VC-12

VC-12/VFC-12 Omars

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Patch

  • Aggressor patch was born when the Omars became the Fighting Omars flying Skyhawks in the aggressor role.


Handle

  • Omars
  • Fighting Omars


Heritage

  • 06 OCT 1943: VC-12 established.
  • 07 JUN 1945: VC-12 dis-established
  • 06 JUL 1948: Established as Carrier Air Early Warning Squadron Two.
  • 1948: Renamed to Fleet Composite Squadron Twelve (VC-12).
  • 29 SEP 1953: VC-12 decommissioned.
  • 01 SEP 1973: VC-12 commissioned.
  • 01 JUN 1988: re-disignated VFC-12


Home Ports

  • 01 SEP 1973: NAF Detroit Michigan
  • 02 JUL 1975: NAS Oceana, Virginia Beach VA.


Air Wings

  • 2005: CVWR-20


Deployments

  • 1944: USS Card
  • No known deployments with the Skyhawk.


Aircraft

Commanding Officers

  • No info yet.
  • 01 SEP 1973:
    VC-12 established at NAF Detroit, Mt. Clemens, Michagan as the first Reserve Composite Squadron in USN history.

  • 30 SEP 1986:
    An unknown pilot ejected safely Monday when his NAS Oceana based TA-4J BuNo 155077 crashed in a wooded area near Elizabeth City, NC. Spokesperson Lt. Kim Stefansson said the pilot was taken by a Coast Guard helicopter to Portsmouth Naval Hospital for a routine examination. But she said the pilot apparently was not injured, and there was no report of damage to civilian property.
    Burlington, NC, Times-News, Tuesday, 26 August 1986

  • 01 JUN 1988:
    VFC-12, assigned to Commander - Fleet Logistics Support Wing, provides for training Naval Reservists for mobilization while also providing a/c services in support of operations of Regular and Reserve Navy units. Services include Adversary, Air Combat Maneuvering, Dissimilar Air Combat Training,Air Intercept Training, Air Search, Fire Control Radar Tracking and Aerial Target Towing.

  • February 15, 1990:
    Cdr. Dale G. Vezey (USNR) perished in the crash of A-4F BuNo 154989, following a mid-air collision with a F/A-18 Hornet piloted by Cmdr. David R. Miller who was rescued by helicopter.
    Daily Press, February 16, 1990

  • Sarasota, FL, Herald-Tribune, Thursday, October 4, 1990
  • 2005: VFC-12 and VFC-13 provide adversary support.


Awards

  • CNO Aviation Safety Award; 1978, 1980 and 1981.

  • Noel Davis Trophy; 1984 and 1985.

 

Photographs


3 May 1974: BuNo.147669 VC-12 Fighting Omars A-4L JY-6.
Photo by Scott VanAken.

1975: VC-12 Omars A-4L Skyhawks BuNo 149516, JY-3, BuNo 147706, JY-5, BuNo 149591, JY-4, BuNo 147827, JY-8, and BuNo 149518, JY-2,, location unknown.
Photographer unknown.

1977: Fighting Omars Skyhawk BuNo 155077, #17, parked on the flight line.
Gary Verver Collection

10 Sept 1978 BuNo 158092, JY-12, parked on the ramp.
Photo by G.B. Rhodes, G. Verver Collection.

10 Sept 1978 BuNo 158098, JY-13, parked on the ramp.
Photo by G.B. Rhodes, G. Verver Collection.

10 Sep 1978 BuNo 152850, JY-16, parked on the flight line.
Gary Verver Collection

15 OCT 1978: Fighting Omars Skyhawk BuNo 158112, JY-15, undergoing minor maintenance on the flightline.
Robert Dorr

01 JAN 1980:
VC-12 TA-4J Sortie, possibly BuNo 158092 in the background.
Aerial underside view of an EA-3B Skywarrior (BuNo 142650, GD-100) aircraft of Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron Thirty Three (VAQ-33) refueling a TA-4J Skyhawk aircraft of Composite Squadron Twelve (VC-12).
An EA-3B Skywarrior (BuNo 142650, GD-100) aircraft of Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron Thirty Three (VAQ-33) refuels a formation of TA4J Skyhawk (JY-3) aircraft. of Composite Squadron Twelve (VC-12)
VC-12 TA-4 tanking from an Intruder.
VC-12 TA-4 with sunset.
Official U.S. Navy, from Gary Verver.

