VA-113

VA-113 Stingers

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VF-113 "Beehive and Hornet" - 1948
Drawn by Bud Southworth

VFA-113 "Beehive and Hornet" - 1983
Provided by Bill Ellis

VFA-113 "Beehive and Hornet" - 1985
Courtesy of Wayne Carden
 

VF-113 "Beehive and Hornet"
Courtesy of Jerry Geer

VFA-113 "Beehive and Hornet"
Courtesy of Jerry Geer


Patch

  • 15 APR 1949, the "Beehive and Hornet" patch was adopted by Fighter Squadron ONE HUNDRED THIRTEEN (VF-113). This same patch was later used by Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED THIRTEEN (VA-113). This patch is displayed above.

  • 25 MAR 1983, when VA-113 was redesignated Strike Fighter Squadron ONE HUNDRED THIRTEEN (VFA-113), the "Beehive and Hornet" patch was modified by adding a scroll containing the squadron designation. A version of this patch is displayed above.

  • 04 FEB 1985, the VFA-113 "Beehive and Hornet" patch was modified by placing the beehive insignia inside a circle with a blue background outlined in yellow; with a red scroll, outlined in black and yellow, with yellow lettering, the other colors of the insignia remained the same. See above.


Handle

  • The Squadron has been known as the Stingers since its 1948 establishment.


Heritage

  • 15 JUL 1948: VF-113 established as the 3rd fighter squadron of Air Grop Eleven.

  • MAR 1956: VF-113 redesignated as Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED THIRTEEN (VA-113).

  • 25 MAR 1983: VA-113 redesignated as Strike Fighter Squadron ONE HUNDRED THIRTEEN (VFA-113).


Home Ports

  • 15 JUL 1948: Naval Air Station San Diego
  • 15 SEP 1952: Naval Air Station Miramar
  • 12 DEC 1961: Naval Air Station Lemoore


Air Wings

  • 15 JUL 1948 - - V/NH† - - CVAG-11/CVG-11/-CVW- 11*
  • 1966 - - - - - - NG - - - CVW-9
  • AUG 1968: - - - - - - - - COMFAIRALAMEDA
  • 1969 - - - - - - AC - - - CVW-3
  • 01 JUN 197 - - - NE - - - CVW-2
  • 1983: - - - - - - - - - - COMLATWING-PAC/ VFA-125
  • FEB 1984 - - - - NK - - - CVW-14
  • * CVAG-11 was redesignated CVG-11 on September 1, 1948. CVG-11 was redesignated CVW-11 when Carrier Air Group (CVG) designations were redesignated Carrier Air Wings (CVW) on December 20, 1963.
  • † The tail code was changed from V to NH in 1957. The effective date for this change was most likely July 1, 1957.


Deployments

  • 05 JUL 1950 to 07 APR 1951: CVG-11 - CV 47/45* - F4U-4B - WestPac/Korea
  • 31 DEC 1951 to 08 AUG 1952: CVG-11 - CV 47 -- F4U-4 - WestPac/Korea
  • 01 JUL 1953 to 18 JAN 1954: CVG-11 - CVA 33 - F9F-5 - WestPac/Korea
  • 07 OCT 1954 to 12 MAY 1955: CVG-11 - CVA 33 - F9F-2 - WestPac
  • 16 JUL 1956 to 26 JAN 1957: CVG-11 - CVA 9 -- F9F-8B - WestPac
  • 08 MAR 1958 to 21 NOV 1958: CVG-11 - CVA 38 - A4D-1 - WestPac
  • 09 MAR 1959 to 03 OCT 1959: CVG-11 - CVA 38 - A4D-2 - WestPac
  • 16 JUL 1960 to 18 MAR 1961: CVG-11 - CVA 19 - A4D-2 - WestPac
  • 13 SEP 1962 to 02 APR 1963: CVG-11 - CVA 63 - A4D-2N - WestPac
  • 17 OCT 1963 to 20 JUL 1964: CVW-11 - CVA 63 - A-4C - WestPac
  • 19 OCT 1965 to 13 JUN 1966: CVW-11 - CVA 63 - A-4C - WestPac/Vietnam
  • 19 NOV 1966 to 06 JUL 1967: CVW-9 - CVAN 65 - A-4C - WestPac/Vietnam
  • 03 JAN 1968 to 18 JUL 1968: CVW-9 - CVAN 65 - A-4F - WestPac/Vietnam
  • 09 JUL 1969 to 22 JAN 1970: CVW-3 -- CVA 60 - A-7B - Med
  • 27 OCT 1970 to 17 JUN 1971: CVW-2 -- CVA 61 - A-7E - WestPac/Vietnam
  • 16 NOV 1972 to 23 JUN 1973: CVW-2 -- CVA 61 - A-7E - WestPac/Vietnam
  • 07 MAY 1974 to 18 OCT 1974: CVW-2 -- CVA 61 - A-7E - WestPac
  • 30 JAN 1976 to 07 SEP 1976: CVW-2 -- CV 61 -- A-7E - WestPac/IO
  • 21 FEB 1979 to 22 SEP 1979: CVW-2 -- CV 61 -- A-7E - WestPac
  • 10 SEP 1980 to 05 MAY 1981: CVW-2 -- CV 61 -- A-7E - WestPac/IO
  • 07 APR 1982 to 19 SEP 1982: CVW-2 -- CV 61 -- A-7E - WestPac/IO
  • 21 FEB 1985 to 24 AUG 1985: CVW-14 - CV 64 -- F/A-18A - WestPac/IO
  • 04 SEP 1986 to 20 OCT 1986: CVW-14 - CV 64 -- F/A-18A - NorPac
  • 11 APR 1987 to 13 SEP 1987: CVW-14 - CV 64 -- F/A-18A - WestPac/IO
  • 01 DEC 1988 to 01 JUN 1989: CVW-14 - CV 64 -- F/A-18A - WestPac/IO
  • 16 SEP 1989 to 19 OCT 1989: CVW-14 - CV 64 -- F/A-18A/C - NorPac
  • 23 JUN 1990 to 20 DEC 1990: CVW-14 - CV 62 -- F/A-18C - WestPac/IO/ Persian Gulf
  • * CVG-11 deployed to Korea embarked in United States Ship Philippine Sea CV 47, and on March 29, 1951 transferred to United States Ship Valley Forge CV 45, and returned to the States embarked in Valley Forge.


