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Circa 2017

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-45 History "...NAS Jax Assisting Areas Hit by Harvey... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2017: Issue 4..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [10NOV2017]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-45 History "...VP-45 Earns Prestigious Safety ‘S’... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2017: Issue 3..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [10AUG2017]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-45 History "...‘Pelicans’ Return from Deployment... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2017: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [25MAY2017]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-45 History "...VP-45 Responds to Clyde Challenger SAR Effort... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2017: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [25MAY2017]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-45 History "...VP-45 Participates in Air Combat Power Visit 2016... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2017: Issue 1..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [03FEB2017]
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Circa 2016

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera161026-N-NO901-001 "...KEFLAVIK, Iceland (Oct. 26, 2016) A P-8A Poseidon aircraft assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 45 is parked on the flight line of Naval Air Station Keflavik. U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Newman/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [16NOV2016]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-45 History "...‘Pelicans’ Participate in Northern Coast 2016... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2016: Issue 4..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [01NOV2016]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-45 History "...VP-45 Conducts Static Display in Naples... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2016: Issue 4..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [01NOV2016]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-45 History "...‘Pelicans’ Participate in Red Flag Exercise... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2016: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [30APR2016]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-45 History "...‘Pelicans’ Check Out NAS Sigonella... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2016: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [30APR2016]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-45 History "...VP-45 Conducts First Burial-at-Sea with P-8A... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2016: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [30APR2016]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-45 History "...VP-45 ‘Pelicans’ Host Secretary Kessler... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2016: Issue 1..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [01FEB2016]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-45 History "...‘Pelicans’ Visit COMSUBGRU 9... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2016: Issue 1..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [01FEB2016]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-45 History "...‘Pelicans’ Support JROTC in Tennessee... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2016: Issue 1..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [01FEB2016]
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Circa 2015

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-45 History "...‘Pelicans’ Return to the Nest After Inaugural P-8A Deployment... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2015: Issue 4..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [28OCT2015]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera150718-N-HH215-067 SOUTH CHINA SEA (July 18, 2015) "...Adm. Scott Swift, left, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, looks on as Cmdr. John Weidner, commanding officer of Patrol Squadron (VP) 45, and Lt. David Cloward demonstrate the capabilities of the P-8A Poseidon aircraft during a seven-hour maritime surveillance mission. Swift took part to witness firsthand the full range of the Poseidon's capabilities. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tyler R. Fraser/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [07OCT2015]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera150611-N-EC644-103 MISAWA, Japan (June 11, 2015) "...U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy speaks with Sailors during a tour of one of the Navy's newest maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon, attached to the Pelicans of Patrol Squadron (VP) 45. Kennedy spoke with U.S. military members and their families and took tours of U.S. Navy aircraft while visiting Misawa Air Base. (U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Ryan C. Delcore/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [07OCT2015]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera150611-N-EC644-109 MISAWA, Japan (June 11, 2015) "...U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy speaks with Sailors during a tour of one of the Navy's newest maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon, attached to the Pelicans of Patrol Squadron (VP) 45. Kennedy spoke with U.S. military members and their families and took tours of U.S. Navy aircraft while visiting Misawa Air Base. (U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Ryan C. Delcore/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [07OCT2015]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-45 History "...VP-1, VP-45 Support Silent Shark... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2015: Issue 3..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [29JUL2015]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-45 History "...VP-45 ‘Pelicans’ Featured on CNN... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2015: Issue 3..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [29JUL2015]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-45 History "...‘Pelicans’ Hold Change of Command During Deployment... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2015: Issue 3..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [29JUL2015]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera150611-N-EC644-103 MISAWA, Japan (June 11, 2015) "...U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy speaks with Sailors during a tour of one of the Navy's newest maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon, attached to the Pelicans of Patrol Squadron (VP) 45. Kennedy spoke with U.S. military members and their families and took tours of U.S. Navy aircraft while visiting Misawa Air Base. (U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Ryan C. Delcore/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [07OCT2015]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera150611-N-EC644-109 MISAWA, Japan (June 11, 2015) "...U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy speaks with Sailors during a tour of one of the Navy's newest maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon, attached to the Pelicans of Patrol Squadron (VP) 45. Kennedy spoke with U.S. military members and their families and took tours of U.S. Navy aircraft while visiting Misawa Air Base. (U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Ryan C. Delcore/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [07OCT2015]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-45 History "...VP-45 Exhibits Poseidon at LIMA 15... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2015: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [02MAY2015]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-45 History "...VP-45 Showcased in Australia... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2015: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [02MAY2015]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-45 History "...‘Pelicans’ Detach to the Philippines... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2015: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [02MAY2015]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-45 History "...‘Pelicans’ Depart on First P-8A Poseidon Deployment... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2015: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [02MAY2015]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera150321-N-HH215-077 "...LANGKAWI, Malaysia (March 21, 2015) Lt. j.g. Lara Bzik, a pilot from Patrol Squadron (VP) 45, talks with spectators of Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) 2015. U.S. Military forces are participating in LIMA as part of ongoing engagements with Malaysia and other maritime nations in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tyler R. Fraser/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [29MAR2015]


Circa 2014

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-45 History "...VP-45 Launches First P-8A CTOT Harpoon Missile at RIMPAC... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2014: Issue 4..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [04NOV2014]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-45 History "...VP-45 Supports Valiant Shield 2014... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2014: Issue 4..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [04NOV2014]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-45 History "...NJROTC Basic Training Wraps Up at VP-45... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2014: Issue 4..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [04NOV2014]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-45 History "...'Pelicans' Arrive in Hawaii for RIMPAC 2014... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2014: Issue 3..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [29JUL2014]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-45 History "...VP-45 Update: Full plate of Training, Exercises... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2014: Issue 3..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [29JUL2014]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-45) Update: Full plate of training, exercises - Posted: June 11, 2014 - 5:26pmBy Clark Pierce Editor..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/ [16JUN2014]

History ThumbnailCameraPhoto by MC1 Michelle Lucht As a P-3C Orion flies by in the background, VP-45 Plane Captain AM3 Miguel Carrillo awaits the pilots' ready signal to start engines on one of the squadron's new P-8A Poseidons for a February training mission.

Since assuming command of the VP-45 "Pelicans" May 15, Cmdr. T.J. Grady has kept a steady hand on the squadron's helm as they start the fourth month of their Inter-Deployment Readiness Cycle (IDRC) in preparation for the squadron's first P-8A Poseidon deployment to 7th Fleet in early 2015.

"We're fully engaged with the P-8," said Grady in an interview with Jax Air News in Hangar 511 on June 3.br>
"We're now operating independently of our colleagues at the VP-30 schoolhouse. Now, each month gets busier under our IDRC that's designed to optimize the Pelicans' training, manning, maintenance and operational readiness. In less than two weeks, we will qualify our seventh combat aircrew (CAC)."

VP-45 is scheduled to participate in the annual joint exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2014, set for June 6 - 21, in the Baltic Sea Area of Responsibility (AOR).

