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Circa 2017

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-5 History "...Patrol Squadron FIVE Hosts SECNAV in Keflavik, Iceland... 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-5 History "...VP-5 Takes Flight Over Devastated Dominica... 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-5 History "...Jacksonville City Council Members Take to the Skies with Mad Foxes... 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-5 History "...VP-5 Deploys to Sigonella, El Salvador... 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-5 History "...Rear Admiral Jones Presents Mad Foxes with Battle “E” Award... 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-5 History "...VP-5 Hosts Florida Baptist Children’s Homes of Jacksonville... 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-5 History "...VP-5 “Mad Foxes” Hold 66th Change of Command... 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-5 History "...VP-5 Qualifies First Enlisted Sailors to Operate P-8A Engines... 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-5 History "...VP-5 Earns Perfect Score in Technical Proficiency Inspection... 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-5 History "...‘Mad Foxes’ Fire Live Harpoon in Teamwork South 2017 SINKEX... 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-5 History "...VP-5 ‘Mad Foxes’ Clean Up Local Park... 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-5 History "...‘Mad Foxes’ Celebrate Longest Streak in Navy... 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-5 History "...‘Mad Foxes’ Win First P-8A Battle ‘E’... 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-5 History "...‘Mad Foxes’ Visit ROTC in Texas... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2017: Issue 1..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [03FEB2017]
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Circa 2016

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-5 History "...No Fox Like a Home Fox... 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-5 History "...‘Mad Fox’ Iwo Jima Trip... 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-5 History "...VP-5 Participates in the Sapporo Airshow 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-5 History "...‘Mad Foxes’ Kick off Training in Singapore... 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-5 History "...Elite P-8 Weapons School Joins ‘Mad Foxes’ in Middle East... 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-5 History "...‘Mad Foxes’ in the Hunt for ISIL... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2016: Issue 3..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [30JUL2016]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-5 History "...Mad Foxes Join with Japanese Forces for Anti-submarine Exercise... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2016: Issue 3..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [30JUL2016]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-5 History "...VP-5 Trains with 13th Fighter Squadron... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2016: Issue 3..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [30JUL2016]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-5 History "...VP-5 Trains with Royal Thai Air Force... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2016: Issue 3..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [30JUL2016]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-5 History "...Mad Foxes Host Japan Maritime Self Defense Force... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2016: Issue 3..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [30JUL2016]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-5 History "...‘Mad Foxes’ to the Rescue... 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-5 History "...VP-5 Ready to Head Out the Door... 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-5 History "...‘Mad Foxes’ Provide P-8A Tour for 6th Fleet Brass... 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-5 History "...VP-5 Maintainers Excel on Latest Inspection... 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-5 History "...VP-5 Completes ORE... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2015: Issue 1..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [01FEB2016]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-5 History "...‘Mad Foxes’ Continue Navy Tradition of Dining Out... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2015: Issue 1..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [01FEB2016]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-5 History "...‘Mad Foxes’ Maintainers Score High on Recent Inspection... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2015: Issue 1..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [01FEB2016]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-5 History "...‘Mad Foxes’ Complete Training With Our Neighbors to the North... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2015: Issue 1..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [01FEB2016]
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Circa 2015

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-5 History "...NAS Jacksonville-based P-8A Poseidon Aircraft Assist in Search for El Faro... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2015: Issue 4..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [28OCT2015]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-5 History "...Mad Foxes Conduct Flyover at UT Home Opener... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2015: Issue 4..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [28OCT2015]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-5 History "...VP-5 Aircrew Comes to the Aid of Two Distressed Vessels... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2015: Issue 4..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [28OCT2015]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-5 History "...VP-5 Supports CVW-7 at Air Wing Fallon... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2015: Issue 4..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [28OCT2015]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-5 History "...VP-5, VP-8 Complete Truman Strike Group Exercise... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2015: Issue 4..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [28OCT2015]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-5 History "...‘Mad Foxes’ Showcase P-8A to SECNAV... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2015: Issue 3..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [29JUL2015]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera150507-N-LV331-003 "...JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (May 7, 2015) Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus inspects the capabilities of the P-8A Poseidon during demonstration flight with the Mad Foxes of Patrol Squadron (VP) 5. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Armando Gonzales/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [08JUN2015]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-5 History "...‘Mad Foxes’ home from deployment... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2015: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [02MAY2015]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...This video highlights our most recent 7th Fleet deployment toNAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan - video highlights some of their achievements on a historic deployment. I just recently uploaded the video to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXRjw4kfj5E and a download at https://vimeo.com/122790854..." Contributed by LT Kevin Cottingham kevin.cottingham@gmail.com [23MAR2015]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-5 History "..."Mad Foxes" Detach to Australia... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2015: Issue 1..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [06FEB2015]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-5 History "..."Mad Foxes" Celebrate Safety Milestone... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2015: Issue 1..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [06FEB2015]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-5 History "...VP-5 Maintainers Recognized as Best in MPRF... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2015: Issue 1..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [06FEB2015]
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Circa 2014

