Fighter Squadron One (VF-1), along with its sister squadron, VF-2, operationally introduced to the world the most capable naval interceptor ever built—the F-14 Tomcat. The F-14A was the only aircraft flown by VF-1 in the squadron's almost 21 years of service.
Established at NAS Miramar, California, on 14 October 1972, VF-1 was the fourth squadron in U.S. naval aviation history to bear that designation. The
Wolfpack joined Carrier Air Wing 14 (CVW-14) in July 1973, and took the Tomcat on its first operational deployment on board the Enterprise (CVN-65) beginning in September 1974. The Enterprise participated in the evacuation of Americans and others from South Vietnam, which was collapsing under a North Vietnamese invasion. VF-1 flew air cover—including strafing runs—during the last two days of April 1975.