BALTOPS will include 1,300 U.S. service members, along with forces from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

Grady said VP-45 is also scheduled to send a one-plane detachment to participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise scheduled June 26 - Aug. 1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands. RIMPAC 2014 is the world's largest maritime exercise, consisting of 23 nations, 47 ships, six submarines and more than 200 aircraft.

"During this almost six weeks exercise, VP-45 will rotate four CAC through our single P-8A Poseidon to take advantage of RIMPAC's real-world training scenarios," said Grady. "We're working in conjunction with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) to plan a ‘coordinated time on target' Harpoon missile shot against a surface target. Working with a JMSDF P-3 Orion aircraft, the Poseidon CAC will ensure the missiles arrive on target at the same time, in order to deliver the most damage."

History ThumbnailCameraPhoto by Clark Pierce (From left) VP-45 Commanding Officer Cmdr. T.J. Grady observes AO2 Chase Dellinger and AO2 Gil Mine as they install a wing rack and pylon onto a P-8A in Hangar 511 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. The Poseidon features four wing pylons and two center line pylons for armament such as the Harpoon anti-ship missile, torpedoes and mines.

"This will be the first time the P-8A has been tasked to execute a coordinated time on target for multiple missiles – with one of them launched from an allied aircraft – against one target. To be ready, our CACs are rehearsing coordinated time-on-target scenarios in P-8A operational flight trainers coupled to weapons tactics trainers," explained Grady.

In September, VP-45 is scheduled to take part in Valiant Shield 2014, a large-scale, blue-water exercise in the 7th Fleet AOR that promotes high-level joint training among U.S. military forces. The exercise focuses on interoperability among U.S. military forces that enables real-world proficiency in sustaining joint forces' abilities to detect, track and engage units at sea, in the air, on land and in cyberspace when responding to a range of mission areas.

Grady added that their Poseidon IDRC is going well. "One thing our CACs really like is the extended reach of the P-8. We can fly faster and farther, so we arrive on station more quickly when called upon. Another advantage of Poseidon is flexible and effective communications. In today's dynamic world of battle group operations, it's important to transmit real-time information to command decision makers without delay."

VP-45 Command Master Chief (CMDCM) Tom Ayers said, "Since we passed our Safe for Flight inspection in February, our P-8A maintainers and support staff continue to exceed their training and operational objectives."

"What I'm most proud of with our men and women is that they learn new stuff every day. When they see a discrepancy between procedures, they make sure it gets fixed and documented – all under our umbrella commitment to squadron safety," said Ayers.

Another concern of VP-45's leadership is to lend support for the transition of the VP-8 "Fighting Tigers" when they return from deployment and turn in their P-3Cs.

"The goal here is to make sure VP-8 is better prepared for transition than we were," said Grady. "Communications between CPRW-11, VP-30, VP-16, VP-5 and VP-45 is a two-way street. When a challenge arises in training or operations, we put it out there and listen to all the possible solutions from every player in the P-8 community."

As the Pelicans continue their IDRC, working with the VP-45 Family Readiness Group (FRG) has been a pleasure for Grady. "They organized a great Easter event this past spring, and now, everybody's looking forward to the FRG command picnic. I've also heard rumors about a not-to-be-missed ‘haunted hangar' event in October, as well as a grilling event near Thanksgiving."

Ayers noted that, despite the Pelicans' challenging training tempo, they are also dependable volunteers in the community – including Jacksonville's Sulzbacher Center (a shelter for homeless individuals and families), K9s for Warriors, and an Adopt-A-Road monthly cleanup.

Grady concluded, "With less than 250 days until our first P-8A deployment – there's always a full schedule of flight training and maintenance to be accomplished. It's great to be part of the new P-8 community. It's like we have a blank white board and are writing the future of how things will happen for our Sailors – whether it's equipment, safety, maintenance procedures, or tactics."

Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/military/jax-air-news/2014-06-11/story/vp-45-update-full-plate-training-exercises#ixzz34m6g7sEx

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-45 History "..."Pelicans" to Poseidon... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2014: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [01MAY2014]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...CPRW-11 (and VP-45) keeps media informed From Staff - Posted: March 26, 2014 - 7:14pm..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/ [28MAR2014]

Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing (CPRW) 11 Capt. Sean Liedman held flight line news conferences March 18 and 21 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida to update media on Malaysian Air Flight MH370.

"The latest P-8 Poseidon missions flown by VP-16 in Australia March 23 did not discover any new information regarding the whereabouts of Malaysian Air Flight MH370. The search was flown 1,500 miles south and west of Perth Australia; in the vicinity of where the previously reported satellite imagery indicated possible debris," explained Liedman.

"The crew searched an area of 1,200 square miles, which is less than what they searched in their previous missions due to the fact they decreased the track spacing of the ladder search in order to increase the visual probability and protection of small objects in the water."

"I anticipate they will continue to fly one mission per day until the mission is complete or we move on to the next phase of the operation. I would like to underscore that today's results do not indicate mission failure, but rather indicate the daunting challenge of locating small objects in the vast expanse maritime domain," Liedman added.

According to Liedman, this type of search operations is part of the VP-16 deployment cycle.

"VP-16 deployed with six P-8 Poseidons to Okinawa last December where they were postured to respond to incidents such as this. Immediately after the incident, about three weeks ago, they were tasked by the U.S. Navy 7th fleet commander to reposition the aircraft – first to Malaysia, and then to Perth, Australia – where they could execute operations in support of the southern corridor theory," he said.

"The P-8 has the speed, range and endurance necessary to execute a search at a range of 1,500 miles from the nearest land."

When asked to explain how the search was being conducted, he said, "Floating objects in the maritime domain move around significantly due to wind, current and wave action, which complicates the search. We will continue to search until the mission is complete or we move on to the next phase of the search till more information comes to light to refine our search area.

"It takes the airplane three hours to transit to on station and can remain on station, executing search operations for approximately three to four hours before it returns to the base in Perth."

"Search operations will be conducted during daylight hours only due to the challenge of detecting small objects in the maritime domain. The crew will continue to fly one mission per day during day light hours."

"VP-16 is executing operations in conjunction with allies and partners in the region. There has been reports that Australian P-3s and New Zealand P-3s are operating alongside VP-16s' P-8 in the region. It truly is an international search effort," Liedman stated.

When asked how many P-8s were actually deployed to assist with in search he said, "VP-16 has six P-8 Poseidon's on deployment in Okinawa; they detached one P-8 to Perth Australia to participate in search operations."

When asked about what other capabilities the aircraft had that could aid in the search he replied, "In addition to the range, speed and endurance that the Poseidon brings, it also has an integrated sensor suite with high definition sensors such as a radar that can detect small objects in the maritime domain. Additionally, it has an advanced communication suite that can transmit imagery from any of those sensors off board via satellite communication links to higher headquarters."

Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/military/jax-air-news/2014-03-26/story/cprw-11-keeps-media-informed#ixzz2xE9Dkp2B

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-45 History "...‘Pelicans' QA Department safely leads transition to first P-8A by LT(jg) Joseph Johannes VP-45 Public Affairs Officer - Posted: January 22, 2014 - 3:51pm | Updated: January 23, 2014 - 5:10pm..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/ [27JAN2014]

The VP-45 "Pelicans" continue to excel as they transition to the Navy's new maritime patrol asset, the P-8A Poseidon aircraft. VP-45's Quality Assurance (QA) Department has led the charge in becoming the Navy's third operational P-8A squadron – as the VP-45 received its first aircraft on Jan. 13.

As the primary department overseeing safe and correct maintenance practices, QA paved the way in preparing the squadron for its upcoming "safe for flight" inspection.

The mission of the QA Department is to ensure that maintainers complete repairs and maintenance not only correctly and expeditiously, but safely as well.

QA representatives provide the supervision and final checks on aircraft maintenance to confirm the P-8A is safe for flight.

"It's our job as QA to make sure that maintenance work is completed safely and up to code," said QA Officer Lt. Jordan Young.

"For us, quality and safety are everything. We not only make sure that maintenance is getting the job done safely, but that the work is done correctly so that the aircrew can be confident in the plane when out completing their missions."

Magnifying the excitement of the approaching transition completion was news that the Pelicans had accepted delivery of their first P-8A Poseidon, aircraft side number 434.

For the past month, Pelican maintainers have worked on aircraft 434 under the squadron's QA department, as well as with guidance from VP-30.

"It's exciting. We have really taken ownership of 434 and I'm pleased to see what the future holds for this plane as a part of VP-45," said AM2 Jonathan Harrod.

Following the aircraft acceptance, QA will continue to lead the Pelican maintenance team as they prepare for their safe for flight evaluation next month.

Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/military/jax-air-news/2014-01-22/story/pelicans-qa-department-safely-leads-transition-first-p-8a#ixzz2rZeZruwH


Circa 2013

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-45 History "...VP-45 Celebrates 44-Year Safety Milestone... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2013: Issue 4..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [30OCT2013]
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Circa 2012

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-45 History "...VP-45 'Pelicans' Return Home From Deployment... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2013: Issue 3..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [03AUG2013]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-45 History "...VP-45 'Pelicans' Strengthen Bonds at LIMA 2013... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2013: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [01MAY2013]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...'Pelicans' strengthen bonds at LIMA 2013 - Posted: April 24, 2013 - 5:13pm - By LT(jg) Joseph Johannes VP-45 PAO..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/ [25APR2013]

The VP-45 "Pelicans" recently displayed their Pelican Pride at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exposition during a recent detachment to Malaysia.

Held on the island of Langkawi, a short distance from Malaysia's northwestern coast, LIMA 2013 offered the opportunity to not only showcase the venerable P-3 Orion in Southeast Asia, but also strengthen the bonds of friendship and cooperation between the militaries of Malaysia and the United States.

AWO1 Joshua Turnage summarized the event, "It was truly an honor for us to come here.

An invitation to Malaysia to represent the United States is a once in a lifetime event."

The exhibition, which drew more than 160,000 people, displayed aircraft from over 40 countries and allowed the Pelicans to interact with military members and fellow aviators from all over the globe.

While everyone involved agreed there were many highlights at the air show, the most special moment for the crew occurred when they showed their aircraft to children from a local orphanage.

"We had children at every station talking over the ICS [aircraft communication system] to each other," said AWO2 Emily Simpson, "with all the smiles and giggling, you could definitely tell they were having a blast."

VP-45's Combat Aircrew Seven also interacted with multiple delegations from other countries as well as several VIPs including the United States Ambassador to Malaysia, Paul Jones, and Royal Malaysian Air Force Lt. Gen. Ackbal who presented the Pelicans with a certificate of appreciation for participation in LIMA 2013.

When not hard at work at the air show, the Pelicans were able to explore the island of Langkawi and experience Malaysian culture.

Whether riding the skycab, a cable car system constructed over 2,500 feet high, or relaxing on one of the many beautiful beaches, all the Pelicans can agree that Langkawi earned its official title of "Jewel of the Kedah." At the end of the five-day expedition, the Pelicans left Lankawi with memories and friendships which will last a lifetime.

At the conclusion of LIMA, the Pelicans flew south to Subang Air Force Base, located near the Malaysian capital city of Kuala Lumpur, where they had the opportunity to demonstrate the operability of the P-3 to members of the Royal Malaysian Air force and Navy during a subject matter expert exchange.

Upon their arrival, members of the crew conducted a symposium with Malaysian military members highlighting such topics as the pilot and naval flight officer training pipeline, maritime ship "rigging" techniques and basic oceanography.

Over the next two days, the Pelicans flew maritime domain assurance flights with Malaysian military riders.

During these flights, the flight crew demonstrated the rigging of several vessels as well as capabilities of the automatic identification mapping camera system.

"In executing these flights, we were able to both demonstrate the P-3 capabilities as well as improve interoperability between our militaries," remarked VP-45 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Mike Vitali.

Before departing Kuala Lumpur, crew members were able to get out and experience the capital which included a visit to the Petronas Towers, the highest twin towers in the world. While sad to leave, the Pelicans departed Malaysia confident the friendships they fostered on this detachment.

Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/military/jax-air-news/2013-04-24/story/pelicans-strengthen-bonds-lima-2013#ixzz2RSwo2fsN

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera130121-N-WF583-031 OKINAWA, Japan (Jan. 21, 2013) "...Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Catherine Larkin, from Tulsa, Okla., and Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Randall Dunn, from Chatsworth, Ga., both assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 45, check the P-3C Orion aircraft propeller before installation on the aircraft. VP-45 is on deployment at Kadena Air Base supporting U.S. 7th Fleet operations in the Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michelle Lucht/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil [18FEB22013]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera130101-N-WF583-076 OKINAWA, Japan (Jan 1, 2013) "...Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd class Omar Samanamud, from Lima, Peru, assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 45, utilizes the maintenance publication during an inspection of a P-3C Orion aircraft. VP-45 is on deployment at Kadena Air Base supporting U.S. 7th Fleet operations in the Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michelle Lucht/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil [18FEB22013]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera130121-N-WF583-019 OKINAWA, Japan (Jan 1, 2013) "...Aviation machinist's mate 2nd class Devon Klos, from Dayton Beach, Fla., assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 45, prepares a P-3C Orion aircraft propeller to be taken off of the aircraft. VP-45 is on deployment at Kadena Air Base supporting U.S. 7th Fleet operations in the Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michelle Lucht/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil [18FEB22013]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera130101-N-WF583-072 OKINAWA, Japan (Jan 1, 2013) "...Aviation machinist's mates assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 45 work through the night to install a propeller onto a P-3C Orion aircraft. VP-45 is on deployment at Kadena Air Base supporting U.S. 7th Fleet operations in the Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michelle Lucht/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil [18FEB22013]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera130101-N-WF583-039 OKINAWA, Japan (Jan 1, 2013) "...Aviation machinist's mates assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 45 walk a propeller into position to install it onto a P-3C Orion aircraft. VP-45 is on deployment at Kadena Air Base supporting U.S. 7th Fleet operations in the Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michelle Lucht/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil [18FEB22013]


