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USS ENTERPRISE   (CVAN-65)

WestPac Deployments

Fifth WestPac/Vietnam War Deployment,
11 June 1971–12 February 1972

Photos by LT(JG) Sully Augustine, via Bob Canchola


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USS Enterprise (CVAN-65) underway with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14.

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View of island, with SCANFAR (SPS-32 & SPS-33) radar antennas. RA-5C Vigilante (NK602), RVAH-5 "Savage Sons;" A-6A Intruder, VA-196 "Main Battery" (BuNo 155600, later upgraded to A-6E and A-6E TRAM standards).

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Another view of the island, with (l-to-r) two F-4J Phantom IIs, VF-143 "Pukin Dogs;" one SH-3G Sea King, HC-1 "Pacific Fleet Angels" Det. 4; two RA-5C Vigilantes, RVAH-5 "Savage Sons;" two Oshkosh MB-5 fire trucks; one F-4J Phantom II, VF-142 "Ghostriders."

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A-7E Corsair II, BuNo 157437, modex NK303, VA-97 "Warhawks."

This particular aircraft was lost in combat, 25 June 1972, while operating with VA-22 "Fighting Redcocks" off Coral Sea—the last combat loss of Coral Sea in the Vietnam War. Pilot, LT Geoffrey R. Shumway, was KIA.

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A-7E Corsair IIs, VA-97 "Warhawks." Side number 300 is BuNo 156872; 303 is 157437.

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F-4J Phantom II, VF-143 "Pukin Dogs," modex NK100. Appears to be BuNo 155872, later upgraded to F-4S standard.

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F-4J Phantom II, VF-143 "Pukin Dogs," BuNo 155878, modex NK101. Later upgraded to F-4S standard.

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KA-6D Intruder, modex NK514, VA-196 "Main Battery."

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F-4J Phantom IIs, A-7E Corsair IIs, and A-6A Intruders parked on deck, with an SH-3G Sea King in flight.

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A-7E Corsair IIs from VA-97 "Warhawks" (3xx side numbers) and VA-27 "Royal Maces" (4xx), with an Intruder in the right background.

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A-7E Corsair II from VA-97 "Warhawks" about to trap aboard, with an Intruder and a Phantom II parked on deck.

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F-4J Phantom II, BuNo 155881, modex NK105, VF-143 "Pukin Dogs." (Later upgraded to F-4S.)

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SH-3G Sea Kings, HC-1 "Pacific Fleet Angels," Det. 4 "Glover's Vultures."

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SH-3G Sea Kings, HC-1 "Pacific Fleet Angels," Det. 4 "Glover's Vultures."

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SH-3G Sea King, BuNo 149711, modex NK007, HC-1 "Pacific Fleet Angels," Det. 4 "Glover's Vultures," apparently circa Christmas '71. Now on display at the USS Midway Museum, San Diego, CA.

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Same helicopter, different date.

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Eight-photo sequence. Launching A-7E Corsair IIs from VA-97 "Warhawks" and VA-27 "Royal Maces." Note an EKA-3B Skywarrior (BuNo 142647, side number 613) from VAQ-308 "Griffins;" this means that these photos were almost certainly taken in December 1971 or January 1972.

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Launching A-7E Corsair IIs from VA-97 "Warhawks." NK304 (BuNo 156812) launching from cat #2, NK310 (BuNo 156859) on cat #1, NK300 (BuNo 156872) taxiing to cat #2, NK311 (BuNo 156842) to cat #1.

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Launching A-7E Corsair IIs from VA-97 "Warhawks." NK310 (BuNo 156859) launching from cat #1, NK300 (BuNo 156872) on cat #2, NK311 (BuNo 156842) taxiing to cat #1.

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Launching a VF-142 "Ghostriders" F-4J Phantom II. VA-97 "Warhawks" and VA-27 "Royal Maces" A-7E Corsair IIs await their turn.

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Two VA-27 "Royal Maces" A-7E Corsair IIs await their turn, as another A-7E (modex NK300) is on #2 catapult.

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VA-27 "Royal Maces" A-7E Corsair II NK404 is now unfolding its wings and taxiing to #1 catapult.

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Launching VA-97 "Warhawks" and VA-27 "Royal Maces" A-7E Corsair IIs. An EKA-3B Skywarrior is also with them.

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Launching a VF-143 "Pukin Dogs" F-4J Phantom II and VA-97 "Warhawks" and VA-27 "Royal Maces" A-7E Corsair IIs.

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C-1A Trader, COD aircraft, recovering aboard. An F-4J Phantom II, VF-143 "Pukin Dogs," parked on the flight deck.

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Recovering COD aircraft, C-1A Trader (BuNo 146042?), with an A-6A Intruder (BuNo 155610, NK510) and an F-4J Phantom II (BuNo 155855, NK203).

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F-4J Phantom II, VF-142 "Ghostriders." Noses of two more F-4Js (left) and an A-6A Intruder, VA-196 "Main Battery" (right).

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F-4J Phantom IIs from VF-143 "Pukin Dogs" (side numbers 104 & 112) and VF-142 "Ghostriders" (200).

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UH-46D Sea Knight, BuNo 153413, modex SA5, HC-3 "Packrats," from USS San Jose (AFS-7, in the background) during a VERTREP. Date may be 11 January 1972, in the South China Sea.

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UH-46D Sea Knight, BuNo 153413, modex SA5, HC-3 "Packrats," from USS San Jose (AFS-7, in the background) during a VERTREP. Date may be 11 January 1972, in the South China Sea.

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UH-46D Sea Knight, BuNo 153413, modex SA5, HC-3 "Packrats," from USS San Jose (AFS-7, in the background) during a VERTREP. Date may be 11 January 1972, in the South China Sea.

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Bomb-laden A-7E Corsair IIs from VA-27 "Royal Maces" (left and center) and VA-97 "Warhawks" (right).

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Bomb-laden A-7E Corsair IIs from VA-27 "Royal Maces" (left and center) and VA-97 "Warhawks" (right).

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F-4J Phantom II, VF-143 "Pukin Dogs," recovering aboard, with a squadron mate parked on deck.

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F-4J Phantom II, VF-143 "Pukin Dogs," has just engaged an arresting wire, with a squadron mate parked on the port elevator.

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F-4J Phantom II, VF-142 "Ghostriders," BuNo 155882, NK212, getting ready to launch from a waist cat.

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