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Patrol Squadron Sixty-Two
Patrol Squadron Sixty-Two (VP-62) is a Reserve Force unit commissioned in November 1970, to provide fully manned and equipped squadrons in the event of war or national emergency. VP-62 is located at NAS Jacksonville and has operated the SP-Neptune, P-3AJB Orion, P-3C Update III and currently the Navy’s newest and most formidable maritime patrol aircraft, the P-3C Aircraft Improvement Program (AIP). The squadron has selected reservists who commute across the southeastern United States to take part in proficiency training and fleet contributory support missions. Since commissioning, VP-62 has logged thousands of operational flight hours supporting the fleet throughout the world. During reservists’ two-week annual training periods, VP-62 personnel have operated out of the Azores, Bermuda, Brazil, Chile, Crete, Japan, Iceland, Norway, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Sicily, Spain and the United Kingdom. The overwhelming success of these deployments has highlighted the advanced capability of the PR3C AIP and demonstrated the Naval Reserve’s ability to effectively operate and maintain front-line equipment in a challenging real-world environment.