The Red Rippers

The Red Rippers The oldest continuously active fighter squadron in the Navy. This page is updated by the Public Affairs Officer for the Families and Friends of The Red Rippers.

History

Three distinct squadrons have been designated VF-11, and two distinct squadrons have been known as the Red Rippers. The first VF-11 (never known as the Red Rippers) was established in 1942, was redesignated VF-111 in 1948, and was disestablished in 1959. The second VF-11, known as the Red Rippers was established in 1927 and went through numerous redesignations before being disestablished

History

Three distinct squadrons have been designated VF-11, and two distinct squadrons have been known as the Red Rippers. The first VF-11 (never known as the Red Rippers) was established in 1942, was redesignated VF-111 in 1948, and was disestablished in 1959. The second VF-11, known as the Red Rippers was established in 1927 and went through numerous redesignations before being disestablished

Operating as usual

Always a good day when we get to recognize our exceptional sailors. #VFA11 #Rippinainteasy
06/08/2021

Always a good day when we get to recognize our exceptional sailors. #VFA11 #Rippinainteasy

Always a good day when we get to recognize our exceptional sailors. #VFA11 #Rippinainteasy

The Red Rippers had the opportunity to take up some exceptional sailors on flights while in Fallon. Here’s AN Kurtz, AE2...
03/02/2021

The Red Rippers had the opportunity to take up some exceptional sailors on flights while in Fallon. Here’s AN Kurtz, AE2 Whitaker and AM2 Sharp on some of their first flights in the Super Hornet! #HeresToUs #VFA11 #RedRippers

Off to TOPGUN for these two Rippers. Get some Tumbles and Co***ne Rob 🤙🏻   #vfa11 #rippinainteasy
02/09/2021

Off to TOPGUN for these two Rippers. Get some Tumbles and Co***ne Rob 🤙🏻 #vfa11 #rippinainteasy

01/29/2021
01/29/2021

Chief pinning will be live here in 10 min!

Congratulations to all the Ripper’s promotions! 🐗 #vfa11 #redrippers #rippinainteasy
01/28/2021

Congratulations to all the Ripper’s promotions! 🐗

#vfa11 #redrippers #rippinainteasy

Promotions here with the Red Rippers! Congratulations to all our sailors..#rippinainteasy #vfa11
01/08/2021

Promotions here with the Red Rippers! Congratulations to all our sailors.
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#rippinainteasy #vfa11

Frockings happening at VFA-11. Congrats! #RippinAintEasy
01/04/2021

Frockings happening at VFA-11. Congrats! #RippinAintEasy

Merry Christmas from Ripperman and Santa!!  #vfa11 #merrychristmas #ripperman
12/26/2020

Merry Christmas from Ripperman and Santa!!

#vfa11 #merrychristmas #ripperman

Merry Christmas from the Red Rippers of VFA-11! We’re very glad to be home this year, but please keep those who aren’t i...
12/25/2020

Merry Christmas from the Red Rippers of VFA-11!

We’re very glad to be home this year, but please keep those who aren’t in your thoughts as you celebrate tonight.

12/19/2020

Congratulations to the following sailors on their recent advancement!
IT2 Elias Carter
AM1 Alghie Dionisio
AT2 Michael Jones
YN1 Tracy Jones
NC1 Tiffany Mellin
CS3 Sean Miller
AO2 Blake Rardin
AO2 Cameron Ruiz
CS3 Charlemain Tejada
AT2 Donovan Whelan
AE2 Ethan Whitaker

Congratulations to our sailors that received awards at quarters this week!!
12/19/2020

Congratulations to our sailors that received awards at quarters this week!!

Congratulations to our sailors that received awards at quarters this week!
12/19/2020

Congratulations to our sailors that received awards at quarters this week!

There’s always going to be some awesome history when you’re the oldest continuously active Squadron in the Navy.
11/28/2020

There’s always going to be some awesome history when you’re the oldest continuously active Squadron in the Navy.