Date unknown:
An EA-3B Skywarrior (BuNo 142650, GD-100) aircraft from Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron Thirty-Three (VAQ-33) refuels TA-4J Skyhawks (JY-3 & JY-9) of Composite Squadron Twelve (VC-12) based at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia.
Offical U.S. Navy, from Gary Verver.

28 April 1979 BuNo 158098, JY-13, parked on the ramp.
Photo by S. Miller, G. Verver Collection.

May 1980 BuNo 153680, JY-11, on the flight line.
Gary Verver Collection

May 1980 BuNo 152850, JY-16, on the flight line.
Gary Verver Collection

May 1980 BuNo 155102, JY-17, parked on the flight line.
Gary Verver Collection

1980: Fighting Omars Skyhawk BuNo 158092, JY-12, parked on the line next to VA-204 River Rattlers A-7B Corsair BuNo 154443.
Unknown photographer via W. Mutza

Douglas A-4B Skyhawk BuNo 142761.
A-4B Skyhawk BuNo 142761 and side number Juliet Yankee 01 of the VFC-12 "Omars" stands gate guard duty at Naval Air Facility Detroit.
USN photograph.

Fighting Omars Skyhawk BuNo 155077, JY-00.
U.S. Navy Photo.

APR 1986:
VC-12 A-4F BuNo 154200, JY-1, APR 1986. Name below the canopy is CDR Jack Lewis.
Photographer unknown from Gary Verver Collection.

20 March 1987 BuNo 155077, JY-00, and a Fighter Squadron 202 (VF-202) F-4 Phantom II aircraft in formation.
U.S. Navy Photo.

TA-4J Omar Skyhawk - 1988.
TA-4J BuNo. 159798 and side number Juliet Yankee 11 of the VFC-12 "Omars", at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia, seen at Naval Air Station Atlanta in December 1988. Photograph by Frank J. Mirande.

TA-4J Omar Skyhawk detail - 1988
TA-4J BuNo. 159798 and side number Juliet Yankee 11 of the VFC-12 "Omars", tail detail. Originally assigned the tail-code, "JY", when part of the Fleet Logistics Support Wing, the "Omars" were transferred to CVWR-20 in 1992 and re-coded "AF", which they continue to wear on their Hornets to the present day. For some reason, "low-vis" A-4's never carried the assigned "JY" tail-code but did carry the "AF" code.
Photograph by Frank J. Mirande.

May 1988 left side view of Blue Aliis Skyhawk BuNo 154209, JY-00, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

27 AUG 1988:
BuNo 154977 with VFC-12, probably in "Mongoose" configuration.
Photographer unknown from Verver Collection.

OCT 1988:
VFC-12 A-4F BuNo 155022, #6, OCT 1988. Name on the canopy looks to be CDR "Doc" Ryan.
Photographer unknown from Verver Collection.

08 OCT 1988:
BuNo 153498, TA-4J, on the ramp at Oceana.
Stephen Miller

Jan 1989 BuNo 158113, #10, assigned to LCDR John Werner.
Photo by D. Brown, G. Verver Collection.

May 1989 BuNo 151060, #1, parked on the ramp.
Photo by R.E. Kling, G. Verver collection

01 AUG 1989: Fighting Omars Skyhawk BuNo 158112, AF-15, in a side-by-side take off from NAS Oceana with BuNo 153498, AF-16.
U.S. Navy photo, PH2 Bruce Trombecky

01 AUG 1989: Fighting Omars Skyhawks BuNo 153498, AF-16 and BuNo 158112, AF-15 take off side-by-side.
U.S. Navy by Bruce Trombecky

A-4F Skyhawk - 1990.
A-4F BuNo. 154971 and side number 7 of VFC-12 "Omars" based at Naval Air Station Norfolk, Virginia. The "Mongoose" is painted in gloss engine gray, although it appears olive drab due to lighting conditions and film rendition. This Skyhawk was photographed June 8, 1990 at Naval Air Station Atlanta while displayed at an airshow.
Photograph by Frank J. Mirande.

