VA 12

Navy Attack Squadron 12 

 

 





 


The history of Navy Attack Squadron 12 (VA-12)

Major Overseas Deployments


Date of Departure    Date of Return    Air Wing    Carrier      Type of Aircraft    Area of Operation

21 Jun 1966            21 Feb 1967      CVW-1     CVA 42    A-4E                   WestPac/Vietnam

05 Mar 1970          17 Dec 1970     CVW-8      CVS 38    A-4C                   WestPac/Vietnan


Air Wing Assignments


        Air Wing          Tail Code     Assignment Date

CVG-1/CVW-1      AB      05 Dec 1960

CVW-8                    AJ       25 Aug 1968

Commanders

CDR Robert C. Frosio Apr 1966
CDR Gerald P. Barnett 18 Nov 1966
CDR Austin C. O’Brien, Jr. 21 Nov 1967
CDR Richard M. Fletcher Nov 1968
CDR Walter R. Petersen 30 Sep 1969
CDR Daniel H. L. Gholson 10 Jul 1970
LCDR Henry E. Nelson 16 Jun 1971



Significant Events

 

Aug 1966:

VA-12 flew its first combat sortie since its establishment 21 years earlier. The squadron completed
its Vietnam deployment in December 1966 without sustaining any combat damage to its aircraft.

12 Nov 1966:

VA-12’s commanding officer, Commander Robert C. Frosio, was lost at sea during flight operations from Franklin D. Roosevelt.

14 Dec 1966:

Commander Barnett, commanding officer of VA-12, led a 42-plane strike against a heavily
defended target in North Vietnam and for which he was awarded the Silver Star.


Information from: DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN NAVAL AVIATION SQUADRONS—Volume I

Information for time in Westpac/Vietnam


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