Circa 2012

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Dictionary of American Naval Aviation SquadronsVP-45 History "...VP-45 Participate in RIMPAC 2012... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2012: Issue 3..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [06JAN2013]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera121019-N-DG679-047 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Oct. 19, 2012) "...Naval Aircrewman (Avionics) 1st Class Calvin Franklin, from Atlanta, Ga., assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 45, checks the aircraft internal communication unit as part of a preflight check aboard a P-3 Orion at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. The U.S. Navy is reliable, flexible, and ready to respond worldwide on, above, and below the sea. Join the conversation on social media using #warfighting. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Toiete Jackson/Released) ..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [02NOV2012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera121019-N-DG679-035 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Oct. 19, 2012) "...Naval Aircrewman (Operator) 2nd Class Mathew Goebel, from Worchester, Mass., trouble shoots a radar system with Aviation ElectronicsTechnician 2nd Class Brett Clabeax aboard a P-3 Orion at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. Both Sailors are assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 45. The U.S. Navy is reliable, flexible, and ready to respond worldwide on, above, and below the sea. Join the conversation on social media using #warfighting. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Toiete Jackson/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [02NOV2012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera121019-N-DG679-010 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Oct. 19, 2012) "...Naval Aircrewman (Avionics) 1st Class Calvin Franklin, from Atlanta, Ga., conducts preflight checks on aircraft avionics aboard a P-3 Orion at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. Franklin is assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 45. The U.S. Navy is reliable, flexible, and ready to respond worldwide on, above, and below the sea. Join the conversation on social media using #warfighting. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Toiete Jackson/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [02NOV2012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera121019-N-DG679-002 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Oct. 19, 2012) "...Naval Aircrewman (Avionics) 1st Class Calvin Franklin, from Atlanta, Ga., assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 45, conducts preflight checks on aircraft avionic systems aboard a P-3 Orion. The U.S. Navy is reliable, flexible, and ready to respond worldwide on, above, and below the sea. Join the conversation on social media using #warfighting. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Toiete Jackson/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [02NOV2012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraPhoto by Clark Pierce "...VP-45 to seek three-peat in ASW Fleet Challenge By Clark Pierce Editor - Posted: March 28, 2012 - 2:41pm..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/military/ [07APR2012]

Photograph Caption: Members of VP-45 CAC-6 display the ASW championship belt that the squadron has held for two years. It's now up for grabs at the 2012 ASW Fleet Challenge held during the annual Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force (MPRF) Symposium at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. (From left) Lt. j.g. Jordan Schneider, AWO2 Joel Espinoza, AWO2 Timothy Meads, AWO3 Andrew Stover and Lt. Cmdr. Tom Stessensen. (Not pictured: Lt. j.g. Jordan Young and Lt. Seth Eisenmenger.)

More than a dozen of the most effective P-3C Orion combat aircrews (CAC) from CPRW-11 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, CPRW-10 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, and CPRW-2 at MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii are competing for the "championship belt" to be awarded to the winner of the 2012 ASW Fleet Challenge – held during the annual Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force (MPRF) Symposium at NAS Jacksonville, Florida.

P-3 aircrews from the military forces of Canada, Australia and Japan will also join the weeklong exercise that runs March 24 - 30.

The new P-8A Poseidon recently assigned to VP-30 will compete in the challenge – but is not eligible to win the championship belt because its mission simulator is not fully functional.

MPRF Fleet Challenge Coordinator Lt. Andrew Merlino explained that the competition consists of two parts. First is a P-3C simulator mission utilizing the Tactical Operational Readiness Trainer (TORT). The other part is a real-world flight operation to detect and track a Los Angeles-class attack submarine patrolling somewhere off the coast of northeast Florida.

"The TORT allows CACs to train at the highest level of realism. The sophisticated trainer is designed not only for new operators, but to maintain operational CACs proficiency without leaving the ground," said Merlino. "For the fleet challenge, each CAC is graded by evaluators at the following positions: plane commander, tactical coordinator, sensor one operator and sensor two operator."

He added, "The VP-45 'Pelicans' have taken home the championship belt for the past two years and are working hard for a three-peat this week. It all comes down to how we train – and to each CAC's ability to effectively search for contacts, identify targets, program and release weapons."

Rear Adm. Michael Hewitt, commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group will award the championship belt to the winning squadron at the MPRF Symposium Flight Suit Social on March 30.

Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/military/jax-air-news/2012-03-28/story/vp-45-seek-three-peat-asw-fleet-challenge#ixzz1rKmQundH


Circa 2011

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "... 'Pelicans' Home for the Holidays from Deployment By LT(jg) John Allen VP-45 Public Affairs - Posted: December 14, 2011 - 3:17pm..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/ [15DEC2011]

The last of the "Pelicans" returned home to NAS Jacksonville, Florida Dec. 8. The squadron began its deployment to Djibouti, Africa, NAS Sigonella, Sicily and El Salvador in May, after an impeccable turnover with their sister squadron, the "Mad Foxes" of VP-5.

"The team has worked extremely hard for the past six months and we are all extremely happy to be home for the holidays, take some much needed rest and then get right back into our next training cycle," said Commanding Officer Cmdr. Paul Ditch.

"Our squadron was spread all over the world in 10 different times zones. The missions were long but our Sailors took the challenge head on whether it was maintenance or being on the missions – every day, they came back ready for more. I'm so proud of them."

"The teamwork and camaraderie of our Sailors was an impressive thing to see. The professionalism of the men and women of Jacksonville's Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force (MPRF) was evident at every deployment site and on every mission," added Executive Officer Cmdr. Mike Vitali, at the Dec. 3 homecoming in NAS Jax Hangar 113. "The support we received from our families and sister squadrons made the past six months go by very quickly."

During the six-month deployment, squadron members participated in a wide variety of missions to include counter-drug operations, surveillance in support of Operation Unified Protector, and counter-piracy operations in the Horn of Africa. In supporting these operations, the Pelicans flew 568 sorties and logged 5,435 mishap-free flight hours.

In addition to their regular missions, the Pelicans had the opportunity to participate in multiple exercises from various locations in support of theater security cooperation and engagement. In June, crews flew anti-submarine warfare missions in support of Exercise Sea Breeze Odessa, Ukraine and Exercise Breeze from Burgas, Bulgaria.

In August, aircrews participated in air shows in Moscow, Russia and Malta's participation in the Russian air show made naval aviation history as this was the first ever presence of the "mighty P-3 Orion" within Russian borders.

Crews and support personnel also participated in several joint exercises including Joint Warrior 11-2 in Scotland, Teamwork South in Chile, Grampus in France and Portugal, and Northern Coasts in Germany.

These exercises gave the Pelicans opportunities to work with foreign militaries and demonstrate the immense capabilities of the U.S. maritime patrol and reconnaissance community.

