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VA-87 Golden Warriors Squadron Patch – Plastic Backing

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VA-87 Golden Warriors Squadron Patch – Plastic Backing

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Established as Attack Squadron EIGHTY SEVEN (VA87) on 1 February 1968. Redesignated Strike Fighter Squadron EIGHTY SEVEN (VFA-87) on 1 May 1986. The first squadron to be assigned the VA-87 and VFA-87 designations.
Squadron Insignia and Nickname The squadron’s insignia was approved by CNO on 29 July 1968. Colors for the insignia are: a red back
ground outlined in yellow and black; the Indian, war bonnet, spear and pony are yellow; and the arrowhead is black. Nickname: Golden Warriors,

1968-present.
Chronology of Significant Events 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 EC121 aircraft by the North Koreans, Ticonderoga (CVA 14), with VA-87 embarked, was ordered to the Sea of Japan. 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.

The squadron’s Golden Warrior insignia was approved for use in 1968. When the squadron was redesignated VFA, the designation in the scroll was changed from ATKRON 87 to STRKFITRON 87 or VFA-87.

Home Port Assignments
Location Assignment Date NAS Cecil Field 01 Feb 1968

Commanding Officers
Date Assumed Command CDR Thomas E. Dunlop 01 Feb 1968 CDR Walter H. McCall 02 May 1969 CDR Robert W. McKay 31 Mar 1970 CDR Richard F. Coleman 26 Mar 1971 CDR John H. Fetterman, Jr. 29 Mar 1972 CDR Edward J. Rice 20 Mar 1973 CDR Ronald G. Horne 1974 CDR J. D. Rasmussen 28 Aug 1975 CDR W. J. Catlett III 30 Nov 1976 CDR Donald A. Gerrish 15 Feb 1978 CDR Lewis W. Dunton III 27 Feb 1979
Commanding Officers—Continued
Date Assumed Command CDR Daniel D. Hill 23 Jun 1980 CDR Hugh C. Bowles 03 Sep 1981 CDR Michael F. O’Brien 11 Jan 1983 CDR Douglas G. Knappe 13 Jun 1984 CDR Raymond A. Dudderar 07 Nov 1985 CDR Timothy J. Keating 22 May 1987 CDR Orren R. Crouch 23 Jan 1989 CDR John C. Stencil 14 Jun 1990
Aircraft Assignment
Type of Aircraft Date Type First Received A-7B 09 Jun 1968 A-7E 1975* F/A-18A 24 Oct 1986
* It is believed VA-87 received its first A-7E in October 1975.

Major Overseas Deployments
Date of Date of Air Type of Area of Departure Return Wing Carrier Aircraft Operation 01 Feb 1969 18 Sep 1969 CVW-16 CVA 14 A-7B WestPac/Vietnam 29 Jan 1971 23 Jul 1971 CVW-6 CVA 42 A-7B Med 15 Feb 1972 08 Dec 1972 CVW-6 CVA 42 A-7B Med 14 Sep 1973 17 Mar 1974 CVW-6 CVA 42 A-7B Med 03 Jan 1975 16 Jul 1975 CVW-6 CV 42 A-7B Med 15 Apr 1976 25 Oct 1976 CVW-6 CV 66 A-7E Med 10 Jun 1977 19 Jul 1977 CVW-6 CV 66 A-7E SoLant 29 Sep 1977 25 Apr 1978 CVW-6 CV 66 A-7E Med 28 Jun 1979 14 Dec 1979 CVW-6 CV 62 A-7E Med 19 Nov 1980 10 Jun 1981 CVW-6 CV 62 A-7E SoLant/IO/Med 07 Jun 1982 22 Dec 1982 CVW-6 CV 62 A-7E Med 18 Oct 1983 11 Apr 1984 CVW-6 CV 62 A-7E Carib/Med/ NorLant 16 Oct 1984 19 Feb 1985 CVW-6 CV 62 A-7E Med/IO 25 Aug 1988 11 Oct 1988 CVW-8 CVN 71 F/A-18A NorLant 30 Dec 1988 30 Jun 1989 CVW-8 CVN 71 F/A-18A Med 28 Dec 1990 28 Jun 1991 CVW-8 CVN 71 F/A-18A Med/Red Sea/Persian Gulf
A squadron F/A-18C Hornet in flight, 1991.
Air Wing Assignments
Air Wing Tail Code Assignment Date COMFAIRJACKSONVILLE 01 Feb 1968 CVW-16 AH 1969 COMFAIRJACKSONVILLE Sep 1969 CVW-6 AE 01 Aug 1970 COMLATWING-1 Jul 1985 CVW-8 AJ 01 Sep 1987
Unit Awards Received
Unit Award Inclusive Dates Covering Unit Award AFEM 20 Apr 1969 27 Apr 1969 04 Aug 1969 16 Aug 1969 24 Aug 1969 30 Aug 1969 24 Oct 1983 02 Nov 1983 16 Nov 1983 22 Dec 1983 28 Dec 1983 03 Jan 1984 15 Jan 1984 03 Feb 1984 09 Feb 1984 02 Mar 1984
Unit Awards Received
Unit Award Inclusive Dates Covering Unit Award MUC 18 Feb 1969 07 Sep 1969 09 Mar 1972 01 Dec 1972 HSM 20 Jun 1976 27 Jul 1976 NEM 07 Dec 1980 11 May 1981 20 Aug 1982 05 Sep 1982 01 Oct 1982 06 Dec 1982 NUC 20 Oct 1983 03 Mar 1984 RVNGC 04 Mar 1969 08 Mar 1969 10 Mar 1969 12 Mar 1969 19 Mar 1969 29 Mar 1969 31 Mar 1969 02 Apr 1969 03 Apr 1969 06 Apr 1969 07 Apr 1969 09 Apr 1969 15 Apr 1969 10 May 1969 29 May 1969 31 May 1969 03 Jun 1969 28 Jun 1969 30 Jun 1969 VNSM 03 Mar 1969 20 Mar 1969 29 Mar 1969 16 Apr 1969 09 May 1969 04 Jun 1969 25 Jun 1969 01 Aug 1969
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A squadron A-7E Corsair II with a low-vivibility paint scheme, 1984.

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