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera141028-N-JN652-184 "...OSAN, Republic of Korea (Oct. 28, 2014) Republic of Korea Gen. Park, Seon Woo, deputy commander of Combined Forces Command, receives a brief on the capabilities of the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 5, during a distinguished visitor flight from Osan Air Base. The Mad Foxes of VP-5 and their P-8A aircraft are deployed in support of the U.S. 7th Fleet conducting maritime stability, patrol, and search operations throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Wendy Wyman/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [23NOV2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera141028-N-JN652-121 "...OSAN, Republic of Korea (Oct. 28, 2014) Naval Aircrewman (Operator) 2nd Class George Freer II, assigned to the Mad Foxes of Patrol Squadron (VP) 5, answers questions aboard a P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft with Rear Adm. Lisa Franchetti, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Korea, and Republic of Korea officers from Combined Forces Command during a distinguished visitor flight from Osan Air Base. The Mad Foxes of VP-5 and their P-8A aircraft are deployed in support of the U.S. 7th Fleet conducting maritime stability, patrol, and search operations throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Wendy Wyman/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [23NOV2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera141028-N-JN652-230 "...OSAN, Republic of Korea (Oct. 28, 2014) Lt. Cmdr. Colette Lazenka, assigned to the Mad Foxes of Patrol Squadron (VP) 5, explains the capabilities of the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft to Republic of Korea Gen. Park, Seon Woo, deputy commander of Combined Forces Command, after a distinguished visitor flight on Osan Air Base. The Mad Foxes of VP-5 and their P-8A aircraft are deployed in support of the U.S. 7th Fleet conducting maritime stability, patrol, and search operations throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Wendy Wyman/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [23NOV2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140926-N-NZ935-128 "...PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 26, 2014) A P-8A Poseidon from Patrol Squadron Five (VP-5) flies by the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) during a routine exercise in the Philippine Sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joshua Hammond/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [11OCT2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140926-N-YU572-187 "...CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (Sept. 26, 2014) Rear Adm. Charlie Williams, commander of Task Force 73, speaks with Lt. Braz Kennedy aboard a P-8A Poseidon assigned to the Mad Foxes of Patrol Squadron (VP) 5 during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Bangladesh 2014. In its 20th year, CARAT is an annual, bilateral exercise series with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the armed forces of nine partner nations including, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Timor-Leste. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jay C. Pugh/Released) Class Jay C. Pugh/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [11OCT2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140926-N-YU572-161 "...CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (Sept. 26, 2014) Lt. Cmdr. Andrew Behlke displays his aviation survival equipment to Bangladesh naval aviators aboard a P-8A Poseidon assigned to the Mad Foxes of Patrol Squadron (VP) 5 during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Bangladesh 2014. In its 20th year, CARAT is an annual, bilateral exercise series with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the armed forces of nine partner nations including, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Timor-Leste. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jay C. Pugh/Released) Class Jay C. Pugh/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [11OCT2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140801-N-HK523-027 "...PAYA LEBAR AIR BASE, Singapore (Aug. 1, 2014) Lt. Cmdr. Colette Lazenka, tactical coordinator of Maritime and Reconnaissance Patrol Squadron (VP) 5, explains to the media the capabilities of the P-8A Poseidon during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise. In its 20th year, CARAT is a bilateral exercise series between the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Marine Corps and the armed forces of nine partner nations to include Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Timor-Lest. The CARAT 2014 exercise series commenced in May and will continue through November. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Kimberly R. Stephens/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [09AUG2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140801-N-YU572-008 "...PAYA LEBAR, Singapore (Aug. 1, 2014) Republic of Singapore paratroopers conduct training above a P-8A Poseidon assigned to the Mad Foxes of Maritime Patrol Squadron (VP) 5 during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Singapore 2014. In its 20th year, CARAT is an annual, bilateral exercise series with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the armed forces of nine partner nations including, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Timor-Leste. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jay C. Pugh/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [09AUG2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-5 History "...CNFJ visits NAF Misawa, Japan by Petty Officer 1st Class Kenneth Takada ..." WebSite: DVIDS News http://www.dvidshub.net/ [27JUL2014]

Photograph Description: Cmdr. Greg Petrovic, commanding officer of VP-5, center, describes the capabilities of the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft to Rear Adm. Terry Kraft, Commander, Naval Forces Japan, (right), and senior officers of the Japan Self-Defense Force during a joint visit to Naval Air Facility (NAF) Misawa. Kraft toured the facility to showcase the capabilities of the P-8A Poseidon, the Navy's newest maritime patrol aircraft, to our allies. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kenneth G. Takada/Released)

NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan -- Rear Adm. Terry Kraft, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Japan, visited Naval Air Facility (NAF) Misawa and Misawa Air Base to view U.S. Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities during an official tour July 23.

Rear Adm. Kazuki Yamashita, Director, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) General Operations and Plans, and Rear Adm. Umio Otsuka, Director, JMSDF Command, Control, and Intelligence, accompanied Kraft during the tour.

The visitors were met by Capt. Keith Henry, Commander, NAF Misawa, and Capt. David Wright, Deputy Commander, Combined Task Force (CTF) 72 before a short tour of the CTF-72 facility.

Kraft, Yamashita, and Otsuka then met with Air Force Col. Timothy Sundvall, Commander, 35th Fighter Wing (FW), before viewing a U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle. Maj. Daniel Moran, stationed with the 35th FW, explained Global Hawk’s functions and capabilities to the guests.

Following the Global Hawk tour, Kraft and his JMSDF guests met with other senior Japan Self-Defense Force and U.S. leaders at the Misawa Air Base Officer’s Club.

The tour continued with a visit to one of VP-5’s P-8A Poseidons, the U.S. Navy’s long-range anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft. "This visit provided a great opportunity to showcase the U.S. Navy's newest ISR capabilities to a joint group of Japanese Self Defense Force personnel," said Kraft.

The tour concluded with a flight aboard the P-8A to showcase the Navy’s newest maritime patrol aircraft and give our allies a first-hand look at how it performs.

For more news from Naval Air Facility Misawa, check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/nafmisawa.

Read more: http://www.dvidshub.net/news/137239/cnfj-visits-naf-misawa#.U9TRUfm9pKf#ixzz38f9qfs6G

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-5 History "...2014 Fleet Challenge Winners Announced... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2014: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [01MAY2014]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-5 History "...VP-5 Changes Command... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2014: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [01MAY2014]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-5 History "..."Mad Foxes" Visit P-8A Program... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2014: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [01MAY2014]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-5 History "...‘Mad Foxes’ visit P-8A program from Staff - Posted: March 19, 2014 - 4:43pm..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/ [26MAR2014]

Photograph Caption: Boeing photo by Jim Anderson - James Detwiler, Boeing P-8 business development director (right), leads the U.S. Navy VP-5 "Mad Foxes" on a tour of the P-8A Poseidon mission systems installation factory.

Boeing welcomed the “Mad Foxes” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 5 to its P-8 Poseidon facilities on March 13. The P-8A squadron, which arrived at NAS Whidbey Island, Wash., earlier in the week, will be the second squadron to operationally deploy later this spring.

While in the Puget Sound area, the VP-5 group, comprised of a flight crew, maintenance team and the command master chief, toured the P-8A assembly and mission systems installation factories, as well as the company’s commercial 737 lines.

Lt. Cmdr. Colette Lazenka, a 12-year Navy veteran, said the Mad Foxes, based at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, flew a P-8A to Whidbey Island to help prepare for their upcoming deployment to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan.

“As part of our training here we’ll fly a simulated anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare mission together with three P-3C Orions, two EA-18G Growlers and two EA-6B Prowler aircraft,” Lazenka said.

“Between now and our deployment we’ll work with carrier strike groups and other aircraft to practice tactics and missions.”

Lazenka added that she’s heard a lot of positive feedback from the squadron currently deployed to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan.

“They love the P-8A and say it’s reliable and doing a great job.”

James Detwiler, Boeing P-8 business development director, said the visit “was a good opportunity for VP-5 to get an up close look at how the aircraft are built, as well as see the pride the Boeing team takes in producing them.”

The Mad Foxes will eventually relieve the “War Eagles” of VP-16, which has been on deployment since November 2013. To date, Boeing had delivered 13 of the Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft to the Navy.

Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/military/jax-air-news/2014-03-19/story/mad-foxes-visit-p-8a-program#ixzz2wycadLYR


Circa 2013

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-5 History "...VP-5 Hosts "Gray Fox Heritage Day"... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2013: Issue 4..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [30OCT2013]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-5 History "...VP-5 Certified "Safe for Flight"... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2013: Issue 4..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [30OCT2013]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Mad Foxes were treated by the arrival of their second P-8A Poseidon, side number 437. Every Mad Fox is extremely excited by their second Poseidon and look forward to finishing their inspections strong. NFLAMF! (Photos by MC2 Wojciekowski)..." WebSite: VP-5 Official FaceBook Page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Patrol-Squadron-FIVE-VP-5 [31JUL2013]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-5 History "...On 11 JUN 13 VP-5 took a short break from their busy transition to the P-8A to recognize some of their outstanding Mad Foxes. After the award quarters Patrol Squadron FIVE was further honored by receiving the Arnold J. Isbell Trophy for ASW Excellence from Commodore of Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11 CAPT Eric S. Wiese. This trophy recognizes the Mad Foxes' excellence throughout the year of 2012 including a demanding deployment to the SEVENT Fleet Area of Operations out of NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan..." WebSite: VP-5 Official FaceBook Page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Patrol-Squadron-FIVE-VP-5 [16JUN2013]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-5 History "...On 04 JUN 13 Patrol Squadron FIVE received its first P-8A Poseidon as a team of Boeing pilots flew it from its production facility near Seattle, WA to NAS Jacksonville, Florida. This will begin a close to one month process of acceptance inspections..." WebSite: VP-5 Official FaceBook Page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Patrol-Squadron-FIVE-VP-5 [16JUN2013]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Patrol Squadron FIVE Change of Command 17 May 13. May 13 Patrol Squadron FIVE changed command from Cdr. Erin P. Osborne to Cdr. Matthew T. Pottenburgh. Welcome Skipper Pottenburgh. Fair winds and following seas Skipper Osborne. You're Mad Fox family will miss you. No Fox Like a Mad Fox!..." WebSite: VP-5 FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Patrol-Squadron-FIVE-VP-5 [21MAY2013]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-5's First P-8A Plane Captain AT3 Asa Mull recently qualified as VP-5's First P-8A Plane Captain. A P-8A Plane Captain is unique as he not only launches and recovers the plane, but also signs for it along with the Patrol Plane Commander and Maintenance Control. The following are pictures of AT3 Mull launching a VP-30 training flight for Mad Fox pilots LT Cameron and LT Ratliff. — at NAS Jacksonville, Florida..." WebSite: VP-5 FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Patrol-Squadron-FIVE-VP-5 [09MAY2013]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-5 History "...VP-5 AW02 Presented Wings by his Father... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2013: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [01MAY2013]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-5 History "...VP-5 'Mad Foxes' Host VP-5 'Pegasus'... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2013: Issue 1..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [25JAN2013]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-5 History "...'Mad Foxes' Return to NAS JAX... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2013: Issue 1..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [25JAN2013]
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Circa 2012

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Dictionary of American Naval Aviation SquadronsVP-5 History "...VP-5 Support Operation Island Chief... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2012: Issue 3..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [06JAN2013]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Dictionary of American Naval Aviation SquadronsVP-5 History "...VP-5 Trains with Filipino Navy... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2012: Issue 3..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [06JAN2013]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-5 History "...VP-5 Trains With Indonesian Navy... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2012: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [05JAN2013]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-5 Patrol Squadron FIVE returned home from a successful deployment to the SEVENTH Fleet area of responsibility - posted December 11, 2012..." WebSite: VP-5 Facebook www.facebook.com/ [16DEC2012]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-5 'Mad Foxes' Host VP-5 'Pegasus' Posted: November 28, 2012 - 3:11pm By LT(jg) Kaitlin Hady VP-5 Public Affairs Officer..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/ [29NOV2012]

The "Mad Foxes" of VP-5 played host to the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) VP-5 "Pegasus". The maritime patrol and reconnaissance Sailors met at the NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan Officers' Club and enjoyed a night of friendly conversation and cultural exchange.

Both squadrons had developed a relationship of cooperation throughout the Mad Foxes' 7th Fleet Deployment. They have joined for numerous professional events, including squadron visits, briefings, cultural exchanges, aircraft tours and real-world training missions.

This event was an opportunity to gather in a purely social setting to allow all sailors to get to know each other on a more personal level.

Both officers and enlisted Sailors from each command attended the social. The evening began with an exchange of gifts and opening remarks by the squadrons' commanding officers. The JMSDF officers began the night by offering their support and condolences for the recent impact of Hurricane Sandy on the U.S. East Coast. They recounted the aid that the U.S. Navy had provided for tsunami and typhoon relief as examples of the close relationship between the two nations.

"It was a wonderful opportunity to get to know the JMSDF aviators," said pilot Lt. j.g. Kevin Cottingham.

After exchanging squadron insignia, taking photos together and sharing stories, both squadrons walked away from the event with a better understanding and appreciation for each organization. The Mad Foxes were very grateful for the opportunity to participate in the event and look forward to future gatherings.

VP-5 is currently on a routine deployment to the 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime patrol operations.

Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/military/jax-air-news/2012-11-28/story/vp-5-mad-foxes-host-vp-5-pegasus#ixzz2DbUJE9dR

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-5 Trains with Indonesian Navy - By Lt. David Childers - Posted: June 13, 2012..." WebSite: Commander U. S. 7th Fleet http://www.c7f.navy.mil/ [13JUN2012]

SURABAYA, Indonesia – The Mad Foxes of VP-5 and squadrons 800, 600, 400 and 200 of the Indonesian navy participated in the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) at Juanda Naval Air Base in Indonesia on May 30.

The joint forces "at sea" training exercise held professional discussions designed to facilitate professional relationship building between the two countries.

The exercise began with an aviation symposium covering a broad area of naval aviation topics. The Indonesian navy introduced a variety of aircraft including the Casa C-212 Aviocar, GAF Nomad and the Belle 412. While the Mad Foxes discussed topics including crew resource management, aircraft mission equipment and coordinated operations.

At the end of each presentation, members from each country discussed how they could incorporate those new ideas into their respective communities.

"It was really interesting discussing the similarities and differences between our military and theirs, especially from the operational and training perspectives." said Lt. Tim Clemens.

Throughout the week, the Mad Foxes took members of the various Indonesian squadrons for familiarization flights including range clearing, coordinated operations, and a basic Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) profile. The Indonesian aircrews were able to develop a feeling of what life is like on a P-3C Orion as they observed the crew perform their jobs at each crew station.

