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Watch the USS Saratoga And Her Air Wing Showing Off For The Brits In The Med

“Operation Saratoga” Takes A Look At US Navy Carrier Ops In The Med And A Whole Lot More

Official US Navy Photograph

“Operation Saratoga” is a film shot aboard the US Navy aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (CVA-60) during her Mediterranean Sea cruise that took place between November 28th 1964 and July 12th 1965. Carrier Air Wing THREE (CVW-3) was deployed aboard Super Sara for this Med Cruise. The film not only documents CVW-3 flight operations aboard and around the carrier, but also everyday life aboard the carrier itself, underway replenishment (UNREP), and a high-line transfer of a sailor from the destroyer USS Davis (DD-937) to the Super Sara for medical treatment. Thanks to YouTuber British Pathé for uploading this look at life aboard the Saratoga during the mid-1960s.

During the time the film was shot CVW-3 consisted of VF-31 Tomcatters flying the Phabulous McDonnell Douglas F-4B Phantom II, VF-32 Swordsmen flying the Vought F-8D Crusader, VA-34 Blue Blasters and VA-36 Roadrunners both flying the Douglas A-4C Skyhawk, VA-35 Black Panthers flying the Douglas A-1H Skyraider, RVAH-9 Hoot Owls flying the North American RA-5C Vigilante, Detachment 60 of VAW-12 Bats flying the Grumman E-1B Tracer, and Detachment 60 of HU-2 (HC-2) Fleet Angels flying the Kaman UH-2A Seasprite. After this cruise VA-35 detached from CVW-3 and began their transition to the new Grumman A-6A Intruder all-weather attack bomber.

Official US Navy Photograph

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Written by Bill Walton

Bill Walton

Bill Walton is a life-long aviation enthusiast and expert in aircraft recognition. As a teenager Bill helped his engineer father build an award-winning T-18 homebuilt airplane in their Wisconsin basement. Bill is a freelance writer, an avid sailor, engineer, announcer, husband, father, uncle, mentor, coach, and Navy veteran. Bill lives north of Houston TX with his wife and son under the approach path to KDWH runway 17R, which means they get to look up at a lot of airplanes. A very good thing.

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