30 April 1991 Fighting Omars Skyhawk BuNo 154977, #2, parked on the flight line.
Photo by C.L. Baldwin, Gary Verver Collection.

30 April 1991 Fighting Omars Skyhawk BuNo 154996, #4, parked on the ramp.
Photo by C.L. Baldwin, Gary Verver Collection.

26 June 1992 BuNo 155022, #6, parked on the ramp .
Photo by Craig Baldwin via Scott Van Aken

A-4F "Mongoose" Skyhawk - 1993.
A-4F Mongoose 154976, Alpha Foxtrot side number 7, of VFC-12 "Omars", NAS Oceana, VA, seen at NAS Atlanta on May 9,1993. Finished in overall Engine Gray, it displays the "AF" tailcode resulting from the transfer of the "Omars" from the Fleet Logistics Support Wing to Carrier Air Wing 20. This marking configuration lasted only about a year-and-a-half on their A-4's before they started to receive F-18's. By coincidence, this aircraft bears the same side number as that seen 3 years earlier at the NAS Atlanta airshow, but is not the same plane.
Photograph by Frank J. Mirande.

26 MAY 1993: Fighting Omars Skyhawk BuNo 154970, AF-1, assigned to CDR "Schlaef" Schlaefer parked on the ramp and painted engine grey.
W. Munzenmaier

Fighting Omars Skyhawk BuNo 154971, AF-7 parked on the ramp and painted engine grey.
W. Munzenmaier

26 MAY 1993: Fighting Omars Skyhawk BuNo 154976, AF-7, assigned to LCDR "Gibby" Gilbert parked on the ramp and painted engine grey.
W. Munzenmaier

26 MAY 1993: BuNo 154977, AF-2, parked on the ramp and painted engine grey.
W. Munzenmaier

26 MAY 1993: Skyhawk BuNo 155009, AF-5, assigned to LCDR "Slugger" Compton parked on the ramp and painted engine grey.
W. Munzenmaier

26 MAY 1993: Skyhawk BuNo 155022, AF-6, assigned to LCDR "Spike" Overcash parked on the ramp and painted engine grey.
W. Munzenmaier

04 JUL 1976: Right rear view of VC-12 Omars TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 158092, JY-12, on the ramp, Andrews AFB, 04 July 1976.
Copyright R.W. Harrison.

21 MAY 1977: Left front view of VC-12 Omars TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 153680, JY-11, on the ramp next to VC-12 TA-4J BuNo 158456, JY-14, Otis AFB, 21 May 1977.
Copyright R.W. Harrison.

Date unknown: An KA-6B Intruder (BuNo 152626, AG-517) aircraft of Attack Squadron Forty Six (VA-46) refuels a TA-4J Skyhawk (BuNo 153528, JH-8) aircraft of Composite Squadron Twelve (VC-12). VC-12 is based at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia.
Photographer unknown, from Gary Verver.

14 OCT 1978: Right side view of VC-12 Omars TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 158098, JY-13, on the ramp, NAS Oceana, 14 October 1978.
Copyright R.W. Harrison.

BuNo 152850, VC-12 JY-16, on the ramp.

OCT 1978:
VC-12 TA-4J BuNo 158092, JY-12.
Photographer unknown from Gary Verver Collection.

01 JAN 1980:
An air-to-air left side view of two Fleet Composite Squadron 12 (VC-12) TA-4J (BuNo 158092, and BuNo 158098, #13) Skyhawk aircraft in formation over Washington DC.
Photographer unknown, from Gary Verver.