When they were not busy supporting missions, the Pelicans also had the opportunity to hike volcanoes, experience new cultures, taste new foods, and even snorkel with whale sharks.

Several members also contributed off-duty hours in support of Captain's Cup sporting events and volunteering at local orphanages and community shelters.

Every member of has been anxious to get home to their loved ones and enjoy the holiday season before beginning preparations for their next deployment. This year's homecoming marks the end of a very triumphant deployment for the team.

Vitali concluded, "We can certainly attest, it would not have been possible without the outstanding support and sacrifices made by our friends, families, Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11, our augmenting sister squadrons to include VP-16, VP-5, VP-26, VP-8, VP-62 and the rest of the NAS Jacksonville, Florida MPRF community."

Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/military/jax-air-news/2011-12-14/story/vp-45-pelicans-home-holidays#ixzz1gbOrRkl8

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera110706-N-WF583-020 SIGONELLA, Sicily (July 6, 2011) "...Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Allisa Davis-Grimes, assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 45, downloads a MK-46 torpedo from a P-3C Orion aircraft. VP-45 is deployed to Sigonella, Sicily, supporting Operation Unified Protector. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michelle Lucht/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [12JUL2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera110620-N-WF583-067 SIGONELLA, Sicily (June 20, 2011) "...Aviation Machinist Mate 2nd Class Omar Viraclass, assigned to VP-45, installs a propeller on the number two engine of a P-3C Orion aircraft. VP-45 is deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily supporting Operation Unified Protector. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michelle Lucht/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [24JUN2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-45 Earns Prestigious Battle 'E' Award - April 27, 2011 - 6:45pm - From VP-45 Public Affairs..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/military/ [30APR2011]

Rear Adm. Ted Branch, commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic, and Rear Adm. Michael Hewitt, commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, presented the Battle "E" award to the "Pelicans" of VP-45 April 5 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida.

The Battle "E" award recognizes sustained superior performance in all areas of combat readiness. Squadrons are judged across four combat areas: maritime warfare, engineering/survivability, command and control, and logistics management. Unlike personal awards that recognize individual achievement or unit awards that recognize participation in operations, the Battle "E" award recognizes the combined efforts of the entire squadron throughout the year. To be awarded the Battle "E" is a true honor and every Pelican is humbled to wear their new ribbon.

"It's great to see that all the hard work we do on a daily basis is recognized. This is my first operational tour, and it's a privilege to be in such a prestigious command," said Lt. j.g. Pete Brown.

VP-45 received the award following their exceptional operational performance while deployed to both 4th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility. They conducted the longest anti-submarine warfare prosecution in the history of 7th Fleet.

Combined with support to European Theater anti-submarine warfare goals during Operation Redux and numerous fleet exercises, including USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Composite Training Unit Exercise and USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) Joint Task Force Exercise, the Pelicans have set a high standard for operational excellence within the maritime patrol and reconnaissance force.

In addition, VP-45 aircrews were also a crucial part of ongoing operations closer to home, including a key role during Operation Unified Response, assisting the 2010 disaster relief efforts in Haiti. Squadron members were recently awarded the Armed Forces Service Medal for their contributions.

All of these operational achievements are highlighted by an exemplary safety record, which includes 41 years and 250,000 mishap-free flight hours. The squadron's excellent safety culture was also recognized by the Chief of Naval Operations Aviation Safety Award for both 2009 and 2010.

To have their hard work and commitment recognized is a source of motivation and pride for the entire command. "It's an honor to be a part of VP-45," said AT3 Omari Janhrette.

"We work hard every day and it's great to be recognized for that."

Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/military/jax-air-news/2011-04-27/story/vp-45-earns-prestigious-battle-e-award#ixzz1KyS3eB00

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-45 'Pelicans' complete inspection - VP-45 Public Affairs - March 23, 2011 - 4:56pm..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/ [27MAR2011]

The VP-45 Ordnance Shop recently completed their Conventional Weapons Tactical Proficiency Inspection (CWTPI), run by the staff of Maritime, Patrol, and Reconnaissance (MPR) Weapons School.

The inspection evaluated the squadron's ability to correctly wire-check, upload and download conventional ordnance, use applicable publications and place ordnance on its designated target.

The inspection is conducted annually, six months prior to deployment, typically over four days. With the leadership of CWO4 Aaron Archibald and AOC David Butts, VP-45 'Ordies' executed CWTPI in just three days.

Understaffed, and comprised mainly of junior Sailors, the shop began its preparation in December, devoting several weekends to training. The preparations however, did not impede the shop in handling the extensive ordnance and sonobuoy requirements for the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Strike Group Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) and USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 67) JTFEX.

Experience was a virtue the shop simply didn't have. "Eighty percent of this shop is at the E4 level and below," said Archibald, the shop's top gunner. "Extensive training made up for the lack of experience."

The shop's size continued to compound their disadvantages. "The shop's manning is well below fleet level with only 13 personnel to the usual 19. Their dedicated work showed through because even though undermanned, we executed above wing-level goals and well above fleet standards," added Butts, the shop's leading chief petty officer.

The evaluation tested three aircraft packages with various weapon loads. The first load required a MK-65 quickstrike mine, MK-46 torpedo, and an AGM-84K SLAM-ER missile.

The next load included a MK-50 torpedo, ALE-47 airborne countermeasures dispenser system, MK-63 quickstrike mine, and an AGM-65 Maverick missile. The final load, for use on a mine exercise (MINEX) flight, included aircrew evaluations by MPR Weapons School personnel, was comprised of SM-875/ALE training flares, and four MK-62 quickstrike mines.

The MINEX required the crew, led by Plane Commander Lt. Zachary Conatser and Tactical Coordinator Lt. j.g. Jordan Brye, to deploy four mines on designated targets on the bombing range at Lake George, Fla.

The evaluation came on the heels of several squadron-wide inspections of the aircrew personnel, maintenance divisions and NATOPS department – all of which recognized the squadron's exceptional preparation for its upcoming deployment.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Commander, Naval Air Forces Announces 2010 Battle 'E' Winners - Story Number: NNS110209-21 - Release Date: 2/9/2011 4:36:00 PM..." WebSite: Navy.Mil http://www.navy.mil/ [08MAR2011]

From Commander, Naval Air Forces Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (NNS) -- Commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF) announced the winners of the 2010 Squadron Battle Efficiency (Battle "E") competition awards, Feb. 2.

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), were the Battle "E" winners in the aircraft carrier category for the West and East Coasts, respectively.

The 2010 CNAF squadron Battle "E" winners for both the East and West Coasts are:

- VP-1, "Screaming Eagles"
- VP-45, "Pelicans"
- VQ-1, "World Watchers."
- VQ-3, "Ironman"
- VPU-2, "Wizards"

"In a time when we are continually asked to do more with less, the Sailors, officers and aviators of these carriers and squadrons continue to achieve and surpass the high standards of those who have come before," said CNAF Vice Adm. Allen G. Myers, in the Naval message announcing the winners. "I am proud of the tactical excellence and sound fiscal execution that you have all displayed. You have my personal congratulations on a job well done."

