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US Navy - Strike Fighter Squadron 82 (STRKFITRON 82)

VFA-82 'Marauders'

 
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STATUS:   established as VA-82 on May 1, 1967
VA-82 redesignated VFA-82 on July 13, 1987
VFA-82 disestablished on September 30, 2005
 AIRCRAFT:   McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet (1987-2005)
 DEPLOYMENTS:  

March 1988 - May 1988 with CVW-1 aboard USS America (CV 66)

February 1989 - November 1989 with CVW-1 aboard USS America (CV 66)

December 1990 - April 1991 with CVW-1 aboard USS America (CV 66)

August 1991 - October 1991 with CVW-1 aboard USS America (CV 66)

December 1991 - June 1992 with CVW-1 aboard USS America (CV 66)

August 1993 - February 1994 with CVW-1 aboard USS America (CV 66)

August 1995 - February 1996 with CVW-1 aboard USS America (CV 66)

October 1997 - April 1998 with CVW-1 aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73)

November 1998 - December 1998 with CVW-1 aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75)

September 1999 - March 2000 with CVW-1 aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67)

September 2001 - March 2002 with CVW-1 aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)

August 2003 - February 2004 with CVW-1 aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65)

June 2004 - July 2004 with CVW-1 aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65)

October 2004 - March 2005 with CVW-2 aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72)
 

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F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-82) - August 2005

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F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-82) over MCAS Beaufort, South Carolina - July 2005


F/A-18C Hornets (VFA-82) were refueled by a F/A-18F Super Hornet of VFA-2 - February 2005

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F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-82 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - November 2004


F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-82 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - November 2004


F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-82 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - November 2004


F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-82 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - November 2004

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F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-82 / CVW-2) embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - October 2004


F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-82 / CVW-1) embarked on USS Enterprise (CVN 65) - July 2004


F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-82 / CVW-1) embarked on USS Enterprise (CVN 65) - July 2004

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F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-82 / CVW-1) embarked on USS Enterprise (CVN 65) - June 2004

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F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-82 / CVW-1) embarked on USS Enterprise (CVN 65) - June 2004


F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-82 / CVW-1) embarked on USS Enterprise (CVN 65) - June 2004


F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-82 / CVW-1) embarked on USS Enterprise (CVN 65) - June 2004


F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-82 / CVW-1) embarked on USS Enterprise (CVN 65) - June 2004


F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-82 / CVW-1) embarked on USS Enterprise (CVN 65) - June 2004

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F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-82 / CVW-1) embarked on USS Enterprise (CVN 65) - January 2004


F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-82 / CVW-1) embarked on USS Enterprise (CVN 65) - January 2004


F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-82 / CVW-1) embarked on USS Enterprise (CVN 65) - January 2004


F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-82 / CVW-1) embarked on USS Enterprise (CVN 65) was refueled by a USAF KC-135R tanker aircraft - January 2004


F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-82 / CVW-1) embarked on USS Enterprise (CVN 65) was refueled by a USAF KC-135R tanker aircraft - January 2004

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F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-82 / CVW-1) embarked on USS Enterprise (CVN 65) was refueled by a USAF KC-135R tanker aircraft - January 2004


F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-82 / CVW-1) embarked on USS Enterprise (CVN 65) was refueled by a USAF KC-10 tanker aircraft - January 2004


F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-82 / CVW-1) embarked on USS Enterprise (CVN 65) - January 2004

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F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-82 / CVW-1) embarked on USS Enterprise (CVN 65) - January 2004


F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-82 / CVW-1) embarked on USS Enterprise (CVN 65) - December 2003


F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-82 / CVW-1) embarked on USS Enterprise (CVN 65) - December 2003


F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-82 / CVW-1) embarked on USS Enterprise (CVN 65) - November 2003

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F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-82 / CVW-1) embarked on USS Enterprise (CVN 65) - November 2003


F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-82 / CVW-1) embarked on USS Enterprise (CVN 65) - November 2003


F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-82 / CVW-1) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - November 2002


F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-82 / CVW-1) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - September 2002


F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-82 / CVW-1) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - February 2002

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F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-82 / CVW-1) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - January 2002


F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-82 / CVW-1) embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) - January 2002


F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-82 / CVW-1) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - February 1998


F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-82 / CVW-1) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - December 1997

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F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-82 / CVW-1) embarked on USS George Washington (CVN 73) - November 1997


F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-82 / CVW-1) embarked on USS America (CV 66) - October 1993

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F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-82 / CVW-1) embarked on USS America (CV 66) - June 1993


F/A-18C Hornet (VFA-82 / CVW-1) embarked on USS America (CV 66) - June 1993


January 1988
 
 
History:

On July 13, 1987, VA-82 was redesignated Strike Fighter Squadron 82 (VFA-82). With the delivery of the first aircraft in November 1987, VFA-82 became the first F/A-18C squadron.

In 1990, VFA-82 escorted the USS Constellation around the horn of South America on its way to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for modernization. December 1990 found VFA-82 once again aboard the USS America, participating in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. The Marauders flew 597 combat sorties, 1308.9 combat hours and delivered over 1.2 million pounds of ordnance over Iraq.

In December 1991, the Marauders returned to the USS America for a six-month deployment during which VFA-82 participated in Operation Southern Watch in Iraq, Operation Deny Flight and Operation Sharp Guard in Bosnia and Operation Restore Hope in Somalia.

From August 1995 to February 1996, the Marauders joined the USS America for her last cruise. From October 1997 through April 1998, the squadron deployed on board the USS George Washington to the Mediterranean Sea and Persian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch.

During 1998 the Marauders operated from the decks of three different U.S. aircraft carriers and visited seven different countries.

In August 1999, the Marauders bid farewell to NAS Cecil Field and relocated to NAS Jacksonville for the two months prior to deployment. In September 1999, the Marauders deployed on board the USS John F. Kennedy in support of Operation Southern Watch.

Upon completion of the six-month deployment on board "Big John," the Marauders relocated to their new home, MCAS Beaufort, South Carolina in March 2000.

Following the September 11, 2001 attacks, the Marauders deployed on September 18, steaming for the Arabian Sea and Afghanistan.

During four months of combat operations, VFA-82 delivered over 440,000 pounds of ordnance and totaled over 3000 hours in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The Marauders returned to Beaufort on March 28, 2002. The squadron had logged an unprecedented 159 days continuously deployed, the majority of which were combat operations.

During the latter half of 2002, the squadron trained against F-16 Falcons in Burlington, Vermont, and at one point were detached to Roosevelt Roads Naval Station, Puerto Rico; NAS Fallon; and NAS Key West. During the NAS Key West detachment, Marauders pilots had the opportunity to fly against German MiG-29s.

VFA-82 was disestablished effective 30 Sept 2005 in accordance with a directive issued on July 5, 2005.

source: wikipedia
 
 
 

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