The Navy issued its first contract for the Boeing F4B #OTD in 1928. There were four versions of the fighter produced, including the F4B-1 like that aircraft pictured here launching from USS Lexington (CV 2). The markings indicate its assignment to the VB-1B "Red Rippers." The squadron is now designated VFA-11 and flies another Boeing-built airplane, the F/A-18F Super Hornet.

“Duty, honor, country: Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you wil...
11/11/2020

“Duty, honor, country: Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be.” — Douglas MacArthur

Thank you to all the veterans who have served and those who currently serve.

Pictured are a few of the many aircraft that The Red Rippers have flown over the years.
#since1927
#theredrippers #rippinainteasy #herestous

Sunset Vibes #vfa11 #theredrippers #rippinainteasy #herestous #cvn75 #truman #somewhereintheGOO
09/22/2020

Sunset Vibes #vfa11 #theredrippers #rippinainteasy #herestous #cvn75 #truman #somewhereintheGOO

Congratulations to all of our recent reenlistments and promotions! Keep on ripping Rippers! #vfa11 #herestous #theredrip...
09/16/2020

Congratulations to all of our recent reenlistments and promotions! Keep on ripping Rippers! #vfa11 #herestous #theredrippers #rippinainteasy

Today the Rippers sent jet 100 off to TOPGUN, which was painted for our two aircrew attending! Best of luck at the cours...
09/01/2020

Today the Rippers sent jet 100 off to TOPGUN, which was painted for our two aircrew attending! Best of luck at the course Philly and Boobie Miles!

Go Navy! #vfa11 #theredrippers @usnavalacademy
09/01/2020

Go Navy! #vfa11 #theredrippers @usnavalacademy

Congrats to LT Hooper on his final flight in the World Famous Red Rippers! Watch out TOPGUN, here comes Top Scope! #ther...
08/31/2020

Congrats to LT Hooper on his final flight in the World Famous Red Rippers! Watch out TOPGUN, here comes Top Scope! #theredrippers #vfa11 #topgun #gunnerwantssomebubbly

“Sss” Is that a 🐍? ?  Nope that’s VFA-11 representing the @usnavy by winning our third straight Aviation Safety “S” awar...
08/19/2020

“Sss” Is that a 🐍? ? Nope that’s VFA-11 representing the @usnavy by winning our third straight Aviation Safety “S” award. Rippin may not be easy but it sure is safe. ——
#navy #herestous #accelerateyourlife #forgedbythesea

@frankg90 wanted to say hi to his two favorite teams on his last flight before Topgun.                        #flyeagles...
08/18/2020

@frankg90 wanted to say hi to his two favorite teams on his last flight before Topgun.


#flyeaglesfly🦅 #herestous #fa18superhornet #fa18hornet #aviationphotography

08/18/2020

Join us over on Instagram as we catalog Frank Goldstein’s last flight! @rippin_aint_easy11!

It’s reenlistment season round these parts! #fourmoreyears #herestous Where’s the most interesting place you’ve re-taken...
08/12/2020

It’s reenlistment season round these parts! #fourmoreyears #herestous

Where’s the most interesting place you’ve re-taken the oath??

Congrats AME3 Booker, LS2 Pedro Perezlopez, AO2 Guillemet, AZ2 Garcia, AD3 Davis, IS2 Wilson, AZ2 Barber, AME2 Ronnie-Ga...
08/12/2020

Congrats AME3 Booker, LS2 Pedro Perezlopez, AO2 Guillemet, AZ2 Garcia, AD3 Davis, IS2 Wilson, AZ2 Barber, AME2 Ronnie-Garcia, AE2 Kreyer, LS2 Young, AE2 Maples, LS3 Vang, AE2 Rivera, AM3 Skinner, AM3 Smith, AME3 Lawson and PR3 Downs on getting frocked! There are more names coming so stay tuned! #herestous

08/06/2020
safety.navylive.dodlive.mil

LT Frank Goldstein talks about the importance of safety and how VFA-11 innovated Safety Standdowns in the July issue of Approach Magazine (pg.17).

