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Commander, Patrol & Reconnaissance Wing 10
Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aviation (MPRA) maintained a strong presence in the Northwest region from the 1940s to the 1960s. At that time, the P-2V amphibious patrol aircraft left the Whidbey Island Seaplane Base for the last time. The MPRA presence did, however, return to the region in December 1994 when Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 10 (CPRW-10) relocated from Moffett Field, California, to NAS Whidbey Island. CPRW-10 maintains operational and administrative control of all active-duty and reserve P-3 Orion MPRA and EP-3 Fleet Air Reconnaissance squadrons stationed on Whidbey Island. The wing also trains and provides administrative support to more than 2,000 assigned Maritime Patrol (VP) and Fleet Air Reconnaissance (VQ) squadron personnel.
CPRW-10 VP squadrons fly the P-3 Orion aircraft, which is a multi-mission platform that can operate either alone or in support of many different entities such as carrier battle groups, amphibious readiness groups and even joint operations commands. Its various missions include undersea warfare, anti-surface warfare, mining, reconnaissance, surveillance, search and rescue, ground forces support and counter-drug operations.
The CPRW-10 VQ squadron flies the EP-3 Aries aircraft, which conducts airborne electronic warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions worldwide on a continuous basis in response to operational tasking by Theater Commanders.
Maritime Patrol Squadrons (VP)
These squadrons are stationed at Whidbey Island:
- VP-1 Screaming Eagles
- VP-40 Fighting Marlins
- VP-46 Grey Knights
- VP-69 Totems
Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadrons (VQ)
- VQ-1 World Watchers