Through out the symposium and training flights, both the American and Indonesian aircrews came to a better understanding and appreciation for each other.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera120601-N-IA840-209 JUANDA NAVAL BASE, Indonesia (June 1, 2012) "...120601-N-IA840-209 JUANDA NAVAL BASE, Indonesia (June 1, 2012) Sailors assigned to the Mad Foxes of Patrol Squadron (VP) 5 visit with Indonesian aviators during an orientation flight as part of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Indonesia 2012. CARAT 2012 is a nine-country, bilateral exercise between the United States and Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand, and Timor Leste and is designed to enhance maritime security skills and operational cohesiveness among participating forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Elizabeth Thompson/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil [06JUN20122012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera120601-N-IA840-129 JUANDA NAVAL BASE, Indonesia (June 1, 2012) "...120601-N-IA840-129 JUANDA NAVAL BASE, Indonesia (June 1, 2012) Lt. j.g. Tim Clemmons, assigned to the Mad Foxes of Patrol Squadron (VP) 5, discusses functions of a tactical coordinator (TACCO) station within the P-3 Orion to Indonesian aviators Cmdr. C.H. Ahdriahtoro, left, and Lt. Y. Rizali during an orientation flight as part of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Indonesia 2012. CARAT 2012 is a nine-country, bilateral exercise between the United States and Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand, and Timor Leste and is designed to enhance maritime security skills and operational cohesiveness among participating forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Elizabeth Thompson/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil [06JUN20122012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera120201-N-NL150-002 "...Jacksonville, Fla. (Feb. 1, 2012) Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Jasmine Banks and Aviation Ordnancemen 3rd Class, Rumiel Benson, Bryce Warde, Mallory Tapley and Daniel Massiah, all assigned to the Mad Foxes of Patrol Squadron (VP) 5, perform an inspection drill on an inert MK-63 mine. VP-5 is preparing for a six-month deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason R. Wilson/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [05FEB2012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Prepping for Poseidon - VP-30 To Welcome First Production P-8A in March - By Clark Pierce Editor - Posted: January 18, 2012 - 6:23pm | Updated: January 18, 2012 - 6:25pm. Squadron's Mentioned: VP-5, VP-16, VP-30, VX-1 and VX-20..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/ [19JAN2012]

Since the Naval Air Systems Command PMA 290 program office awarded Boeing the P-8A contract in 2004, thousands of hours of design, development and testing have been devoted to the P-3 Orion/P-8 Poseidon transition. Eight years later, with testing still underway, the VP-30 "Pro's Nest" is qualifying the instructors who will train the flight, mission and weapon crews when the first production P-8A arrives at a date to be determined in March.

"Every day is critical and puts us one step closer to delivering Poseidon to the fleet," said VP-30 Commanding Officer Capt. Mark Stevens.

"So far, thanks to the professionals on our fleet integration team, we're on track for initial operational capability in 2013."

Also, the first of 10 operational flight trainer and nine weapons tactics trainer simulators housed in the P-8A Integrated Training Center were recently accepted by VP-30, the Navy's largest fleet replacement squadron (FRS) located at NAS Jacksonville, Florida.

"We're in our 'train-the-trainer' period where our initial cadre of 12 pilots, naval flight officers, acoustic and non-acoustic operators are sharpening their operational skills in the new technically advanced flight and mission simulators," said Stevens.

He added, "We've sent about 80 maintainers to train with VX-20 at NAS Patuxent River. They'll have their maintenance 'safe for flight' certification by March when our first P-8 arrives. In fact, the whole team should be certified as 'P-8 proficient' when the VP-16 'War Eagles' show up in July at VP-30 for transition training."

VP-16 is slated to have eight combat aircrews NATOPS-qualified within six months. Concurrently, VP-30 will train additional P-8 instructors, four at a time, so the squadron will be ready to teach its first FRS syllabus students in August.

With only two P-8A aircraft available by July, Stevens said, "Logging the required flight hours for instructors will be challenging. As a result, our first pair of Poseidons will fly about 200 hours per month. By January 2013, we should have six P-8s available – two each for VP-30, VP-16 and VP-5."

The Pro's Nest is currently assigned 17 P-3C Orions – but the numbers of P-3 students and aircraft will start to go down in 2013.

In the meantime, the VP-30 hangar will be modified to accommodate the P-8's higher tail section.

"Until the last P-3 is sent to the boneyard, we'll take the 'one team/one fight' approach for both platforms," said Stevens.

"That means our VP-30 Maintenance Department will service both the P-3 and P-8 in our hangar. Obviously, our new Boeing 737-based Poseidons will require less parts and labor than our 40-year-old Orions."

When the P-3 Orion/P-8 Poseidon transition is complete, VP-30 will be assigned 12 Poseidons. Operational squadrons will be assigned six Poseidons.

Also working with the P-8A fleet integration team is the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Weapons School located east of VP-30 on Yorktown Avenue.

"In addition to certifying VP squadrons in ordnance handling and loading for deployment, we teach post-FRS, level 200 through level 500 Weapons Tactics Instructor (WTI) courses," said Officer-in-Charge Cmdr. Mike Granger.

"Our P-8 department has developed advanced readiness training that includes classroom courseware, simulator scenarios and flight events. Our WTIs also worked with VX-1 at NAS Patuxent River to develop the initial ASW ordnance load for P-8, including the new MK 54 lightweight torpedo."

The Navy plans to purchase 108 production P-8A maritime patrol aircraft.

The Poseidon's Initial Operational Capability (IOC) with VP-16 is planned for 2013.

Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/military/jax-air-news/2012-01-18/story/prepping-poseidon#ixzz1jt0M3shR

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Circa 2011

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-5 'Mad Foxes' Return Home - Posted: June 8, 2011 - 4:45pm..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://www.jaxairnews.com/ [12JUN2011]

The "Mad Foxes" of VP-5 returned to NAS Jacksonville, Florida June 4 after a six-month, tri-site deployment to three very different countries: El Salvador, Djibouti, Africa and NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAF Naples, Italy.

VP-5 Commanding Officer Cmdr. John Fox was all smiles as he stepped off the squadron's final returning P-3C Orion June 4.

"It's been an outstanding deployment. Our Mad Foxes worked very hard over the past six months supporting Southern Command, European Command and Central Command areas of responsibility -- but we did not do it alone," he said.

"We had a lot of support from CPRW-11, as well as from our sister squadrons at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. VP-26 and VP-16 augumented us with crews, maintainers and aircraft. It was a total wing effort," added Fox.

VP-5 answered the call to duty as they amassed over 4,000 flight hours in response to world events such as operations Odyssey Dawn, Unified Protector, Caper Focus, Carib Shield and Enduring Freedom-- while simultaneously supporting exercises in France, Greece, Sicily and Spain.

One of the major highlights during deployment was the historic launch of the AGM-65F Maverick missile during Operation Odyssey Dawn in Libya.

In El Salvador, the squadron participated in counter drug operations with over 1,100 flight hours, that prevented more than five metric tons of drugs (valued at over $850 million) from reaching the United States.

VP-5 maintainers completed over 41,000 hours of maintenance, including two Integrated Maintenance Concepts (IMC) inspections. Flight Engineer AWF1 Joseph Fowells said, "We were exposed to the outside environment, but performed two successful IMCs. Our goal was to conduct by-the-book- inspections and return those aircraft to the crews to continue executing our primary mession in El Salvador."