Aircraft

  • 15 JUL 1948 - - Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat
  • 28 MAR 1949 - - Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat
  • 09 MAR 1950 - - Vought F4U-4B Corsair I
  • OCT 1952: - - - Grumman F9F-5 Panther*
  • FEB 1954: - - - Grumman F9F-2 Panther*
  • MAY 1955: - - - Grumman F9F-8 Cougar*
  • APR 1956: - - - Grumman F9F-8B Cougar*
  • 29 APR 1957 - - Douglas A4D-1 (A-4A) Skyhawk **
  • 08 SEP 1958 - - Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk **
  • 29 MAR 1961 - - Douglas A4D-2N (A-4C) Skyhawk **
  • OCT 1967: - - - Douglas A-4F Skyhawk
  • 10 DEC 1968 - - Vought A-7B Corsair II
  • APR 1970: - - - Vought A-7E Corsair II
  • 24 AUG 1983 - - McDonnell F/A-18A Hornet
  • 09 JUN 1989 - - Boeing F/A-18C Hornet
  • * The F9F through the F9F-5 Panther have straight wings; The F9F-6 through the F9F-8 Cougar have swept wings.
  • ** November 30, 1962
    • The A4D-1 designation was changed to A-4A
    • The A4D-2 designation was changed to A-4B
    • The A4D-2N designation was changed to A-4C
  • A-4 Skyhawk aircraft assigned to this unit:
    • Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk
      • 142095 c/n 11349
        • 18 Mar 1960 - VA-113 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 02 Jul 1960 - VA-22 - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 142149 c/n 11403
        • 19 Jun 1958 - VA-113 - USS Shangri La
        • 05 Jan 1959 - O&R BUAER M&S - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 142192 c/n 11446
        • 02 May 1957 - VA-113 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 05 Mar 1958 - FASron-12 - NAS Miramar, CA
      • 142200 c/n 11454
        • 03 May 1957 - VA-113 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 05 Jan 1959 - O&R BUAER M&S - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 142209 c/n 11463
        • 08 Aug 1957 - VA-113 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 05 Jan 1959 - O&R BUAER M&S - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 142214 c/n 11468
        • 26 Apr 1957 - VA-113 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 14 Nov 1957 - Stricken - ???? 1AA1 ????
      • 142218 c/n 11472
        • 11 Jun 1957 - VA-113 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 21 Nov 1958 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 142220 c/n 11474
        • 29 May 1957 - VA-113 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 05 Jan 1959 - O&R BUWEPS M&S - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 142221 c/n 11475
        • 17 Jun 1957 - VA-113 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 15 May 1958 - Stricken - 1AA2
      • 142222 c/n 11476
        • 02 Jul 1957 - VA-113 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 05 Jan 1959 - O&R BUWEPS M&S - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 142223 c/n 11477
        • 17 Jun 1957 - VA-113 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 05 Jan 1959 - O&R BUWEPS M&S - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 142224 c/n 11478
        • 27 Jun 1957 - VA-113 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 05 Jan 1959 - O&R BUWEPS M&S - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 142225 c/n 11479
        • 24 Jun 1957 - VA-113 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 05 Jan 1959 - O&R BUWEPS M&S - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 142228 c/n 11482
        • 03 Jul 1957 - VA-113 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 03 Jan 1959 - O&R BUWEPS M&S - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 142229 c/n 11483
        • 03 Jul 1957 - VA-113 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 05 Jan 1959 - O&R BUAER M&S - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 142231 c/n 11485
        • 14 Aug 1957 - VA-113 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 15 May 1958 - Stricken - 1AA2
      • 142235 c/n 11489
        • 18 Jun 1958 - VA-113 - USS Shangri La
        • 05 Jan 1959 - O&R BUAER M&S - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 142792 c/n 11854
        • 08 Jul 1960 - VA-113 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 31 Jan 1961 - Stricken - 1LA2
      • 142819 c/n 11881
        • 13 Nov 1964 - VA-113 Det Q - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 15 Oct 1965 - VSF-1 - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 142828 c/n 11890
        • 08 Sep 1960 - VA-113 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 30 May 1961 - NAS - NAS Moffett Field, CA
      • 142855 c/n 11917
        • 24 Nov 1958 - VA-113 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 21 Jun 1961 - NAS - NAS Moffett Field, CA
      • 142858 c/n 11920
        • 24 Nov 1958 - VA-113 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 30 May 1961 - NAS - NAS Moffett Field, CA
      • 142859 c/n 11921
        • 24 Nov 1958 - VA-113 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 30 May 1961 - NAS - NAS Moffett Field, CA
      • 142861 c/n 11923
        • 24 Nov 1958 - VA-113 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 31 May 1959 - Stricken - 1AA2
      • 142869 c/n 11931
        • 24 Nov 1958 - VA-113 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 30 May 1961 - NAS - NAS Moffett Field, CA
      • 142872 c/n 11934
        • 24 Nov 1958 - VA-113 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 21 Jun 1961 - NAS - NAS Moffett Field, CA
      • 142873 c/n 11935
        • 24 Nov 1958 - VA-113 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 13 May 1959 - NAF - NAF Oppama, Japan
      • 142874 c/n 11936
        • 24 Nov 1958 - VA-113 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 21 Jun 1961 - NAS - NAS Moffett Field, CA
      • 142875 c/n 11937
        • 24 Nov 1958 - VA-113 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 05 Mar 1961 - VA-153 - USS Coral Sea
      • 142877 c/n 11939
        • 24 Nov 1958 - VA-113 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 21 Jun 1961 - NAS - NAS Moffett Field, CA

