VA-64

VA-64 Black Lancers

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Knight's Helmet - 1961
Patch drawn by Bud Southworth
 


Patch

  • On December 26, 1961, VA-64 adopted the Knight's Helmet patch. Shown above.


Handle

  • Black Lancers, 1961 through 1969.


Heritage

  • Jan 1943, VB-17 established.
  • 15 Nov 1946 VB-17 redesignated VA-5B.
  • 27 Jul 1948 VA-5B redesignated VA-64.
  • 08 Apr 1949 VA-64 redisignated VC-24.
  • 20 Apr 1950 VC-24 redisignated VS-24.
  • 01 Jun 1956 VS-24 disestablished.
  • 02 Jul 1961, Attack Squadron SIXTY-FOUR (VA-64) established.
  • 07 Nov 1969, Attack Squadron SIXTY-FOUR (VA-64) disestablished.


Home Ports

  • Jul 1961 - - - - - - Naval Air Station Oceana
  • Feb 1965 - - - - - - Naval Air Station Cecil Field


Air Wings

  • Jul 01, 1961 - - AF - - - - CVG-6
  • Feb 08, 1962 - - AB - - - - CVG-1
  • Jul 31, 1962- - - - - - - - COMFAIRNORFOLK
  • Oct 01, 1962 - - AG - - - - CVG-7
  • Nov 18, 1962 - - AF/AE* - - CVG-6/CVW-6*
  • Oct 16, 1967 - - AG - - - - CVW-7
  • * CVG-6 was redesignated CVW-6 when all Carrier Air Group (CVG) designations were changed to Carrier Air Wings (CVW) on December 20, 1963.
  • CVG-6's tail code was changed from AF to AE late in 1962.


Deployments

  • Departure & Return - - - - - - - - - Air Wing - - Carrier - Aircraft - Area of Operation:
  • 02/06/63 to 09/04/63 - CVG-6 - CVAN 65 - A-4C - Mediterranean
  • 02/08/64 to 10/03/64 - CVW-6 - CVAN 65 - A-4C - Mediterranean/World Cruise
  • 11/30/65 to 07/10/66 - CVW-6 - CVA 66- - A-4C - Mediterranean
  • 01/10/67 to 09/20/67 - CVW-6 - CVA 66- - A-4C - Mediterranean
  • 04/30/68 to 01/27/69 - CVW-7 - CVA 62- - A-4C - Mediterranean
  • 09/03/69 to 10/09/69 - CVW-7 - CVA 62- - A-4C - NorLant

 


Aircraft

 

  • Date Type First Received - - - - - - Type of Aircraft:
  • July 1961 - - - - - - Douglas A4D-2N (A-4C) Skyhawk*
  • December 1961 - - - - Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk(A-4B) *†
  • * November 30, 1962
    • The A4D-2 designation was changed to A-4B
    • The A4D-2N designation was changed to A-4C
  • † The A4D-2 was assigned to VA-64 Detachment 48.
  • Three view drawings from Harry Gann, redrawn by Bud Southworth.
    • Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk
      • 142141 c/n 11395
        • 05 Jan 1962 - VA-64 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 17 Jul 1962 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 142726 c/n 11788
        • 05 Jan 1962 - VA-64 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 12 Nov 1962 - NART - NAS New York, NY
      • 142774 c/n 11836
        • 17 Feb 1962 - VA-64 Det 48 - USS Wasp
        • 31 Aug 1962 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 142836 c/n 11898
        • 05 Jan 1962 - VA-64 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 23 Aug 1962 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA

    • Douglas A4D-2N (A-4C) Skyhawk
      • 145099 c/n 12345
        • 30 Nov 1964 - VA-64 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 06 Jul 1965 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 145104 c/n 12350
        • 17 Nov 1964 - VA-64 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 29 Mar 1965 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 145141 c/n 12387
        • 24 Feb 1969 - VA-64 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 31 Oct 1969 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 147670 C/N 12434
        • 01 Dec 1964 - VA-64 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 09 Feb 1967 - VA-15 - USS Intrepid
      • 147693 C/N 12457
        • 20 Sep 1963 - VA-64 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 28 Dec 1966 - Stricken - 1S
      • 147696 C/N 12460
        • 07 May 1969 - VA-64 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 01 Nov 1969 - NARTU - NAS Jacksonville, FL
      • 147704 C/N 12468
        • 13 Oct 1962 - VA-64 - USS Independence
        • 01 Dec 1962 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 147733 C/N 12497
        • 20 Nov 1964 - VA-64 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 25 Apr 1966 - VA-36 - USS America