In Djibouti, VP-5 flew in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and counter piracy operations flying over 1,300 hours. As the desert heat pressed, the Mad Foxes pressed back by consistently completing missions. They hosted many visitors at the detachment sight, including the Vice Chief of Naval Operations and U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois. The squadron also worked alongside maritime patrol aircraft from South Korea, Japan, Germany and other United States Navy units to support the Horn of Africa operations.

"What we did there was definitely rewarding and a very real part of world events," said AWO2 Nicholas Nettles, a non-acoustic sensor operator who flew missions in Djibouti.

In Sicily, Italy, the squadron primarily supported Operation Active Endeavor. The maintenance team performed five IMCs and conducted 32 weapons loads when the squadron flew armed missions in support of Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn.

In March, VP-5 was augmented with an aircraft, crews and maintenance personnel from VP-26 and VP-40 to support around-the-clock missions.Follow on aircraft, crews and maintainers were provided by VP-46 and VP-16 when NATO Operation Unified Protector commenced. In total, the NAS Sigonella, Sicily detachment flew over 1,600 hours.

On May 13 at NAS Sigonella, Sicily, the squadron held a change of command ceremony where Cmdr. John Fox, VP-5 executive officer relieved Cmdr. Jason Jorgenson as commanding officer. Jorgenson led VP-5 into a thriving deployment and Fox brought the squadron home and into the next training cycle for future deployments.

The squadron also welcomed its new executive officer, Cmdr. Erin Osborne.

The Mad Foxes returned safely to their families and friends with pride, some souvenirs for loved ones, and a few sea stories from a very challenging deployment.

"We couldn't do our jobs without the love and support of our families. We also owe a big thank-you to our ombudsman, Selina Yearty, along with Officer Spouses Club President Krista Artis, Officer Spouses Club Vice President Kela Stelzig, and Family Readiness Group President Christina Callipo for all their support. It's great to be home," said Fox.

Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/military/jax-air-news/2011-06-08/story/vp-5-mad-foxes-return-home#ixzz1P1tRkRMA

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-5 Takes Out Libyan Combatant By Staff - April 6, 2011 - 1:20pm - (VP Squadrons Mentioned: VP-26 and VP-40)..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://www.jaxairnews.com/ [07APR2011]

The "Mad Foxes" of VP-5 became the first squadron in Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force history to successfully employ an AGM-65F Maverick missile against a hostile surface vessel, in support of Joint Task Force (JTF) Odyssey Dawn. Combat Aircrew (CAC) -11, while flying a VP-26 P-3C aircraft, made the historic shot after witnessing a Libyan Vittoria-class coast guard vessel, and accompanying small craft, firing indiscriminately at merchant vessels in the Port of Misrata.

Demonstrating the Maritime Patrol Reconnais-sance Force "surge" concept, VP-5 was augmented with VP-26 and VP-40 aircrews, maintainers and aircraft to provide 24/7 on-station coverage to the JTF Maritime Component Commander.

Lt. j.g. Miller, the Tactical Coordinator for CAC-11, was proud to be a part of the coordinated effort. "The shot was a culmination of all the hard work and training of VP-5, VP-26 and VP-40 aircrews and maintainers. From the maintenance department keeping our aircraft flying, ordnance teams loading the weapons, coupled with our training department developing the necessary skills – and finally, the aircrew for executing the shot – we all did our part."

Acoustic Operator AWO1 Adams said, "This happened exactly how we trained back home before we deployed."

VP-5 Gunner CWO4 Gerald Skees said, "The Mad Fox AOs are very excited and proud of the accomplishments during Odyssey Dawn. The role of the P-3 ordnance community is often over looked, but these are the kind of events we train for. All of the AOs from VP-5, VP-26 and VP-40 have shown that they possess the knowledge and skills to deliver ordnance on target, on time."

VP-5 is currently on a tri-site deployment in support of SOUTHCOM, EUCOM and AFRICOM areas of responsibilities. When the JTF was established to support the international response to the unrest in Libya, it was clear that the "Mad Foxes" needed support for the 24/7 on-station requirements.

CTF-67 Capt. Dan Schebler and his staff coordinated aircrew, maintenance and aircraft logistical efforts with Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11, Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 10 and Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Group. "It was a great effort by everyone involved. The entire MPRF community quickly mobilized to give us the support we needed. This was a great accomplishment both in the air and on the ground." Schebler remarked.

Whether conducting counter narcotics operations, supporting overseas contingency operations, or supporting NATO operations, the "Mad Foxes" have been at the tip of the spear supporting United States interests overseas.

VP-5 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Jason Jorgensen stated, "It was awesome to see Sailors from different squadrons come together and perform as a well-oiled machine while conducting around-the-clock flight operations. It validates our training programs and highlights the team-oriented spirit of the Sailors. I couldn't be more proud of our men and women who represent Sailors, Soldiers, and Airmen across the world serving our country everyday."

The Mad Foxes P-3C Orion operated in conjunction with a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt attack aircraft and guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG-52) March 28. Two smaller Libyan craft were fired upon by the A-10 – destroying one and forcing the other to be abandoned.?Barry provided situational awareness for the aircraft by managing the airspace and maintaining the maritime picture.

JTF Odyssey Dawn is the U.S. Africa Command task force established to provide command and control of U.S. military forces supporting the international response to the unrest in Libya and enforcement of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-5 Takes Out Libyan Combatant By Staff - April 6, 2011 - 1:20pm - (VP Squadrons Mentioned: VP-26 and VP-40)..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://jacksonville.com/ [07APR2011]

The "Mad Foxes" of VP-5 became the first squadron in Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force history to successfully employ an AGM-65F Maverick missile against a hostile surface vessel, in support of Joint Task Force (JTF) Odyssey Dawn. Combat Aircrew (CAC) -11, while flying a VP-26 P-3C aircraft, made the historic shot after witnessing a Libyan Vittoria-class coast guard vessel, and accompanying small craft, firing indiscriminately at merchant vessels in the Port of Misrata.

Demonstrating the Maritime Patrol Reconnais-sance Force "surge" concept, VP-5 was augmented with VP-26 and VP-40 aircrews, maintainers and aircraft to provide 24/7 on-station coverage to the JTF Maritime Component Commander.

Lt. j.g. Miller, the Tactical Coordinator for CAC-11, was proud to be a part of the coordinated effort. "The shot was a culmination of all the hard work and training of VP-5, VP-26 and VP-40 aircrews and maintainers. From the maintenance department keeping our aircraft flying, ordnance teams loading the weapons, coupled with our training department developing the necessary skills – and finally, the aircrew for executing the shot – we all did our part."

Acoustic Operator AWO1 Adams said, "This happened exactly how we trained back home before we deployed."

