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Strike Fighter Squadron FIFTEEN [VFA-15]
"Valions"

VFA 15, one of the oldest squadrons in the Navy, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1992. Since its inception barely a month after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the squadron has flown six types of aircraft, including the SBD Dauntless, TBM Avenger, AD-4 Skyraider, A-4 Skyhawk, A-7 Corsair II and the F/A-18 Hornet.

The "Valions" were established as Torpedo Squadron Four aboard USS Ranger (CV-4) at Grassy Bay, Bermuda on Jan. 10, 1942. Since then VFA 15 has seen extensive sea time and combat action while embarked aboard 14 different aircraft carriers. From the start of World War II, the "Valions" have been in the forefront of strike warfare, beginning with their first combat action during Operation Torch off the North African coast in 1942. From there it was on to the Pacific theater to participate in the liberation of the Philippines in 1943.

Since then, the "Valions" completed two back to back combat tours on "Yankee Station" in 1966-1967, participated in Operation Urgent Fury off Grenada and flew successful air strikes against Syrian targets in Lebanon in 1983.

During "Operation Desert Storm," the "Valions" were deployed aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CV 71) and were instrumental in the successful liberation of Kuwait. Most recently the "Valions" were deployed aboard the Roosevelt and participated in Operation "Provide Promise", and then Operation "Deny Flight".




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