VFA-132

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VFA-132 Insignia
Active 2 January 1984 - 1 June 1992
Country United States
Branch US Navy
Type Fighter / Attack
Role Close air support
Air interdiction
Aerial reconnaissance
Part of CVW-6
Garrison/HQ NAS Cecil Field
Nickname Privateers
Equipment F/A-18 Hornet
Engagements Operation Prairie Fire
Operation El Dorado Canyon
Operation Provide Comfort

VFA-132 Strike Fighter Squadron 132, also known as the "Privateers" was a United States Navy Strike Fighter Squadron that was based at Naval Air Station Cecil Field, Florida prior to being disestablished on 1 June 1992.

History[edit]

An F/A-18A Hornet from VFA-132 landing in rough seas

The Privateers were established on 3 January 1984 as (VFA-132) the first squadron to be assigned the VFA designation. operating the F/A-18C Hornet from NAS Lemoore, CA, and moved to NAS Cecil Field in February 1985. They made their inaugural deployment aboard the USS Coral Sea (CV-43) (which was retired in 1989) and saw combat operations during Operations Prairie Fire and El Dorado Canyon against Libya.

In March 1986, during Freedom of Navigation exercises in the Gulf of Sidra, the squadron’s aircraft flew Combat Air Patrols in support of the exercise, including the period of 24 and 25 March following a 24 March Libyan firing of an SA-5 missile against an American aircraft operating in international waters. On 14–15 April 1986 Squadron aircraft, along with other units of CVW-13 and A-7s from CVW-1, provided air-to-surface Shrike and Harm missile strikes against Libyan surface-to-air missile sites at Banghazi. This was the first use of the F/A-18 in combat.

From October 1987 through April 1988 the squadron deployed to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, and was assigned to Marine Air Group 15. While deployed to Japan, the squadron operated detachments at NAS Cubi Point, Tsuiki AB, Clark AB, Yechon AB, Misawa AB and Kadena AB.

During August–September 1989, The USS Coral Sea (CV-43), with VFA-132 embarked, operated off the coast of Lebanon following the Israeli capture of Sheik Obeid and the reported killing of Lieutenant Colonel William R. Higgins, USMC. In early September the squadron provided air cover for the CH-53 helos used to evacuate personnel from the U.S. embassy in Beirut.

During June–September 1991, CVW-6 squadrons participated in Operation Provide Comfort, flying missions over northern Iraq in support of the Kurdish relief effort.[1]

The squadron was disestablished on 1 June 1992.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Strike Fighter Squadron 132". US Navy. Global Security. 

The Privateers were established on 3 January 1984 as (VFA-132) the first squadron to be assigned the VFA designation. operating the F/A-18A Hornet from NAS Lemoore, CA, and moved to NAS Cecil Field in February 1985. They made their inaugural deployment aboard the USS Coral Sea (CV-43) (which was retired in 1989) and saw combat operations during Operations Prairie Fire and El Dorado Canyon against Libya.

This is a correction to VFA-132 deployments onboard USS Coral Sea(CV-43). The three VFA sqdns. that were onboard "Coral Sea" during the 1987-1988 Mediterranean Sea deployment were VFA 131, VFA 136 and VFA 137 when we were a few days out from Israel when then LtCol. Higgins was kidnapped in Lebanon. "Coral Sea" deployed in October 1985 to May 1986 to the "Med" with four FA/18A sqdns, which were VFA's 131, 132, VMFA 314 and VMFA 323.

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