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Patrol Squadron Ten

Patrol Squadron Ten

Patrol Squadron TEN (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. 

Throughout the past four 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 to 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 more than $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 to 2005, the squadron participated in Operations Deliberate Forge, Eagle Eye, Allied Force, Noble Anvil, Iraqi Freedom, Joint Guardian, Deliberate Forge, Caper Focus, Carib Shield, Hilgard, Gwot Pan Sahel and Enduring Freedom while on numerous worldwide deployments. 

In December 2009, the Red Lancers returned from their combined Fifth and Sixth fleet deployments. While deployed, the squadron safely flew more than 731 sorties amassing more than 4,000 flight hours. The Red Lancers also accomplished a near 100 percent mission completion rate. Its multiple deployment successes were not unnoticed, as the squadron received notification in February 2010 that it won the Naval Air Forces Atlantic VP Battle “E.” Since reactivating in 1951, Patrol Squadron TEN has won numerous awards and accolades. The squadron has been awarded three Joint Meritorious Unit Commendations, eight Meritorious Unit Commendations, three Navy Unit Commendations and four Navy Battle Efficiency “E” Awards. VP-10 won nine Captain Arnold Jay Isbell trophies for air ASW excellence, most recently in 2007, and is the first squadron to win consecutive awards (’83, ’84, ’85, and ’97, ’98) since the trophy’s first presentation in 1958. Patrol Squadron 10 was awarded the Atlantic Fleet Golden Wrench award in 2002, 2005 and in 2006. The squadron was recently awarded its eighth consecutive CFFC Retention Excellence Award. VP-10 has won nine CNO Aviation Safety Awards, the most recent being 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997 and 2005. 

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