VP-5 Gunner CWO4 Gerald Skees said, "The Mad Fox AOs are very excited and proud of the accomplishments during Odyssey Dawn. The role of the P-3 ordnance community is often over looked, but these are the kind of events we train for. All of the AOs from VP-5, VP-26 and VP-40 have shown that they possess the knowledge and skills to deliver ordnance on target, on time."

VP-5 is currently on a tri-site deployment in support of SOUTHCOM, EUCOM and AFRICOM areas of responsibilities. When the JTF was established to support the international response to the unrest in Libya, it was clear that the "Mad Foxes" needed support for the 24/7 on-station requirements.

CTF-67 Capt. Dan Schebler and his staff coordinated aircrew, maintenance and aircraft logistical efforts with Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11, Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 10 and Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Group. "It was a great effort by everyone involved. The entire MPRF community quickly mobilized to give us the support we needed. This was a great accomplishment both in the air and on the ground." Schebler remarked.

Whether conducting counter narcotics operations, supporting overseas contingency operations, or supporting NATO operations, the "Mad Foxes" have been at the tip of the spear supporting United States interests overseas.

VP-5 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Jason Jorgensen stated, "It was awesome to see Sailors from different squadrons come together and perform as a well-oiled machine while conducting around-the-clock flight operations. It validates our training programs and highlights the team-oriented spirit of the Sailors. I couldn't be more proud of our men and women who represent Sailors, Soldiers, and Airmen across the world serving our country everyday."

The Mad Foxes P-3C Orion operated in conjunction with a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt attack aircraft and guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG-52) March 28. Two smaller Libyan craft were fired upon by the A-10 – destroying one and forcing the other to be abandoned.?Barry provided situational awareness for the aircraft by managing the airspace and maintaining the maritime picture.

JTF Odyssey Dawn is the U.S. Africa Command task force established to provide command and control of U.S. military forces supporting the international response to the unrest in Libya and enforcement of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973.


Circa 2010

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera101231-N-8490W-001 COMALAPA, El Salvador (Dec. 31, 2010) "...Aviation Machinist's Mate Airman Cody Jarrett and Sailors assigned to the maintenance section of Patrol Squadron (VP) 5 conduct maintenance on the propeller of a P-3C Orion aircraft. VP-5 is on a six-month deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason R. Wilson/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [16JAN2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera101231-N-8490W-003 COMALAPA, El Salvador (Dec. 31, 2010) "...Aviation Machinist's Mate Airman Cody Jarrett, Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Jay Hinton, and Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Shyanne Booker conduct maintenance on the propeller of a P-3C Orion aircraft with Sailors assigned to the maintenance section of Patrol Squadron (VP) 5. VP-5 is on a six-month deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason R. Wilson/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [16JAN2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-4 Kicks Off 7th Fleet Deployment with Keen Sword 2011 By VP-4 Public Affairs - Posted: December 18, 2010. Squadron's Mentioned: VP-4, VP-5, VP-8, VP-46, VP-47..." WebSite: Commander U. S. 7th Fleet http://www.c7f.navy.mil/ [18DEC2010]

NAHA, Japan – A week after arriving in Okinawa, Japan Nov. 23 to start their six-month deployment in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility, the Skinny Dragons of VP-4 took part in the bilateral exercise Keen Sword 2011 Dec. 3 – 10.

VP-4 relieved VP-47 and throughout Keen Sword VP-4 alongside VP-8, VP-46 and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Patrol Squadron (VP) 5 aircrews exercised, evaluated and worked side-by-side to strengthen interactions amongst one another.

The Pegasus's of VP-4 stationed out of NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan Prefecture of Japan few aboard aircraft assigned to VP-4 to observe crew coordination and tactics utilized by the Navy. The cross training was conducted to improve both U.S. and Japanese understanding of our mutual capabilities and limitations.

"The exercise was a great way for our squadron to launch into deployment and we are excited about our continuing friendship with the JMSDF, and VP 5 in particular, during the months to come," said Cmdr. Steve Newlund, VP-4's commanding officer.

To close the exercise the aircrews of VP-4 and VP-5 took part in the photography exercise, a Navy and a JMSDF P-3C Orion flew together in formation over JMSDF and Navy ships lead by the aircraft carrier, USS George Washington (CVN 73).

The biennial Keen Sword brought together 34,000 Japanese troops and 10,000 U.S. service members, plus a combined 430 aircraft and 60 ships for missile-defense and other air, land and sea operations, as service members will practice responding to a wide range of situations, including the defense of the region and reacting to a simulated contingency situation affecting Japan, within a realistic training environment.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...'Mad Foxes' excel at RIMPAC - September 1, 2010 - 3:12pm - By Lt. James Radtke - VP-5 Public Affairs Officer..." WebSite: JaxNews http://www.jaxairnews.com/ [03SEP2010]

Three combat aircrews (CACs) and a full maintenance detachment from the VP-5 "Mad Foxes" recently returned from Hawaii after participating in the bi-annual Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise. Among hundreds of multinational participants, the squadron successfully played its role as one of the exercise's Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force assets.

The Mad Foxes completed 24 missions, including anti-submarine, anti-surface and non-combatant evacuation - as well as two live-fire weapon exercises.

RIMPAC is designed to increase interoperability and foster the security of the participating nations. Military units from Japan, South Korea, Australia and Canada were just a few of the participants.

Aircrews from VP-5 routinely worked with international players to prosecute 'Orange' forces during the scenario. Throughout the exercise, P-3 Orions were employed to hunt submarines and support international and U.S. surface vessels with over-the-horizon reconnaissance and targeting. They also provided real-time reconnaissance to a multi-national amphibious landing force that stormed the beaches of Pyramid Rock, located on Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay.

Lt. Cmdr. Brian Conway stated, "RIMPAC is an outstanding opportunity for each of our aircrews to hone their anti-submarine warfare skills. The training we received prosecuting real-world submarines while working side-by-side with P-3 aircrews from different countries was invaluable."

In all phases of the exercise, VP-5 expertly demonstrated the multiple capabilities of the P-3C Orion to rapidly adapt to changing tactical situations.

The highlight of RIMPAC for CAC 1 and CAC 9 was when they participated in a live-fire SINKEX missile exercise. The missile shots confirmed the P-3C Orion's ability to successfully engage and strike maritime surface targets. The ex-USS New Orleans, a decommissioned Iwo Jima-class amphibious assault ship, was struck by an AGM-84D Harpoon anti-ship missile fired by CAC 9.

The missile struck the New Orleans' superstructure, causing considerable damage. Shortly following the Harpoon shot, CAC 1 let loose with an AGM-65 Maverick missile against another decommissioned warship being used as a target. CAC 1 demonstrated professionalism and competency with a successful weapon launch against their target. Both shots were part of a complex combined barrage of missiles and artillery fire that ultimately sunk the target ships in the deep waters of the Pacific Ocean.

