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Naval Reserve Fighter and Attack Squadrons

Historical Summary

  • 1940s: VF-741 commissioned at NAX JAX. Probably flew F-4Us.
  • 1950s: Transition to the F-9F6.
  • 1961: Transiton to the A-4D-1 (A-4A) and redesignated VA-741. A-4D-2 (A-4B) aircraft were added over the years, with both types being flown during the ‘60s.
  • 1968: VA-741 redesignated VA-2F1 as an interim Navy Reserve reorganization as a result of problems encountered with the activation of reserves during the USS Pueblo crisis.
  • 1970: Transition to the A-4L.
  • July, 1970: VA-203 was commissioned under a new Navy Reserve reorganization called the Reserve Force Concept. Ownership of the A-4Ls was taken away from NARTU JAX and given to VA-203. Both active duty and reserve personnel were then assigned to the Commanding Officer, VA-203, instead of being split between NARTU JAX and the squadron. VA-203 was assigned to the newly commissioned Carrier Air Wing Twenty.
  • April, 1974: Transition to the A-7A.
  • September, 1977: Transition to the A-7B.
  • December, 1977: VA-203 relocated to NAS Cecil.

Commanding Officers

Commanders Assumed Command Unit
 Unknown 1940s to 1957 VF-741/VA-741
CDR Grant Godell  1961 VA-741
CDR Jim McDonald 1965 VA-741/VA-2F1
CDR Walter N. Vance III 01 Jul 1970 VA-203
CDR James S. Bassett  22 Jan 1972 VA-203
CDR Bobby S. Morgan 29 Sep 1973 VA-203
LCDR Jimmie W. Seeley 13 Sep 1975 VA-203
CDR F. Francis Hughes, Jr. 20 Aug 1977 VA-203

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