        • 01 Oct 1966 - VA-64 - USS Independence
        • 29 Oct 1969 - NARTU - NAS Memphis, TN
      • 147745 C/N 12509
        • 27 Sep 1963 - VA-64 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 29 Feb 1968 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 147747 C/N 12511
        • 05 Oct 1966 - VA-64 - USS Independence
        • 28 Nov 1966 - VA-36 - USS Intrepid
      • 147784 C/N 12548
        • 09 Feb 1964 - VA-64 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 27 Jul 1967 - Stricken - 1S
      • 147801 C/N 12565
        • 03 Apr 1964 - VA-64 - USS Independence
        • 28 Feb 1965 - VA-64 - NAS Oceana, VA (Last)
        • Assume stricken - No further records found
      • 147809 C/N 12573
        • 05 Oct 1967 - VA-64 - USS Independence
        • 17 Mar 1967 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 147814 C/N 12578
        • 26 Apr 1964 - VA-64 - USS Enterprise
        • 01 Mar 1966 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 147830 C/N 12594
        • 22 May 1969 - VA-64 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 30 Oct 1969 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 148304 C/N 12614
        • 28 Sep 1965 - VA-64 - NAF Naples, Italy
        • 28 Sep 1965 - VA-66 - USS America
      • 148445 C/N 12638
        • 01 Dec 1966 - VA-64 - USS America
        • 06 Nov 1969 - MARTD - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 148452 C/N 12645
        • 07 May 1969 - VA-64 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 03 Nov 1969 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 148483 C/N 12676
        • 27 Sep 1963 - VA-64 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 25 Oct 1965 - VA-66 - NAS Cecil Field, FL

        • 03 Nov 1965 - VA-64 - USS America
        • 20 Feb 1968 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL

        • 16 Jul 1969 - VA-64 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 13 Nov 1969 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 148485 C/N 12678
        • 13 Dec 1963 - VA-64 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 03 Feb 1964 - VA-76 - USS Enterprise
      • 148487 C/N 12680
        • 01 Apr 1969 - VA-64 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 31 Oct 1969 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 148491 C/N 12684
        • 02 Oct 1967 - VA-64 - USS Independence
        • 03 Nov 1969 - NAS - NAS New York, NY
      • 148513 C/N 12706
        • 12 Sep 1961 - VA-64 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 03 Feb 1964 - VA-76 - USS Enterprise
      • 148515 C/N 12708
        • 31 Jul 1961 - VA-64 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 08 Jan 1962 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA

        • 12 Jul 1962 - VA-64 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 29 Aug 1962 - O&R BUWEPS FR - NAS Norfolk, VA
      • 148516 C/N 12709
        • 18 Jul 1961 - VA-64 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 08 Jan 1962 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA

        • 12 Jul 1962 - VA-64 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 23 Aug 1963 - NAVSTA - NS Rota, Spain

        • 02 Oct 1967 - VA-64 - USS Independence
        • 30 Jul 1969 - VA-36 - USS Forrestal
      • 148529 C/N 12722
        • 12 Sep 1961 - VA-64 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 08 Jan 1962 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA

        • 24 May 1962 - VA-64 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 26 Jul 1966 - VA-36 - USS America
      • 148533 C/N 12726
        • 19 Dec 1966 - VA-64 - USS America
        • 01 Nov 1969 - NARTU - NAS Memphis, TN
    • Douglas A4D-2N (A-4C) Skyhawk (Continued)
      • 148541 C/N 12734
        • 16 Jan 1968 - VA-64 - USS Independence
        • 31 Jul 1969 - VA-36 - USS Forrestal
      • 148544 C/N 12737
        • 14 Aug 1961 - VA-64 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 26 Jul 1966 - VA-36 - USS America
      • 148551 C/N 12744
        • 31 May 1963 - VA-64 - USS Enterprise
        • 24 Jul 1963 - Stricken - 1AA2
      • 148552 C/N 12745
        • 16 Aug 1961 - VA-64 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 25 Aug 1963 - VA-72 - USS Independence
      • 148556 C/N 12749
        • 02 Oct 1967 - VA-64 - USS Independence
        • 30 Jul 1969 - VA-36 - USS Forrestal
      • 148562 C/N 12755
        • 11 Oct 1961 - VA-64 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 28 Sep 1962 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA

