Vcsg3 has activated (VFA-115) Strike Fighter Squadron 115, nicknamed the "Eagles" They are a United States Navy fighter attack squadron having been established in 1948. they will be a West Coast based squadron and fly the F/A-18C Hornet with a callsign Talon. The Unit will be Commanded by CO “Frag” Colvin and XO “Ointment” Morack.
Pilot's assigned to VF-111 and VF103, conducted simulated strikes with GBU'S this week off the coast of Norfolk Virginia, While pilots assigned to VFA-14, VFA86 and VMFA-224, conducted IFR training in the Nellis joint training airbase.
NORFOLK, Va. —Virtual Navy pilots and crew members returned to Naval Air Station Oceana and Norfolk Naval Station on Saturday after a nearly 6-month deployment. The deployment was part of Virtual Carrier Strike (VCSG-3) assigned aboard the aircraft carrier (CVN-71) USS Theodore Roosevelt. Fighter Squadron 103 (VF-103) "Jolly Rogers" Fighter Squadron 14 (VFA-14) “Tophatters” Fighter Squadron 86 (VFA-86) “Sidewinders” Marine Strike Fighter Squadron 224 (VMFA-224) “Fighting Bengals” Fighter Squadron 111 (VF-111) “Sundowners” Arrived at NAS Oceana in the early evening along with Airborne Early Warning Squadron’s (VAW-112) and (VAW-117) flying 5 E-2D “Advanced Hawkeye” aircraft returned to Norfolk Naval Station.
Strike Group Three is proud to announce the activation of VF-111 "Sundowners" as they take flight in the F-14A Tomcat. FITRON 111, originally formed in 1942 saw action in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II and operated aircraft including the F4F Wildcat, F8F Bearcat and FJ-3 Fury.
When asked about the road ahead, VF-111 Commanding Officer, CDR J. "Piddles" Miller stated that he was excited for the challenges which the F-14A airframe presented as well as the shirtless beach volleyball tournaments, where he looked forward to crushing pilots from CSG-3's existing F-14 squadron, VF-103 "Jolly Rogers."
Late last week, Carrier Strike Group Three arrived in the Arabian Sea amid growing turmoil. Although the region has been no stranger to tension since the Iranian Revolution of 1979, a series of attacks have plunged the country into a bitter civil war. These attacks included the assassination of the country's de facto leader, the Grand Ayatollah Ali Hosseini Khamenei and the arrest of President Rouhani, causing a power vacuum as remaining leadership jostle for control over the countries central government.
As Strike Group Three begins presence operations, the United States government and its allies hope that the power projection of a Nimitz Class aircraft carrier will quell further hostilities. Additionally, as the USS Roosevelt continues to protect the rights, freedoms, and lawful navigation of the worlds most vital waterways, the men and women of Roosevelt Strike Group stand ready to intervene and protect the people of Iran and surrounding nations as they now face uncertain times.
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Following their reassignment to the USS Theodore Roosevelt, Virtual Carrier Strike Group THREE aviators assigned to the strike group have taken the change in stride with many still pursuing their "Final Mission Qualification", a major step in certifying aviators for combat. Assignment to the Nimitz class aircraft carrier has brought with it many challenges which pilots are unaccustomed to, including a properly scaled aircraft carrier and fresh new flight deck crew.
When asked for his opinion of the new operating environment, VFA-14 Executive Officer, CDR C. "Bones" Henthorn, whom is also a retired Marine, replied "it's f**kin' awesome, OOHRAH." vCSG-3 and its combat aviators are scheduled to deploy later in the year although the location of the deployment still remains uncertain given growing tensions in both the Persian Gulf and Black Sea regions.
On May 20th, Carrier Strike Group THREE (CSG-3) received orders assigning the group to USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). CSG-3 is comprised of four squadrons of fighter-type aircraft: VFA-14 Tophatters, VFA-86 Sidewinders, VFA-105 Gunslingers, and VF-103 Jolly Rogers. With this assignment the group’s new home port will be NAS North Island, located in San Diego, California. When they aren’t embarked aboard ship, the squadrons will call Foss Field at NAS Miramar home. CSG-3 had recently been sidelined due to a rash of catapult malfunctions aboard the group’s previous carrier, USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74). Undaunted, the squadrons of CSG-3 moved ashore to continue training operations until a new carrier should become available.
The squadrons will soon converge on San Diego from their home fields all across the continental United States. Sources close to the commander of CSG-3 state that the new assignment was welcomed, as the group will now have much easier access to the Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR), where they have conducted training exercises in the past.
Once the squadrons of CSG-3 have assembled in San Diego, they will begin training operations in the surrounding region. The commander of NAS Miramar would like to thank local residents for their patience as the air group prepares to deploy aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt. “Pardon our noise, it’s the sound of freedom!”
The fearsome skull and crossbones will be hoisted high over the Nevada desert, beginning next week, as the VF-103 Jolly Rogers arrive and begin training at the Nevada Test and Training Range. The East Coast based squadron, which flies the iconic and formidable F-14B Tomcat, is slated to arrive next week in order to conduct Combat Mission Qualifications training. “The Nevada Test and Training Range is well equipped to support this type of training due to its open terrain and many live fire ranges,” said Lt. “Duke” Harrison, the squadron’s public affairs officer. Lt. Harrison also alluded to the excitement of the squadron personnel at being temporarily stationed in the vicinity of Las Vegas, Nevada. “I’ve definitely trained in worse locations,” he said. VF-103 will be conducting training in Basic Fighter Maneuvers, or dogfighting, as well as Air to Air and Air to Ground weapons employment. Residents are encouraged to keep their eyes lifted skyward. Don’t miss your chance to catch a glimpse of these famous Tomcats during their rare appearance in the Nevada skies!
Naval aviators of class 20-01 arrived at their squadrons on Thursday to begin training in their primary aircraft. The new fliers will participate in a training program which evaluates their basic knowledge of aviation, their assigned aircraft, and basic flight maneuvers. Once Initial Qualifications Training (IQT) is completed, the new pilots will move on into the more rigorous and technical phase of Mission Capable Qualifications (MCQ), where they will learn to land on the pitching deck of an aircraft carrier.
Pilots assigned to the 93d Fighter Squadron “Makos” on detachment to Key West Naval Air Station. The 93FS is assigned to JTF 46.5 which is scheduled to deploy to the Persian Gulf early next month amid mounting tensions between the United States and Iran.