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Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11

Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11

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Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11’s history and reputation remain unparalleled. Commissioned on Aug. 15, 1942, at Norfolk, Virginia, Patrol Wing 11 relocated five days later to San Juan, Puerto Rico, to provide support for Allied shipping convoys in the Navy’s Caribbean Sea Frontier. As the Navy overcame Germany’s Atlantic/Caribbean U-boat campaign, Wing 11’s PBY-5Ns patrolled a million square miles of ocean, providing assistance and spotting to scores of stricken Allied ships and sinking 10 German submarines while damaging 18 others.

In 1950, during the post-World War II drawdown, Wing 11 shifted homeports to Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida, and transitioned to the P2V Neptune. Throughout the decade, Wing 11’s squadrons continued to patrol vast areas in support of long-range reconnaissance and fleet exercises. Operational commitments grew as the Cold War intensified, and Maritime Patrol Aviation (MPA) continued to refine warfighting competencies in antisubmarine warfare, aerial mine warfare, search and rescue, and aerial photographic intelligence.

MPA excellence continued in the 1960s. Wing 11 supported the Project Mercury Space Program by operating aircraft on station during the recovery of the nation’s first astronauts. Later on when President John F. Kennedy ordered a naval blockade of Cuba, Wing 11 squadrons monitored Soviet ship movements and provided overhead surveillance. Beginning in the 1960s, the venerable P-3C Orion, a land-based, long-range antisubmarine warfare patrol aircraft, replaced the P2V Neptune fleet. In the years that followed, the squadrons recorded thousands of hours “on top” of Soviet submarines during Cold War operations from Greenland, Iceland, Bermuda, Ascension Island, the Canary and Azores islands, and bases throughout the Mediterranean.

After the Cold War, the wing continued to meet the evolving needs of the Navy, proving the P-3C as a multi-mission platform over land and sea; supporting operations Desert Shield and Storm; establishing an airborne reconnaissance capability during the Balkan wars; and supporting counterdrug detection, monitoring and interdiction operations in the Southern Hemisphere.

In 1998, the Navy formally recognized the close link between VP and VQ missions, bringing Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 2 into Wing 11 and amending the command name to Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11.

The P-3C saw significant enhancements through its life at the wing. The Anti-surface Warfare Improvement Program delivered traditional maritime capabilities, real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and Standoff Land-Attack Missile capability to theater and fleet commanders. Wing 11 units proved their continued relevance and vitality during Operation Allied Force over Kosovo in 1999 and in subsequent stabilization efforts there.

The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, signaled a new focus for Wing 11 units. In addition to traditional missions, units supported homeland defense and the global war on terrorism in operations Vigilant Shield and Enduring Freedom, respectively. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Wing 11’s VP-45 was the first East Coast squadron to establish a permanent detachment site in Iraq, flying combat missions in direct support of the troops on the ground. Additionally supporting Department of Defense initiatives, Wing 11 transferred administrative control of VQ-2 to Wing 10 in Whidbey Island, Washington, and subsequently acquired Jacksonville’s Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department and Aviation Supply Detachment.

Wing 11’s most recent combat role includes providing thousands of on-station hours in the skies over Libya in support of Operation Unified Protector. In 2011, a VP-5 crew fired AGM-65F Maverick missiles at a Libyan patrol craft, causing it to be beached. The patrol craft was suspected of attacking merchant vessels in the port city of Misrata. The P-3C continues to prove itself a vital asset in naval aviation.

After 50 years of faithful service and the 50th anniversary of Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force, the P-3C Orion is being phased out of the fleet, although the reserve squadron, VP-62 continues to operate the P-3C Orion. In 2012, the wing accepted its first fleet delivery of the P-8A Poseidon multi-mission aircraft. In addition, Wing 11 has recently added a new squadron to its arsenal: Unmanned Patrol Squadron 19 (VUP-19), which will fly the MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial system. The P-8A and MQ-4C will serve as the future of maritime patrol and reconnaissance. Wing 11’s history proves it to be a necessary force in the naval aviation community as it will man, train and forward deploy squadrons well into the future.

Wing 11’s squadrons include VP-5, VP-8, VP-10, VP-16, VP-26, VP-45, VP-62 and VUP-19.

Patrol Squadron 5

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For more than eight decades, the command now recognized as Patrol Squadron 5 (VP-5) has served the cause of freedom. From ocean to ocean, the Sailors and aviators who have comprised this squadron’s roll call have helped build a record of maritime patrol aviation (MPA) warfighting excellence and extraordinary professional achievement and service.

Commissioned in 1937 and initially designated as VP-17, the Navy’s second oldest VP squadron flew and maintained the PM-1. The first squadron patch depicted a seal balancing a bomb on its nose to represent operations in Alaska and Pacific Northwest sites. In 1938, VP-17 transitioned to the PBY-2, changed designation to VP-42 in 1939, and accepted the amphibious-capable PBY-5A in 1942. During World War II, the squadron directly contributed to some of the earliest allied victories in the Pacific theater. In February 1943, the Navy redesignated VP-42 as Bombing Squadron 135 (VB-135) at Whidbey Island, Washington. Nicknamed the “Blind Fox” squadron to reflect the squadron’s method of flying “blind” through heavy weather and depict a blindfolded fox riding a flying gas tank carrying a bomb and cane.

In August 1943, the Blind Foxes joined sister squadrons in bombing Kiska Harbor during the “Kiska Blitz”, hastening the Japanese abandonment of the island and avoiding a costly amphibious assault. In 1944, the squadron shifted to Attu Island to support photo-reconnaissance efforts aimed at unveiling Japanese activity in the Kurile Islands.

Peacetime brought significant force structure changes and in 1945, the Navy Department moved the squadron to Edenton, North Carolina, and then to Quonset Point, Rhode Island.

Redesignated as VP-135 and then to Medium Patrol Squadron 5, the Blind Foxes relocated again in January 1947 to Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico under operational control of Commander, Fleet Air Wing 11.

In 1948, the squadron moved to the Lockheed P2V Neptune, equipped with magnetic anomaly detection equipment capable of detecting large, magnetic objects underwater. The technology to detect submerged submarines through non-acoustic means facilitated a major capability leap in anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and manifested itself not only in squadron operations but also in the evolution of the squadron name and patch.

