Administration and Personnel Offices
September 29, 1966 - May 20, 1967
Back Row: YN3
Wayne C. Watson, PN3
Ronald J. Kohl
David L. King PN1
Commander C. E. Waring, Jr.
C.E. Waring, Jr.
New ASW Squadron Formed VSF-1 Commissioned at Alameda the Navy's first antisubmarine fighter squadron, VSF-1, has been commissioned at NAS Alameda. VSF-1 was created to provide detachments of A-4 Skyhawks to ASW carriers primarily for defense of H-K groups. Such units were formerly obtained from A-4 attack squadrons.
300-plus officers and enlisted men and 21 Skyhawks will be based at Alameda.
Its first commanding officer is Commander C.E. Waring.
the first and only squadron of its kind, Anti-Submarine Warfare Fighter
Squadron ONE is unique in the annals of Naval Aviation. The original mission
of VSF-1 was to fly combat air patrol (CAP) for Anti-Submarine Carriers
(CVS's). Utilizing the sidewinder missile and 20mm cannons for armament,
four plane detachments were deployed with each CVS. In February 1966 the
mission of the squadron was enlarged to include the full capability of
a light jet attack squadron.
In addition to the delivery of conventional and special weapons, the mission of VSF-1 includes the administration and maintenance of a complex and highly trained crew. The squadron is responsible for maintaining its assigned aircraft, conducting on extension training program, and for all internal administrative matters.
VSF-1 was Commissioned July 1, 1965. On October 7, 1965 VA-113 Detachment Q returned from Vietnam (WestPac) aboard the USS Bennington and merged with VSF-1.
USUALLY AVAILABLE ALWAYS
VSF-1 War Eagles
VSF Story Part I
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Carrier Air Wing 8 (CVW-8) - 1966/1967 Cruise
the NAS Alameda Naval Air Museum and the USS Hornet Museum
© Bob Swanson 2008
Original Photos by: Charlie Engel and Bob Swanson