        • 10 Nov 1964 - VA-113 Det Q - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 15 Oct 1965 - VSF-1 - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 142878 c/n 11940
        • 30 Nov 1958 - VA-113 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 07 Jul 1960 - O&R BUWEPS FR - NAS Alameda, CA

        • 18 Jul 1960 - VA-113 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 18 Jul 1960 - Stricken - 1AA1
      • 142880 c/n 11942
        • 24 Nov 1958 - VA-113 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 13 May 1959 - NAF - NAF Oppama, Japan
      • 142920 c/n 11982
        • 06 Jun 1965 - VA-113 Det Q - USS Bennington
        • 20 Oct 1965 - VSF-1 - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 144874 C/N 12120
        • 12 Nov 1964 - VA-113 Det Q - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 23 Sep 1965 - VC-5 - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 144936 C/N 12182
        • 14 May 1959 - VA-113 - USS Shangri La
        • 18 Apr 1960 - O&R BUWEPS FR - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 144937 C/N 12183
        • 14 May 1959 - VA-113 - USS Shangri La
        • 27 Jul 1960 - NAS 14 NAV DST - NAS Barbers Point, HI
      • 144938 C/N 12184
        • 25 May 1959 - VA-113 - USS Shangri La
        • 05 Mar 1961 - FAWPRA - NAS Atsugi, Japan

        • 13 Nov 1964 - VA-113 Det Q - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 21 Mat 1965 - Stricken - 1AA3
      • 145035 C/N 12281
        • 19 May 1960 - VA-113 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 30 May 1961 - NAS - NAS Moffett Field, CA
      • 145076 c/n 12322
        • 21 Sep 1966 - VA-113 - USS Enterprise
        • 20 Sep 1967 - VA-81 - USS Shangri La
      • 145084 c/n 12330
        • 11 Jun 1964 - VA-113 - USS Kitty Hawk
        • 29 Sep 1965 - VA-95 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 145090 c/n 12336
        • 16 Jul 1961 - VA-113 - USS Kitty Hawk
        • 28 Feb 1962 - Stricken - 1AA1
      • 145105 c/n 12351
        • 26 Jul 1966 - VA-113 - USS Enterprise
        • 09 Dec 1967 - VA-36 - USS Intrepid
      • 145124 c/n 12370
        • 11 Jul 1966 - VA-113 - USS Enterprise
        • 19 Aug 1966 - Stricken - 1S
      • 145133 c/n 12379
        • 03 Sep 1966 - VA-113 - USS Enterprise
        • 24 Oct 1967 - VA-94 - USS Bon Homme Richard
      • 145141 c/n 12387
        • 07 May 1965 - VA-113 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 21 Sep 1965 - VA-95 - NAS Lemoore, CA

    • Douglas A4D-2N (A-4C) Skyhawk
      • 147691 C/N 12455
        • 22 Sep 1967 - VA-113 - USS Enterprise
        • 27 Oct 1967 - VA-94 - USS Bon Homme Richard
      • 147717 C/N 12481
        • 01 Oct 1964 - VA-113 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 12 Oct 1967 - VA-81 - USS Shangri La
      • 147723 C/N 12487
        • 31 Aug 1964 - VA-113 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 24 Oct 1966 - VA-146 - USS Constellation
      • 147727 C/N 12491
        • 13 Apr 1961 - VA-113 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 22 Mar 1966 - NAS - NAS Cubi Point, RP
      • 147734 C/N 12498
        • 22 Oct 1966 - VA-113 - USS Enterprise
        • 02 Oct 1967 - VA-112 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 147759 C/N 12523
        • 17 Apr 1961 - VA-113 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 28 Feb 1965 - VA-22 - USS Coral Sea
      • 147768 C/N 12532
        • 30 Aug 1965 - VA-113 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 11 Oct 1965 - VA-146 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 147790 C/N 12554
        • 01 Jun 1966 - VA-113 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 11 Jan 1967 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
    • Douglas A4D-2N (A-4C) Skyhawk (Continued)
      • 147817 C/N 12581
        • 28 Feb 1963 - VA-113 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 16 Sep 1963 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 147821 C/N 12585
        • 25 Aug 1966 - VA-113 - USS Enterprise
        • 09 Oct 1967 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 147836 C/N 12600
        • 02 May 1961 - VA-113 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 16 Jan 1962 - VA-112 - NAS Lemoore, CA

