A BIT OF HISTORY: International Maritime Patrol Symposium, 22-26 July 1996: "Presentation of the Symposium Cup was made by Captain James A. Carman, Commander Patrol Wing TEN to the winner of the ASW Tactical Competition, Patrol Squadron EIGHT. Seen in this photo L-R: Cdr Michael Fralen, CO VP8, Captain James A. Carman, Commander PATWING 10, and LCdr George Rothweiler, Mission Commander VP8..." Official Navy Photograph
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...The following was submitted to the local papers in and around Brunswick, Maine, and to various Navy publications by PATROL SQUADRON EIGHT..." Contributed by Beth Perry (E-Mail Removed By Request) NEWSLETTER: "VP-8 Alumni Association" World War II Stories, and more!!![14MAR98]Circa 1995
Patrol Squadron EIGHT's outstanding performance over the past year earned the 1997 Commander Naval Air Force, Atlantic Battle Efficiency Award. From an aggressive Inter-Deployment Training Cycle (IDTC) to a highly successful deployment to Sigonella, Sicily, the FIGHTING TIGERS excelled in all arenas, making them the top VP squadron on the East Coast.
The Battle "E" honors the squadron that demonstrates superior efficiency in the various aspects of Maritime Patrol Aviation. These areas include Surveillance, Undersea Warfare, Surface Warfare, Battle Group Interoperability, weapons proficiency, detachment operations, readiness, training, logistics and support, and safety.
The FIGHTING TIGERS began their 1997 quest by completing a challenging home cycle. Operational Readiness Exams, Mining Readiness, aircrew qualifications, and Fleet NATOPS evaluations tested the squadron's preparation for their upcoming Mediterranean deployment. VP-8 aircrews seized the opportunity, quickly qualifying electro-optic reconnaissance operators for Operations DELIBERATE GUARD and SILVER WAKE.
VP-8's Med deployment spanned 34 exercises, involving detachments to 13 different countries. Over Bosnia-Herzegovina, the squadron was the unit of choice for crisis response and contingency operations, flying over 100 sorties totaling more than 800 hours of Operation DELIBERATE GUARD support. Aircrews imaged over 1,000 targets at an unprecedented 100% sortie completion rate. Operation SILVER WAKE demonstrated the squadron's operational flexibility. Over 40 missions totaling more than 300 hours were flown, providing real-time video imagery for Joint Task Force Commanders during Non-Combatant Evacuation Operations in Albania. FIGHTING TIGERS displayed their Undersea Warfare (USW) prowess by logging simulated attacks on over 70 submarines from over 13 different countries. On the cutting edge of USW, aircrews expanded Mediterranean Extended Echo Ranging employment, developing, validating, and refining new tactics. Flying over 1,000 hours of dedicated Coordinated Operations, VP-8 aggressively supported SIXTH Fleet tasking and Battle Group operations, providing E surveillance, Over-The-Horizon Targeting, and Search, Surveillance, and Control (SSC). FIGHTING TIGER Sailors worked closely with Allied partners, provided mining and torpedo training to the Dutch and Greek Navies.
In August, 1997, VP-8 returned home to relax and spend time with family. However, the squadron's dedication to excellence did not waver. Aircrews began IDTC in preparation for a tri-site deployment while supporting USS JOHN C. STENNIS COMPTUEX and UNITAS 38-97. By year's end, the squadron already had 7 qualified aircrews, well ahead of COMPATWING FIVE goals.
All of this operational and training success could not exist without exemplary maintenance, administrative,and command service teams to support it. FIGHTING TIGER maintenance excelled throughout this past year by providing mission capable aircraft for every sortie on deployment and meeting all operational and training commitments at home. VP-8 Administration logged their second consecutive year as the best Admin Department in the Wing, while the squadron Command Services kept the Sailors fed and provided a professional-looking work environment. Through an aggressive safety program and Operational Risk Management (ORM), VP-8 extended its safety record to a milestone of 120,000 hours and 19 mishap-free years.
With over 98% sortie completion rate for over 4,000 deployed flight hours,the FIGHTING TIGERS of VP-8 worked long and hard to earn the honor ofwearing the Battle "E." Each member takes pride in this teamaccomplishment and is committed to continued success.