26 MAY 1993:
BuNo. 155036 at NAS Oceana. Name on the canopy is CAPT Bob Hathaway, CAG.
Photo from W. Munzenmaier.

26 MAY 1993:
VFC-12 A-4F BuNo 155066, AF-3, at NAS Oceana.
Photo from W. Munzenmaier.


Sources

  • Harry S. Gann.
  • Frank J. Mirande
  • Frank Jackson

 

  • Douglas A4D-2N (A-4C) Skyhawk
    • 145092 c/n 12338
      • 24 Sep 1970 - VA-303 - Convert to A-4L

      • 24 Apr 1974 - VC-12 - NAS New Orleans, LA
      • 24 Apr 1974 - VC-13 - NAS New Orleans, LA
    • 147669 C/N 12433
      • 25 Feb 1970 - NAS Atsugi A&T - Convert to A-4L

      • 01 Sep 1973 - VC-12 - NAF Detroit, MI
      • 17 Dec 1975 - MASDC - Davis Mothan AFB, AZ
    • 147706 C/N 12470
      • 10 Feb 1970 - VA-95 - Convert to A-4L

      • 01 Sep 1973 - VC-12 - NAF Detroit, MI
      • 22 Apr 1976 - MASDC - Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
    • 147708 C/N 12472
      • 21 Jan 1970 - VC-7 - Convert to A-4L

      • 01 Sep 1973 - VC-12 - NAF Detroit, MI
      • 14 Jul 1975 - VC-2 - NAS Pensacola, FL
    • 147827 C/N 12591
      • 25 Feb 1970 - VA-95 - Convert to A-4L

      • 01 Sep 1973 - VC-12 - NAF Detroit, MI
      • 12 Dec 1975 - MASDC - Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
    • 148581 C/N 12774
      • 27 Feb 1970 - VA-95 - Convert to A-4L

      • 07 Dec 1975 - VC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 04 Jun 1976 - MASDC - Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
    • 149508 c/n 12833
      • 17 Feb 1970 - VA-95 - Convert to A-4L

      • 01 Sep 1973 - VC-12 - NAF Detroit, MI
      • 03 Jul 1976 - VA-204 - NAS Memphis, TN
    • 149516 c/n 12841
      • 12 Feb 1970 - VA-95 - Converted to A-4L

      • 01 Sep 1973 - VC-12 - NAF Detroit, MI
      • 20 Dec 1976 - Fly Sys Inc - Newport Beach, CA
    • 149518 c/n 12843
      • 05 Mar 1970 - VA-81 - Convert to A-4L

      • 01 Sep 1973 - VC-12 - NAF Detroit, MI
      • 24 Mar 1976 - MASDC - Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
    • 149540 c/n 12865
      • 22 Oct 1970 - VA-304 - Convert to A-4L

      • 02 Sep 1975 - VC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 24 May 1976 - MASDC - Davis-Mothan AFB, AZ
    • 149591 c/n 12916
      • 28 Jan 1970 - VA-44 - Convert to A-4L

      • 01 Sep 1973 - VC-12 JY04 - NAF Detroit, MI
      • 04 Jun 1976 - MASDC - Davis Mothan AFB, AZ
    • 149594 c/n 12919
      • 28 Jan 1970 - VA-44 - Convert to A-4L

      • 03 Feb 1976 - VC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 07 Jun 1976 - MASDC - Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
    • 149623 c/n 12948
      • 19 Feb 1971 - MARTD Memphis - Convert to A-4L

      • 01 Sep 1973 - VC-12 - NAF Detroit, MI
      • 17 Jul 1975 - VA-204 - NAS Memphis, TN
    • 150586 c/n 12997
      • 20 Feb 1970 - VA-95 - Convert to A-4L

      • 29 Nov 1975 - VC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 25 Jan 1977 - FLY SYS Inc - Newport Beach, RI

  • Douglas A4D-5 (A-4E) Skyhawk
    • 150013 c/n 13066
      • 12 May 1987 - VC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 07 Jan 1988 - NAD Pensacola - NAS Pensacola, FL
    • 150121 c/n 13174
      • 12 Jun 1985 - VC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 10 May 1989 - VC-5 - NAS Cubi Point, RP
    • 150132 c/n 13185
      • 01 Jul 1987 - VC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 25 Feb 1989 - VF-43 - NAS Key West, FL
    • 151194 c/n 13364
      • 11 Sep 1987 - VC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 30 Sep 1989 - NASC FSO, MASDC - Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
    • 151984 c/n 13372
      • 21 Aug 1984 - VC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 27 Apr 1988 - COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 152080 c/n 13468
      • 16 Jun 1987 - VC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 11 Jul 1988 - COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS
  • Douglas TA-4F Skyhawk
    • 152850 C/N 13496
      • 30 Jan 1973 - VMAT-102 - Convert to TA-4J