        • 02 Jul 1962 - VA-113 - USS Constellation
        • 30 Nov 1962 - VA-112 - NAS Lemoore, CA

        • 31 Jul 1963 - VA-113 - USS Kitty Hawk
        • 15 Nov 1966 - VA-146 - USS Constellation
      • 147839 C/N 12603
        • 25 Apr 1961 - VA-113 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 12 Jun 1964 - NAS - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 147841 C/N 12605
        • 04 May 1961 - VA-113 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 17 Sep 1963 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA

        • 05 Jan 1966 - VA-113 - USS Kitty Hawk
        • 28 Oct 1966 - VA-146 - USS Constellation
      • 147842 C/N 12606
        • 01 May 1961 - VA-113 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 12 Jun 1964 - NAS - NAS Atsugi, Japan
        • 22 Apr 1966 - VA-113 - USS Kitty Hawk
        • 18 May 1967 - Stricken - 1S
      • 147844 C/N 12608
        • 27 Nov 1963 - VA-113 - USS Kitty Hawk
        • 28 Feb 1965 - VA-22 - USS Coral Sea
      • 147847 C/N 12611
        • 25 Aug 1966 - VA-113 - USS Enterprise
        • 05 Oct 1967 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 148438 C/N 12631
        • 28 Apr 1961 - VA-113 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 15 Mar 1963 - NAS - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 148439 C/N 12632
        • 03 Apr 1961 - VA-113 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 21 Jun 1962 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA

        • 19 Aug 1965 - VA-113 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 01 Jun 1966 - NAS - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 148444 C/N 12637
        • 17 Apr 1961 - VA-113 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 12 Feb 1963 - FAWPRA - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 148448 C/N 12641
        • 17 Apr 1961 - VA-113 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 21 Jun 1962 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 148450 C/N 12643
        • 11 Apr 1961 - VA-113 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 15 Mar 1963 - NAS - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 148458 C/N 12651
        • 25 Mar 1961 - VA-113 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 21 Jun 1962 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA

        • 18 Aug 1965 - VA-113 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 01 Jun 1966 - NAS - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 148468 C/N 12661
        • 25 Aug 1966 - VA-113 - USS Enterprise
        • 10 Oct 1967 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 148472 C/N 12665
        • 03 Sep 1965 - VA-113 - USS Kitty Hawk
        • 01 Jun 1966 - NAS - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 148486 C/N 12679
        • 02 Jun 1967 - VA-113 - USS Enterprise
        • 02 Oct 1967 - VA-112 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 148498 C/N 12691
        • 01 Jun 1966 - VA-113 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 09 Oct 1967 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, Fl
      • 148510 C/N 12703
        • 25 May 1965 - VA-113 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 17 Dec 1965 - Stricken - 1S
      • 148512 C/N 12705
        • 15 May 1965 - VA-113 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 20 Apr 1966 - Stricken - 1S
      • 148514 C/N 12707
        • 06 Dec 1966 - VA-113 - USS Enterprise
        • 04 May 1967 - Stricken - 1S
      • 148578 C/N 12771
        • 02 Aug 1967 - VA-113 - USS Enterprise
        • 20 Nov 1967 - VA-76 - USS Independence
      • 148583 C/N 12776
        • 02 Nov 1962 - VA-113 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 17 Apr 1966 - Stricken - 1S
      • 148586 C/N 12779
        • 19 May 1967 - VA-113 - USS Enterprise
        • 19 May 1967 - VA-112 - USS Enterprise
      • 148587 C/N 12780
        • 01 Aug 1964 - VA-113 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 15 Feb 1965 - VA-22 - USS Coral Sea
      • 148593 C/N 12786
        • 16 Apr 1963 - VA-113 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 11 Oct 1967 - VA-64 - USS Independence
      • 148601 C/N 12794
        • 22 Sep 1967 - VA-113 - Enterprise
        • 10 Nov 1967 - VA-195 - USS Ticonderoga

        • 06 Dec 1967 - VA-113 - Enterprise
        • 08 Dec 1967 - VA-36 - USS Intrepid
      • 148612 C/N 12805
        • 27 May 1963 - VA-113 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 24 Aug 1965 - VA-144 - USS Ticonderoga
      • 149495 c/n 12820
        • 16 Jan 1962 - VA-113 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 20 Apr 1966 - Stricken - 1S
      • 149506 c/n 12831
        • 22 Nov 1965 - VA-113 - USS Kitty Hawk
        • 07 Jun 1966 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
      • 149527 c/n 12852
        • 30 Apr 1963 - VA-113 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 12 Jun 1964 - NAS - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 149539 c/n 12864
        • 30 May 1963 - VA-113 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 10 Aug 1965 - VA-192 - USS Bon Homme Richard
      • 149540 c/n 12865
        • 03 Apr 1962 - VA-113 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 16 Sep 1963 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA

        • 19 Nov 1964 - VA-113 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 24 Sep 1966 - VA-76 - USS Bon Homme Richard
      • 149541 c/n 12866
        • 03 Apr 1962 - VA-113 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 06 Jul 1964 - NAS - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 149553 c/n 12878
        • 22 Apr 1966 - VA-113 - USS Kitty Hawk
        • 27 Sep 1966 - VA-76 - USS Bon Homme Richard
      • 149577 c/n 12902
        • 22 Apr 1963 - VA-113 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 13 Sep 1963 - VA-94 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 149579 c/n 12904
        • 22 Apr 1966 - VA-113 - USS Kitty Hawk
        • 24 May 1966 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
      • 149581 c/n 12906
        • 20 Aug 1966 - VA-113 - USS Kitty Hawk
        • 01 Jun 1966 - NAS - NAS Cubi Point, RP
      • 150598 c/n 13009
        • 25 Jul 1966 - VA-113 - USS Enterprise
        • 25 Aug 1967 - VSF-1 - USS Independence
      • 154213 c/n 13670
        • 06 Oct 1967 - VA-113 - USS Enterprise
        • 07 Oct 1968 - NAS A&T - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 154214 c/n 13671
        • 29 Sep 1967 - VA-113 - USS Enterprise
        • 07 May 1968 - Stricken - 1S
      • 154215 c/n 13672
        • 09 Oct 1967 - VA-113 - USS Enterprise
        • 03 Jul 1968 - VA-93 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 154216 c/n 13673
        • 29 Sep 1967 - VA-113 - USS Enterprise
        • 23 Jun 1968 - Stricken - 1S
      • 154217 c/n 13674
        • 09 Oct 1967 - VA-113 - USS Enterprise
        • 06 Aug 1968 - VA-22 - USS Bon Homme Richard
    • http://a4skyhawk.orghttp://a4skyhawk.us/content/va-113

    • Douglas A-4F Skyhawk
      • 154976 c/n 13792
        • 03 Oct 1967 - VA-113 - USS Enterprise
        • 02 Jun 1968 - VA-133 - USS Saratoga
        http://a4skyhawk.orghttp://a4skyhawk.us/content/va-113
      • 154980 c/n 13796
        • 23 Oct 1967 - VA-113 - USS Enterprise
        • 03 Jul 1968 - VA-93 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 154984 c/n 13800
        • 25 Oct 1967 - VA-113 - USS Enterprise
        • 11 Jul 1968 - VA-212 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 154985 c/n 13801
        • 30 Oct 1967 - VA-113 - USS Enterprise
        • 06 Aug 1968 - VA-22 - USS Bon Homme Richard
      • 155000 c/n 13816
        • 21 Dec 1967 - VA-113 - USS Enterprise
        • 06 Aug 1968 - VA-22 - USS Bon Homme Richard


Commanding Officers

  • 15 JUL 1948: LCDR Robert S. Merritt
  • 09 JUN 1949: LCDR Roy M. Voris
  • 20 JAN 1950: LCDR John T. O'Neill
  • 39 JUN 1951: CDR Harold P. Ady, Jr.
  • 24 OCT 1951: LCDR John R. Strane
  • 29 SEP 1952: LCDR J. H. Tripp
  • AUG 1954: CDR Charles C. Sanders
  • APR 1955: CDR Harold W. Davis
  • DEC 1956: CDR Richard L. Cormier
  • 26 NOV 1958: CDR H. S. Matthews, Jr.
  • 16 OCT 1959: CDR Robert E. Gallatin
  • 17 FEB 1961: CDR L. A. Tomkins
  • 30 MAR 1962: CDR G. A. White, Jr.
  • 01 MAR 1963: CDR H. A. Borgerding
  • 21 FEB 1964: CDR G. G. Zimmerman
  • 02 APR 1965: CDR Henry M. Dibble
  • 11 APR 1966: CDR J. Abbott (acting)
  • 04 MAY 1966: CDR J. A. Burnett (acting)
  • 30 MAY 1966: CDR R. E. Bennett
  • 16 JUL 1967: CDR R. J. Thomas
  • 23 JUL 1968: CDR E. J. Jacobs
  • 03 SEP 1969: CDR J. E. Newton
  • 17 JUL 1970: CDR J. Brent Streit
  • 26 MAR 1971: CDR Weston H. Byng
  • 28 APR 1972: CDR Richard L. Grant
  • 16 APR 1973: CDR D. Bruce Cargill
  • 10 DEC 1973: CDR Judson H. Springer
  • 28 MAR 1975: CDR M. D. Munsinger
  • 17 MAY 1976: CDR H. D. Lesesne
  • 26 AUG 1977: CDR Michael J. Webber
  • 22 NOV 1978: CDR John P. Park
  • 21 FEB 1980: CDR T. D. Hill, Jr.
  • 10 JUN 1981: CDR W. C. Trafton
  • 01 AUG 1982: CDR William W. Pickavance, Jr.
  • 29 FEB 1984: CDR C. A. Langbehn
  • 05 SEP 1985: CDR Robert G. Sprigg
  • 24 JAN 1987: CDR David V. Park
  • 28 FEB 1988: CDR John V. Chenevey
  • 07 JUL 1989: CDR Gary L. Koger
  • 24 JAN 1991: CDR Danny L. Clarkson


Events

  • 15 JUL 1948:
    Fighter Squadron ONE HUNDRED THIRTEEN (VF-113) established at Naval Air Station San Diego, California. The Stingers were assigned the Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat.

