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Squadron History

 

The Fighting Redcocks of Strike Fighter Squadron TWO TWO have been a mainstay of Naval Aviation for over 60 years.  Originally commissioned as Fighter Squadron 63 at Naval Air Station Norfolk, Virginia in July 1948, the squadron was re-designated Attack Squadron 22 in July 1959.  The first pilots flew the Grumman F-8F Bearcat, with the squadron later operating the F-4U Corsair, F9F-2/5 Panther, F9F-6/8 Cougar, FJ-4B Fury, A-4B/C/D/F Skyhawk, A-7E Corsair II, FA-18C Hornet and the FA-18E/F Super Hornet.  Today, the Fighting Redcocks are based onboard NAS Lemoore, California and operate the two seat FA-18F Super Hornet, the Navy's newest and most lethal strike-fighter aircraft.

 

For nearly 60 years, the Fighting Redcocks have repeatedly been called into action in support of U.S. national policy.  The squadron completed three combat deployments during the Korean War and six combat deployments during the Vietnam War. More recently USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) with VFA-22 aboard was the first carrier on station to perform strikes against Taliban and Al Qaeda forces in Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. In the last decade the Redcocks have deployed multiple times in support of IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, NEW DAWN and most recently, INHERENT RESOLVE.

 

The Fighting Redcocks most recently completed a historic deployment spanning nearly ten months from August 2014 to June 2015. During this time the squadron delivered over 170,000 lbs of ordnance in the fight against ISIS in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE. Over the skies of Iraq and Syria the Redcocks flew 516 combat sorties in the F/A-18F Super Hornet while expertly employing air to surface weaponry including laser and GPS guided bombs, missiles and 20mm cannon. The Fighting Redcocks take pride knowing they were an integral part of accomplishing this mission. The VFA-22 Fighting Redcocks remain a lethal force ready to execute tasking in defense of their nation whenever called upon. YCBAR!!!

 

 
 

 

 

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