Designated as VP-5 in December 1948, the squadron became known as the “Mad Foxes” and changed the patch to depict a fox casually preparing to strike a submarine with a sledgehammer.

The Mad Foxes moved to Jacksonville, Florida in December 1949. Throughout the Cold War, deployments focused on ASW and anti-surface warfare against Soviet and Soviet-aligned forces. VP-5 made its mark on space history in May 1961 when it aided the post-mission seaborne recovery of Cmdr. Alan Shepard, Jr. and later in the recovery of Capt. Virgil Grissom post Project Mercury.

On Jan. 12, 1962, the squadron endured a terrible tragedy during an ice patrol mission along the Greenland coast, when an aircraft crashed into the Kronborg Glacier and killed Executive Officer Cmdr. Norbert Kozak and all crew onboard. In 2004, the Navy accomplished a daunting recovery of remains and memorialized the crew at the crash site, fulfilling a dream of many active duty and retired MPA Sailors.

VP-5 was one of the first and most critical units to support President John F. Kennedy’s quarantine of Cuba in October 1962. Patrols from Jacksonville, Roosevelt Roads, and Guantanamo Bay tracked the lead Soviet ship bound to Cuba in advance of contact with United States Navy (USN) surface forces.

In June 1966, VP-5 transitioned to the Lockheed P-3A Orion and consistently prosecuted frontline Soviet submarines in the Atlantic and Mediterranean. Squadron crews also participated in Yankee Station patrols off of Vietnam during anti-filtration and open ocean surveillance flights, and night radar coverage of the Gulf of Tonkin in defense of USN aircraft carriers.

In early 1974, VP-5 transitioned to the P-3C Orion. In February 1986, a VP-5 crew launched following the Challenger disaster and located the space shuttle nose cone to help direct recovery vessels to the site. During August 1974, another VP-5 crew spotted a disabled Soviet Yankee class submarine. The Mad Foxes remained on-top the stricken submarine for the final hours it remained afloat and provided critical information to the chain of command during an episode with national security implications. Following the U.S. victory in the Cold War and subsequent dismantling of the Soviet Union, MPA continued to maintain core ASW competencies while serving the nation in other warfare areas. Flying the Orion Update III, the Mad Foxes deployed in early 1991 to Rota, Spain, with extended detachments to Souda Bay, Crete in direct support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

VP-5 became the first squadron to cover the entire Atlantic Ocean operational MPA requirement alone in August 1995. “Tri-sited” between Keflavik, Puerto Rico, and Panama, VP-5 helped usher in an era of multiple detachments within a single deployment. In February 1997, the squadron supported Keflavik-based ASW and NATO interoperability flights and Caribbean drug interdiction flights, contributing to a U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) year-long total interdiction effort valued at over one billion dollars.

In 1998, VP-5 became the first East Coast deployer with the P-3C Aircraft Improvement Program modification. The new warfighting suite enabled MPA fliers to improve their already formidable contributions to national security objectives during the Balkans Wars. The Mad Foxes excelled in missions over Bosnia-Herzegovina in support of Operation Deliberate Forge and over Kosovo in Operation Eagle Eye, bringing to theater the first long flight legs, all-weather, day or night, overland reconnaissance sensor-to-shooter platform.

Deployed to Sigonella, Italy in August 2001, VP-5 relocated multiple crews and aircraft to Souda Bay, Crete, following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. Following the commencement of Operation Enduring Freedom, the Mad Foxes provided the backbone of a sweeping theaterwide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operation encompassing 6,600 mishap-free flight hours. Additionally, the squadron supported continued efforts to maintain peace and stability in the Balkans with flawless performances in operations Deliberate Forge and Joint Guardian.

On the eve of the Iraq War in 2003, the Mad Foxes left for deployment, this time operating from as many as eight sites simultaneously. VP-5 succeeded in a host of missions, including Pacific and Caribbean counter-drug operations, sensitive SOUTHCOM overland reconnaissance operations, Atlantic and Mediterranean armed escort missions, and critical surface surveillance missions in the Red Sea.

Crews also flexed to Operation Iraqi Freedom requirements, completing the first P-3C sortie over northern Iraq, braving high-threat areas to provide critical real-time intelligence to U.S. forces engaged with the enemy. During its 2006-07 deployment, the Mad Foxes conducted operations simultaneously in SOUTHCOM supporting counter-narcotics operations, U.S. Central Command in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, and in U.S. European Command supporting Operation Active Endeavor and reinitiated support of Kosovo Force. In February 2008, VP-5 conducted a surge deployment back to Sigonella, establishing Patrol Squadron Sigonella, a pioneering command encompassing elements from five different organizations. The squadron conducted a multisite deployment in 2009 to include both SOUTHCOM and U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) sites. In SOUTHCOM, VP-5provided combat ready aircrews to execute missions in support of Joint Interagency Task Force South’s counter narcotics mission and prevented narco-terrorists and illicit drug traffickers from delivering over 2.8 billion dollars of illegal narcotics to U.S. shores. This deployment also included a mission to Netal, Brazil in support of the search and rescue effort for Air France Flight 447. In PACOM, VP-5 orchestrated and executed a bi-lateral ASW prosecution with the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force, leading to the squadron earning the 2009 Captain Arnold Jay Isbell Trophy.

In 2011, VP-5 completed a very demanding and complex tri-site deployment. Twelve crews deployed to El Salvador, Sigonella, and Djibouti, Africa in support of CTG 47.1, CTG 67.1, and CTG 67.5. VP-5 participated in major operations to include Odyssey Dawn, Unified Protector, Caper Focus and Enduring Freedom. The squadron sent detachments to France, Greece, Sicily, and Spain to support other U.S. assets and multi-nation exercises, including the historic AGM-65F Maverick engagement during Operation Odyssey Dawn. This was the first successful employment of a Maverick against a hostile target in the history of Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA). to El Salvador, Sigonella, and Djibouti. VP-5 participated in major operations to include Operations Odyssey Dawn, Unified Protector, Caper Focus and Enduring Freedom. While supporting Odyssey Dawn, the squadron achieved the first successful employment of an AGM-65 Maverick missile against a hostile target in the history of MPRA.

