A BIT OF HISTORY: ID: DNSD0308753 - 980717N8955H001 "...Copilot Lieutenant Erik McCarty (right) and Flight Engineer, Aviation Machinist's Mate Chief Mike Lammey, both assigned to Patrol Squadron TWO SIX (VP-26), watch a Maverick missile being fired from their P-3 Orion aircraft. VP-26 is currently deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, Italy. Camera Operator: PH2 NOVIA HARRINGTON, USN Date Shot: 17 Jul 1998..." WebSite: Defense Visual Information Center http://www.dodmedia.osd.mil/ [03FEB2006]
A BIT OF HISTORY: KefTacEx 96 "...All of the participants in KefTacEx 96 lined up on the transient ramp at NAS Keflavik, Iceland..." Contributed by Baldur Sveinsson BALDUR@verslo.is WebSite: http://www.verslo.is/baldur/ [24DEC2006]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...01MAR66: BRUNSWICK, Maine (NWSA) -- Patrol Squadron (VP) 26, stationed in Brunswick, Maine, recently marked 250,000 flight hours and more than 33 years without an accident. Thirty-three years and a quarter million flight hours is the greatest aviation safety record of any organization, civilian or military, according to statisticians from the Federal Aviation Administration. The squadron flies P-3C "Orion" aircraft, one of the oldest in the military inventory. P-3C aircraft, a military version of the popular four-engine Lockheed "Electra" airliner of the 1950s, began service with the Navy in the early 1960s. With updated engines and state-of-the-art electronics equipment, the venerable aircraft is still the Navy's primary maritime patrol aircraft. VP-26 predates WWII and has a rich history of involvement in worldwide events during the 20th century. VP-26 was the first squadron into Tokyo Bay at the end of WWII and was one of the most recent to return from operations in Bosnia.." http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/news/navywire/nwsa96/nwsa0301.txt
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Deployments, Change-Of-Command, Awards, Records, Etc. - Naval Aviation News - July - August 1995.." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1990s/1995/ja95.pdf [12NOV2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Awards - Naval Aviation News - May - June 1995.." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1990s/1995/mj95.pdf [12NOV2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Awards, Major Deployments, Etc. - Naval Aviation News - July - August 1994.." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1990s/1994/ja94.pdf [12NOV2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Awards, Records, Etc. - Naval Aviation News - May - June 1994.." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1990s/1994/mj94.pdf [12NOV2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...02MAR94 - NNS139. Orions Ride a Maverick..." [09JUL2003]Circa 1993
SIGONELLA, Sicily (NNS) -- In the midst of an early morning on January 28, two P-3c "Orions" of Patrol Squadron 26 (VP-26) took off from NAS Sigonella, Sicily, on a seek and destroy mission. The target was an ex-German World War II coastal freighter anchored off the coast of Sardinia. Armed with AGM-65F "Maverick" missiles, the Orions flew in formation toward the target. The ship was spotted and they locked on target. The missiles were fired. Scratch one freighter.
"This was a historical event because it was the first Maverick warshot from a P-3," said LT Chris Ramsden, VP-26 tactical coordinator who targeted the missile and locked it on target. "It is nice to know that we now have such a great ability for surface combat air patrol (SUCAP). The P-3 is an excellent SUCAP platform with its extremely long on-station capability." Some of the missions carried out by the P-3 are maritime patrol and surveillance, anti-submarine warfare and drug interdiction.
With the addition of the Maverick, VP-26 acquired a new weapon for the operation "Sharp Guard" arsenal. The Maverick is an infrared surface-to-ship missile.
The ship was fired upon afterward by the destroyer USS Arthur W. Radford (DD 968) and then later sunk by an explosive ordnance demolition (EOD) team. Courtesy NAVEUR News.
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...NAVY NEWS SERVICE - 29 DEC 93 - NAVNEWS 088/93 - Behind-Scenes, Navy Aviators Keep Eye on Embargo Cheaters..." [27MAR2005]
NAS Sigonella, Sicily -- While the media spotlight continues to focus on the humanitarian airdrops over Bosnia, another group of U.S. aviators has been working in relative obscurity in support of U.N. policy in the Balkans.
Navy aircrews from NAS Sigonella, Sicily have flown missions day and night for more than a year as part of Operation Sharp Guard, a Naval embargo imposed by the United Nations against Serbian-led Yugoslavia.
"We keep an eye on everything in general and pass information on to the surface ships who do the boarding and direct monitoring," LT Chris Ramsden said.
Ramsden is a member of Patrol Squadron 26 (VP-26), the U.S. maritime patrol unit currently participating with similar units from eight other NATO nations in Sharp Guard.
Now about halfway through a six-month deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, from their home base at NAS Brunswick, Maine, VP-26 aircrews have flown more than 100 Sharp Guard sorties.
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Change-Of-Command, Records, Etc. - Naval Aviation News - November - December 1993.." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1990s/1993/nd93.pdf [12NOV2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP Deployments, Change-Of-Command, Etc. - Naval Aviation News - July - August 1993.." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1990s/1993/ja93.pdf [12NOV2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "28DEC93--SIGONELLA, ITALY (NENS) -- TUESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 1993 MARKED ANOTHER MILESTONE IN MARITIME PATROL OPERATIONS AS THE MEN AND WOMEN OF VP-26 CONDUCTED THEIR 100TH AGM-65F MAVERICK MISSILE LOAD." http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/news/eurnews/eur94/eur94002.txt
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...The Pacific Neutrality Patrol - Naval Aviation News - September-October 1991..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1990s/1991/so91.pdf [24OCT2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...1990 Patrol Squadron Major Deployments - Page 19 - Naval Aviation News - July-August 1991..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1990s/1991/ja91.pdf [23OCT2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Change-Of-Command, Safe Flying, etc. - Naval Aviation News - July-August 1992.." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1990s/1992/ja92.pdf [11NOV2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Squadron Deployments, Operations Desert Shield/Storm, Disestablishment, etc. - Naval Aviation News - July-August 1992.." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1990s/1992/ja92.pdf [11NOV2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...History - Change-Of-Command - Page 4, 6 and 34 - Naval Aviation News - July-August 1990..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1990s/1990/ja90.pdf [22OCT2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...History and Change-Of-Command - Page 6, 29 and 31 - Naval Aviation News - May-June 1990..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1990s/1990/mj90.pdf [22OCT2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Records Safe Flying Time - VP-26: 217,000 hours and 27 years...." Naval Aviation News July-August 1990 Page 32 [10JUL2001]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Change of Command - VP-26: CDR Kenneth W. Peters relieved CDR Edward C. Wallace..." Naval Aviation News July-August 1990 Page 34 [10JUL2001]
"VP-26 History Summary Page"