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Fleet Composite Squadron Thirteen (VC-13) SAINTS, New Orleans based USNR Crusader Squadron (1973). Now a west coast adversary squadron, VFC-13 FIGHTING SAINTS

 

The "Fighting Saints" of VFC-13 can trace their origins back to 1946, when VF-753 was commissioned flying F6F-5 "Hellcats." Today's squadron was formed on Sept. 1, 1973, at N.A.S. New Orleans during the reorganization of the U.S. Naval Reserve.
Initially, the squadron operated the Chance Vought F-8H "Crusader" with a complement of 17 officers and 127 enlisted men, former members of VSF-76 and VSF-86. In April 1974, the "Saints" made the transition to the single-seat A-4L "Skyhawk."
As the demand for west coast adversary services and other fleet support missions increased, the squadron was permanently transferred to N.A.S. Miramar, arriving there in February 1976.

 

Source: CNIC Naval Air Station Fallon, NV

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Fleet Composite Squadron Ten (VC-10) FLECOMPRON TEN "CHALLENGERS" 1968 Flying F-8 Crusaders in Cuba, the only squadron at Guantanamo Bay during the 1960's
In January 1960 with the closure of McCalla Field, VU-10 moved across the mouth of Guantanamo Bay to the Leeward Point airfield and added defense of the base as one of its missions after Communist rebels took over the Cuban government during the Cuban Revolution.
F-8A Crusaders were received in January 1962. During the October 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, VU-10's Vought F-8A Crusader fighters became the front line defense force for the base against both Cuban and deployed Soviet forces. All dependents were evacuated and for three days the squadron continuously kept F-8's airborne on CAP station. Maintenance personnel worked around the clock to keep the aircraft in an "up" status. All men and officers moved to Leeward Point and pilots slept in the ready room to be constantly available. During the next few weeks, VU-10 flew 197 hours of CAP, 23 hours of escort, 85 hours of close air support and 330 hours of courier mission time. Subsequently VU-10 was relieved of its base defense commitment by a Marine Squadron and for the first time in its history it deployed. After a short stay at Roosevelt Roads, the squadron returned to Leeward Point on December 6, 1962 and resumed normal operations.
Redesignated VC-10 in 1965, the squadron subsequently acquired Grumman US-2C Trackers and in succession, Chance Vought F-8B/D/C/K Crusaders.
Since VC-10 was the only squadron assigned to GTMO and the base is located in a Communist controlled country, the squadron was required to provide alert fighters in support of reconnaissance operations in the Eastern Cuban region. Alert conditions varied from 2 minutes to 60 minutes so aircrew and maintenance personnel were required to remain in the squadron area 24/7.

 

 

1968 Ace Novelty VC-10 patch. The Maltese Cross design was used by VU-10 & VC-10 from 1962 to 1971

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Fleet Composite Squadron Ten (VC-10) FLECOMPRON TEN "CHALLENGERS" 1968. Flying F-8 Crusaders in Cuba, the only squadron at Guantanamo Bay during the 1960's. Came with the Ace Novelty 1968 Calendar with their US distribution address in PA. Photo of VC-10 F-8 Crusader, note the Maltese Cross on the stabilizer which was the design used circa 1962-1971

 

Since VC-10 was the only squadron assigned to GTMO and the base is located in a Communist controlled country, the squadron was required to provide alert fighters in support of reconnaissance operations in the Eastern Cuban region. Alert conditions varied from 2 minutes to 60 minutes so aircrew and maintenance personnel were required to remain in the squadron area 24/7.
In view of this mission the squadron patch/logo was redesigned during 1972. Simultaneously, redesignation to VCF-10 was requested and approved up to OPNAV, who ultimately disapproved it - primarily for financial reasons. However, the squadron continued to display the VCF-10 designation on the aircraft due to lower echelon approvals.

 

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Maverickson

Hi All,

As seen from my personal collection please see a set of 1953 model VF-152 patches and first version of it's kind. This particular type patch was used during the squadron's last Korean War deployment while flying the F4U-4 Corsair aboard the USS Princeton (CV-37). Also seen Included is a smaller version and what might have typically been used for the squadron members hat patch.

 

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Hi All,

 

An example of that 1953 model & first version of a VF-152 wincing ace type patch being worn is seen below. This image was taken from 1953 cruise book of the USS Princeton (CV-37). The squadron's final Korean War deployment.

 

This image is of Guy Bordelon and celebration that resulted from the 5th Kill and Ace status.

 

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Cheers, Dave

 

 

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New Patch BOLO - Spotted at MCBH Kaneohe Bay.  I've been after one of these since last year but no luck thus far.

