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VFAW-3

VF(AW)-3

(All Weather)


Patch
  • No additional data to-date

Handle
  • Blue Nemesis

Heritage
  • 02 MAY 1949 as VC-3
  • 01 JUL 1956 redesignated VF(AW)-3
  • 01 APR 1963: Decommissioned

Home Ports
  • 02 MAY 1949: NAS North Island, CA. as VC-3
  • OCT 1949: NAS Moffett Field, CA. as VC-2
  • 01 JUL 1956: NS Moffett Field, CA. as VF(AW)-3

Air Wings
  • 1950s: NORAD

Deployments
  • None known.


Aircraft
Commanding Officers
  • Circa 1959: CDR John "Tex" O'Neil.

Events
  • 1958
    VFAW-3 (Fighter Squadron, All Weather), was in the late 1950's the only U. S. Naval element of the North American Defense Command (NORAD). NORAD's duty was to detect aircraft approaching Alaska, Canada, and the Contiguous United States ("CONUS" in "milspeak"), to verify the incoming aircraft against filed flight plans, and aircraft would be "scrambled" to investigate when necessary.

  • SEP 1956: The first Navy unit on the west coast to receive the A4D-1 Skyhawk for evaluation.

  • DEC56 NAN photo of a refueling improvement at NAS Moffett Field, fueling a Skyhawk from VF(AW)-3.
    DEC56 NAN photo.

  • 29 MAR 1957
    LCDR Patrick F. Cunningham, CO., punched out of A4D-1 BuNo 139924 over San Joaquin Valley, CA

Awards
  • 24OCT to 31DEC 1962: Detachment "Echo" of VF(AW)-3 awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for participating in the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.
  • NAS Key West: VFAW-3 was awarded (twice) NORAD’s "best performing unit" trophy for their service in NORAD.


Sources:
  • John Gabbard


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