Another US Navy fighter squadron conducted a change of command in the air recently.
The “Red Rippers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 11 held an airborne change of command ceremony above the deployed aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) April 27.
Cmdr. Daniel J. Sullivan IV relieved Cmdr. Randy Stearns as VFA 11 commanding officer.
Sullivan and Stearns both flew Read more
The ceremony for a unit change of command is steeped in tradition, consistent with the history that is often cited at the ceremonies. The formal event was originally an opportunity for members of a unit to see their old commander relinquish his authority and transfer the flag of command to the new leader.
A unique and fairly modern twist on this ceremony sometimes take place in aviation squadrons. As the ceremony is conducted on the ground, the incoming commander flies overhead on the wing of the outgoing commander. As the two aircraft Read more