Strike Fighter Squadron 203 (STRKFITRON 203)

VFA-203 ‘Blue Dolphins’


vfa-203 blue dolphins crest insignia patch badge strike fighter squadron f/a-18a hornet reserve carrier air wing cvwr-20 nas atlanta

vfa-203 blue dolphins strike fighter squadron f/a-18a hornet nas atlanta georgia reserve carrier air wing cvwr-20



established as VA-203 on July 1, 1970

VA-203 redesignated VFA-203 on October 1, 1989

VFA-203 disestablished on June 30, 2004

VFA-201 was a Reserve Squadron at NAS Atlanta, Georgia and part of CVWR-20


McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (1989-2004)




no combat deployments




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F/A-18A Hornet (VFA-203) at Andrews AFB, Maryland - March 1990




VFA-203, nicknamed the Blue Dolphins, was a Strike Fighter Squadron of the U.S. Navy Reserve. It was established as Attack Squadron VA-203 at NAS Jacksonville on 1 July 1970, as a reserve squadron under a new concept in the reorganization of the Naval Air Reserve Force. The reorganization was intended to make the reserves more compatible with active duty units and to increase their combat readiness. primary mission was to provide contributory support to the fleet, and to be ready to deploy to an aircraft carrier a crisis as a reserve fighter-attack squadron. A further mission was to act as adversaries to squadrons being trained for deployment.

In May, 1972, the Blue Dolphins deployed to NAS Oceana to participate in exercise Exotic Dancer V, designed to test multiservice operations under a unified command organization. In February 1980, the squadron participated in a combined NATO forces exercise conducted at NAS Bermuda. On 1 December 1977 it moved to NAS Cecil Field. In 1993, the squadron began training its pilots in the fleet adversary role. It moved to NAS Atlanta in October 1996, and was disestablished on 30 June 2004.


source: wikipedia





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