When the Sailors of VP-5 were not hard at work flying or maintaining their P-3 Orions, they took an opportunity to experience Hawaii.

Many Sailors spent their brief free time exploring the beautiful beaches of Waikiki, experiencing Hawaii's unique culture and heritage, or exploring the island of Oahu's natural beauty.

Highlights included snorkeling at Hanauma Bay (a protected tropical reef), surfing off of Oahu's famous beaches, and experiencing a Hawaiian Luau offering traditional local foods and entertainment. According to PR2 Anna Hines, "The people, the views and the food were my favorites. Hawaii is a beautiful place that didn't make the work seem so hard and made it more enjoyable."

For many, touring the USS Arizona Memorial and other Pearl Harbor sites was an unforgettable experience.

"Visiting the memorials at Pearl Harbor was something that everyone, both service members and civilians, should do when they visit Hawaii," said Lt. j.g. Evan Ladd.

By the end of the exercise, the Sailors of VP-5 had again demonstrated their ability to train hard, accomplish their missions, and even enjoy a little time off during RIMPAC 2010.

Other U.S. Navy P-3 Orion squadrons participating in RIMPAC 2010 were the NAS Jacksonville-based VP-62 "Broad Arrows" - as well as VP-4 and VP-47 of CPRW-2, based in Hawaii.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera100831-N-8490W-007 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Aug. 31, 2010) "...Aviation Ordinance Airmen Rumiel Benson and Bryce Ward, both assigned to the aviation ordinance team of the Mad Foxes of Patrol Squadron (VP) 5, load a training CBU-99 cluster bomb onto a P-3C Orion aircraft at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. The team loaded bombs and missiles during a Conventional Weapons Proficiency Inspection as VP-5 prepares for a 6-month deployment in December. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason R. Wilson/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [03SEP2010]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera100831-N-8490W-001 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Aug. 31, 2010) "...An aviation ordnance team assigned to the Mad Foxes of Patrol Squadron (VP) 5 load a captive-carry MK-84 Harpoon training missile onto a P-3C Orion at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. The exercise was part of the conventional weapons proficiency inspection to prepare for a tri-site six-month deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Jason R. Wilson/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [03SEP2010]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera100831-N-8490W-005 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Aug. 31, 2010) "...An aviation ordnance team assigned to the Mad Foxes of Patrol Squadron (VP) 5 load a captive-carry MK-84 Harpoon training missile onto a P-3C Orion at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. The exercise was part of the conventional weapons proficiency inspection to prepare for a tri-site six-month deployment. (United States Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Jason R. Wilson/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [03SEP2010]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...NAS Jax P-3s Join Pacific Live-Fire Exercise By LT(jg) Evita Salles CPRW-2 Public Affairs Officer - Thursday, August 5, 2010. Squadrons mentioned include RAAF, VP-4, VP-5, VP-40, VP-47 and VP-62..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://www.jaxairnews.com/ [06AUG2010]

Aircrews from NAS Jacksonville, Florida-based VP-5 and VP-62, along with VP-4 and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), 11 Patrol Squadron from Edinburgh, Australia, participated in a live-fire exercise (SINKEX) July 10 as part of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010 exercise.

Flying from MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, each squadron fired AGM-84D Harpoon missiles at the decommissioned Iwo Jima-class amphibious assault ship ex-USS New Orleans (LPH-11) in the Hawaiian operating area.

The purpose of the SINKEX is to provide P-3C Orion aircrew valuable training in Harpoon missile proficiency. Aircrews train extensively on the simulated usage of the Harpoon missile but rarely get the chance to fire the live weapon.

"It was an outstanding opportunity for our junior officers and air crew to gain valuable experience shooting a forward-firing weapon," said Cmdr. Jason Jorgensen, commanding officer of VP-5 and deputy of Combined Task Group 172.2.

Each aircraft launched an on-target hit on the New Orleans. The SINKEX provided the first opportunity for most of the participating aircrew to fire a live weapon.

"Flying with a live weapon always heightens aircrew and maintenance awareness of tactics, techniques and procedures. The SINKEX serial provided 11 Squadron with a great opportunity to test our individual and collective warfighting skills in a complex coalition environment. It does not get too much better than that," said Wing Commander Phil Champion, commanding officer of 11 Squadron, RAAF.

It was the first time in eight years the RAAF shot a Harpoon missile. The AGM -84D Harpoon is an all-weather, over-the-horizon, anti-ship missile system. The Harpoon's active radar guidance, warhead design, low-level cruise trajectory and sea-skim or pop-up maneuvers assure high survivability and effectiveness. The missile is capable of being launched from surface ships, submarines, shore batteries or aircraft such as the P-3C Orion.

Commissioned in 1968, New Orleans was the third U.S. ship named for the War of 1812 Battle of New Orleans. Throughout its 30 years of service, the ship took part in various amphibious exercises and contingency operations during the Vietnam War, carrying Sailors and Marine ground forces, helicopters and landing craft. The ship was decommissioned in 1997.

VP-4 and VP-47 flew another SINKEX on the ex-USS Monticello (LSD 35) on July 14 using Harpoons and AGM-65 Mavericks to destroy the target. VP-5 and VP-40 conducted the last of the sinking exercises on July 17 using Harpoons and Mavericks against the ex-USS Anchorage (LSD-36). Each crew scored a direct hit, on time.

The AGM-65 Maverick is a tactical, air-to-surface guided missile designed for close air support, interdiction and defense suppression mission. It provides stand-off capability and high probability of strike against a wide range of tactical targets, including ships, air defenses, transportation equipment and fuel storage facilities.

RIMPAC is a biennial, multinational exercise designed to strengthen regional partnerships and improve interoperability. This marks the 22nd exercise in the series since the RIMPAC exercise began in 1971. P-3C Orion aircrews will conduct similar exercises throughout the course of RIMPAC.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...'Mad Foxes' redefine safety stand down - By LT(jg) Mohr VP-5 GSO - Thursday, July 22, 2010..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://www.jaxairnews.com/ [25JUL2010]

VP-5 took a fresh, hands-on approach to safety training June 18 by conducting an all-hands safety stand down dubbed, "The 2010 Safety Olympics."

Thanks to the hard work of the squadron's aviation safety team, led by Lt. Rob Hoffacker, this training evolution shed the "death by PowerPoint" atmosphere and instead, conducted a safety stand down that was challenging and informative. Working closely with Lt. Emily Eley and AWF1 Chris Garcia of the squadron's quality assurance division, the Mad Foxes conducted created competitions covering a series of safety-related events.

"Maintenance and support personnel competed against other work centers in a series of real-time safety drills set up in Hangar 511. At the same time, combat aircrews matched their survival skills against each other at the NAS Jax Aircrew Survival Training Center (ASTC)," explained Hoffacker.

"The stand down involved every member of the squadron in drills and practical exercises that created a high level of interactivity and 'esprit de corps.' Members of the Fox Den retained more safety information than that normally imparted in a traditional classroom setting."

