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Maritime Patrol

Maritime Patrol

Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 10 relocated to NAS Whidbey Island in December 1993 when NAS Moffett Field was closed, and was reduced to two patrol squadrons, VP-40 and VP-46. NAS Agana, Guam, closed in 1994, which brought Fleet Reconnaissance Squadron VQ-1 and their EP-3E Aries II aircraft to the Wing 10 family, at which point Patrol Wing 10 became Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 10.

In 1995, VP-1 joined the wing out of NAS Barbers Point when that base closed.

After 45 years at Naval Station Rota, Spain, VQ-2 relocated to Whidbey on Oct. 1, 2005. They came with six aircraft and 450 Sailors. The move was part of a Navywide plan to streamline itself, and improve efficiency and operational capabilities of both VQ-1 and VQ-2. As part of the Naval Aviation Master Air Plan 11-2 and the Navy’s Program Objective Memorandum 12 Efficiency Initiatives, VQ-1 and VQ-2 were consolidated, with VQ-2 disestablishing on May 17, 2012, after 57 years of distinguished service.

Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 10 squadrons deploy to the 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility, providing anti-submarine warfare, maritime patrol and reconnaissance support throughout the Pacific and Indian oceans, and extending into the Persian Gulf.

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