  • 28 MAR 1949:
    VF-113 was assigned the Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat.

  • 09 MAR, 1950:
    The Stingers were assigned the Vought F4U-4B Corsair I.
     
  • 05 JUL 1950 to 29 MAR 1951:
    The Stingers flying the F4U-4B Vought Corsair from United States Ship Philippine Sea CV 47, combat tour to WestPac/Korea.

  • 05 AUG 1950:
    VF-113 flew its first Korean campaign combat mission, striking land and sea targets southeast of Kunsan, Korea, and Mokpo harbor.

  • 12 SEP through 14SEP 1950:
    Fighter Squadron ONE HUNDRED THIRTEEN F4U-4B Corsairs struck in and around Inchon, Korea, in preparation for the landings at Wolmi Island.

  • 15 SEP 1950:
    The squadron participated in offensive sorties during the landings at Inchon, striking targets on the roads between Inchon and Seoul.

  • 02 NOV amd 5 NOV 1950:
    VF 113 Corsairs participated in Operation Pinwheel, the docking and departing of the carrier from the pier using aircraft engine power to move the ship.

  • 09 NOV, 10 NOV and 12 NOV 1950:
    During strikes by Stinger F4U-4B Corsairs on bridges crossing the Yalu River between Sinuiju and Antung, they were attacked by MiG-15s. No damage was inflicted on the squadron's aircraft and no apparent damage was done to the MiG-15s.
     
  • 22 DEC and 23 DEC 1950:
    Two squadron Corsairs flew spotting missions for United States Ship Saint Paul CA 73, on December 22, and for United States Ship Missouri BB 63, on December 23, during shore bombardment against villages and troop concentrations near the front line.

  • 29 MAR 1951 to 07 APR 1951:
    VF-113 cross-decked from United States Ship Philippine Sea CV 47, to United States Ship Valley Forge CV 45; to continue combat in the WestPac/Korea theater and returned to the States embarked in Valley Forge.

  • 31 DEC 1951 to 08 AUG 1952:
    The Stingers flying the F4U-4B Vought Corsair from United States Ship Philippine Sea CV 47, a second combat tour to WestPac/Korea.

  • 23 JUN 1952:
    VA-113 Corsairs, along with planes from 3 other air groups and the 5th Air Force, participated in the first coordinated strikes against North Korean hydroelectric power plants. This was the first time that enemy power plants had been so heavily targeted. It also marked the first time that four carriers were on line off the coast of Korea since the fall of 1950.

  • 15 SEP 1952:
    The Stingers were based at Naval Air Station Miramar.

  • OCT 1952:
    Fighter Squadron ONE HUNDRED THIRTEEN was assigned its first jet the straight winged Grumman F9F-5 Panther.

  • 01 JUL 1953 to 18 JAN 1954:
    The Stingers flying the F9F-5 Grumman Panther from United States Ship Kearsarge CVA 33, a third combat tour to WestPac/Korea.

  • 08 FEb through 13 FEB 1955:
    VF-113 Panthers were on station and available for air support during the evacuation of personnel from the Tachen Islands due to the bombardment of the islands by the People's Republic of China.

  • MAY 1955:
    VF-113 was assigned the swept wing Grumman F9F-8 Cougar.

  • MAR 1956:
    VF-113 redesignated as Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED THIRTEEN (VA-113).

  • 29 APR 1957:
    Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED THIRTEEN was assigned the Douglas A4D-1 (A-4A) Skyhawk.

  • 1957 Albino Angels A4D-1's. (VA-113 Stingers Demonstration Team) BuNo 142209, 142214, 142218, 142222, 142223, 142225, 142228 & 142229

  • November 7, 1957:
    Lt(jg). Max P. Callison noticed a fire warning light on a training mission out of NAS Miramar and set his A4D-1 Skyhawk BuNo 142214 on the runway at NAAS El Centro just as the engine burst into flames.
    Redlands Daily Facts, Friday, November 8, 1957.

  • May 14, 1958:
    Lt. William Rufus Mathews, Jr., was killed in A4D-1 BuNo 142221 while on a flight from the USS Shangri-La in the Pacific.
    Also lost in the same accident was LTJG Asa D. Morton in A4D-1 BuNo 142231.
    W.R. Mathews, III, CAPT USN (ret)
    Long Beach, CA Long Beach Independent, Friday, May 16, 1958.

  • AUG - SEP 1958:
    VA-113 was part of a task force that provided support to the Republic of China during the shelling of the Quemoy Island group by the Chinese Communists.

  • 08 SEP 1958:
    Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED THIRTEEN was assigned the Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk.

  • APR 1959:
    The squadron was awarded the Battle Efficinecy "E" for the Fiscal year 1959.

  • 14 May 1959:
    Lt(jg). Robert W. Turnbull ejected from A4D-1 BuNo 142861 off northern Japan while on a training mission
    US Armed Forces, Pacific Stars and Stripes, May 1959

  • 29 MAR 1961:
    Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED THIRTEEN was assigned the Douglas A4D-2N (A-4C) Skyhawk.