In May 2012, the squadron deployed to Kadena Airbase in Okinawa, Japan and brought with it the first five C4ASW modified Orions seen in the theater. The Mad Foxes provided timely and accurate ISR, maritime domain awareness, and ASW products to high level authorities in PACOM, all while practicing the “hub and two spoke” method of detaching combat aircrews to western Pacific nations to build relationships with allied countries. VP-5 completed 30 detachments to countries including Australia, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Palau, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. While deployed, the squadron participated in a variety of major exercises and operations including Operation Island Chief, Operation Enduring Freedom – Philippines, Exercise Valiant Shield, Exercise Keen Sword, and Operation Kuru Kuru.

After 39 years, VP-5 retired the P-3C Orion and transitioned to the P-8A Poseidon. Following Safe-for-Flight certification, the “Mad Foxes” independently launched the P-8A Poseidon for the first time on Aug. 6, 2013. In July 2014, VP-5 began its inaugural deployment of the P-8A to Okinawa, Japan. The Mad Foxes executed over 20 detachments to countries and territories including Australia, Malaysia, Diego Garcia, Bangladesh, Guam, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and the Republic of Korea.

The P-8A proved its worth on station with its advanced warfighting capabilities and long-range maritime patrol ability. In March 2016, VP-5 embarked on their first dual-site deployment in the P-8A in support of 5th and 7th Fleet. During those six months, the Mad Foxes traveled to 13 countries in Asia and the South Pacific to include Australia, Brunei, Fiji, Thailand and Singapore. They achieved a 99 percent mission completion rate while executing 5,016.5 flight hours in some of the most demanding conditions around the world.

During the 2017 home cycle, VP-5 was the first P-8A squadron to earn the Battle Efficiency (Battle “E”) award as a result of their efforts from the previous deployment. The Battle “E” is an annual award recognizing a command for its display of exceptional performance, efficiency, and mission readiness throughout the year.

In September 2017, the ‘Mad Foxes’ departed on another dual-site deployment. This was the first time a P-8A had operated out of El Salvador in 4th Fleet. The successful operations included numerous counter-narcotics missions resulting in the seizure or disruption of over 33,000 kilograms of illegal narcotics with a street value of over $2 billion. While in 6th Fleet, the ‘Mad Foxes’ detached to of 11 different nations across Europe and the Middle East from their primary base of operations in Sigonella.

The P-8A enables excellence on station while performing the essential tasks VP-5 has excelled at for over 82 years. Currently, the Mad Foxes continue to move forward as one of the premier MPRA aviation squadrons while embodying their motto ‘No Fox like a Mad Fox!’

Patrol Squadron 8

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The “Fighting Tigers” of VP-8 were commissioned in September 1942 as Patrol Squadron 201 in Norfolk, Virginia. During World War II, VP-201 flew the sea-based PBM Mariner in combat missions against German submarines that threatened Allied shipping throughout the Atlantic. In September 1948, the squadron received its current designation, VP-8. From 1962 through 2016, the Fighting Tigers deployed the P-3 Orion in multiple conflicts and operations in support of American interests around the world. Throughout its history, VP-8 has answered the call to serve in a number of capacities, from monitoring Soviet submarines during the Cuban missile crisis, providing 24-hour support to two carrier battle groups in both maritime and overland combat missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom, to conducting direct support of relief operations in response to the 2010 Haitian earthquake. For over 50 years flying the P-3 Orion, the Fighting Tigers and other maritime patrol squadrons successfully demonstrated their pre-eminent ASW, SUW, and ISR capabilities in every ocean of the world.

In March of 2016, VP-8 began its inaugural deployment in the P-8A Poseidon, one of the newest aircraft in the Navy’s warfighting arsenal. Designed to continue the work-horse tradition of the P-3C Orion, the P-8A provides the fleet with more combat capability, responsiveness, and interoperability with both traditional manned forces and evolving unmanned sensors. The P-8A has significant growth potential, with planned technological improvements that extend global reach, payload capacity, and higher-operating altitude. Since transitioning to the P-8A, the Fighting Tigers have demonstrated continued excellence in all operational capabilities, winning both the 2016 Captain A.J. Isbell Antisubmarine Warfare Trophy and the 2016 Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy Award. Whether in direct support of the strike group, conducting long-range reconnaissance, anti-surface or antisubmarine warfare, the P-8A is firmly in place as an extension of the eyes and ears of the fleet.

Today, VP-8 is composed of seven P-8A Poseidon aircraft operated by 12 combat aircrews. Each combat aircrew consists of three pilots, a tactical coordinator, a co-tactical coordinator, two acoustic operators, and two electronic warfare operators. The combat aircrews are responsible for employing the aircraft mission systems to accomplish complex and dynamic tasking. Squadron manning includes almost 70 officers and more than 250 enlisted personnel.

VP-8 maintenance, comprising more than 160 highly skilled maintenance professionals, has earned a reputation as the best in the fleet through their record of generating superb levels of aircraft availability and material readiness. A motivated corps of administrative, intelligence, and information technology specialists supports the squadron’s worldwide operations.

The Fighting Tigers have achieved a reputation of operational excellence without sacrificing safety standards, completing more than 200,000 mishap-free flying hours since 1978. The pride and professionalism of every squadron member serves as a reminder to all of VP-8’s dedication to excellence and service to our nation.

Patrol Squadron 10

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Patrol Squadron (VP) 10 is one of the original naval aviation squadrons and one of the oldest patrol squadrons in the U.S. Navy. VP-10 was originally a derivative of VS-15, which formed in 1921. The squadron traces its official heritage, however, to July 1, 1930, with the commissioning of Patrol Bombing Squadron 10S.

In January 1934, as VP-10F, the squadron established a world record for non-stop transpacific formation flying in a 24-hour transit from San Francisco to Hawaii. After four years in Hawaii, VP-10 was redesignated as VP-25 in 1939. VP-10 was redesignated in 1941 as VP-23.

