Strike Fighter Squadron 195 (STRKFITRON 195)

VFA-195 ‘Dambusters’

 

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STATUS:

established as VT-19 on August 15, 1943

VT-19 redesignated VA-20A on November 15, 1946

VA-20A redesignated VA-195 on August 24, 1948

VA-195 redesignated VFA-195 on April 1, 1985

     

Homebase: forward deployed to NAF Atsugi, Japan

Carrier Air Wing: CVW-5

Aircraft Carrier: USS George Washington (CVN 73)

ACTIVE UNIT

AIRCRAFT:

McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (1985-91)

McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet (1991-2010)

Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet (2011- )

 

 

DEPLOYMENTS:

July 1986 - today 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 - today assigned to CVW-5 embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73)

 

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F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - May 2015

 

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F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - May 2015

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) - Iwo To, Japan - May 2014

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) - Iwo To, Japan - May 2014

 

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F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - November 2013

 

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F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - September 2013

 

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F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - August 2013

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - August 2013

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - November 2012

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - June 2012

 

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F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - October 2010

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - 2008

 

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F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) landing on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - 2008

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - 2008

 

F/A-18C(N) Hornets (VFA-195 / CVW-5) leaving USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) for the last time - 2008

 

F/A-18C(N) Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2008

 

F/A-18C(N) Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2008

 

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F/A-18C(N) Hornets (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2008

 

F/A-18C(N) Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2008

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2008

 

F/A-18C(N) Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2008

 

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F/A-18C(N) Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2008

 

F/A-18C(N) Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2008

 

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

 

F/A-18C(N) Hornets (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2007

 

F/A-18C(N) Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2007

 

F/A-18C(N) Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2007

 

F/A-18C(N) Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

F/A-18C(N) Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

F/A-18C(N) Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

F/A-18C(N) Hornets (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

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F/A-18C(N) Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

F/A-18C(N) Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

F/A-18C(N) Hornets (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

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F/A-18C(N) Hornets (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

F/A-18C(N) Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2005

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2005

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2005

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2005

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2005

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2005

 

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F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2005

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2005

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2005

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2005

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2005

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2005

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2004

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2003

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2003

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2003

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2002

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2002

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2002

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2002

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2002

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2002

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2001

 

F/A-18C(N) Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 1999

 

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F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Independence (CV 62) - 1998

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Independence (CV 62) - 1998

 

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F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Independence (CV 62) - 1992

 

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F/A-18A Hornet (VFA-195 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Midway (CV 41) - August 1991

 

 

history

Strike Fighter Squadron One Nine Five boasts a proud and exciting history. Commissioned the Tigers of Torpedo Squadron Nineteen at Los Alamitos, California in August 1943. The squadron became Attack Squadron Twenty Able in November 1946. Attack Squadron One Nine Five in August 1948 and Strike Fighter Squadron One Nine Five on April 1, 1985.

As a unit of CVG-19 during World War II, VT19, flying the TBM Avenger was a part of Admiral Bull Halsey’s Naval Force which hit hard, hit fast and hit often. The squadron participated in the Battle of Leyte Gulf and in the landings at Guam, Palau, Morotai and Leyte. Squadron pilots also flew strikes against the Carolines, Philippines, Bonin Island, Okinawa, Mindanao and Formosa while embarked on USS Lexington.

In May 1947, Attack Squadron Twenty Able transitioned to the AD-1 Skyraider. The squadron served in the Korean War while embarked on USS Princeton. On May 1, 1951, the squadron’s Skyraiders, making precise low level runs, delivered aerial torpedoes on the heavily defended and strategically positioned Hwa Chon Dam in North Korea. Destruction of the dam had been attempted by Air Force and Navy bombers, but was finally accomplished by Attack Squadron Twenty Able earning them the nickname Dambusters.

Attack Squadron One Nine Five transitioned from the propeller driven Skyraiders (also known as Spads) to the jet powered A-4 Skyhawk in July 1959 and moved to NAS Lemoore, California in January 1962. As the Vietnam crisis flared in the fall of 1964, the Dambusters made their fourth consecutive deployment on USS Bon Homme Richard with the U.S. Seventh Fleet. During the next five years, while operating various models of the A-4 from the decks of the USS Bon Homme Richard and USS Ticonderoga, the squadron logged more combat flight hours and sorties than any other squadron in Air Wing Nineteen.

In the spring of 1970 VA-195 passed another milestone, transitioning to the A-7E Corsair II. As a unit of Carrier Air Wing Eleven on USS Kitty Hawk, the squadron deployed in the fall of 1970, marking its fourth consecutive decade of involvement in foreign conflicts. During the Vietnam War VA-195 delivered the first data link version of the television guided Walleye Glide Bomb in combat. Success was sweet on 19 July 1972 as the Dambusters delivered a single Walleye down the throat of a cave storage area causing its complete destruction. Later the same day, they destroyed the Ninh Binh railroad bridge, also with a single weapon. VA-195’s performance during the 1972 deployment was exemplary, setting new records in sorties flown, ordnance delivered and days of combat operations. Over the course of three peacetime Westpac deployments aboard USS Kitty Hawk, VFA-195 helped pioneer the concept of bringing together all elements of carrier aviation in a single air wing on board a single carrier, while keeping the squadron a combat ready force from 1973 to 1979. In 1981, the Dambusters made back-to-back deployments aboard USS America, making history as USS America became the largest warship ever to transit the Suez Canal.

The Dambusters were assigned to Carrier Air Wing Fifteen and Nineteen before joining Carrier Air Wing Nine late in 1982. VA-195 deployed in 1983 to Central America and the Western Pacific before making a 122 day line period in the Indian Ocean.The Dambusters were redesignated Strike Fighter Squadron One Nine Five on April 1, 1985 and commenced transition to the F/A-18 Hornet. Upon completion, VFA-195 was assigned to Carrier Air Wing 5 and officially joined the Forward Deployed Naval Forces in Yokosuka, Japan on July 1, 1986. While ashore, the Dambusters operate out of NAF Atsugi, Japan. In the fall of 1988 and again in 1989, the squadron embarked aboard USS MIDWAY (CV-41) and made deployments to the Indian Ocean, along with several shorter deployments in the Western Pacific. Following Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990, the USS Midway and CVW-5 relieved the USS Independence on duty in the Arabian Gulf in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. During the conflict, the Dambusters flew 564 combat missions, delivering 356 tons of ordnance, and became the first Hornet squadron to deliver a Walleye II glide bomb in combat.

Still aboard USS Independence, CVW-5 and the Dambusters deployed in March 1996 to calm tensions in the Taiwan Strait over Taiwan’s first direct presidential elections. After several more Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf deployments and the cross deck to USS Kitty Hawk, the Dambusters flew in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2001, striking targets deep in Afghanistan. Called on for duty in the Arabian Gulf in 2003, the Dambusters found themselves in harm’s way once more over Iraq. Flying 278 combat sorties in support of Operation Iraqi Ffreedom, VFA-195 delivered 179,000 pounds of precision guided munitions against military targets over the course of a single month. As in 1991, the Dambusters played an integral role in the defeat of Saddam Hussein’s forces.

After a demanding and successful decade of frequent deployments, the Dambusters completed their last with F/A-18C Hornet in November 2010. The squadron accomplished a successful transition to F/A-18E Super Hornets in the spring of 2011, and embarked shortly thereafter as CVW-5's newest Super Hornet squadron aboard the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73) during the 2011 Western Pacific deployment.

 

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