VA-96 Squadron Patch
VA-96 was a short-lived Attack Squadron of the U.S. Navy. It was established on 30 June 1956, and disestablished less than two years later, on 10 April 1958. Its nickname is unknown.
4 Jun 1957: The squadron’s commanding officer, Commander M. K. Dennis, was lost in a night midair collision while operating from USS Kearsarge off the coast of California.
Sep 1957: Kearsarge operated in the vicinity of Taiwan following the buildup of Chinese communist forces opposite the offshore islands belonging to Taiwan.
Home port assignments
The squadron was assigned to these home ports, effective on the dates shown
NAS Miramar – 30 Jun 1956
NAS Moffett Field – Aug 1956
The squadron first received the following aircraft on the dates shown
AD-6 Skyraider – Jul 1956
AD-7 Skyraider – Mar 1957