On Dec. 7, 1941, eight of 12 squadron aircraft were damaged or destroyed in the attack on Pearl Harbor. On June 4, 1942, a squadron PBY-5A “Catalina” aircraft flown by Lt.j.g. Howard Ady and Lt. William Chase was the first to locate and report the positions of four large aircraft carriers of the Japanese Navy’s striking force on their way toward the Island of Midway. This action helped begin the greatest victory in American naval history-the Battle of Midway.

The squadron went on to serve with distinction at the Gilbert and Marshall Islands, Guadalcanal, and the Solomon Islands during World War II. The squadron was disestablished following the war on Jan. 25, 1946.

VP-10’s modern era began with its reestablishment at NAS Jacksonville in March 1951, flying the PB-4Y “Privateer.” In February 1952, VP-10 transitioned to the P-2V “Neptune” and moved to Brunswick, Maine.

Two years of transition began in 1965 when the P-3A Orion aircraft was delivered. One year later, the P-3B arrived and served the squadron until 1980 when transition to the P-3C Update II began. These aircraft provided significant advancements in the rapidly developing field of anti-submarine warfare.

Transition to the P-3C Update III occurred in 1996 and delivered improvements in both the aircraft’s anti-submarine and anti-surface capabilities. In 1998, VP-10 received the P-3C Update III Aircraft Improvement Program (AIP) aircraft. The AIP aircraft brought significant improvements in satellite communications, electronic surveillance, and computer systems.

Over the last five decades, the squadron has flown P-3 aircraft to numerous sites around the world. The squadron deployed to Sigonella, Sicily, in 1991 and 1994, operating in support of Operations Desert Storm, Restore Hope, Provide Promise, Sharp Guard, and Deny Flight.

From 1996-1998, VP-10 completed back-to-back multi-site deployments to Puerto Rico, Iceland, and Panama. During this period, the squadron was credited with interdicting the flow of more than $2 billion of illicit narcotics to the United States. This unprecedented success was topped in 2000 when the squadron interdicted 34 metric tons of narcotics worth over $5 billion.

In February 1999, VP-10 began a six-month deployment to Sigonella, Italy. This deployment saw the Red Lancers become one of the first squadrons tasked with the operational employment of the AIP aircraft. VP-10 was also the first squadron to operationally employ the Stand-Off Land Attack Missile during Operation Allied Force.

From 1999-2005, the squadron participated in Operations Deliberate Forge, Eagle Eye, Allied Force, Noble Anvil, and Enduring Freedom while on numerous worldwide deployments.

In December 2005, VP-10 completed a challenging six-month, multi-site, EUCOM, CENTCOM, and SOUTHCOM deployment. They achieved unparalleled mission accomplishment in Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, Joint Guardian, Deliberate Forge, Caper Focus, Carib Shield, Hilgard, GWOT, Pan Sahel, and numerous joint and NATO exercises.

In December 2007, the Red Lancers returned from their deployment to 7th Fleet. This proved to be the most widely distributed 7th Fleet MPRA/PACOM Deployment in recent history as the Red Lancers expertly planned and executed 30 operational detachments to 11 countries throughout PACOM traversing the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Flying 5,500 operational flight hours, VP-10 had a 96.5 mission completion rate, the highest ASW aircraft RFT rate on record. VP-10 successfully prosecuted six high-interest out-of-area submarines, while simultaneously flying overland combat missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The Red Lancers spent 2008 conducting the Basic and Intermediate phases of the work-up cycle, building and preparing 12 Combat aircrews for the upcoming CENTCOM deployment. Throughout these work-ups, the Red Lancers simultaneously surged as CTG 67.1 in support of EUCOM and AFRICOM and as CTG 47.1 to El Salvador conducting 4 months of counter-narcotics work in support of SOUTHCOM/JIATF as part of Operations Caper Focus and Carib Shield and achieving the largest drug seizure ever.

In June, the Red Lancers deployed from Brunswick for the last time as they headed downrange to assume CTG 57.2 for a
CENTCOM deployment based out of Al Udeid AFB, Qatar and Camp Lemonier, Djibouti. While deployed, the squadron flew missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), maritime security operations and anti-piracy missions to protect American’s maritime interests in the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean. The squadron safely flew over 731 sorties amassing over 4,000 flight hours and accomplishing a 100 percent mission completion rate. They conducted multiple joint military operations and exercises, established course rules for coalition flight safety in Djibouti, combated piracy, and built diplomatic bridges to foster international relations. In December 2009, VP-10 returned from their combined 5th and 6th Fleet deployment and moved to their new home station at NAS Jacksonville.

In February 2010, the Red Lancers earned the 2009 Naval Air Forces Atlantic VP Battle “E” for their accomplishments in the previous fiscal year.

In late May 2011, the Red Lancers once again deployed for six months to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility in support of Operation New Dawn, OEF, and other joint exercises. They flew an astounding 6,320 flight hours in over 900 sorties with a 99% mission completion rate.

In November 2012, the Red Lancers deployed to the 4th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility beginning their tri-site deployment to Misawa and Kadena in Japan and Comalapa in El Salvador.

While deployed, the Red Lancers flew 250 sorties and amassed more than 2,900 flight hours. The squadron supported USPACFLT, JIATF-S, Operation Martillo, and participated in eight multinational exercises while operating out of six different countries. In March 2013, the Red Lancers surpassed the historic aviation benchmark of forty years and 235,000 mishap free flight hours. Over the course of 102 sorties flown in support of JIATF-S, the Lancers interdicted 23,199 kilos of illicit narcotics worth an estimated $1.6B dollar, leading to the arrest of 33 smugglers.

After a busy 12 month inter-deployment readiness cycle, the squadron embarked in June 2014 for the sundown deployment of the P-3C. They deployed to the 4th, 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility that saw operations out of five different countries and four continents. Throughout the deployment the squadron conducted more than 850 sorties and flew more than 6,000 hours in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in 5th Fleet. The Red Lancers played an integral role in the US plan to stem the advance of ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

VP-10 returned to NAS Jacksonville in February 2015 and one month later began their transition to the P-8A Poseidon, their first transition in 50 years. The six month transition was completed in September 2015. The squadron then completed a 12-month fleet readiness training plan in preparation for an upcoming deployment to U.S. 7th Fleet.

