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When Is A Cruise Video Not A Cruise Video? When The Black Knights Say So

VFA-154 Spent 2015 Keeping Up An Insane Operational Tempo. Here’s How They Pulled It Off

Official US Navy Photograph

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.

Official US Navy Photograph

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.

Official US Navy Photograph

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.

Official US Navy Photograph


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Written by 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.