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Strike Fighter Squadron ONE ZERO SIX [VFA-106]
"Gladiators"

VFA 106 was originally established as Fighter-Bomber Squadron Seventeen in January 1945. Having completed combat operations in Korea, the squadron was designated Attack Squadron 106 in 1955. After numerous deployments and an involvement in the catastrophic fire aboard USS Forrestal (CV 59) on July 29, 1967, which destroyed or damaged over half of the squadron's aircraft, VA 106 was disestablished on Nov. 7, 1969. On April 27, 1984, VFA 106 was once again established, this time at NAS Cecil Field as the East Coast Fleet Replacement Squadron for the F/A-18 Hornet. From 1986 to the present the "Gladiators" achieved numerous squadron milestones. Among those milestones were surpassing 25,000 accident free flight hours, achieving an unparalleled 100 percent boarding rate for all carrier qualification detachments, receiving the Navy Unit Commendation for sustained superior performance and being selected as the Strike Fighter Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet Maintenance Department of the Year.




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