In September 2016, the Red Lancers departed Jacksonville on their inaugural P-8A deployment to 7th Fleet. The squadron provided critical intelligence through maritime domain awareness, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and anti-submarine warfare flights. In the span of six months, VP-10 detached to 16 different locations and conducted more than 652 sorties and flew over 3,600 hours in the Pacific theater and participated in four major bilateral exercises, greatly enhancing partnerships and interoperability with regional allies.

In October 2018, VP-10 returned home from a six-month P-8A Poseidon deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility based out of NAS Sigonella, Italy, operating in more than 13 countries throughout Europe.

Since reactivating in 1951, VP-10 has won numerous awards including Joint Meritorious Unit Commendations, Meritorious Unit Commendations, Navy Unit Commendations, Navy Battle Efficiency “E” awards, Capt. Arnold Jay Isbell trophies for air ASW excellence, Atlantic Fleet Golden Wrench, Command Retention Excellence and CNO Aviation Safety awards.

Patrol Squadron 16

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Patrol Squadron 16 (VP-16) was commissioned at NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida, in May 1946 as Naval Air Reserve Training Squadron VP-ML-56 and equipped with six PBY Catalina amphibians. Redesignated Patrol Squadron 741 in 1949, the squadron continued to operate in reserve status. With the outbreak of hostilities in Korea in 1951, the squadron’s Catalina aircraft were replaced with Lockheed P2V-2 Neptune patrol bombers.

In February 1953, the squadron was redesignated VP-16 and became part of the regular Navy. During their colorful history, the “War Eagles” have performed operations on both the East and West coasts and throughout the world. These activities included Operation Springboard, various UNITAS exercises throughout South America, counterdrug operations in the Caribbean, ASW patrols in the North Atlantic, ASW and anti-surface warfare patrols in the Mediterranean and overland operations in the Balkans. In 1961, VP-16 was part of the Project Mercury Space Capsule Recovery Force. A VP-16 Neptune was the first aircraft over Lt. Col. John H. Glenn’s “Friendship Seven” capsule after splashdown.

The War Eagles transitioned to the Lockheed P-3A Orion in 1964 and then integrated the P-3C Aircraft Improvement Program with advanced sensors and communications capabilities. The Orion was unequaled in its ability to locate, track and, if required, attack hostile submarines beneath the waves. The War Eagles, with their maritime patrol sister squadrons, have successfully demonstrated their pre-eminent capabilities in every ocean of the world. Similarly, the squadron has fully exploited the P-3C’s exceptional command and control capabilities for special operations missions involving exercises of Navy SEALs and other special forces.

In 2013, VP-16 became the first maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft operational squadron to transition to the P-8A Poseidon and the first squadron to deploy with the new aircraft in November 2013.

VP-16 departed Jacksonville in March 2017 for deployment to the 6th Fleet area of responsibility at NAS Sigonella, Sicily supporting 43 detachments across 15 countries throughout Europe.

The P-8A is a militarized Boeing Next-Generation 737 derivative. It has a maximum speed of 490 knots, a ceiling of 41,000 feet and provides a range of more than 1,200 nautical miles with four hours on station. The Poseidon is capable of delivering a host of weapons that include MK-54 torpedoes and Harpoon missiles as well as pinpoint mine-laying capabilities of harbors and shipping lanes. The multipurpose Poseidon offers a joint, combined or naval operational commander a potent weapons platform for worldwide employment with a rapid response time.

Patrol Squadron 26

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Patrol Squadron (VP) 26 is a subordinate unit of Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11 and is homeported at NAS Jacksonville. The “Tridents” of VP-26 currently operate the P-8A Poseidon aircraft worldwide executing the full complement of maritime, patrol, and reconnaissance missions including anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASuW), and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR).

The squadron’s history can be traced back to August 1943 when Bombing Squadron 114 (VB-114) was commissioned at NAS Norfolk, Virginia. The first aircraft assigned to the squadron was the PB4Y-1 Liberator.

Five years after VB-114 was commissioned the designation of the squadron was changed to VP-26.

The execution of ASW has been a primary mission area for the squadron since it was commissioned. From June 1944 to February 1945, under the control of Fleet Air Wing Seven, VB-114 maintained a detachment of six searchlight-equipped Liberators at Dunkeswell, England. From this base VB-114 protected the allied fleet from U-Boat attacks during the invasion at Normandy. Following World War II, the squadron was based at Port Lyautey, Morocco, and Key West, Florida, participating in the Berlin Airlift and becoming the first U.S. Navy unit to fly hurricane reconnaissance.

On April 8, 1950, a VP-26 PB4Y-2 Privateer, designated “HB7,” took off from Wiesbaden Air Base, West Germany on an intelligence gathering mission and was intercepted by four Soviet LA-11 fighters while flying over the Baltic Sea, southwest of Liepaja, Latvia. After refusing the “follow me” signals of the fighters, “HB7” was shot down and became the first publicized shoot-down of the Cold War. In 1951 the squadron received the P-2 Neptune aircraft while stationed at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Soon after the squadron’s transition to the Neptune, NAS Brunswick, Maine was re-commissioned and VP-26 was the first squadron ordered aboard.

During the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis several squadron aircraft were deployed on short notice to NAS Key West, Florida. The aircraft and crews arrived one day after President Kennedy’s historic speech of Oct. 22 and flew over 1,000 hours in direct support of the crisis. October 1965 marked the beginning of a new era for the Tridents.

After 15 years of service, the P-2 Neptune was replaced by the P-3 Orion and on Jan. 4, 1966, Commanding Officer Cmdr. James Cullen, ferried the first P-3B from Burbank, California to NAS Brunswick, Maine.

In the fall of 1967, VP-26 deployed to Southeast Asia where it executed on average 1,500 hours per month of combat flight operations from the airbases located in the Philippines and Thailand. In February and April, 1968, two VP-26 Orion aircraft were shot down during Operation Market Time that resulted in the loss of 24 Tridents. Upon the squadron’s return to their home station in June 1968, squadron aircrew personnel were awarded the Vietnam Service and Campaign Medal and several Air Medals. In August 1968, VP-26 was awarded the Fleet Air Wing Three “E” for Battle Efficiency. In 1979, the squadron transitioned to the P-3C which they operated continuously until September 2015.

