Strike Fighter Squadron 27 (STRKFITRON 27)

VFA-27 ‘Chargers / Royal Maces’

 

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STATUS:

established as VA-27 on September 1, 1967

VA-27 redesignated VFA-27 on January 24, 1991

Nicknames: Royal Maces (1967-91 / 1996 - present) / Chargers 1991-96)

    

Homebase: NAF Atsugi, Japan

Carrier Air Wing: CVW-5

Aircraft Carrier: USS George Washington (CVN 73)

ACTIVE UNIT

AIRCRAFT:

McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (1991-94)

McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet (1995-2004)

Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet (2004- )

 

 

DEPLOYMENTS:

April 1991 - December 1991 with CVW-15 aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63)

November 1992 - May 1993 with CVW-15 aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63)

June 1994 - December 1994 with CVW-15 aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63)

February 1997 - June 1997 with CVW-5 aboard USS Independence (CV 62)

January 1998 - June 1998 with CVW-5 aboard USS Independence (CV 62)

July 1998 with CVW-5 aboard USS Independence (CV 62)

July 1998 - November 1998 with CVW-5 aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63)

March 1999 - August 1999 with CVW-5 aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63)

October 1999 - November 1999 with CVW-5 aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63)

April 2000 - June 2000 with CVW-5 aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63)

September 2000 - November 2000 with CVW-5 aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63)

March 2001 - June 2001 with CVW-5 aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63)

April 2002 - June 2002 with CVW-5 aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63)

October 2002 - December 2002 with CVW-5 aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63)

January 2003 - May 2003 with CVW-5 aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63)

November 2003 - December 2003 with CVW-5 aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63)

February 2004 - May 2004 with CVW-5 aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63)

February 2005 - March 2005 with CVW-5 aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63)

May 2005 - August 2005 with CVW-5 aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63)

October 2005 - December 2005 with CVW-5 aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63)

June 2006 - September 2006 with CVW-5 aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63)

October 2006 - December 2006 with CVW-5 aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63)

May 2007 - September 2007 with CVW-5 aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63)

October 2007 - November 2007 with CVW-5 aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63)

March 2008 - August 2008 with CVW-5 aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63)

August 2008 - November 2008 with CVW-5 aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73)

May 2009 - November 2009 with CVW-5 aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73)

May 2010 - December 2010 with CVW-5 aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73)

June 2011 - November 2011 with CVW-5 aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73)

May 2012 - November 2012 with CVW-5 aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73)

June 2013 - December 2013 with CVW-5 aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73)

 

images

 

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F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - 2008

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - 2008

 

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F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2008

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2008

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2008

 

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F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2008

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2008

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2007

 

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F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2007

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2007

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2007

 

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2007

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2007

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2007

 

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F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2007

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2007

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2007

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

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F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2006

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2005

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2005

 

F/A-18E Super Hornets (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2005

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2005

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2005

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2005

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2005

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2005

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2005

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2005

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2005

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2005

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2005

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2005

 

F/A-18E Super Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2005

 

 

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F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2003

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2003

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2003

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2003

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2003

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2003

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2003

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2003

 

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F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2002

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2002

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2002

 

F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-5) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 2002

 

F/A-18A Hornet (VFA-27 / CVW-15) embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 1994

 

 

history

The Royal Maces were commissioned as Attack Squadron 27, originally designated the Chargers, on 1 September 1967 flying the Vought A-7A Corsair II. Early in 1968 the squadron reported to Carrier Air Wing 14 and in May, as the Vietnam conflict raged, the Royal Maces departed for their first combat deployment aboard the USS Constellation (CVA-64).

During their second combat cruise aboard the Constellation, in 1969, VA-27 flew over 2,500 combat sorties. Transitioning to the newer A-7E in June 1970, they embarked on their third combat cruise a year later aboard the USS Enterprise (CVN-65). Squadron pilots amassed over 4,400 combat flight hours from the deck of the Big "E" and participated in over 1,500 air strikes without the loss of a single aircraft.

The Royal Maces commenced their fourth combat deployment in September 1972, and completed the year by winning the Admiral C. Wade McClusky Trophy, the Safety Award, and the Battle Efficiency Pennant, making a clean sweep of every award for excellence in the Light Attack Community for 1972.

The squadron began its next deployment to the Western Pacific in September 1974. The Chargers flew surveillance missions over Vietnam and flew escort for United States Marine Corps and United States Air Force helicopters during the evacuation of American and Vietnamese personnel during Operation Frequent Wind. In 1979, the Chargers joined USS Coral Sea (CV-43) for two more Western Pacific deployments before joining Carrier Air Wing 15 in 1984. Then aboard the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), they set off for a seven and one half month Western Pacific cruise, which included a 107 day Indian Ocean line period.

In 1991, after 23 years in the A-7E, 14 deployments, thousands of combat hours and numerous unit awards, the Royal Maces transitioned to the F/A-18A Hornet and were officially re-designated the Chargers of Strike Fighter Squadron Two Seven (VFA-27). In November 1992, while deployed aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), VFA-27 operated off the coast of Somalia in support of Operation Restore Hope and augmented United States Central Command’s multi-national coalition Air Forces supporting Operation Southern Watch. On 13 January 1993, the squadron participated in a coalition night strike against Iraq, delivering over 18,000 pounds of ordnance on target.

Following the disestablishment of CVW-15, the squadron transitioned to the F/A-18C Hornet in 1994. Two years later VFA-27 was officially re-designated the Royal Maces and commenced their homeport change to Atsugi, Japan. Originally embarked aboard USS Independence (CV-62), VFA-27 transferred with Carrier Air Wing 5 to the USS Kitty Hawk in 1998.

In the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the squadron participated in Operation Enduring Freedom flying missions against the Al Qaida infrastructure and Taliban forces in Afghanistan as well as protecting valued assets in Diego Garcia. In 2003, the Royal Maces and the USS Kitty Hawk’s “911” Battle Group were called up to continue the war on terror, flying over 300 close air support and strike sorties and employing over 200,000 pounds of ordnance against Iraqi forces in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, achieving an unprecedented 100 percent sortie completion rate.

VFA-27 completed their transition to the F/A-18E Super Hornet in October 2004 and promptly continued their record of excellence with back to back Naval Air Forces Pacific Battle Efficiency Awards in 2005 and 2006. In 2008 the Maces, along with Carrier Air Wing Five, cross-deck transferred to the USS George Washington upon which they are currently embarked.

VFA-27 has recently played significant roles in joint and international exercises such as Talisman Saber, Keen Sword, Valiant Shield and tri-lateral exercises with the Australian, Korean, and Japanese Navies. Additionally, the Royal Maces earned recognition for medical readiness, being awarded the Blue “M”, as well as the COMPACFLT Retention Excellence Award in 2010, 2011, and 2012.

In early June 2012, the Maces surpassed 110,000 mishap-free flight hours in the F/A-18.

In February of 2013, the Royal Maces transitioned to Lot 34/35 F/A-18E Super Hornets, which have many upgraded systems to include the improved APG-79 AESA radar. The squadron successfully flew its original fleet of jets through Wake Island and Hawaii to their final destination in Lemoore. The Maces completed significant Air-to-Ground and Air-to-Air training events in the Fallon Ranges prior to flying all 13 of their new Super Hornets back to Atsugi, where they continue to train and patrol as part of America’s “911” Air Wing.

 

source: VFA-27 website

 

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