  • January 18, 1961:
    An unnamed pilot perished A4D-2 BuNo 142792 in a take off accident at NAS Atsugi
    US Armed Forces, Pacific Stars and Stripes, Wednesday, January 18, 1961

  • 11 AUG through 01 NOV 1961:
    VA-113 was embarked in United States Ship Kitty Hawk CVA 63, for her transit, via Cape Horn, from Naval Station Norfolk to her new home port at San Diego.

  • February 14, 1962:
    Lt(jg). George C. Creighton III ejected from A4D-2N BuNo 145090 25 miles northeast of NAS Lemoore, CA
    US Armed Forces, Stars and Stripes, Saturday, February, 17, 1962

  • 17 OCT 1963 through 20 AUG 1964:
    VA-113 flying the A-4C Skyhawk embarked in United States Ship Kitty Hawk CVA 63, WestPac cruise.

  • JUN 1964:
    Stinger Skyhawks participated in Yankee Team operations, including inflight refueling for RF-8A and RF-101 aircraft and search and rescue missions over South Vietnam and Laos.

  • NOV 1964 - OCT 1965:
    The Squadron provided a detachment of personnel and Skyhawks for use as fighter protection for the Antisubmarine Carrier Air Group embarked in United States Ship Bennington CVS 20.

  • 1965: VA-113 aboard CVA-63 hosts some unusal guests!
    "Boom" Powell

  • 21 May 1965:
    Lt(jg). Mark V. Pierce was rescued after VA-113 Detachment Quebec A-4B BuNo 144938 caught number (2) wire while attempting an arrested landing and skidded off the port side of the deck aft of the landing mirror at latitude 10-48N, longitude 101-56E and sank in 38 fathoms of water after being cut loose from the wire at 1300. Pilot recovered by helicopter and delivered on board USS Bennington with abrasions and contusions.
    USS Bennington deck log, 21 May 1965.
  • 19 OCT 1965 through 13 JUN 1966:
    VA-113 flying the A-4C Skyhawk embarked in United States Ship Kitty Hawk CVA 63, WestPac/Vietnam cruise.

  • DEC 1965:
    During the Stinger's first line-period on Yankee Station, VA-113 participated in three major strikes against important North Vietnamese targets, including the Hai Phong Bridge, Uong Bi Thermal Power Plant and the Hai Duong Bridge.
    COMBAT STINGERS NEVER:
    • LOSE SIGHT OF LEADER OR WINGMAN.
    • FLY OVER THE BEACH ALONE.
    • FLY BELOW 3,000 FEET OVER THE BEACH.
    • FLY STRAIGHT AND LEVEL OVER THE BEACH.
    • FLY BELOW 300 KNOTS OVER THE BEACH.
    • RENDEZVOUS OVER THE BEACH.
    • DUEL WITH FLAK SITES.
    • MAKE MULTIPLE RUNS ON THE TARGET.
    • RETURN TO THE TARGET WITH UNEXPENDED ORDINANCE.
    • FLY NEAR THE TOP OR BOTTOM OF AN OVERCAST.
    • BREAK WEATHER MINIMUMS FOR A MISSION.
    • MAKE A LOW DELIVERY OR PRESS THE ATTACK.
    THE OBJECTIVE IS TO HIT THE TARGET AND NOT THE TARGET TO HIT YOU.
    (The above illustrates the difference between the Navy and the Air Force. The Air Force tells officers what they CAN do and the Navy tells officers what they CAN'T do.








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  • 17 DEC 1965:
    NH-301 - A-4C BuNo 148510 crashed into the round down while landing aboard USS Kitty Hawk after combat mission - Lt.David Wallase Wickham perished
  • 17 APR 1966:
    Lt(jg). A.E. Johnson ejected safely. 1405 After being catapulted from No. one cat. an A4C aircraft bureau number 148583 piloted by Lt(jg) A.E.Johnson crashed into the water (missing) ahead of this vessel. Ships position 18-28.5 N, 107-10.0 E. USS Ticonderoga helo number 61 picked up the downed pilot. Pilot taken to sickbay condition satisfactory. USS Kitty Hawk log book, Sunday, 17 April 1966.
    First initials from the cruise book.
    USS Kitty Hawk, Deck Log, Sunday, 17 April 1966
    USS Kitty Hawk, Deck Log, Sunday, 17 April 1966
    USS Kitty Hawk, Deck Log, Sunday, 17 April 1966
  • 20 APR 1966:
    CDR John Abbott was shot down at Vin Sohn on April 20, 1966. He was on a flack suppression mission for VA-85. He ejected near Rt. 1 about 5 miles from the coast. There were no ResCap available and to much ground fire to bring in an unprotected Helo. LTJG H.G. Welch was shot down in BuNo. 149495 making a pass to see if he could be of any aid to the helo crew. CDR Abbott was the CO of VA-113 at the time. It is believed he was captured and died of his wounds (ejected at about 500 knots) a few days later.
    Harry G. Welch
    Webmaster's Note: CDR Abbott's remains were returned to the U.S. on 13 MAR 1974 and identified on 17 APR 1974.








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  • 20 APR 1966:
    A-4C BuNo 149495 NH-314 - Damaged by AAA, Lt(jg) H.G. Welch was rescued by the plane guard helo after he ejected when the landing gear wouldn't lower, while orbiting the USS Kitty Hawk.
  • 19 NOV 1966 through 06 AUG 1967:
    VA-113 flying the A-4C Skyhawk embarked in United States Ship Enterprise CVA 65, WestPac/Vietnam cruise.

