VF-191

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Fighter Squadron 191
Vf191.jpg
VF-191 insignia
Active 15 August 1943 - 1 March 1978
Country United States
Branch United States Navy
Type fighter squadron
Nickname "Satan's Kittens"

Fighter Squadron 191 (VF-191) was an aviation unit of the United States Navy. It was established in 1943 and disestablished in 1978. The squadron was nicknamed Satan's Kittens. A second squadron, bearing the same designation and nickname was established for a short time again between 1986 and 1988.

History[edit]

F6F-5s on the USS Lexington in 1944
F9F-2s during the Korean War
F-8Js from the USS Oriskany
F-4J on the USS Coral Sea in 1977
F-14 Tomcat of VF-191 aboard USS Enterprise (CVN-65) in 1988
VF-191 F-14 tail markings

VF-191 was established as fighter squadron VF-19 on 15 August 1943. On 15 November 1946 it was re-designated VF-19A. On 24 August 1948 it was finally re-designated VF-191 and adopted the new nickname Satan's Kittens. It was disestablished on 1 March 1978.

VF-191 and sister squadron VF-194 were the two shortest-lived F-14 squadrons in history. The original VF-191 took part in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. During the latter conflict the squadron took part in several combat cruises, flying variants of the F-8 Crusader. After Vietnam VF-191 continued operations with the F-8 until 1976, when they transitioned to the F-4 Phantom II. A single cruise in the F-4 followed, as VF-191 was disestablished in 1978. The VF-191 established on 4 December 1986 can claim the unit's name and markings but it did not have the heritage of the original VF-191. After training with VF-124, and being due to deploy on board the USS Independence (CV-62) as part of Carrier Air Wing 10 with the F-14A Tomcat, VF-191 was disestablished on 30 April 1988, before the cruise could take place.

Deployments[edit]

from to aircraft carrier air wing tail code area
July 1944 November 1944 F6F-5 CV-16 CVG-19 no code Pacific War
April 20, 1946 August 9, 1946 F6F-5 CV-36 CVG-19 A-1xx WestPac
June 1947 June 1947 F8F-1 CV-21 CVAG-19 B-1xx not deployed
January 11, 1950 June 13, 1950 F8F-2 CV-21 CVG-19 B-1xx WestPac
November 9, 1950 May 29, 1951 F9F-2 CV-37 CVG-19 B-1xx Korean War
March 21, 1952 November 3, 1952 F9F-2 CV-37 CVG-19 B-1xx Korean War
September 14, 1953 April 22, 1954 F9F-6 CVA-34 CVG-19 B-1xx WestPac
March 2, 1955 September 21, 1955 F9F-6 CVA-34 CVG-19 B-1xx WestPac
March 9, 1957 August 25, 1957 FJ-3 CVA-10 CVG-19 B-1xx WestPac
November 1, 1958 June 19, 1959 F11F-1 CVA-31 CVG-19 NM-1xx WestPac
November 21, 1959 May 14, 1960 F11F-1 CVA-31 CVG-19 NM-1xx WestPac
April 26, 1961 December 13, 1961 F8U-1 CVA-31 CVG-19 NM-1xx WestPac
July 12, 1962 February 11, 1963 F8U-1 CVA-31 CVG-19 NM-1xx WestPac
January 28, 1964 November 21, 1964 F-8E CVA-31 CVW-19 NM-1xx Vietnam War
April 21, 1965 January 13, 1966 F-8E CVA-31 CVW-19 NM-1xx Vietnam War
October 19, 1966 May 29, 1967 F-8E CVA-14 CVW-19 NM-1xx Vietnam War
December 28, 1967 August 17, 1968 F-8E CVA-14 CVW-19 NM-1xx Vietnam War
April 16, 1969 November 17, 1969 F-8J CVA-34 CVW-19 NM-1xx Vietnam War
May 14, 1970 December 10, 1970 F-8J CVA-34 CVW-19 NM-1xx Vietnam War
May 14, 1971 December 18, 1971 F-8J CVA-34 CVW-19 NM-1xx Vietnam War
June 5, 1972 March 30, 1973 F-8J CVA-34 CVW-19 NM-1xx Vietnam War
October 18, 1973 June 5, 1974 F-8J CVA-34 CVW-19 NM-1xx Vietnam
September 16, 1975 March 3, 1976 F-8J CVA-34 CVW-19 NM-1xx WestPac
February 15, 1977 October 5, 1977 F-4J CV-43 CVW-15 NL-1xx WestPac
December 1, 1986 April 30, 1988 F-14A CV-62 CVW-10 NM-1xx not deployed

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