VA-128 (U.S. Navy)

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Attack Squadron 128
A-6A Intruder of VA-128 refueling another Intruder.jpg
VA-128 A6A refueling another A-6A, 1970s
Active 1 September 1967 - September 1995
Country United States
Branch United States Navy
Type Attack
Nickname(s) Golden Intruders
Aircraft flown
Attack A-6 Intruder
TC-4C Academe

VA-128 was an Attack Squadron of the U.S. Navy, nicknamed the Golden Intruders. It was established on 1 September 1967,[1] and disestablished in September 1995.[2]

Operational history[edit]

  • September 1967: The squadron was assigned the mission of training combat ready flight crews and replacement maintenance personnel for the A-6 Intruder.
  • October 1968: Two U.S. Air Force exchange officers reported aboard for training in the A-6A.
  • June 1973: A Naval Officer from the Federal Republic of Germany reported aboard for training in the A-6.
  • March–May 1980: The squadron’s TC-4C, Target Recognition Attack Multisensor (TRAM) equipped aircraft, was used to monitor the hot spots on Mount St. Helens in Washington state prior to a major eruption on 18 May. The squadron’s work with U.S. Geological Survey authorities provided the forewarning necessary to save hundreds of lives since the mountain was a popular place for campers, boaters and mountain climbers.
  • October 1986: The squadron assumed the additional duty of training all U.S. Marine Corps personnel on the A-6 following the disestablishment of VMAT(AW)-202.
  • 1990: The squadron received the first composite wing A-6E on the West Coast.[1]

Home port assignments[edit]

The squadron was assigned to these home ports, effective on the dates shown:[1]

Aircraft Assignment[edit]

The squadron first received the following aircraft on the dates shown:[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Aviation Squadrons.

  1. ^ a b c d Grossnick, Roy A. (1995). Dictionary of American Naval Aviation Squadrons, Volume 1, Chapter 2, Section 8: Attack Squadron Histories for VA-125 to VA-153. Washington, D.C.: Naval Historical Center, Department of the Navy. pp. 194–221. Retrieved 2016-06-16. 
  2. ^ Karppi, Wendy (1997-07-01). "Airscoop - VA-128 Golden Intruders" (PDF). Naval Aviation News: 7. Retrieved 2014-02-18. 

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