        • 19 Jan 1968 - VA-64 - USS Independence
        • 21 Aug 1969 - VA-36 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 148579 C/N 12772
        • 10 Oct 1961 - VA-64 NAS Oceana, VA
        • ?? Sep 1962 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 148587 C/N 12780
        • 20 Oct 1967 - VA-64 - USS Independence
        • 11 Sep 1969 - VA-36 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 148592 C/N 12785
        • 17 Nov 1961 - VA-64 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 19 Dec 1962 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 148593 C/N 12786
        • 11 Oct 1967 - VA-64 - USS Independence
        • 07 Oct 1969 - VA-36 - USS Forrestal
      • 148594 C/N 12787
        • 17 Nov 1961 - VA-64 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 19 Dec 1962 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 148598 C/N 12791
        • 26 Sep 1963 - VA-64 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 17 Jan 1967 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL

        • 13 May 1969 - VA-64 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 30 Oct 1969 - NARTU - NAS Memphis, TN
      • 148600 C/N 12793
        • 05 Jan 1966 - VA-64 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 04 Mar 1966 - O&R BWEPS FR - NAS Jacksonville, FL

        • 02 May 1969 - VA-64 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 23 Oct 1969 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 148605 C/N 12798
        • 10 Jun 1969 - VA-64 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 31 Jul 1969 - VA-36 - USS Forrestal
      • 148606 C/N 12799
        • 21 Dec 1961 - VA-64 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 15 Jan 1963 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 148609 C/N 12802
        • 14 Dec 1961 - VA-64 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 19 Sep 1962 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA

        • 31 Aug 1963 - VA-64 - USS Enterprise
        • 31 May 1964 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 149492 c/n 12817
        • 23 Jan 1968 - VA-64 - USS Independence
        • 21 Aug 1969 - VA-36 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 149499 c/n 12824
        • 01 Jul 1966 - VA-64 - USS America
        • 18 Jan 1968 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, Fl
      • 149530 c/n 12855
        • 07 May 1969 - VA-64 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 29 Oct 1969 - NARTU - NAS Memphis, TN
      • 149544 c/n 12869
        • 28 Sep 1965 - VA-64 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 18 Jan 1967 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 149563 c/n 12888
        • 02 Feb 1968 - VA-64 - USS Independence
        • 18 Sep 1969 - VA-36 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 149591 c/n 12916
        • 10 Mar 1969 - VA-64 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
        • 30 Oct 1969 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 149611 c/n 12936
        • 02 Sep 1962 - VA-64 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 11 Sep 1962 - VA-12 - USS FD Roosevelt
      • 149613 c/n 12938
        • 29 Aug 1962 - VA-64 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 27 Mar 1964 - Stricken - 1AA2
      • 149615 c/n 12940
        • 29 Aug 1962 - VA-64 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 08 Apr 1964 - Stricken - 1AA2
      • 149617 c/n 12942
        • 29 Aug 1962 - VA-64 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 28 Nov 1967 - VA-36 - USS Intrepid
      • 149618 c/n 12943
        • 22 Aug 1962 - VA-64 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 15 Mar 1968 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 149619 c/n 12944
        • 24 Aug 1962 - VA-64 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 11 May 1967 - VA-15 - USS Intrepid
      • 149621 c/n 12946
        • 29 Aug 1962 - VA-64 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 24 Sep 1965 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 149630 c/n 12955
        • 11 Sep 1962 - VA-64 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 03 Feb 1964 - VA-76 - USS Enterprise
      • 149632 c/n 12957
        • 22 Sep 1962 - VA-64 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 25 Sep 1962 - VA-44 - NAS Jacksonville, FL
      • 149636 c/n 12961
        • 17 Nov 1964 - VA-64 - NAS Oceana, VA
        • 31 Mar 1966 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 149638 c/n 12963
        • 29 Dec 1966 - VA-64 - USS America
        • 30 Jan 1968 - VA-15 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 150585 c/n 12996
        • 02 Oct 1967 - VA-64 - USS Independence
        • 30 Jul 1969 - VA-36 - USS Forrestal


Commanding Officers

  • Jul 1961 - - - - - - - - LCDR Paul A. Anderson
  • May 1962 - - - - - - - - CDR R. A. Uhwat
  • Jun 1963 - - - - - - - - CDR F. E. Babineau
  • Jun 1964 - - - - - - - - CDR David E. Scherrer
  • Jun 1965 - - - - - - - - CDR Max D. Barr
  • Jun 1966 - - - - - - - - CDR James E. Kneale
  • Jun 1967 - - - - - - - - CDR Keith C. Spayde, Jr.
  • May 1968 - - - - - - - - CDR Jerald W. Bucklin
  • 1969 - - - - - - - - - - CDR Stuart T. Meredith


Events

  • July 1, 1961:
    Attack Squadron SIXTY-FOUR (VA-64) established at Naval Air Station Oceana.

