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Patrol Squadron Three Zero

Patrol Squadron Three Zero

Patrol Squadron Three Zero, the Pro’s Nest, is the U.S. Navy’s maritime patrol fleet replacement squadron. VP-30’s mission is to provide aircraft specific training for pilots, naval flight officers and enlisted aircrew prior to reporting to maritime patrol aviation fleet. VP-30 trains approximately 650 officers and enlisted annually, using 29 P-3 Orion aircraft of various models. Additionally, foreign military personnel from Great Britain, Canada, Australia, Thailand, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Chile, Norway and Argentina have received specific aircrew and maintenance training on P-3 operations and systems. 

VP-30 was commissioned in June 1960 at NAS Jacksonville to train flight crews for P-5 Marlin and P-2 Neptune aircraft. In June 1963, VP-30 Detachment ALFA was formed at Patuxent River, Md., to begin training for the newly introduced P-3 Orion. Growth of VP-30 Det ALFA soon became significant enough that the squadron homeport was changed to Patuxent River in 1966. In 1970, VP-30 assumed training for P-3 maintenance personnel, and in 1975, VP-30 returned to NAS Jacksonville. In August 1991, the command was designated a major shore command as the maritime patrol community’s fleet replacement squadron. 

VP-30 is the Navy’s largest aviation squadron and the only site conducting maritime patrol fleet replacement training. Since its establishment, VP-30 has epitomized professionalism in naval aviation. This ideal has been the command’s trademark, which is largely due to a rigorous process used to screen ground and flight instructors who come to the Pro’s Nest with vast fleet operational experience. They also undergo an extensive instructor-under-training syllabus prior to assignment as trainers. VP-30 ensures the fleet receives safe and competent replacement pilots, naval flight officers, aircrewmen and maintenance technicians who are ready to do the job upon reporting to fleet squadrons. 

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