VA-305 Lobos Squadron Patch – Plastic Backing
Established as Attack Squadron THREE HUNDRED FIVE (VA-305) on 1 July 1970. Redesignated Strike Fighter Squadron THREE HUNDRED FIVE (VFA-305) on 1 January 1987. Disestablished on 31 December 1994. The first squadron to be assigned the VA-305 and VFA-305 designation
Chronology of Significant Events
1 Jul 1970: VA-305, a reserve squadron, established as part of a reorganization of the reserves intended to increase the combat readiness of the Naval Air Reserve Force.
Nov 1976: The squadron deployed aboard Ranger (CV 61) for the annual active duty training and as part of CVWR-30’s tactical air mobilization test and the operational readiness exercise/inspection to ensure the squadron was seaworthy and combat ready and as part of a congressional ordered Reserve Air Test.
25 Sep–20 Nov 1990: The squadron’s deployment with CVW-11 aboard Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) was the first total integration of a reserve squadron with an active duty air wing for a long deployment in support of a direct fleet operational requirements. Squadron personnel participated in exercises and officer exchanges with the armed forces of Argentina and
Chile and also flew drug interdiction missions during the deployment.
1993: In 1993 the squadron added the roles of Adversary and Fleet Support to its primary mission.
VA-305 DEPLOYMENTS – MAJOR EVENTS
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
FEB 1973 – FEB 1973 CVWR-30 ACDUTRA Winter 1973
AUG 1973 – AUG 1973 CVWR-30 ACDUTRA Summer 1973
NOV 1976 – NOV 1976 2 week Operational Readiness Evaluation on CV-61 USS Ranger
NOV 1976 – DEC 1976 Sea Trials
AUG 1986 – Shellback Initiation – 6 AUG 1986 – Pacific Ocean
OCT 1990 – Shellback Initiation – 9 OCT 1990 – Atlantic Ocean