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Attack Squadron Ninety-Three was commissioned forty-four years ago at Naval Air Station, Alameda, California. Initially christened Fighter Attack Squadron Ninety-three at the March 1952 commissioning of Carrier Air Group Nine (CAG-9), the squadron first saw combat in Korea, flying from the teakwood deck of the USS Philippine Sea (CVA-12) in F9F-8 Cougars.

The squadron's second cruise in 1954 was an eight month circling the globe embarked in USS Hornet (CVA-12). The third cruise, embarked in USS Oriskany (CVA-34), deployed to WESTPAC.

Redesignated Attack Squadron Ninety-Three in October 1956, the squadron received the Douglas A4D-1 Skyhawk and deployed in September 1957 embarked in USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14). A fifth deployment followed in 1960 aboard the USS Ranger (CVA-61).

In 1964, after two more cruises with the USS Ranger, the Ravens went into combat for the first time since the Korean War, flying the first night armed reconnaissance flights over North Vietnam.

The squadron returned to Vietnam in 1966 embarked in the nuclear powered USS Enterprise (CVN-65), and again in 1967, aboard the USS Hancock (CVA-19). Operating from the USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31) in 1968 as a member of Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5), the Ravens flew their last missions in the A-4 Skyhawk. After transitioning to the A-7B Corsair II, the squadron joined Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2), embarked in the USS Ranger.

In 1971 the Ravens joined CVW-5 and the USS Midway for its thirteenth WESTPAC deployment. The fourteenth deployment, commencing in April 1972, lasted eleven months. During this cruise USS Midway spent 205 days on the line, more than any other attack carrier in U.S. history.

In 1977 the Ravens received the newest version of the proven A-7 with an advanced weapons delivery system.

As part of the forward deployed USS Midway Carrier Air Wing 5 team, the squadron represented US interests in the Philippine, Australia, Thailand, Kenya, and Korea. The Ravens deployed four times to the Indian Ocean from 1979 through 1981 in response to the Iranian hostage crisis.

Awards for the Ravens include the Navy Unit Commendation Medal, the Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (twice awarded), the Battle "E" (three times awarded), CNO Safety "S", and the LTJG Bruce Carrier Memorial Award for maintenance excellence (three times awarded).

In the following years leading up to Desert Storm the USS Midway and Carrier Air Wing 5 made many cruises throughout WESTPAC and the Indian Ocean. Of interest are the NORPACS of Sept/Oct 1982 and Feb/Mar 1983. The weather conditions in the waters off the Alaska were some of the worst imaginable.
[BUTTON: back] Complete list of at-sea periods from June 1981 through April 1991 Dates for VA-93 involvement stop on 24 March 1986.

Attack Squadron Ninety Three flew off the Midway for the last time on 24 March 1986. The squadron returned to CONUS while the Midway went through modifications to allow the F/A-18 Hornet to operate from her. The Ravens were scheduled to transition to the F/A-18 Hornet and return to the Midway when her modifications were complete. The squadron reported to NAS Lemoore between April and May 1986. By then the decision was made that VA-93 was to be disestablished, and not transition to F/A-18 Hornets. Their disestablishment date was 31 August 1986.

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