 

VR-51 Windjammers C-40A Clipper pilot

 

A U.S. Navy Sailor assigned to Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VR) 51, wears his unit patch while waiting for a C-40 Clipper jet-aircraft to land on Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, May 16, 2019. First of two, the aircraft is the newest addition to VR-51’s fleet of transport aircraft. The Clipper increases the air station’s mission capabilities with larger cargo capacity and more room to carry U.S. Service members, up to 120 passengers. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Samantha Sanchez)

 

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A U.S. Navy C-40 Clipper jet-aircraft assigned to Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VR) 51, lands on Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, July 26, 2019. As the newest addition to VR-51’s fleet of transport aircraft, the Clipper provides improved mission capabilities that includes a larger cargo capacity and more room to carry personnel. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jesus Sepulveda Torres)

 

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U.S. Navy Cmdr. Matthew Abbot, the commanding officer of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VR) 51, signs off on the first scheduled flight for a C-40 Clipper jet-aircraft on Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, May 16, 2019. First of two, the aircraft is the newest addition to VR-51’s fleet of transport aircraft. The Clipper increases the air station’s mission capabilities with larger cargo capacity and more room to carry U.S. Service members, up to 120 passengers. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Samantha Sanchez)

 

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VF 882 Olathe Kansas reserve fighter squadron  nice large patch about 7 inches high the squadron flew F4-D's during the time of this patch

Enjoy

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Here is a nice bullion embellished VF 112 in existence from 1948 to 1959, when it was redesignated as VA 112   a nice patch about 5 inches around

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VF/VA-172 patch

Not sure when this dates from 50's 60s?  I'm not very knowledgeable about USN patches.

This is on the front of a 1950  G-1 with a USS Franklin D. Roosevelt patch, the jacket also has Korean war VF-112 and CAG-11 patches.

 

 

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It's getting tough to find patches not already shown on this subject.. I did not see this one, ATKRON 64, The Black Lancers. they were active from 1961 to 1969.   The squadron was involved in the USS Liberty incident.  they were a Med Cruise Squadron but also went around the world in 1965 as a part of Operation Sea Orbit  a 65 day operation with no outside logistics,  an all Nuclear powered group of ships.   The patch is just over 6 inches tall  

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This is a recent pick-up. A beautifully used VF-142 patch with Velcro on the back. This is one of my favorites. 
 

It shows wear and tear rub marks right where the shoulder harness would ride on top of the patch. 

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On 2/3/2019 at 6:14 PM, hink441 said:

An old and tired VAW-11 patch.

 

 

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Gil chaya
On 8/2/2017 at 1:03 AM, Salvage Sailor said:

VAW-12 DET 48 Carrier Aircraft Early Warning Squadron 12 The Bats

 

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Same squadron, different detachments, both serving with Task Group Bravo aboard the USS WASP (CVS-18) circa 1958 to 1961

 

Your Patch:  USS WASP (CVS-18) Deployed May 12, 1958 to October 11, 1958  https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv18-58/174.htm

Lebanon Expeditionary Force

CVG-1

VS-31 (S2F-1)
HS-11 (HSS-1)
VAW-12 Det. 43 (AD-5W)
HMR(L)-262 (HRS-3)
HU-2 Det. 48        

Mediterranean, Lebanon              

Gibraltar
Souda Bay, Greece
Rhodes, Greece
Athens, Greece
Beirut, Lebanon
Norfolk, Va.
Quonset Point, RI.

 

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My patch:  USS WASP (CVS-18) with CVSG-52 Deployed July 9, 1960 to August 11, 1960 https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv18-60/index.html

VS-28 (S2F-1)
VS-31 (S2F-1)
HS-11 (HSS-1N)
VAW-12 Det. 48 (AD-5W)
HU-2 Det. 48 (HUK-1)    AS  

Southern Atlantic
Africa (Congo)

 

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and then.....USS WASP (CVS-18) with CVSG-52 Deployed June 9, 1961 to September 1, 1961 https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv18-61/index.html

VS-28 (S2F-1)
VS-31 (S2F-1)
HS-11 (HSS-1N)
VAW-12 Det. 48 (AD-5W)    

AS  Mediterranean              

Augusta Bay, Sicily, Italy
Barcelona, Spain
San Remo, Italy
La Spezia, Italy
Aranci Bay, Sardinia, Italy
Genoa, Italy
Cannes, France

 

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VAW-12 patch from my collection

 

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On 2/15/2021 at 12:56 PM, Bearmon said:

 

Here is a VAW 12 Det 41 patch probably from a USS Midway med cruise in 1960- 1961  

 

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Nice patch Bearmon and it fits right in with the VAW-12 patches posted above, but that's not from a deployment aboard MIDWAY.  The Bats were an East Coast/Med VAW squadron and in 1960 & 1961 DET 41 was deployed with VF-41, The BLACK ACES, on The Showboat, USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62)

 

VAW-12 DET 41 USS INDEPENDENCE MED CRUISE 1960

 

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VAW-12 DET 41 USS INDEPENDENCE MED CRUISE 1961

 

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....and while I'm at it

 

FIGHTING 41 (VF-41) BLACK ACES

 

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FIGHTING 41 Patch in use aboard USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) in the MED 1960

 

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