VF-192 on February 15, 1950

VF-192 redesignated VA-192 on March 15, 1956

VA-192 redesignated VFA-192 on January 10, 1986

    

Homebase: NAS Lemoore, California

Carrier Air Wing: CVW-9

Aircraft Carrier: USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74)

ACTIVE UNIT

AIRCRAFT:

McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (1986-91)

McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet (1991-2013)

Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet (2013- )

 

 

DEPLOYMENTS:

July 1986 - December 2009 permanently forward deployed to NAF Atsugi, Japan

    

July 1986 - August 1991 assigned to CVW-5 embarked on USS Midway (CV 41)

August 1991 - July 1998 assigned to CVW-5 embarked on USS Independence (CV 62)

July 1998 - August 2008 assigned to CVW-5 embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63)

August 2008 - December 2009 assigned to CVW-5 embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73)

 

July 2011 - March 2012 with CVW-9 aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74)

August 2012 - May 2013 with CVW-9 aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74)

 

images

 

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F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-9) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - September 2012

 

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F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-9) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - January 2012

 

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F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-9) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - October 2011

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-9) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - October 2011

 

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F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-9) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - October 2011

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-9) embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - July 2011

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - July 2009

 

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F/A-18C(N) Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - 2008

 

F/A-18C(N) Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2008

 

F/A-18C(N) Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2008

 

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F/A-18C(N) Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2008

 

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F/A-18C(N) Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2008

 

F/A-18C(N) Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2007

 

F/A-18C(N) Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2007

 

F/A-18C(N) Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2007

 

F/A-18C(N) Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2007

 

F/A-18C(N) Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2007

 

F/A-18C(N) Hornets of VFA-192 and VFA-195 embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2007

 

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F/A-18C(N) Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2007

 

F/A-18C(N) Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2007

 

F/A-18C(N) Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

F/A-18C(N) Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

F/A-18C(N) Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

F/A-18C(N) Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

F/A-18C(N) Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

F/A-18C(N) Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

F/A-18C(N) Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

F/A-18C(N) Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

F/A-18C(N) Hornets (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

F/A-18C(N) Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

F/A-18C(N) Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

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F/A-18C(N) Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

F/A-18C(N) Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2005

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2005

 

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F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2005

 

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F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2005

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2005

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2005

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2005

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2005

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2005

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2005

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2004

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2003

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2003

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2003

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2003

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2003

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2003

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2003

 

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movie star Jackie Chan in front of a F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2002

 

F/A-18C Hornets (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2002

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2002

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2002

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2002

 

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F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) at NAF Atsugi, Japan - February 2000

 

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F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Independence (CV 62) - 1995

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Independence (CV 62) - 1995

 

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F/A-18A Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Midway (CV 41) - 1989

 

F/A-18A Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Midway (CV 41) - 1989

 

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F/A-18A Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Midway (CV 41) - 1989

 

F/A-18A Hornet (VFA-192 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Midway (CV 41) - 1989

 

 

history

1980s

By early 1985, the VFA-192 began to prepare for transition to the F/A-18 Hornet. About half of the A-7E’s and personnel who maintained them had been transferred from the squadron when the Dragons were ordered to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan under the Marine Corps Unit Deployment Program. In less than three months, the squadron was fully manned and equipped with 12 A-7E’s, and on June 3, 1985 launched for a three day transpacific flight to Iwakuni. Upon arrival, the squadron became part of Marine Aircraft Group 12 under the 1st Marine Air Wing. The squadron returned to Lemoore for Christmas, and on January 10, 1986 the Golden Dragons were redesignated Strike Fighter Squadron One Nine Two (VFA-192). While in FA-18 Hornet transition training under VFA-125. On February 14, 1986, exactly 16 years after the first Dragon Corsair II was accepted, VA-192 transferred its last A-7E. The squadron received their first FA-18A on 5 May 1986. This new beginning also included notification that the squadron would be changing homeport to join CVW-5 and USS Midway out of Yokosuka, Japan. This change became official on 1 July 1986, and in November the Golden Dragons executed their second transpacific movement in eighteen months in new F/A-18 Hornets to NAF Atsugi, Japan.

