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June 7, 2010: Last P-3C Orion aircraft of VP-26 arrives. This is the last squadron to relocate from NAS Brunswick, Maine, to NAS Jacksonville.

Wing-11 is now composed of six operational squadrons: VP-5, VP-8, VP-10, VP-16, VP-26 and VP-45.

Jan. 26, 2011: NAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Jeffrey Maclay kicks off the base Centennial of Naval Aviation Celebration year-long celebration.

Nov. 4, 2011: Sixteen Distinguished Flying Cross recipients receive certificates of recognition at a Centennial of Naval Aviation ceremony held at the Officers’ Club.

March 28, 2012: P-8A Poseidon Roll Out Ceremony is held at VP-30 Hangar. Also, a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the P-8A Integrated Training Center, Building 512 is held. More than 2,400 guests attend the ceremonies.

July 10, 2012: MQ-8B Fire Scout (Unmanned Aerial System) Training Facility is unveiled at NAS Jacksonville, providing a leading-edge simulator center.

Aug. 31, 2012: Patrol Squadron Special Projects Unit (VPU) 1 is officially disestablished.

Sept. 10, 2012: Ground is broken for the new $15.06 million Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Training Facility. Training will be conducted on the new MQ-4C “Triton” aircraft. Additionally, construction for a new P-8A Maintenance Training Facility also commences.

Jan. 15, 2013: HSL-42 changes name to Helicopter Squadron Maritime 72 (HSM-72.)

Jan. 30, 2013: VP-16 becomes the first operational squadron to fly the P-8A Poseidon.

Oct. 1, 2013: First Navy MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System squadron, VUP-19 “Big Red,” established.

Jan. 7, 2015: NAS Jacksonville announces the station’s 75th anniversary logo contest winner; Jim Taylor from NAS Jax Environmental Department designed the winning logo.

Jan. 22, 2015: VP-26 departs on its final P-3C Orion deployment, becoming the last active duty squadron on the East Coast to fly the venerable aircraft.

Feb. 4, 2015: Fleet Readiness Center Southeast ends the J52 Engine Repair Program. Since the first engine was overhauled in 1965, more than 7,500 engines had been repaired.

Feb. 12, 2015: NAS Jax holds a groundbreaking ceremony for a new commissary, complete remodeling of the Navy Exchange store and upgrade to the Naval Hospital Jacksonville Satellite Pharmacy. The new commissary is set to open in 2017.

March 2015: NAS Jax-based fixed-wing aircraft begin their temporary relocation to Cecil Airport as part of the upcoming $51.9 million NAS Jax runway repair and temporary closure project. Aircraft include P-3C Orion, P-8A Poseidon, C-130 Hercules and C-40 Clipper.

June 8, 2015: Temporary runway closure for year-long $51.9 million major repair project, including LED lights, hangar demolition and apron upgrades. Fixed-wing aircraft are now operating out of Cecil Airport.

Aug. 26, 2015: VP-5 “Mad Foxes” host newly elected Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry on a P-8A Poseidon familiarization flight over Jacksonville.

Sept. 4, 2015: VP-24 retires the last P-3C Orion from operational duty at a ceremony at Cecil Field.

Sept. 29, 2015: Newly appointed Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson visits and holds an All Hands Call. More than 900 Sailors and civilian participate.

Oct. 15, 2015: NAS Jacksonville holds a Zero Discharge ribbon-cutting ceremony for its wastewater reuse expansion project. NAS Jax becomes the first major utility in Northeast Florida to achieve zero discharge of its treated wastewater to the St. Johns River. Additionally, reuse of treated wastewater has eliminated the withdrawal of 73 million gallons of groundwater from the Florida Aquifer every year — saving $200,000 in annual fees for potable water, while reducing the use of fertilizer. The reuse water is being used for irrigation on the station and neighboring Timuquana Country Club golf course.

Oct. 15, 2015: NAS Jax celebrates its 75th anniversary as the first naval air base in Northeast Florida in front of a crowd of 500. A time capsule dedication is held, during which tenant commands deposit historical items to be opened on Oct. 15, 2075. Mayor Curry presents a proclamation citing Oct. 15 as NAS Jacksonville Day in the city of Jacksonville.

February 2016: HSL-40 “Jaguars” reserve squadron relocates from Naval Station Mayport to NAS Jacksonville and becomes HSM-60.

June 27, 2016: After being closed for a year, NAS Jacksonville runway reopens with a P-8A Poseidon touching down on the newly refinished runway. This was the most substantial renovation the runway had received since its opening.

October 2016: VUP-19 is commissioned and holds an assumption of command ceremony.

Feb. 2, 2017: Grand opening held for new Commissary store, providing 64,000 sq. ft. of a sales floor in the $30 million facility.

August 2017: NAS Jax Patrol Squadrons provided surveillance of Texas region devastated after Hurricane Harvey.

September 2017: HSM squadrons deploy in support of operations following Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean and south Florida. NAS Jax provided safe haven for NAS Key West military and civilian evacuees.

June 2018: Station certified Voluntary Protection Program; one of three in CNRSE.

December 2018: NAS Jacksonville named “Best” air station in the Navy after winning second place in Commander, Naval Installation Command Installation Excellence Award for the large base category.

 

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