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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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late 1950's vintage VF 62 short lived patch
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and the more common version
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VC-66 WWII - Created by Lt. Avner R. Schiller 1943-44

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"The Americans on this Island are not ordinary troops, but Marines, a special force recruited from jails and insane asylums for blood lust." -Japanese Newspaper found during the Battle of Guadalcanal - "They Got That Right!!" Chesty Puller

 

 

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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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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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Cheers, Dave

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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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Just obtained a really nice VRC-50 patch.2DAC14B1-B8C7-41EB-A7C1-6068022A802C.jpeg.650be704a777de51281c12755c58b7fb.jpeg


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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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