A BIT OF HISTORY: "15MAY97--Headline: Sigonella Squadron in Exercise Dogu Akdeniz 97 by LTJG Mike Burke, VP-8...SIGONELLA, Sicily - (NENS) -- The Patrol Squadron EIGHT (VP-8) "Tigers" launched Combat Air Crews Five, Six, Twelve and a maintenance team to Dalaman, Turkey last month for Exercise Dogu Akdeniz 97. The exercise provided an excellent multi-lateral environment with U.S., Italian, Spanish, French and Turkish naval units operating in the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas. Other U.S. participants included USS Hayler (DD 997), USS Ramage (DDG 61) and USS Atlanta (SSN 712). Tiger aircrews displayed proficiency in undersea and surface warfare in support of two opposing task groups composed of international naval units. The aircrews provided the task groups with over-the-horizon targeting, conducted simulated AGM-84 Harpoon strikes against the opposing forces, and launched numerous simulated MK-46 torpedo attacks on participating subsurface units. The embarkation of Turkish officers on all flights created a bilateral exchange forum for Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) knowledge and procedures..." NavEur News (17-97) May 15, 1997 Posted by JO2 Charles Achord email@example.com
A BIT OF HISTORY: "00JUN97--Because the defense budget is being cut more and more since the end of the Cold War, Maritime Patrol Aviation was felt more than its fair share of these cuts. In 1989 there were 24 VP squadrons in the Navy. As of June, 1997 that number stands at 12. VP-8 was rumored to be Disestablished in 1996, but it turned out that the squadron was spared and is still going strong. The squadron's long time name of being called the "TIGERS" has also been updated to 'THE FIGHTING TIGERS". Since surviving the swing of the budget ax the squadron sent an aircraft to Puerto Rico and fired the first fleet online Harpoon missile from the P-3C. This missile is the Navy's premier long range anti-ship missile. Shortly after that, the squadron was awarded the Isabell Trophy for USW (undersea warfare) excellence, a very impressive achievement and awarded annually. July, 1996 the squadron sent a crew to Whidbey Island, Washington, site of the 1996 MPA (Maritime Patrol Aviation) symposium. The week long annual even featured MPA from around the world, with aircraft and aircrews participating in a USW competition. VP-8 took home the coveted first place trophy, capturing it from France, the defending champions. February, 1997 the squadron deployed to Sigonella, Sicily for another six month deployment. The main focus was to support NATO forces in Bosnia-Herzigovinia; however they still participated in many detachments and exercises around the region and in Europe. Some crews have been sent as far away as South Africa. Recently, VP-8 was featured in the March 31, 1997 edition of Aviation Week and Space Technology. The article highlights the future of the P-3 and where VP-8 is going in the future..." Thanks to Lt. Darayl Pridham, Pilot and Public Affairs Officer, PATRON EIGHT for this update of June 1997...Contributed by Beth Perry (E-Mail Removed By Request) NEWSLETTER: "VP-8 Alumni Association" World War II Stories, and more!!!
A BIT OF HISTORY: "The following article was submitted to the local newspapers in and around Brunswick, ME, and various Navy publications. It was gratefully submitted to us by LTJG Russ Pesut...Patrol Squadron EIGHT, based at Naval Air Station Brunswick, ME, marked 19 years and 119,700 mishap-free flight hours on 22 September 1997. During this period, the FIGHTING TIGERS deployed overseas 12 times and experienced six complete personnel turnovers. This August, VP-8 completed a high tempo Mediterranean deployment, flying over 4,000 mishap-free flight hours supporting Operations Deliberate Guard, Silver Wake, AND 27 naval, joint and combined exercises... While this achievement is a tribute to all Fighting Tigers, past and present, Admiral Johnson, Chief of Naval Operations, reminds Sailors that for success in all endeavors, the Navy must "Steer by the stars, not by our wake." So how do the Fighting Tigers "Steer by the stars?" First and foremost, the command's safety culture emanates from the Commanding Officer, Commander Ray Para. A staunch advocate of powerful, effective tools such as Operational Risk Management (ORM), the Commanding Officer is the catalyst for continued success, facilitating an ORM implementation embraced by all hands. Additional programs maintaining VP-8's safety awareness include an innovative Safety Monitor Program, developed by Safety Petty Officer, Aviation Electrician's Mate First Class John McCormick. At random, AE1 McCormick recruits an "assistant" from another work center and they take a "30-minute walk" focusing on how daily business is conducted. This simple program produces a win-win situation; personnel awareness is immediately increased and the command receives a daily safety inspection. The Quality Assurance Officer, LT Bruck Rasche, under the guidance of the Aircraft Maintenance Officer, successfully integrated ORM into numerous maintenance evolutions from routine aircraft moves to engine turns, where qualified personnel are in close proximity to an operating engine and propeller. The Aircraft Safety Officer, LT John Stuhlfire, provides ORM training in conjunction with important Aircrew Coordination Training (ACT). Additional programs including the Enlisted Safety Council, Officer's Safety Council, and the Human Factors Committee complement an effective command safety program ensuring safety now and in the future...VP-8's wake of the past 19 years has been straight, through hard work and attention to detail. All squadron personnel mark this occasion with a commitment to safe practices in the work center, at home, in the community, and in the aircraft. (LCDR Jerry Nyberg, VP-8 Safety Officer.)...." Contributed by Beth Perry (E-Mail Removed By Request) NEWSLETTER: "VP-8 Alumni Association" World War II Stories, and more!!!
