Strike Fighter Squadron 143 (VFA-143), also known as the “Pukin Dogs,” are a United States Navy strike fighter squadron based at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia. The Pukin Dogs fly the F/A-18E Super Hornet.
The squadron adopted its current insignia, a winged black lion on a blue shield in 1953. Sometimes mistaken for a mythical Griffin, it is actually a Chimera, as the griffin has the head of an eagle. The distinctive squadron name “Pukin’ Dogs” came about when the squadron commander’s wife saw the creature’s droopy head and gaping mouth design. She stated, in front of the squadron pilots, that it looked like a “pukin’ dog.” The pilots loved that, and the name stuck.
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