VA-87 Golden Warriors Plaque
A beautifully carved 14 inch solid wood plaque of the VA-87 Golden Warriors! Show your aviation lineage with truly artistic craftsmanship of the Navy’s finest symbols.
The use of naval aviation insignia is a modern form of heraldry that dates back to the early period of naval aviation in the 1920’s and captures many proud moments of its history. The practice fosters a sense of pride, unit cohesion and contributes to high morale, esprit de corps and professionalism within the community. It also serves as an effective means of preserving a command’s tradition, continuity of purpose and recognition, as traced through its lineage. The following rules are provided to ensure that all command insignia and slogans are in keeping with the highest traditions of the proud naval aviation heritage.
4 Mar 1969: The squadron flew its first combat missions,striking enemy targets in South Vietnam.
Apr 1969: Following the shoot down of a Navy EC- 121 aircraft by the North Koreans, Ticonderoga (CVA-14), with VA-87 embarked, was ordered to the Sea of
Oct–Nov 1973: VA-87, embarked in Franklin D.Roosevelt (CVA 42), operated in the vicinity of Crete in response to the Arab-Israeli War.
Jun–Jul 1976: The American Ambassador to Lebanon was assassinated on 13 June and America (CV 66), with VA-87 embarked, operated in the vicinity of Lebanon. Squadron aircraft flew support missions during the evacuation of non-combatants from that country.
May 1981: Independence (CV 62), with VA-87 embarked, following its transit of the Suez Canal, remained on station in the eastern Mediterranean due to the crisis between Israel and Syria following Israeli raids against Syrian surface-to-air missile sites in Lebanon.
25 Oct–1 Nov 1983: In response to continued political strife and the need to protect and evacuate Americans from the island country of Grenada, VA-87 aircraft flew combat close air support missions during Operation Urgent Fury, the landing of U.S. Marines and Army rangers on the island.
4 Dec 1983: In response to hostile fire against U.S. reconnaissance aircraft from Syrian positions in Lebanon, VA-87 aircraft participated in a coordinated strike against Syrian radar, communications and artillery positions overlooking the Multi-National Peacekeeping Forces. All squadron aircraft completed their mission and returned to the carrier.