1987 began with VFA-192’s first deployment embarked in Midway as a member of the restructured CVW-5. The next twelve months included 261 days of embarked operations in the South China Sea, Indian Ocean, and Arabian Sea. During November and December, the Dragons participated in Operation Earnest Will, providing air cover for the escort of reflagged Kuwait oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz and Persian Gulf .

1990s
On October 2, 1990, the squadron set sail aboard Midway for the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Desert Shield. When Operation Desert Storm began on the night of January 17, 1991, the Golden Dragons attacked Iraqi missile batteries. Over the next 43 days, the Golden Dragons flew 576 combat sorties, dropping over 730,000 pounds of ordnance. In March, VFA-192 and the Midway Battle Group departed the Persian Gulf, returning home to Yokosuka following seven months of deployment.

On August 21, 1991, VFA-192 and CVW-5 embarked for the last time aboard Midway prior to her retirement and replacement as the forward deployed carrier by USS Independence. During the turnover at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the squadron also traded their F/A-18A aircraft for newer F/A-18Cs.

On April 15, 1992, the Golden Dragons deployed for the first time aboard Independence, participating in the 50th anniversary celebration of the Battle of Coral Sea in Sydney, Australia . The Dragons were also a part of the battle group that spearheaded Operation Southern Watch (OSW), establishing the Iraqi no-fly zone south of the 32nd parallel north.

In Fall 1993, Summer 1995, and again in Winter 1998, the Golden Dragons deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of OSW. On July 7, 1998, the Golden Dragons and CVW-5 embarked for the last time aboard Independence. In Hawaii, the squadron moved to USS Kitty Hawk, and upgraded aircraft to Lot 17 F/A-18Cs.

The Golden Dragons deployed again on March 2, 1999 for the South Pacific and to the Persian Gulf in support of OSW.

2000s
After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the squadron began preparations for an emergency deployment and began training at Iwo Jima while Kitty Hawk sortied from Yokosuka. Within a week the Dragons were again carrier qualified and ready to sail. Instead, CVW-5 was divided to fill urgent requirements elsewhere in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. CVW-5 Detachment A, comprised FA-18Cs from VFA-192 and VFA-195, S-3’s from VS-21 and HH-60’s from HS-14, sailed aboard Kitty Hawk to the Indian Ocean with a large Special Operations contingent embarked. The Spec Ops force moved from Kitty Hawk into Afghanistan while the aircraft provided close air support (CAS) until November 2001. Detachment B, comprised FA-18Cs from VFA-27 and manned with pilots from all three CVW-5 Hornet squadrons, deployed to the U.S. Navy Support Facility Diego Garcia to provide air defense of the Maritime Pre-positioned Fleet and USAF bomber force deployed there.

In January 2003, VFA-192 deployed aboard Kitty Hawk to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The squadron flew 339 combat missions and dropped 224,000 pounds of ordnance including 283 JDAM and LGB bombs. After 100 consecutive days at sea, the Dragons returned to Japan in May.

On December 15, 2009, VFA-192 departed NAF Atsugi and CVW-5 as part of a homeport change to NAS Lemoore and CVW-9. Likewise, VFA-115 arrived in NAF Atsugi on December 13, 2009 to be the replacement squadron for the Dragons. Upon arrival at NAS Lemoore, VFA-192 Joined CVW-9.

VFA-192 deployed in September 2012 onboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74), four months earlier than originally planned, where they once again entered the history books as the first squadron in over 40 years to employ rockets from an aircraft carrier. Having just returned home, the Dragons prepare for their tenth major aircraft type transition to the F/A-18E Super Hornet.

 

patches

 

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   vfa-192 golden dragons cruise patch

 

 

 

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