      • 25 Jun 1976 - VC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 18 Nov 1983 - NAS - NAS Dallas, TX
    • 153492 c/n 13558
      • 08 Oct 1970 u VT-21 - Convert to TA-4J

      • 08 Apr 1976 - VC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 20 Jan 1988 - VT-86 - NAS Pensacola, FL
    • 153495 c/n 13561
      • 22 Aug 1970 - VT-23 - Convert to TA-4J

      • 01 Jul 1980 - VC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 25 Jan 1985 - VC-13 - NAS Miramar, CA
    • 153498 c/n 13564
      • 07 Aug 1970 - VT-23 - Convert to TA-4J

      • 13 Mar 1981 - VC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 07 Nov 1988 - VFC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA
    • 153680 c/n 13618
      • 28 Oct 1970 - VT-21 - Convert to TA-4J

      • 09 Apr 1976 - VC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 25 Jan 1983 - VT-86 - NAS Pensacola, FL

  • Douglas A-4F Skyhawk
    • 154200 c/n 13657
      • 16 Jan 1983 - VC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 12 Oct 1989 VFC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA
    • 154209 c/n 13666
      • 05 Feb 1988 - VC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 28 Mar 1989 - NAVFITWEPSCHOL - NAS Miramar, CA
    • 154971 c/n 13787
      • 15 Apr 1988 - VC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 30 Dec 1988 - VFC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • Stricken - After 31 Mar 1991 and before 30 Jun 1991
    • 154977 c/n 13793
      • 18 Jan 1983 - VC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 28 Sep 1989 - VFC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 18 Aug 1993 - NASC FSO, MASDC - Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
    • 154989 c/n 13805
      • 05 Feb 1988 - VC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 13 Oct 1989 - VFC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • Stricken - After 31 Dec 1989 and before 31 Mar 1990
    • 154991 c/n 13807
      • 27 Apr 1988 - VC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 04 Aug 1989 - VFC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 30 Nov 1989 - VF-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
    • 155022 c/n 13838
      • 07 Apr 1988 - VC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 09 Sep 1989 - VFC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 26 Aug 1993 - NASC FSO, MASDC - Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ

  • Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk
    • 155077 c/n 13893
      • 15 Nov 1976 - VC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 30 Sep 1986 - Stricken - 1SO
    • 155089 c/n 13905
      • 11 Mar 1981 - VC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 04 Mar 1990 - COMTRAWING-3 - NAS Chase Field, TX
    • 155102 c/n 13918
      • 29 Aug 1976 - VC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 02 Jul 1985 - VC-13 - NAS Miramar, CA
    • 156914 c/n 14007
      • 07 May 1984 - VC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 18 Aug 1987 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158092 c/n 14129
      • 23 May 1976 - VC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 03 Oct 1989 - VFC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA
    • 158098 c/n 14135
      • 27 May 1976 - VC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 05 Nov 1982 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS

      • 13 Oct 1983 - VC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 13 Apr 1984 - VT-7 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158112 c/n 14149
      • 17 Jun 1976 - VC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 05 Jul 1989 - VFC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 11 Aug 1993 - NASC FSO, MASDC - Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
    • 158113 c/n 14150
      • 09 Jul 1980 - VC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 19 Sep 1989 - COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS
    • 158456 c/n 14261
      • 27 May 1976 - VC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 25 Feb 1989 - VFC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 03 Jun 1990 COMTRAWING-2 - NAS Kingsville, TX
    • 159798 c/n 14497
      • 17 Dec 1977 - VC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 20 Feb 1978 - NAS - NAS Dallas, TX

      • 17 Oct 1980 - VC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 28 Aug 1989 - VFC-12 - NAS Oceana, VA
      • 16 Dec 1989 - COMTRAWING-1 - NAS Meridian, MS

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