Throughout the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, VP-26 conducted operations throughout the Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Western Pacific theaters. Deployment sites included Sigonella, Rota, Lajes, Keflavik, Kadena, Misawa, Bermuda, Panama, and Puerto Rico.

In August 1996, VP-26 continued to set records during their tri-site deployment to Keflavik, Puerto Rico, and Panama. The Tridents interdicted more than $1.9 billion in narcotics and had the highest total contact time on “real world” submarines of any U.S. maritime patrol squadron in the previous four years. They participated in numerous exercises including NATO CJTFEX Northern Lights/Bright Horizon ‘96, KEFLACEX 1-96, and were the first military unit invited to participate in the Norwegian national exercise FLOTEX ‘96. Tridents deployed throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s to Sigonella, Keflavik, and Roosevelt Roads continued support of NATO operations, counter-narcotics missions, and other multi-national exercises.

Following the events of Sept. 11, 2001, VP-26 moved to a heightened state of readiness. The squadron supported the War on Terrorism by taking part in various Homeland Defense operations. On April 7, 2003 a crew and maintenance support personnel departed for the Mediterranean to participate in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Over the next several years, the squadron executed missions supporting Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, Active Endeavor, Joint Guardian, Deliberate Forge, Caper Focus, and Carib Shield along with exercises Noble Manta, Brilliant Mariner, Shark Hunt, Arabian Shark, Foal Eagle, Anatolian Sun, Shamrock Key, and Able Warrior. In February 2007, the Tridents were recognized with the Capt. Arnold J. Isbell trophy for ASW excellence, the Gold Anchor for retention excellence, and in October 2008, the squadron received the Commander Naval Air Force Battle “E” for Battle Efficiency.

In November 2009, VP-26 deployed from Naval Air Station Brunswick, Maine, for the last time before beginning their homeport shift to Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida. The Tridents were the last squadron of Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing Five to depart Brunswick and report to CPRW-11 in Jacksonville.

VP-26 deployed in December 2011 to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. During the deployment the squadron flew missions in support of Operation New Dawn, Operation Enduring Freedom and conducted maritime surveillance operations in the Arabian Gulf, Straits of Hormuz, Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea. The squadron supported the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group flying 57 armed sorties in operations including Nautical Union, Desert Dragon, Noble Prophet, and during detachment to Masirah, Oman.

In May 2013, VP-26 deployed to the 7th Fleet area of responsibility marking the first integrated active and reserve P-3C deployment. The Tridents executed 245 operational missions and 3,808 flight hours in support of 28 multi-national exercises,
20 U.S. maritime exercises, and 23 detachments to 12 countries, including the first U.S. P-3C detachment to New Zealand since 1984. The Trident’s also performed the first dual LSRS mission, the first VQ-LSRS cross cueing operation, and the first complete image collection of a priority target in support of Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet. Trident crews executed 184 ASW missions and accumulated 412 ASW contact hours on nine different classes of foreign submarines. Following Super Typhoon Haiyan the squadron responded with the first U.S. Navy aircraft on scene to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to the Republic of the Philippines in support of Operation Damayan.

In January 2015, VP-26 embarked on the final active duty squadron deployment for an east coast P-3C squadron. During this deployment, the Tridents operated worldwide with detachments located at Isa Air Base, Bahrain, Incirlik, Turkey, and Comalapa, El Salvador. Early in the El Salvador detachment, in cooperation with U.S. Coast Guard and Canadian forces, the squadron was directly involved in the successful seizure of more than 530 kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated $17 million and, ultimately, disrupted $625 million worth of narcotics shipments.

The Tridents executed 3,500 overland combat hours across 5th and 6th Fleets in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and other multi-national efforts, including the Struggle Against Violent Extremism. VP-26 participated in a ceremony that marked the 65th anniversary of the first U.S. aircraft shot down by the Soviets in the Cold War and was attended by key leaders and over one hundred members of the Latvia military.

Upon the successful completion of this final P-3C deployment for the squadron, they returned home to Jacksonville in September 2015 and in October 2015 began their transition to the P-8A Poseidon aircraft. In March 2016, VP-26 accepted their first P-8A Poseidon and received their Safe for Flight designation for the Poseidon in May 2016. During the execution of their training cycle to prepare for their next deployment the Tridents detached to participate in BALTOPS 2016 and also participated in exercises hosted from Keflavik, Iceland and Lossiemouth, Scotland.

In March 2017, VP-26 departed on their inaugural P-8A deployment to Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. During the deployment the Tridents detached to the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Northern Japan, Fiji, Australia, Sri Lanka, Guam, India, and Thailand in support of 7th Fleet tasking and operations.

During its illustrious history, VP-26 has enjoyed success in a wide variety of areas. The Tridents have been recognized with eight Battle Efficiency “E” Awards, five Capt. Arnold Jay Isbell Trophies, and two Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy Awards. Additionally, the squadron has been awarded two Golden Wrench awards for maintenance excellence, two Navy Unit Commendations, ten Meritorious Unit Commendations, two Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation, one Coast Guard Unit Commendation, three Navy Expeditionary Medals, two Armed Forces Expeditionary Medals, four Joint Meritorious Unit Awards, and the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Anchors for retention excellence. The Tridents have excelled on all fronts over the years, as witnessed by being awarded two Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Letters of Commendation, two SECNAV Letters of Commendation, two Medical Blue “M” Awards, and the Blue “H” Award for health promotion and wellness. Despite all of the accolades that the Trident team has received they take the most pride in the six CNO Safety Awards that they have received. VP-26 achieved these successes while adding to its phenomenal safety record, surpassing 54 years and 356,703 hours of mishap-free flying. In the years ahead, the Tridents anticipate more challenging deployments to guard liberty and protect our nation’s interests with evermore exciting and capable tools in the hands of America’s finest sons and daughters.

