- VFS-76 and VFS-86 were two NAS New Orleans, Louisiana, based squadrons tasked with the mission to provide fighter cover for the ant-submarine carriers. Previously flying early-model A-4 Skyhawks, the squadron transitioned to the F-8H in 1971.
- 30 JUN 1970:
"I am a "plank" owner with VSF-86 having served from 6/30/70 until 7/1/73. I was a AMH2 and a plane captain on the A4s.
- Circa 1970:
VSF-86 deploys with CVSGR aboard CV-14.
- August 15, 1971:
VSF-86 change of command, Kloves to Etheridge aboard CV-14.
- 01 SEP 1973:
VF-753 absorbed VSF-76 and VSF-86 and the conglomeration was re-designated Fleet Composite Squadron Thirteen (VC-13).
1971: BuNo 148463, NW-601, moving towards the cat. Photo Ed Moir.
1971: Gators pilot Ed Moir in Skyhawk NW-601, BuNo 148463, on a forward cat and ready to launch from the Tico.
Photo Ed Moir.
1971: Gators pilots pose in front of Skyhawk NW-601, BuNo 148463, assigned to CDR Kloves aboard the Tico. L-R: John Parks, Ed Moir, Dave Griggs, NASA Astronaut killed doing an air-show for a buddy (Admiral no less) & Dale Sisley of Lafayette, LA.
Photo Ed Moir.
AUG 1971: Gators Skyhawk NW-602 aboard the Tico as a deck crewman inserts the tillie bar into the nosewheel.
Gators pilots pose next to Skyhawk NW-602 at NAS New Orleans.
Photo by NavNews.
1972-73: VSF-86 Skyhawk BuNo 149563, NW-605, parked on the ramp.
VSF-86 Gators A-4C Skyhawk BuNo 149563, NW-605, being guided onto the cat with a tillie bar aboard the USS Ticonderoga, circa August 1971.
VSF-86 Gators A-4C Skyhawk BuNo 149618, NW-603, aboard the USS Ticonderoga, circa August 1971.