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Attack Squadron VA-196

This patch evolved from two previous patches - associated with early Navy squadrons. This patch was eventually approved in 1967, when the squadron was redesignated as VA-196.  Attack Squadron 196 disestablished on 28 February 1997.

Website: http://www.intruderassociation.org/squadrons/va196.html
Location: NAS Whidbey Island, Oak Harbor, WA
Veterans: 8
Latest Activity: Dec 15, 2016

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Comment by Dave Zabell on November 16, 2014 at 12:04pm
Reported to VA-196 onboard Enterprise in port at Subic in November/December 1976. Chief Carston checked me in, before his LDO days. Left the Main Battery in December of 1978 as AT3 at the end of my 3 year active duty obligation. Spent several more years drilling with reserve squadrons (VR, VP and VAQ) on Whidbey.
Comment by Keith Sibbert on May 8, 2014 at 10:02pm

I was a bit after my shipmates. I checked aboard "The Main Battery" in 1989 and left in 1993. Made 1990 Westpac/IO/Persian Gulf cruise when Hussein went into Kuwait. We made a hard right just before Diego Garcia and got to be the first carrier to operate in the Persian Gulf. Did donuts in the Gulf with fully loaded aircraft and never got to drop a single bomb.

Comment by Richard C. Cox on April 23, 2012 at 9:16am

I joined squadron in Jan. 1975.  Was there during end of Viet Nam.  I made cruise to Australia in 1976, and made '77 cruise before transferring.

Comment by Brad Black on June 5, 2011 at 4:38pm
First cruise, saw the end of Vietnam, made 3rd and re-enlisted.
 

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