US Navy Pilots

Patrol Squadron 45

Patrol Squadron 45 Pelicans logo

Patrol Squadron (VP) 45 was initially commissioned Patrol Squadron 205 (VP-205) Nov. 1, 1942, at NAS Norfolk, Virginia. The squadron was soon ordered to San Juan, Puerto Rico, where it received a full complement of 13 PBM Mariners for its mission of antisubmarine patrol and convoy escort over Atlantic and Caribbean waters.

During 1944, VP-205 moved to NAAF/NAF Port of Spain; Trinidad, British West Indies; NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; then back to NAS Norfolk for refresher training at Navy Auxiliary Air Station Harvey Point, Hertford, North Carolina. The squadron was redesignated Patrol Bombing Squadron 205 (VPB-205) and joined the Pacific Fleet at NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, at the end of 1944. In 1945, VPB-205 carried out missions of ASW, surveillance patrols, and search and rescue from Tanapag, Saipan; Chim Wan, Okinawa; and Wakayama, Japan.

The squadron returned to Norfolk in October 1945 for training and overhaul and moved to NAS Bermuda in April 1946. Its designation was changed to VP-MS-5 in 1946 and then to its present designation of VP-45 Sept. 1, 1948. VP-45 subsequently had changes of homeport back to NAS Norfolk and NAS Coco Solo, Panama, Canal Zone, in 1951 when it transitioned to P5M Marlin seaplanes and back to NAS Bermuda in 1956.

VP-45 took part in numerous Caribbean operations with seaplane tenders and was airborne on all Mercury space shots as part of the Bermuda Recovery Unit.

In 1962, VP-45 deployed to Guantanamo Bay for ASW and shipping surveillance during the Cuban missile crisis.

In September 1963, the VP-45 “Pelicans” established detachments at NAS Patuxent River and NAS Jacksonville to commence transition to the P-3A Orion aircraft.

On Jan. 1, 1964, the squadron changed homeport to NAS Jacksonville and became part of Fleet Air Wing 11. VP-45 was fully operational in the P-3A by May 1964 and detached five aircraft to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, for deployment operations of ASW surveillance and ice reconnaissance until February 1965. After a brief period at home, the squadron deployed to NAS Adak, Alaska, in July 1965 but returned to NAS Jacksonville in January 1966. In July 1966, VP-45 returned to NAS Bermuda with a six-plane detachment, during which time it carried out ASW operations in the central Atlantic.

In December 1968, VP-45 departed for a six-month deployment in support of U.S. combat operations in Southeast Asia. Under the consecutive operational control of CPW-10 and CPW-8, the squadron carried out operations from bases at NS Sangley Point and U-Tapao.

Resuming normal operations at NAS Jacksonville in June 1969, the squadron deployed four months later to NS Rota, operating with a four-plane, six-crew detachment. The detachment augmented 6th Fleet ASW forces in the Mediterranean, participated in several exercises and conducted numerous patrol operations.

In October 1970, the squadron deployed to NAS Sigonella, conducting ASW and surface surveillance operations. The squadron flew numerous operations during the Jordanian crisis and logged more than 3,500 flight hours.

In April 1972, VP-45 began transitioning to the P-3C Orion. In October 1973, the Pelicans completed a five-month deployment to NAF Lajes and were the first P-3C squadron in the Mediterranean. VP-45 was later awarded the Capt. Arnold J. Isbell Trophy for excellence in antisubmarine warfare for the NAS Sigonella deployment. In July 1974, VP-45 deployed to NAS Keflavik and conducted flight operations in the North Atlantic.

The Pelicans deployed to NAS Sigonella in August 1975 and logged nearly 6,000 flight hours during the five-month deployment.

In July 1976, VP-45 participated in UNITAS XVII, an annual U.S. and South American naval exercise. In 1976, VP-45 deployed again to NAS Keflavik, conducting surface surveillance and ASW operations in the North Atlantic and Norwegian Sea.

In September 1984, VP-45 began a split deployment to NS Rota and Naval Air Facility Lajes. The Pelicans deployed to NAS Sigonella again in July 1987, flying more than 4,500 hours of high-tempo operations in direct support of the 6th Fleet. The Pelicans then returned home to Jacksonville, where they became the first active-duty patrol squadron to retrofit the P-3C baseline aircraft with the advanced Update III package.

In 1992, VP-45 embarked upon a split deployment between Keflavik and Jacksonville. During the deployment, the squadron surpassed 155,000 hours of mishap-free flying and achieved a phenomenal 99 percent sortie completion rate. Another multisite deployment followed in 1993, with the aircrews showing their versatility by participating in both operations Desert Storm and Sharp Guard. The Pelicans received the Golden Wrench Award for outstanding maintenance and the Capt. Arnold J. Isbell Trophy for ASW excellence.

The Pelicans deployed to NAS Sigonella in 1996 and again set new standards for maritime patrol aviation by participating in 18 exercises and detaching to five locations throughout Europe and the Middle East. The squadron demonstrated the multimission capability of the P-3C, flying both tactical reconnaissance missions overland in Bosnia and blockade support missions in Operation Sharp Guard.

Returning to NAS Sigonella in 1997, the Pelicans flew more than 5,000 hours with a 98 percent sortie completion rate, supporting 18 detachments from 10 locations. The squadron continued to set high standards for on-station presence and performance, both overland in Operation Deliberate Guard and in a remarkable 28 exercises in support of the
6th Fleet. For outstanding performance throughout the year, the VP-45 Maintenance Department received the Golden Wrench Award for 1998.

Returning home to Jacksonville in August, the squadron began another rigorous interdeployment training cycle (IDTC), which included transitioning to the latest P-3 upgrade, the Aircraft Improvement Program modification. With the transition complete in August 2000, VP-45 took AIP back on deployment to NAS Sigonella. VP-45’s deployment encompassed more than 84 armed missions in support of 6th Fleet contingency operations. The squadron was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation for its success while deployed. It also earned the
2000 Golden Wrench Award, the Capt. Arnold J. Isbell Trophy and the Southeast Region Navy Community Service Award for the second consecutive year.

After the terrorist attacks in September 2001, VP-45 flew long-range reconnaissance missions along the East Coast in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The Pelicans were awarded the Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy and the CNO Personal Excellence Partnership Award for 2001.

