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VS-38 Red Griffins S-3a Viking model, Lockheed Martin, 1/46th (18″ wingspan) Mahogany Scale Model

$299.00

A carefully crafted S-3a Viking model with the VS-38 Red Griffins – a perfect display to capture your time with the legendary squadron!  Each model is solid wood and hand painted to provide a piece of exceptional quality.

  • Length -13 inches
  • Wingspan is 18 inches
  • Made from Mahogany
  • US Veteran Owned Business

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VS-38 Red Griffins S-3b Viking model

A carefully crafted S-3a Viking model with the VS-38 Red Griffins – a perfect display to capture your time with the legendary squadron!  Each model is solid wood and hand painted to provide a piece of exceptional quality.

  • Length -13 inches
  • Wingspan is 18 inches
  • Made from Mahogany
  • US Veteran Owned Business

Sea Control Squadron 38 or VS-38, nicknamed the “Red Griffins” was a former United States Navy Anti-Submarine Warfare and later Sea-Control squadron between 1950 and 2004.[1] During its service life, they took part in the Korean War, Vietnam War and the 1991 Gulf War[2] and the 2003 Invasion of Iraq.

History
VS-892 (1950 – 1953)
VS-38 was originally VS-892, a Naval Reserve ASW squadron flying the Grumman TBM-3S and 3W Avenger that was commissioned on July 20, 1950,[1] less than a month after the Invasion of South Korea by North Korea, starting the Korean War.[3] The squadron was soon deployed to the war in 1951, flying from the Escort carriers, USS Sicily CVE-118, USS Rendova CVE-114,[3] as well as USS Badoeng Strait CVE-116.[1] In 1952, the squadron moved to their current and last home at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego.

Early years as VS-38 (1953 – 1963)
VS-892 was eventually renamed VS-38 Red Griffins on February 4, 1953 and deployed that year on the USS Point Cruz CVE-119 on their last Korean War cruise.[1] The Squadron then transitioned to Grumman S2F-1 Tracker in 1954 before making a West Pacific deployment the following year on the Badoeng Strait. In 1956, VS-38 became a larger squadron when it absorbed VS-25.[3]

Vietnam War and Apollo Program (1964-1973)
On February 20, 1964, VS-38 deployed on board the USS Bennington CVS-20 as part of CVSG-59. During this deployment which was made with the S-2E Tracker, the Vietnam War broke out[1] and the squadron took part in operations ranging from flying shipping surveillance to Naval gunfire support missions.[3] Between February 1965 and June 1969, they deployed eight more times on Bennington which included three more Vietnam War cruises and the recovery of Apollo 4 in 1967.[1]

Between September 1969 and February 1970, VS-38 was reassigned to USS Hornet CVS-12, making one East Pacific deployment. After this, they were reassigned to the USS Ticonderoga CVS-14.[1] In 1971, they made a deployment to the Indian Ocean before taking part in the Vietnam War in 1972, both times as embarked on Ticonderoga. Later that year, they received the final upgrade of the Tracker, the S-2G Tracker.

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