A BIT OF HISTORY: "00JUN97--Greetings from Vicenza, Italy. Our legacy continues, the Tigers of VP-8 fly daily over Bosnia in support of Operation Joint Guard. In a few weeks, VP-45 assumes the 'Watch'..." Contributed by G. L. Nyberg, LCDR, USN firstname.lastname@example.org
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Awards, Change-Of-Command, Etc. - Naval Aviation News - September - October 1995.." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1990s/1995/so95.pdf [12NOV2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Deployments, Change-Of-Command, Awards, Records, Etc. - Naval Aviation News - July - August 1995.." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1990s/1995/ja95.pdf [12NOV2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Awards - Naval Aviation News - May - June 1995.." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1990s/1995/mj95.pdf [12NOV2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Change-Of-Command - Naval Aviation News - September - October 1994.." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1990s/1994/so94.pdf [12NOV2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Awards, Major Deployments, Etc. - Naval Aviation News - July - August 1994.." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1990s/1994/ja94.pdf [12NOV2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Change-Of-Command, Rcords, Etc. - Naval Aviation News - March - April 1994.." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1990s/1994/ma94.pdf [12NOV2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "PNAVNOTE 1650...VP-8 (24JAN94 - 17JUN94) AWARDED THE MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION" http://www.navy.mil/homepages/bupers/uniform/muc.txt
A BIT OF HISTORY: "00XXX94-00XXX96--On 24 January 1994 Patrol Squadron EIGHT deployed to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR , and established detachments at Howard AFB, Panama and Sotocano, Honduras. VP-8's primary mission on deployment was to detect and monitor vessels suspect of narcotics trafficking. "TIGER" aircrews flew over 4800 flight hours and over 350 sorties, participating in the capture of 5 surface vessels, 6 vehicles, 1 aircraft, and 12,000 kilograms of cocaine with a street value of over a quarter of a billion dollars. In addition to narcotic interdiction flights, VP-8 aircrews flew over 90 flights supporting Operation Support Democracy, enforcing U.N. sanctions against the Republic of Haiti. On the Squadron's return to NAS Brunswick, Maine, 16 June, VP-8 gained recognition from Commander Fleet Air Caribbean (COMFAIRCARIB), who described the deployment as one of the most successful to date. Upon returning from deployment, the TIGERS embarked on what proved to be a busy, but rewarding homecycle. VP-8 began the arduous task of transitioning from P3C update II.5 aircraft, to update III's. This new and improved equipment will enable the squadron to capably continue its mission as both an ASW and surveillance platform. Continuing a long-standing tradition, VP-8 aircrews participated in UNITAS XXXV-94 working with our Latin American counterparts. Four TIGER aircrews detached to both Argentina and Ecuador, and were instrumental in the success of this exercise of Hemispheric Solidarity. Tiger Aircrews continued working hard, supporting both COMPTUEX and FLEETEX operations, helping to prepare different battle groups for their upcoming deployments. Of all the many accomplishments of this homecycle, one stood head and shoulders above the rest. VP-8 was awarded COMNAVAIRLANT's GOLDEN ANCHOR award. The GOLDEN ANCHOR is awarded annually to the aviation squadron with outstanding personnel retention. This was the first ever GOLDEN ANCHOR for VP-8 and the first time a Patrol Squadron has won this prestigious award since 1986. The Squadron returned in January 1996 from deployment to Naval Air Station, Sigonella, Italy, having begun this deployment 24 July 1995. Supporting NATO and United Nations' resolutions regarding the former Republic of Yugoslavia, PV- 8 flew more than 900 sorties and over 6,000 flight hours during Operations SHARP GUARD and DECISIVE ENHANCEMENT. In addition, TIGER aircrews maintained their ASW prowess in the Mediterranean Theater being recognized as this year's Arnold J. Isbell Trophy winner. On April 19 1996 there was a change of command ceremony at NAS Brunswick, Maine from Commander Glenn A. Fogg, USN to Commander Michael C. Fralen, USN. Patrol Squadron EIGHT's accomplishments have earned them world wide respect and recognition. The professionalism of every squadron member serves as a reminder to all of VP-8's dedication to excellence and service to the country..." Contributed by Beth Perry (E-Mail Removed By Request) NEWSLETTER: "VP-8 Alumni Association" World War II Stories, and more!!!