The squadron departed for a split-site Puerto Rico and Keflavik deployment in February 2002 and operated from multiple detachment locations spanning three continents. During this deployment, the squadron was involved in the largest maritime drug interdiction in SOUTHCOM history, totaling more than $12.4 billion. The Pelicans received the Chief of Naval Operations Safety Award and the Capt. Arnold J. Isbell Trophy in 2002.

In February 2004, the Pelicans returned home from NAS Sigonella, completing a challenging Mediterranean deployment operating from eight countries directly supporting the global war on terrorism. The squadron received the Command Retention Excellence Award, a second consecutive CNO safety award and a second consecutive CPRW-11 nomination for the Golden Wrench Award.

In June 2005, VP-45 set a new precedent as the first East Coast VP squadron to deploy to 5th and 7th fleets since the Vietnam era. Operating out of 16 countries throughout the deployment, the Pelicans flew more than 3,800 hours in direct support of operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. For their outstanding performance, the Pelicans were awarded the 2005 Battle “E” and the Arleigh Burke Award.

In 2009, the Pelicans executed a challenging multisite deployment operating in both the Pacific and Southern Commands’ areas of responsibility (AOR). While on deployment, VP-45 executed 500 missions and 11 detachments, encompassing 3,321 mishap-free flight hours in support of 7th Fleet operational tasking and 4th Fleet counterdrug operations. Shortly after returning from deployment, VP-45 supported the nation of Haiti during post-earthquake recovery efforts. The Pelicans maintained their impressive safety record, flying more than 5,200 hours mishap-free, culminating in the squadron being awarded the CNO Safety “S” Award for the second consecutive year. The Pelicans were also recognized with the COMNAVAIRLANT Battle “E” for 2010.

In 2011, the Pelicans headed out for a successful tri-site deployment to Comalapa,
El Salvador; Djibouti, Djibouti; and Sigonella. The deployment supported U.S. Navy 5th and 6th fleets’ involvement in operations Enduring Freedom, Unified Protector, Active Endeavour, Carib Shield and Caper Focus.

The Pelicans deployed to the 7th Fleet AOR in summer 2012.

In June 2013, after returning from a successful deployment to WestPac/Kadena, Japan, VP-45 held a “Heritage Event” to honor in-flight techs and flight engineers who would no longer be needed as flight crew members now that the squadron is transitioning to the new P-8A. The event also served to celebrate the retirement of the P-3 (for VP-45) after 50 years of service.

The Pelicans of VP-45 began their transition from the P-3C Orion to the P-8A Poseidon in July 2013. On Feb. 27, 2014 the Pelicans successfully completed their transition to their new aircraft. In doing so, VP-45 became the Navy’s third operational P-8A squadron.

This success was followed by an intensive year-long IDRC to prepare for their inaugural deployment with the new aircraft. As part of this process, VP-45 sent aircrews and maintainers all over the globe; including Estonia, Iceland, Hawaii, Guam, Bermuda, England, Peru and Chile supporting exercises such as BALTOPS,
RIMPAC, Valiant Shield, Joint Warrior, SIFOREX and Teamwork South.

In February 2015, VP-45 established dominance in the 7th Fleet AOR while based out of Kadena AFB, Kadena, Japan. The Pelican deployment supported detachment sites in Malaysia, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Diego Garcia, South Korea, Singapore, Australia, India, Indonesia, and Guam. VP-45’s World Famous Pelicans returned to NAS Jacksonville in September 2015.

In August 2016, the VP-45 Pelicans headed out for a successful deployment to the 6th Fleet area of responsibility. Based out of Sigonella, Sicily, the deployment supported operations Dynamic Manta, Joint Warrior, Atlantic Shield, and others. The Pelicans held detachment sites in Iceland, Germany, Scotland, England, mainland Italy, Denmark, Romania, Greece, and Spain. The men and women of VP-45 were awarded the CNO Safety “S” Award for FY16 and returned home to their families in April 2017.

Unmanned Patrol Squadron 19

Navy UAV

Unmanned Patrol Squadron 19 Big Red logo

Unmanned Patrol Squadron (VUP) 19, “Big Red”, is the United States Navy’s first unmanned maritime patrol squadron and operates the MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system. Homeported at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VUP-19 maintains a permanent detachment of aircrew and maintenance personnel at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu to serve as the launch, recovery, and maintenance element of the physical aircraft. Once airborne, the MQ-4C is remotely operated from a mission control station in Jacksonville by VUP-19 aircrew.

Triton provides real-time persistent intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance of the maritime battlespace in order to achieve VUP-19’s stated mission of operating the MQ-4C in its baseline configuration to support U.S. 7th Fleet operations.

Patrol Squadron 62

Reserve Squadron Patrol Squadron Six Two (VP-62) Broadarrows logo

Commissioned in November 1970, Patrol Squadron (VP) 62 is a Reserve Force unit tasked to provide a combat ready fighting force in the event of war or national emergency. Located at NAS Jacksonville, VP-62 has operated the SP-2H Neptune and P-3 Orion models A/B/C, Update III, AIP, BMUP and BMUP series.

Composed of active duty, full time support and selected reservists, who regularly commute from across the United States to maintain training and operational proficiency, VP-62 has logged thousands of operational flight hours supporting multinational training exercises and major combat operations with surge deployed aircrews supporting Combatant Commanders worldwide. Since its inception VP-62 personnel have operated out of the Azores, Bermuda, Brazil, Chile, Crete, Denmark, El Salvador, Germany, Iceland, Iraq, Japan, Norway, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Sicily, Spain, the United Kingdom and many others.

The overwhelming success of these deployments has highlighted the advanced anti-submarine warfare, counterdrug, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities of the P-3 and has demonstrated the Navy Reserve’s ability to effectively operate and maintain complex weapon systems in austere environments.

The “Broadarrows” of VP-62 have been recognized in the areas of operational readiness and command efficiency with various unit awards to include the Battle Efficiency “E,” the Liberty Bell Trophy for antisubmarine warfare excellence, the Top Bloodhound Award for torpedo delivery excellence, the Mining Derby Award and the Golden Wrench Award. In 2017, the “Broadarrows” surpassed 37 years and 109,000 hours of mishap-free

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