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Patrol Squadron Five – Mad Foxes
Through almost seven decades, the command now recognized as Patrol Squadron (VP) FIVE has served the cause of freedom.
The Mad Foxes moved to Jacksonville in December 1949, deploying regularly to Bermuda, Sicily, Spain, the Azores, Puerto Rico, Iceland, Newfoundland and the Philippines. Continuing a well-established record of long-range maritime warfighting and surveillance excellence, the Mad Foxes excelled in Cold War ASW and anti-surface warfare (ASUW) encounters with Soviet and Soviet-aligned forces. With more than 152,000 mishap-free flight hours in 27 years, the Mad Foxes have served the nation and clearly distinguished themselves in battle efficiency and combat readiness. VP-5 continues training to core maritime warfighting expertise while simultaneously readying themselves to answer the nation’s call in the Global War on Terrorism. Standing on the shoulders of the Naval Aviation giants that preceded them, Mad Foxes recognize that mission details may change, but the imperatives of Duty and Service to Nation remain constant.
Command awards include: Battle “E”: 1951, 1952, 1958, 1975, 1976, 1992, 1998 and 2001 COMLANTFLT Retention Excellence Award: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 AVCM Donald M. Neal “Golden Wrench” Award 2005