  • OCT 1967:
    Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED THIRTEEN was assigned the Douglas A-4F Skyhawk.

  • JAN - FEB 1968:
    While embarked in United States Ship Enterprise CVAN 65, and enroute to Yankee Station, the carrier was ordered to the Sea of Japan for operations following the seizure of the Pueblo (AGER 2) by the North Koreans.

  • 03 JAN 1968 through 18 JUL 1968:
    VA-113 flying the A-4F Skyhawk embarked in United States Ship Enterprise CVA 65, WestPac/Vietnam cruise.

  • 23 JAN 1968:
    Lt. E.E. Christensen rescued by USS Enterprise (CVN-65) HC-7 Seadevils Det. 110 SH-3A Sea King 80 miles, 85⁰ from Vinh, 70 miles off shore, due to loss of throttle control in A-4F BuNo 154216.

  • 10 DEC 1968:
    VA-113 was assigned the Vought A-7B Corsair II.

  • 27 OCT 1970 through 17 JUN 1971:
    VA-113 flying the A-7E Corsair II, embarked in United States Ship Ranger CVA 61, WestPac/Vietnam cruise.

  • 16 NOV 1972 through 23 JUN 1973:
    VA-113 flying the A-7E Corsair II, embarked in United States Ship Ranger CVA 61, WestPac/Vietnam cruise.

  • DEC 1972:
    The Stingers participated in Linebacker II Operations, heavy air strikes against targets primarily around Hanoi and Haiphong.
    YANKEE TEAM ENGAGEMENT SITUATIONS & RULES:
    • 37MM & 57MM Flak Site = Assume one behind every tree.
    • Attacking a Target = Make only one run or preferably none at all.
    • Day Road RECCO = DO NOT go below 8,000 feet above the ground.
    • Night Road RECCO = DO NOT go below 10,000 feet above the ground or preferably just do not go.
    • Vinh Strike = Lower your seat, roll in at 25,000 feet above the ground - or above. Recover not below 10,000 feet above the ground.
    • Than Hoa Strike = Down your aircraft before launching.
    • Any Strike Above the 20th Parallel = Turn yourself into the Flight Surgeon for Administrative Discharge due to homosexual tendencies.
    • Night Missions (general) = If Rule #4 does not apply, jettison ordnance immediately after the catapult, fake radio failure and proceed to the marshal point for landing.
    • RECCO Route Juliet = Immediately jettison ordnance near Hon Mat Island and conduct RECCO of Route Yellow 10 or Route Yellow 20 (Route Yellow 10 is 10 miles off the beach).
    • RECCO Routes Kilo and Lima = If you have been launched on one of these missions you have not conducted a proper preflight of your aircraft.
    • SAM Site Search and Destroy Mission = Buy the Squadron Duty Officer watch - the price is no object.
    THE OBJECTIVE IS TO HIT THE TARGET AND NOT THE TARGET TO HIT YOU.

  • JUL 1976:
    Following the Israeli raid on Entebbe and the threatened military operations against Kenya by Uganda, the United States Ship Ranger CV 61, with VA-113 embarked, was ordered to transit from the South China Sea to the western Indian Ocean and operate off the coast of Kenya.

  • 15 OCT 1980 through 22 MAR 1981:
    Under the Swing Wing Concept to reduce the deck multiple on United States Ship Ranger CV 61, VA-113 was off loaded at Naval Air Station Cubi Point, Philippines and operated as a CVW-2 Detachment from the air station. While temporarily shore based the squadron participated in numerous joint and interservice exercises.

  • Sources:
    • Harry S. Gann
    • "Boom" Powell
    • 25 MAR 1983:
      VA-113 redesignated as Strike Fighter Squadron ONE HUNDRED THIRTEEN (VFA-113).

    • MAR through OCT 1983:
      The squadron underwent transition training with VFA-125, becoming the first Navy fleet operational squadron assigned the F/A-18 Hornet.

    • 24 AUG 1983:
      Strike Fighter Squadron ONE HUNDRED THIRTEEN was assigned the McDonnell F/A-18A Hornet.

    • FEB through AUG 1985:
      VFA-113, along with VFA-25, made the first deployment with the new F/A-18 Hornet. The squadrons deployed aboard United States Ship Constellation CV 64, and operated in the western Pacific and Indian Ocean.

    • JUL 1987:
      Squadron aircraft, along with other units of CVW-14, conducted surveillance in the strategic Strait of Hormuz and provided air cover for the first five Earnest Will operations, the escort of reflagged Kuwaiti oil tankers through the Gulf of Oman and Persian Gulf.

    • 02 AUG 1990:
      United States Ship Independence CV 62, with VFA-113 embarked, was ordered to the Gulf of Oman following the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.

    • AUG 1990:
      The Stinger's F/A-18s flew mixed combat air patrol missions with F-14s in the Persian Gulf up to 28 degrees north latitude in support of Operation Desert Shield, the build up of American and Allied forces to counter a threatened invasion of Saudi Arabia by Iraq and as part of an economic blockade of Iraq to force its withdrawal from Kuwait.

    • 03 OCT and 04 OCT 1990:
      VFA-113 conducted flight operations from United States Ship Independence CV 62, while she operated in the Persian Gulf. This was the first time a carrier had operated in the Persian Gulf since 1974.
    • Additional history commentary.



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