Rare Footage of mid-1960s Navy Med Cruise On USS Saratoga

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Some time ago we wrote a piece about a British film by the name of “Operation Saratoga” which was shot aboard the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (CVA-60) during her Mediterranean Sea (Med) cruise that took place between November 28th 1964 and July 12th 1965. Carrier Air Wing THREE (CVW-3) was embarked aboard Super Sara for this deployment. This video is more of the action filmed aboard CVA-60 during the same period. There is no sound but the visuals are outstanding and consist almost entirely of CVW-3 flight ops. This footage was also uploaded to YouTube by British Pathé.

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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 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