VA-873 (U.S. Navy)

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Attack Squadron 873
CountryUnited States
BranchUnited States Navy Reserve Seal United States Navy Reserve
TypeAttack squadron
Home portNaval Air Station Alameda
CommanderGlen W. Stinnett, Jr.
Aircraft flown
A-4B Skyhawk similar to those flown by VA-873.

VA-873 was an attack squadron of the U.S. Navy Reserve, based at Naval Air Station Alameda, California. Its insignia was approved by CNO on 16 March 1964. Colors for the insignia were: a white and blue background outlined in black; the blue background section had five white stars and the white section had a gold outline of San Francisco Golden Gate with two blue rows of waves beneath the bridge; separating the two sections was a stylized aircraft in black with a red flame coming from the tail; the scroll was white outlined in black with black lettering.

Other details of its early years are sketchy, as few records exist for reserve squadrons prior to 1970, the year during which they began submitting history reports.

On 27 January 1968, The President directed the activation of VA-873 following the capture of USS Pueblo by a North Korean patrol boat four days earlier. The squadron was deactivated and returned to reserve status on 12 October 1968.[1]

Aircraft assignment[edit]

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

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

  1. ^ a b Grossnick, Roy A. (1995). Dictionary of American Naval Aviation Squadrons, Volume 1, Chapter 2, Section 11: Attack Squadron Histories for VA-210 to VA-873. Washington, D.C.: Naval Historical Center, Department of the Navy. pp. 272–293. Retrieved 16 June 2016.