The Battle "E" competition is conducted to strengthen individual command performance, overall force readiness, and to recognize outstanding performance within the Naval Aviation Force.

For more news from Commander, Naval Air Forces, visit www.navy.mil/local/airpac/.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-45 builds readiness for upcoming deployment by AT3 Omari Janhrette Staff Writer - February 2, 2011 - 6:24pm..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://www.jaxairnews.com/ [03FEB2011]

The "Pelicans" of VP-45 continue their pre-deployment work-up cycle this week by teaming up with VP-10 to support the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) Carrier Strike Group 2 Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).

History ThumbnailCameraVP-45 History VP-45 "Pelicans" ground crew observe pre-flight operations before one of the squadron's P-3C Orions taxis to the runway at NAS Jax. Photo by AT3 Omari Janhrette

COMPTUEX is an intermediate-level carrier strike group exercise, usually conducted over a two- to three-week period. It's a prerequisite for the group's Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX).

History ThumbnailCameraVP-45 History (From left to right) Lt. Kerry Bistline conducts a plane-side brief with AWO2 Tim Meads and AWF1 Daniel Hardy. Photo by AT3 Omari Janhrette

Successfully completing these training evolutions certifies that the carrier strike group and its air wing are qualified for deployment and open-ocean operations.

History ThumbnailCameraVP-45 History ATAN Christopher Riley (left) receives instructions from AT2 Marc Biron on how to repair a Winchester plug. Photo by AT3 Omari Janhrette

In October 2010, the Pelicans successfully supported COMPTUEX with the USS Enterprise (CVN -65) Carrier Strike Group.

History ThumbnailCameraVP-45 History PRSN Jimmy Deandrade completes maintenance on aircrew survival equipment in the squadron's paraloft. Photo by AT3 Omari Janhrette

VP-45 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Michael Doherty said, "The Enterprise passed with flying colors and is currently transiting the Mediterranean Sea. Now, both the wing and our squadron are totally focused on getting Bush out the door and ready for deployment. This event is like a mid-term exam for VP-45 and VP-10, as both the P-3 fleet and the surface fleet are evaluated during these exercises. Both teams are focused on maximizing their readiness for deployment."

History ThumbnailCameraVP-45 History AE2(AW) Chad Agnew (left) and AEAN Jesse Johnson work in the electricians shop adjusting a valve housing assembly. Photo by AT3 Omari Janhrette

The Bush COMPTUEX is being supported primarily by VP-10. When Bush returns for JTFEX, VP-45 will assume the primary role.

History ThumbnailCameraVP-45 History AO2 Mathew Bader focuses on completing a MK-63 Quick Strike Mine load on a P-3C Orion aircraft. Photo by AT3 Omari Janhrette

"Like Skipper Doherty and the Pelicans, our Red Lancers include COMPTUEX and JTFEX in our work-up cycle. Our mission is to inform and protect the carrier strike group within our maritime patrol environment," said VP-10 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Robert Patrick.

History ThumbnailCameraVP-45 History AWF2 Brandon Butler walks an aircraft wing during pre-flight inspection. Photo by AT3 Omari Janhrette

"With the Pelicans backing us up, we provide real-time information on surface and submarine contacts that could pose a threat to the strike group."

History ThumbnailCameraVP-45 History AWO2 Katlyn Anderson stands by as VP-10 Commmanding Officer Cmdr. Robert Patrick reviews a "Red Lancers" flight schedule during COMPTUEX. Photo by AT3 Omari Janhrette

At VP-45, more than 100 pilots, flight engineers and mission specialists are assigned to 12 combat aircrews that are supported by 200 maintainers.

History ThumbnailCameraVP-45 History ADAA James Arnold (left) and ADAN Tiffani Whicker perform scheduled maintenance on one the aircraft's propellors. Photo by AT3 Omari Janhrette

The 24-hour operations required to support COMPTUEX also helps VP-45 prepare for its upcoming deployment.

In addition to daily training flights and maintenance evolutions, VP-45 is preparing for its Aviation Maintenance Inspection (AMI) and Operation Readiness Exercise (ORE).

These are two of the toughest assessments that a squadron must pass before it can deploy.

Both AMI and ORE will measure the Pelicans' performance levels and show how well they are progressing in their work-up cycle.

"These types of inspections allow us to take a closer look at ourselves and how well we conduct daily business as maintainers. It's important for us to always improve on our best," said VP-45 Maintenance Master Chief AFCM Mel Butorac.

"There is always room for improvement, and that's why it's always good for us to participate in critical training evolutions such as COMPTUEX and JTFEX."


Circa 2010

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-45 History "...VP-45 Participates in Centennial Celebration - JaxAirNews Vol. 68 - No. 48 - December 9, 2010..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://www.jaxairnews.com/ [11DEC2010]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-45 - The Pelicans - Page 28 and 29 - Fall 2010..." Association of Naval Aviation http://www.anahq.org/ [31OCT2010]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...'Pelicans' attend P-8A Poseidon welcome ceremony by By Lt. j.g. Michael Dark , VP-45 Public Affairs Officer - Thu., July 29, 2010 - 11:18 AM..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://www.jaxairnews.com/ [30JUL2010]

The VP-45 "Pelicans" recently flew a select group of aviators from NAS Jacksonville, Florida to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland to get up close to the future of the U.S. Navy Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance force - the P-8A Poseidon multi-mission maritime aircraft.

The Pelicans' P-3C Orion, piloted by VP-45 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Michael Doherty, carried several distinguished passengers, including Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing Eleven (CPRW-11) Capt. Mark Turner, CPRW-11 Deputy Commodore Capt. William Wheeler and VP-10 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Rub Patrick to the P-8 welcome ceremony.

The event officially welcomed the P-8 to NAS Patuxent River, where it will commence the flight-testing phase for the new aircraft.

After arriving in Maryland, the passengers and crew were transported to the hanger that hosted the welcome ceremony and the new P-8A aircraft. The event began with welcoming remarks by Capt. Michael Moran, program manager for both the P-3 and the P-8.

Guest speakers at the ceremony included Rear Adm. Steven Eastburg, program executive officer Air Anti-submarine Warfare, Boeing Vice President Robert Feldmann and Rear Adm. Bill Moran, commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group. Remarks included a brief history of the Poseidon aircraft, and the impact the P-8 will have on the future of the Navy Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force. The ceremony concluded with a cake cutting.

The first P-8A aircraft (side number 951), also known as T-1, will begin the flight testing phase for the new aircraft at NAS Patuxent River. Later this year, the Navy will receive two more P-8A test aircraft from Boeing to continue flight testing and begin mission testing. The first operational P-8 is scheduled to reach the fleet in 2013.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-45 History "...VP-45 Wins CPRW-11 ASW Roadeo - Thursday, July 15, 2010..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://www.jaxairnews.com/ [17JUL2010]

A crew of the VP-45 "Pelicans" recently visited the University of Texas (UT) at Austin as Naval Aviation's representative to the university's Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) program.