The event began in Hangar 1000 with short, informative safety briefs. Trooper Rod Elder from the Florida Highway Patrol gave a dynamic presentation on drinking and driving.

Using a VP-5 volunteer, he demonstrated a field sobriety test with specially designed goggles to simulate the negative effects of alcohol on a driver's coordination. The demonstration provoked some laughter as the squadron watched one of their own fail miserably at simple tasks. Yet the demonstration conveyed a clear warning against the dangerous realities associated with driving under the influence of alcohol. Other briefs discussed the 101 Critical Days of Summer and recreational safety.

Maintenance and support personnel mustered in the hangar for their Olympic competitions that included scenarios for first-aid, a fuel spill, a battery spill, a man-down drill, a thermal runaway battery drill, a P-3C auxiliary power unit start-up drill and a support equipment preventive maintenance drill.

Work centers rotated from station-to-station and selected a different team leader for each scenario. AT3 Hunter Scruggs commented, "Having a different, randomly assigned person in charge of each drill allowed everyone in the shop to take a leadership role. The dynamic duty assignments tested the crews' resource management skills and more accurately simulated real-world scenarios."

Each shop worked together to analyze and resolve each problem. They judged on their accurate and timely response to each situation.

The VP-5 aircrews competed at ASTC in a series of survival-based events, which included a raft relay race, survival breaststroke relay, an anti-exposure-suit relay race, a full-flight-gear buddy tow relay race and a first-aid scenario.

"Each combat aircrew tested their coordination and teamwork to successfully negotiate each obstacle. The raft races were particularly challenging as aircrews had to right their raft, help each other board, retract the sea anchor and move the raft as a team two lengths of the pool," said Hoffacker.

"The buddy tow was the most exhaustive, since it was conducted in full flight gear with two air crewmen per crew towing each other two lengths of the pool. The anti-exposure-suit drill required three crewmen to correctly don and doff a cold-water immersion suit."

The survival events concluded with a robust first-aid scenario supervised by the staff of ATSC.

"The first-aid scenario tested our crew's ability to successfully work together. We were debriefed on our treatments by an expert instructor and the suggestions he offered made this the most educational part of the Safety Olympics for me. While the scenario was for a downed aircrew in a remote location, most of the skills we practiced could be used in any environment," said AWV2 Niels Baumgartner.

The Safety Olympics concluded with the trophy presentations by VP-5 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Jason Jorgensen in Hangar 511.

The top maintainer team was VP-5 Aviation Electrician Work Center under the leadership of Lt. j.g. Jason Bruce, AEC Steven Murphy and AE1 Erik Raymond.

The top aircrew team was VP-5 Combat Aircrew Nine under the leadership of Lt. Jeremy Taylor and Lt. Joshua Lowery.

The squadron's Safety/NATOPS Officer, Lt. Cmdr. Chris Artis, said, "The day's events could not have been more successful. The VP-5 Quality Assurance and Safety/NATOPS Team did a phenomenal job hosting the stand down and getting our personnel out of the classroom and into real-world scenarios that made the day exciting and fun. I especially thank Lt. Cmdr. Leslie Kindling and the ATSC staff for making this stand down such a memorable event for the Mad Foxes."

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera100706-N-6855K-030 KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (July 5th) "...P-3C Orion aircraft VP-4, VP-5, VP-8, VP-40, VP-47, VP-62 and VP-69 line the Rainbow Fleet tarmac of Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010 exercise. RIMPAC is a biennial, multinational exercise designed to strengthen regional partnerships and improve interoperability. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Meagan E. Klein/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [11JUL2010]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-5 History "...Jorgensen To Take Command Of VP-5 from VP-5 Public Affairs - Thursday, May 6, 2010..." WebSite: JaxNews http://www.jaxairnews.com/ [07MAY2010]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-5 History "...Fleet Forces Commander Visits VP-5 - Thursday April 29, 2010..." WebSite: JaxNews http://www.jaxairnews.com/ [30APR2010]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-5 History "...VP-5 Hosts Young Presidents' Organization from VP-5 Public Affairs - Thursday April 22, 2010..." WebSite: JaxNews http://www.jaxairnews.com/ [23APR2010]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-5 History "...'Mad Foxes' Selected For Isbell Trophy By LT(jg) Emily O'Rourke, VP-5 Public Affairs Officer - Thursday April 1, 2010..." WebSite: JaxNews http://www.jaxairnews.com/ [02APR2010]

Photograph Caption: In this 2009 photo over the Western Pacific, a P-3C Orion from the "Mad Foxes" of VP 5 patrols as the Seawolf-class submarine USS Seawolf (SSN 21) participates in an Under Sea Warfare Exercise involving the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group and the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force. Photo by MC2 Elliott Fabrizio

The VP-5 "Mad Foxes" were recently named the U.S. Atlantic Fleet winners of the Capt. Arnold Jay Isbell Trophy for exemplary performance in anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare (ASUW) operations from October 2008 to September 2009. During the deployment, VP-5 demonstrated Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force (MPRF) vigilance and showcased their exceptional dedication, unprecedented ASW abilities, and historic record-setting operational accomplishments.

The Isbell trophy is sponsored by Lockheed Martin and is historically presented to superior anti-submarine warfare squadrons. To be considered for the award, the competing squadron must have outstanding performance in ASW Fleet exercises, first-rate inspection results, and overall professionalism and operational effectiveness.

While operating in multiple areas of responsibility on deployment, VP-5 flew more than 3,000 hours and had record-setting mission completion rates.

During their split-site deployment, the Mad Foxes led the most significant real-world ASW prosecution in many years. Joining forces with the Japanese Fleet and the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Strike Group for an undersea warfare exercise, VP-5 reaffirmed the strategic relevance of MPRF in the ASW role.

Sixteen combat aircrews from four different wings and five different squadrons flew 51 of 52 sorties during the exercise for over 335 hours, which culminated in six exercise kills. The Mad Foxes maintained 24-hour coverage over two ASW stations, totaling more than 65 hours of contact during the exercise.

VP-5 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Wes Naylor said, "The Mad Foxes once again set the example for ASW excellence. Through consistent hard work, diligent training and unparalleled dedication, the Mad Foxes yet again prove themselves to be the best ASW force in the fleet."

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera100217-8490W-N-003 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Feb. 17, 2010) "...Power plants department Sailors assigned to the Mad Foxes of Patrol Squadron (VP) 5 simulate an oil spill in Hangar 511 during the squadron's maintenance Olympics. The maintenance division competition allowed Sailors to apply skills and knowledge of safety procedures involving chemical and oil spills, man-down drills, and safety procedures during routine maintenance checks. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason R. Wilson/Released) ..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [03MAR2010]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraCPWR-11 History "...CPRW-11 Holds First ASW Competition - 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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