07/31/2020

Good luck at the Pentagon IADS!

07/27/2020
LT Stu “Gizmo” Whipkey | Real TOPGUN Instructor

We’ve got a celebrity in our midst! Let’s welcome Stu ‘Gizmo’ Whipkey to the Rippers. Our very own ‘Real TOPGUN instructor’.

TOPGUN instructor Stu Whipkey earned his pilot’s license before he graduated high school. Today, he’s a WSO, or Weapon Systems Officer flying high in the Nav...

07/25/2020
Naval Air Station Oceana

Thinking about cooling down this weekend? Dam Neck Beach is open to all, including us sailors! Be safe and remember six feet means six feet!

‼️ DAM NECK ANNEX BEACH/MWR UPDATE ‼️

Effective Saturday 7/25, the Dam Neck Annex beach is open. Patrons MUST exercise physical distancing, with group size of ten or less, and assume responsibility for their own water safety. A lifeguard hiring process is underway. Thanks for your patience during the recreational closing.

The FRAGO pertains to public beaches, which are still off limits. Please contact your chain of command if further clarification is required.

Certain MWR services are also coming back online! More details coming next week.

07/14/2020

Welcome back Rippers! Here’s a peak at some of cool things that went on during our deployment!

CDR Mcqueen Change of Command Program
07/04/2020

CDR Mcqueen Change of Command Program

Thanks for everything Skipper! Fair Winds  and Following Seas!
07/03/2020

Thanks for everything Skipper! Fair Winds and Following Seas!

07/02/2020

Re-designation of jet 101.

07/02/2020

Here’s to you! CDR McQueen and CDR McGee execute an airborne change of command with multiple flybys.

07/02/2020

CDR McQueen’s Change of Command Ceremony.

Congratulations to CDR McQueen and CDR Enos! Here’s to You!

Address

Virginia Beach, VA

OPSEC RULES APPLY HERE OPSEC Rules: Don't discuss future destinations or ports of call! Don't discuss future operations / Exercises or missions! Don't discuss dates and times of when we will be in port or conducting exercises! Don't discuss readiness issues and numbers! Don't discuss specific training equipment or lack thereof! Don't discuss people's names and billets, Regiments in conjunction with operations! Don't speculate about future operations! Don't spread rumors about operations! Don't assume the enemy is not trying to collect information! Don't discuss Security Procedures, movements, or arms. BE AWARE! Be smart, use your head, and always think OPSEC when using email or phone! And be sure that you realize that information can be put together.. if you leak a bit here and a bit there, it doesn't take much to put it together for the whole pcture- and there are those out there with nothing but that goal in mind.. KEEP YOUR FAMILIES SAFE- Remember~ LOOSE LIPS SINK SHIPS And if you are not sure whether its okay to say.. DON'T

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Rank/Rate Sailors Name VFA-11, Unit 200205 APO AE 09502

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Comments

KAPA departure-08/26/21
Hello to all the Red Rippers out there. Need Navy help please. I'm looking for a William (bill) Britt (wife Cheryl) who was a Ripper during Viet Nam/Yankee Station in the late 1960s. Last time I saw them was 2007 here in Atlanta. I would like to catch up if possible. Anyone know? Respond here or message me on FB please.
Merry Christmas to all of you rippers. Thank you for your service to our great country.
Rip’em Baby!!
thanks to all the Rippers for your service to our country
My dad was on the USS Forrestal in 1967 during the big fire. I was just a newborn when that happened. I was wondering if there are any individuals out there that knew him (Greg Montgomery) or would be interested in correspondence with me? He was a Red Ripper! He passed away in 1998 from complications a quadruple bypass surgery.
Red Ripper Mason
I just realized I mailed my boxes to Unit 200202 instead of Unit 200205.... what are the chances that my sailor will get his boxes??? 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️#epicfail!!!!!
Red Rippers on board USS Carl Vinson 1994
Glad to be a member
My Father was part of the Red Rippers upon the USS Forrestall Terry Oder