On 14 and 15 April 1986, in retaliation for the Libyan-sponsored terrorist bombing of U.S. personnel in Berlin, Germany, the U.S. European Command launched Operation El Dorado Canyon against Libya. VFA-132, along with other aircraft of CVW-13 and CVW-1, struck SAM sites in Benghazi, Libya, with HARM and Shrike missiles, the first weapons launched in anger by F/A-18 Hornets.
In October 1987, the Privateers took the place of a Marine Corps squadron in the unit deployment rotation to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, for six months as a unit of Marine Aircraft Group 15. During this period, VFA-132 participated in exercises in Japan, the Philippines, and Korea.
VFA-132 returned to the Mediterranean in May 1989 with CVW-13 on board the Coral Sea . The Privateers provided air cover for Marine Corps helicopters used to evacuate personnel from the U.S. embassy in Beirut, Lebanon.
The Privateers’ last deployment took them back to the Mediterranean with CVW-6 in May 1991 on board the USS Forrestal (CV-59). Too late for action in Operation Desert Storm, the squadron flew cover after the Gulf War for Operation Provide Comfort, the effort to protect Kurds in Iraq. VFA-132 was disestablished on 1 June 1992, a casualty of the post-Cold War drawdown.
U.S. Navy (Retired)