  • July 18 1961:
    The Black Lancers were assigned the Douglas A4D-2N Skyhawk -- later known as the A-4C Skyhawk.

  • December 28, 1961:
    The Douglas A4D-2 Skyhawk (A-4B) was assigned to VA-64 Detachment 48.

  • February 17, to June 17, 1962:
    VA-64 Detachment 48, formed to provide an air defense capability for Carrier Anti-Submarine Air Groups, deployed aboard United States Ship Wasp CVS 18 for a North Atlantic cruise. The detachment officer-in-charge was Lieutenant Commander E. D. Herbert.

  • April 1962:
    VA-64 Detachment 48 designation was changed to VA-64 Detachment 18B.

  • October to November 18, 1962:
    The Black Lancers embarked in United States Ship Independence CVA 62 operating in the Caribbean Sea in support of the Cuban quarantine.

  • November 18 to December 5, 1962:
    VA-64 switched places with VA-34 and embarked in United States Ship Enterprise CVAN 65. The complements of both squadrons were lifted between carriers by helicopters and continued operation in the Caribbean as part of the Cuban quarantine.

  • July 24, 1963:
    At 1130 USAF Capt. J.H. Metz reported to have ejected (A-4C BuNo 148551) at 270 (T), 59 miles from this ship, Search for pilot begun. 1250 OIC reported Capt Metz had been picked up in good condition by USS Perry.
    USS Saratoga Deck Log, Wednesday, 24 July 1963
  • March 1964:
    VA-64 conducted operations in the vicinity of Cyprus during a conflict between Turkish and Greek Cypriots.
  • March 27, 1964:
    Lcdr. Georges E. "Frenchy" LeBlanc in A-4C 149613 sheared off his nose gear while landing. Aircraft skidded off the angled deck and flipped. LeBlanc escaped and was picked up by helo having suffered lacerations and a broken leg.
    USS Enterprise, Deck Log, Friday, March 27, 1964
    USS Enterprise, Deck Log (cont.), Friday, March 27, 1964
  • April 4, 1964:
    Lt(jg) Edward Leonard Maas, Jr. is reported missing in A-4C BuNo 149615 and feared dead in the Tyrrhenian Sea southwest of Italy while flying night maneuvers off the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise. The elder Maas said he was told that his son's crash helmet and a gas tank from his A4D attack plane were recovered but there was no hope of recovering his son's body.
    Willoughby, OH, The News Herald, April 10, 1964.
  • July 31, to October 3, 1964:
    The Black Lancers participated in Operation Sea Orbit, the first circumnavigation of the world by a nuclear task force. The sixty-five day voyage was accomplished without logistic replenishment. The squadron participated in numerous air power demonstrations during the voyage.
  • February 15, 1965:
    VA-64 was transferred to Naval Air Station Cecil Field, Florida.
  • June 16, 1966:
    Lt(jg) Benjamin Russell Partin was lost in an accident while flying A-4C BuNo 147801 on a training hop off USS America.
  • June 8, 1967:
    Black Lancer aircraft were part of an Air Wing 6 strike group that was launched to defend United States Ship Liberty AGTR 5 when she came under attack by the Israelis. When word was received that 75-minute attack had been a mistake on the part of the Israelis the aircraft were recalled.

  • July 27, 1967:
    LT(jg). C.J. Kelaghan ejected and VA-64 A-4C BuNo 147784 crashed into the sea 130 miles from the ship and sank in 2100 fathoms of water. The pilot was recovered by helicopter with a fracture of his right arm.

  • Nov 1968:
    The squadron provided an A-4C, two pilots and seven enlisted personnel to augment the VSF-1 detachment aboard Wasp. The detachment provided the ship with a daytime air defense capability.

  • November 7, 1969:
    Attack Squadron SIXTY-FOUR (VA-64) disestablished.


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