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Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 137 “Kestrels”


Maintain and deploy the F/A-18 to win in combat.

About Us

Strike Fighter Squadron 137, nicknamed the “Kestrels” after the native North American Falcon, was established on 01 July 1985. The Kestrels received their first Lot VIII F/A-18A Hornet on 25 November 1985.

The Kestrels returned home in June 2003, and began the transition to the new Lot XXV F/A-18E Super Hornet. After completing the Safe for Flight certification, the Kestrels became the third FA-18E squadron in the U.S. Navy.

The F/A-18E Super Hornet aircraft we fly is the world's most advanced strike fighter. Designed to operate from a carrier, the Super Hornet is fully capable in both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. 

The Super Hornet is the second major model upgrade since the inception of the F/A-18 aircraft program highly capable across the full mission spectrum: air superiority, fighter escort, reconnaissance, aerial refueling, close air support, air defense suppression and day/night precision strike.

VFA-137 Squadron Insignia and FA-18E Super Hornet banner image

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