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Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 22 “Fighting Redcocks”

Squadron History

The Fighting Redcocks of Strike Fighter Squadron TWO TWO have been a mainstay of Naval Aviation for over 70 years. Originally commissioned as Fighter Squadron 63 at Naval Air Station Norfolk, Virginia in July 1948, the squadron was re-designated Attack Squadron 22 in July 1959. The first pilots flew the Grumman F-8F Bearcat, with the squadron later operating the F-4U Corsair, F9F-2/5 Panther, F9F-6/8 Cougar, FJ-4B Fury, A-4B/C/D/F Skyhawk, A-7E Corsair II, FA-18C Hornet and the FA-18E/F Super Hornet. Today, the Fighting Redcocks are based onboard NAS Lemoore, California and operate the two seat FA-18F Super Hornet, the Navy's newest and most lethal strike-fighter aircraft.

For nearly 60 years, the Fighting Redcocks have repeatedly been called into action in support of U.S. national policy. The squadron completed three combat deployments during the Korean War and six combat deployments during the Vietnam War. VFA-22 served aboard the USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70), the first carrier on station to perform strikes against Taliban and Al Qaeda forces in Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. In the last decade, the Redcocks have deployed multiple times in support of IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, NEW DAWN and most recently, INHERENT RESOLVE.

The Fighting Redcocks most recently completed a historic deployment spanning nearly ten months from August 2014 to June 2015. During this time the squadron flew 516 combat stories and delivered over 170,000 lbs. of ordnance in the fight against ISIS in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVED. Today, VFA-22 is a subordinate command of Carrier Air Wing SEVENTEEN and attached to USS NIMITZ (CVN-68). The VFA-22 Fighting Redcocks remain a lethal force ready to execute tasking in defense of their nation whenever called upon. YCBAR!!!

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