VFA-132

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Strike Fighter Squadron 132
Strike Fighter Squadron 132 (United States Navy) patch 1985.png
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

Strike Fighter Squadron 132 (VFA-132), also known as the "Privateers", was an aviation unit of the United States Navy that was based at Naval Air Station Cecil Field, Florida (USA), in service from 1984 to 1992.

History[edit]

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

VFA-132 was established on 3 January 1984 as the first squadron to be assigned the VFA designation. operating the F/A-18A Hornet from NAS Lemoore, California, and moved to NAS Cecil Field in February 1985. They made their inaugural deployment aboard the USS Coral Sea (CV-43) 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 U.S. aircraft operating in international waters. On 14–15 April 1986 VFA-132 aircraft, along with other units of Carrier Air Wing Thirteen (CVW-13) and A-7E Corsairs from CVW-1, provided air-to-surface AGM-45 Shrike and AGM-88 HARM missile strikes against Libyan surface-to-air missile sites at Benghazi. 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, Coral Sea, 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 Sea Stallion helicopters used to evacuate personnel from the U.S. embassy in Beirut. After Coral Sea was decommissioned, VFA-132 was reassigned to CVW-6 aboard USS Forrestal (CV-59).

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. 

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