The four-day mission was to inform future officers at UT of the options available in Naval Aviation, specifically the career opportunities offered within the maritime patrol and reconnaissance community.

The Pelicans held an on-campus brief, followed by an aircraft tour at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport for the NROTC students, where they described the P-3 Orion's mission capabilities and the role of maritime patrol in global operations. Each member of the aircrew provided their unique mission perspective - from piloting the P-3 to utilizing the onboard sensors to conduct its primary mission of anti-submarine warfare.

During the tour, students took an exterior walk-around and used the opportunity to ask questions concerning the P-3 airframe, as well as armaments.

"Most of the questions focused on the MAD (Magnetic Anomaly Detector) boom used to assist in locating submarines. They also asked about the 'holes' in the bottom of the fuselage from where the sonobuoys are launched," explained Lt. j.g. Johnny Sadler, one of the VP-45 pilots.

During an afternoon social, cadets asked numerous questions, from the difficulty of flight school to job satisfaction within the maritime patrol community.

The visit was a great success for both the University of Texas NROTC and the Pelicans of VP-45.

Stated Sadler, "A majority of the students were still unsure what career path they might choose as a naval officer. Hopefully, our visit provided the students insight into the exciting arena of naval aviation and to becoming future aviators in the maritime patrol and reconnaissance community."

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-45 Educates Texas NROTC Students by LT(jg) Jeff Riggs, VP-45 PAO - Thursday, July 15, 2010..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://www.jaxairnews.com/ [17JUL2010]

A crew of the VP-45 "Pelicans" recently visited the University of Texas (UT) at Austin as Naval Aviation's representative to the university's Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) program.

The four-day mission was to inform future officers at UT of the options available in Naval Aviation, specifically the career opportunities offered within the maritime patrol and reconnaissance community.

The Pelicans held an on-campus brief, followed by an aircraft tour at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport for the NROTC students, where they described the P-3 Orion's mission capabilities and the role of maritime patrol in global operations. Each member of the aircrew provided their unique mission perspective - from piloting the P-3 to utilizing the onboard sensors to conduct its primary mission of anti-submarine warfare.

During the tour, students took an exterior walk-around and used the opportunity to ask questions concerning the P-3 airframe, as well as armaments.

"Most of the questions focused on the MAD (Magnetic Anomaly Detector) boom used to assist in locating submarines. They also asked about the 'holes' in the bottom of the fuselage from where the sonobuoys are launched," explained Lt. j.g. Johnny Sadler, one of the VP-45 pilots.

During an afternoon social, cadets asked numerous questions, from the difficulty of flight school to job satisfaction within the maritime patrol community.

The visit was a great success for both the University of Texas NROTC and the Pelicans of VP-45.

Stated Sadler, "A majority of the students were still unsure what career path they might choose as a naval officer. Hopefully, our visit provided the students insight into the exciting arena of naval aviation and to becoming future aviators in the maritime patrol and reconnaissance community."

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-45 History "...'Pelicans' return to Cedar Hills Elementary for Junior Achievement Day - Thu., June 17, 2010..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://www.jaxairnews.com/ [18JUN2010]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-45 History "...AWV2 Brian Wilkerson of VP-45 talks about his job with students from Cedar Hill Elementary - Thu., June 17, 2010..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://www.jaxairnews.com/ [18JUN2010]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-45 History "...CDR Michael Doherty's wife, Lynn, pins on the command at sea insignia, designating him VP-45's Commanding Officer during the squadron's change of command ceremony May 14 - Thu., May 27, 2010..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://www.jaxairnews.com/ [28MAY2010]

Photograph Caption: Photo courtesy of VP-26 The VP-26 "Tridents" are arriving at the their new home at NAS Jacksonville, Florida this week. The squadron is the last patrol squadron to transition from VP-26.

The "Tridents" of VP-26 are in the homestretch of a six-month deployment before returning to their new duty station at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. As the last squadron to finalize its homeport transition from VP-26; the men and women of VP-26 look forward to making their new home in Hangar 1000 and joining their sister squadrons in Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing Eleven (CPRW-11).

Aircraft and crews will begin the redeployment process this week, with all Tridents scheduled to be home from deployment by the first week in June. Over the past five and a half months, Team Trident has been flying a variety of missions from three widespread locations.

With its near global deployed presence, the squadron has supported counter-drug operations in Central America, maritime security operations in the Mediterranean, and anti-piracy and regional stabilization efforts in the Horn of Africa.

It has supported Operations Unified Response and Active Endeavor, the USS Eisenhower Strike Group, and has participated in numerous multinational exercises including Noble Manta, Brilliant Mariner and Caya Green.

"VP-26 has a long standing tradition of excellence. We look forward to being a part of the CPRW-11 Team and continuing that tradition in our new duty station," said Lt. Cmdr. Sam Gage, officer in charge of the squadron's El Salvador detachment. "Our Sailors look forward to making a new home in NAS Jacksonville, Florida and contributing to the local community."

History ThumbnailCameraVP-26 History Photo courtesy of VP-26 Members of VP-26 gather in front of their P-3 Orion aircraft while on detachment in Djibouti, Africa.

"The experience has been priceless," said Lt. j.g. Nick Grow, a tactical coordinator who has flown in all three deployed locations as well as several detachment sites. "Flying a variety of missions has enabled crews to hone their tactical skills and familiarity with multiple geographic areas."

On April 27, Cmdr. Jeff Draeger assumed command of VP-26, relieving Cmdr. Mike Parker. Cmdr. Noel Dahlke joined the squadron on deployment as the new executive officer. Spending time in all three deployed locations, Draeger saw firsthand how the squadron met requirements and overcame a variety of challenges in each site while maintaining its overall unit cohesiveness across so many miles and time zones. The teamwork forged by this demanding and dynamic deployment provides a strong foundation on which the Tridents will build during their upcoming inter-deployment readiness cycle.

"Our old and new neighbors in Brunswick and NAS Jacksonville, Florida as well as our families can be extremely proud of what this squadron has done during its latest turn in the deployment barrel," said Draeger.

"While deployed we have made a positive difference for our loved ones back home, fellow Americans, and people around the world. We look forward to doing the same in NAS Jacksonville, Florida."

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Down For Nearly Three Weeks by LT(jg) Watt (Pilot with VP-45) - Navy Approach Magazine - March/April 2010 - Page 24 and 25 - ..." [23APR2010]

As with any product that has been around for decades, aircraft develop certain commonplace discrepancies. Most Orion maintenance-action forms (MAFs) tend to be discrepancies a senior maintainer probably has seen several times.

We had an airspeed problem during a training flight involving multiple touch-and-goes. During takeoff in the P-3C, power usually is set by the flight engineer after brakes are released. The copilot monitors airspeed during takeoff roll and makes three calls: "80 knots," "refusal," and "rotate." The copilot calls out "80 knots" to signal the pilot to check his airspeed and verify sufficient power is set for takeoff. Rotate speeds in the P-3C vary from 115 to 130 knots, so this checkpoint provides a safe buffer to abort the takeoff.

