We know how much Avgeekery Nation enjoys cruise videos. They’re often the best way for many of our readers to watch state-of-the-art aircraft and warfighters while they do their thing. This video is a little bit different though. It’s not a “cruise” video because Strike Fighter Squadron ONE FIVE FOUR (VFA-154) wasn’t on a cruise when this video was produced. The Black Knights were plenty active though. Thanks to YouTuber MGDunford for sharing this awesome look at a year in the life of a Navy Strike Fighter Squadron. BKR!
VFA-154 spent their 2015 just crushing operational detachments and training from one end of the country to the other. From Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska to Naval Air Station (NAS) Key West in Florida; from Nellis in Nevada to Tyndall on the Gulf; carrier quals aboard the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) and USS Nimitz (CVN-68)- the Black Knights did it all. Their excellence in 2015 was just a continuation of their commitment to their mission.
During their last deployment during 2013, VFA-154 won the both the Commander Strike Fighter Wing Pacific Fleet (CSFWP) “LTJG Bruce Carrier” and the Carrier Air Wing ELEVEN (CVW-11) Golden Wrench Awards for excellence in maintenance. The Black Knights also flew more than 2,100 sorties over more than 6,000 flight hours without a Class A mishap. During those accident-free hours the squadron accounted for 75% of the ordnance expended by CVW-11 in support of coalition forces.
So what are the Black Knights up to these days? Why they’re on another WESTPAC deployment of course! VFA-154 and CVW-11 are flying from the deck of the Nimitz yet again.