At training weights, rotate speed is 115 knots.

After our initial takeoff, the copilot—the instructor pilot in this case—said the aircraft was slow during the climb to pattern altitude. The pilot looked down at his indicator and saw 160 knots, the normal climb-out speed to downwind. The copilot stated his airspeed indicator showed 145 knots. The maximum allowable difference between pilot and copilot airspeed indicators in the P-3 is five knots. After some discussion at pattern altitude and more cross-checks to verify the problem, the instructor pilot landed the aircraft and returned to the line.

The airspeed-indicator system uses both pitot (ram air) and static (ambient air) inputs. Initial troubleshooting focused on the dual pitot probes located below the nose radome. During climb and descent, where the airspeed discrepancy was noted, there is an angular difference in the airflow through the probes, as compared to level flight. This disrupted flow of air is negligible under normal circumstances; however, an internal problem with the probe could interfere with airspeed indications.

Consequently, the pilot and copilot pitot probes were replaced, and the system operated normally.

The following flight also reported an airspeed split.

Maintenance personnel determined some particulate matter could be in the system, so they purged it, using drain ports located in the aircraft's belly. They found some bits of Teflon tape (which seals the connections) in the lines that feed ram air to the instruments. The aircraft airspeed system checked normal on deck and once again was released for flight.

ALONG WITH THE RECURRING AIRSPEED split, the next crew noted that the copilot side airspeed seemed to "ratchet" in conjunction with an altimeter split of around 150 feet, and then would eventually disappear.

This gripe pointed toward the static side of the system, because the altimeter only uses a static input. After removing components connected to that system, mechs cleared the lines with pressurized air, similar to the procedure used for the pitot system. They found five different leaks in the line. The static system, however, operates on a vacuum, rather than on pressure, so the air-data test set the maintainers use for troubleshooting was unable to find all of the leaks. A special piece of equipment, used to amplify small sounds like air leaks, was flown to the deployed location to find the last few holes. After we patched the tiny holes, the system operated normally, and the aircraft returned to fully mission-capable status.

Pilots learn early on in flight training the most challenging and unique phases of flight are takeoffs and landings.

When the aircraft configuration is being changed, along with increasing or decreasing airspeed, pilots must fly close to stall speeds. P-3 rotate speeds can be as little as five percent above minimum air-control speed (Vmcair).

In the above case, had there been a problem with one (or two) engines during takeoff, the aircraft would have been only 10 knots above Vmc-air, and the airspeed indicators would have shown a 15-knot difference.

Sometimes it's easy to overlook the effort that goes into keeping a 20-, or 30-, or even 40-year-old aircraft flying. When difficult problems such as this pitot-static discrepancy are solved, we definitely appreciate the maintainers.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera100414-N-4716P-025 HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (April 14, 2010) "...Gas Turbine System Technician (Electronic) Francisco Zapata, colors with a patient at the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital hematology and oncology ward. Sailors from Navy Recruiting District Miami gave Navy ball caps and other items donated by the Pelicans of VP-45, based in Jacksonville, Fla., to children at the hospital as part of the "Caps for Kids" program. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Gabe Puello/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [17APR2010]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...'Pelicans' Perform Burial at Sea - VP-45 Public Affairs - Thursday, April 8, 2010..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://jacksonville.com/ [09APR2010]

VP-45 "Pelicans" committed the remains of one of their own, retired Lt. Cmdr. Billy Colvin, to the sea during an in-flight burial from a P-3C off the coast of Pensacola, Fla. March 13. Colvin died in August 2008 from a sudden illness at the age of 59.

"Unto almighty God, we commend our departed brother as we commit his body to the deep." With those words, CPRW-11 Chaplain (Lt. Cmdr.) Atticus Taylor released Colvin's ashes at 1,500 feet above the Gulf of Mexico from a P-3C Orion assigned to VP-45.

Colvin was born in Detroit in 1949 and raised in Geraldine, Ala. He enlisted in the Navy in 1968 as a P-3 acoustic operator. He attended Auburn University, earning his commission upon graduation. Colvin returned to the P-3 community as a naval flight officer with tours at VP-31, VP-17 and VP-30, culminating in his department head tour at VP-45.

In October 1993, Colvin retired and moved his family to Pensacola, where his wife Kathy and daughter Tina still reside.

Early on March 13, two VP-45 crews gathered in Hangar 1000 to fly two aircraft to NAS Pensacola, Florida.

"We weren't taking any chances of not reaching Pensacola," stated VP-45 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Andrew Smith, who flew on the lead aircraft.

After the one-hour flight west to NAS Pensacola, Florida, both P-3s touched down and taxied to where the Colvin family was watching from the tarmac. "Two planes for my Billy," exclaimed Colvin's widow, Kathy. "How could I ask for anything better?"

A brief ground ceremony, officiated by Taylor, followed a meet-and-greet and aircraft tour with the aircrews and Colvin's family.

Afterwards, the lead airplane received the remains and departed southbound towards open water, standard behavior for a P-3 involved in a unique, non-standard mission.

Twenty miles out to sea, the plane commander announced, "all hands bury the dead." All nonessential crewmembers gathered in the back of the P-3 for a final goodbye.

After the reading of the committal by Smith, Colvin's ashes were released via the plane's free-fall chute, normally reserved for dropping of ordinance such as buoys and smoke signals. Three bells rang, signifying the completion of the ceremony.

Returning to NAS Pensacola, Florida, Smith presented Colvin's family with a flag and a letter expressing his condolences for their loss.

"I couldn't think of a better way to honor Billy, to have his final flight aboard a P-3," said Mrs. Colvin.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera100316-N-4716P-029 TAMPA, Fla. (March 16, 2010) "...Master Chief Machinist Mate Randy Huckaba, chief of the boat of the guided-missile submarine USS Florida (SSGN 728), plays "Battleship" with a patient at the St. Joseph's Children's Hospital. Sailors assigned to Florida and members of the Navy Band Southeast contemporary entertainment ensemble, Pride, spent an afternoon during a "Caps for Kids" program visit, playing games, singing songs and giving away Navy ball caps and memorabilia donated by the Pelicans of VP-45 based in Jacksonville, Fla. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Gabe Puello/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [19MAR2010]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-45 History "...VP-45 Welcomes Three 'Pelecan' Heroes - Thursday, March 11, 2010..." WebSite: JaxNews http://www.jaxairnews.com/ [04MAR2010]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-45 History "...VP-45 Announces 'Safety Pro' - Thursday February 25, 2010..." WebSite: JaxNews http://www.jaxairnews.com/ [26FEB2010]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-45 History "...VP-45 Sailor Attains Milestong (AWF2 Greta Hines) - Thursday January 7, 2010...Squadrons Mentioned: VP-5, VP-8, VP-16 and VP-62..." WebSite: JaxNews http://www.jaxairnews.com/ [08JAN2010]


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