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Change-Of-Command, Records, Etc. - Naval Aviation News - September - October 1993.." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1990s/1993/so93.pdf [12NOV2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP Deployments, Change-Of-Command, Etc. - Naval Aviation News - July - August 1993.." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1990s/1993/ja93.pdf [12NOV2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "00XXX93--On 14 October 1993, Patrol Squadron EIGHT reached 100,000 hours of accident free flying, a significant milestone. Shortly later in early November of 1993, flying in the eastern Adriatic as part of Operation "Sharp Guard" in the enforcement of UN Resolutions, VP-8's Combat Air Crews worked to prevent unauthorized shipping from entering the former Yugoslavia. During this home cycle, VP-8 also established detachments in Dalman, Turkey and Keflavik, Iceland, and flew the first ASW mission ever in the Black Sea...." Contributed by Beth Perry (E-Mail Removed By Request) NEWSLETTER: "VP-8 Alumni Association" World War II Stories, and more!!!
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Squadron Deployments, Operations Desert Shield/Storm, Disestablishment, etc. - Naval Aviation News - July-August 1992.." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1990s/1992/ja92.pdf [11NOV2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Miss Piggy Retires At 30 - Naval Aviation News - July-August 1992.." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1990s/1992/ja92.pdf [11NOV2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Change-Of-Command, Safe Flying, Etc. - Naval Aviation News - January-February 1992.." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1990s/1992/jf92.pdf [11NOV2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "00XXX92--In July 1992, Patrol Squadron EIGHT deployed to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR , and Naval Station Rota, Spain, on a seven month split-site deployment. The deployments took a very different approach since the demise of the Soviet Union and their submarine fleet. Although this threat has certainly diminished, the Third World submarine capabilities have continued to improve and the need for VP continues as a vital platform. Not only in ASW, but also in the current role (in Puerto Rico) as counter narcotics - anti-drug smuggling platforms. Operating out of NS Roosevelt Roads, PR , the TIGERS flew over 6,000 flight hours in support of counternarcotic operations. Additionally, VP-8 aircrews flew in support of Sixth Fleet operations in the Mediterranean and participated in UNITAS XXXIII-92 with a two crew detachment to South America. Throughout the deployment, Patrol Squadron EIGHT established numerous other detachment sites including Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Key West, Florida; Sigonella, Sicily; and Lajes, Azores. September, 1992 was the 50th anniversary of the squadron's commissioning and in August, 1992 the 30th anniversary of VP-8 flying the P-3 Orion aircraft. (VP-8 was the first squadron to fly the P-3) and Patrol Squadron Eight's accomplishments have earned them world wide respect and recognition. The professionalism of every squadron member serves as a reminder to all, of VP-8's dedication to ASW excellence and service to the fleet..." Contributed by Beth Perry (E-Mail Removed By Request) NEWSLETTER: "VP-8 Alumni Association" World War II Stories, and more!!! Circa 1991
A BIT OF HISTORY: "00XXX93--The squadron returned to NAS Brunswick, Maine in January 1993 completing their second consecutive year of logging over 8,000 flight hours, the highest in the Atlantic Fleet. This deployment marked the 30th anniversary of the Lockheed Orion and highlighted the multi-mission versatility of the P-3C and its value to the US Navy and Joint Task Forces...." Contributed by Beth Perry (E-Mail Removed By Request) NEWSLETTER: "VP-8 Alumni Association" World War II Stories, and more!!!
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...History - Change-Of-Command - Naval Aviation News - November-December 1991..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1990s/1991/nd91.pdf [25OCT2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Desert Shield/Storm - Naval Aviation News - September-October 1991..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1990s/1991/so91.pdf [24OCT2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Naval Air Aids Kuwait Liberation - Naval Aviation News - May-June 1991..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1990s/1991/mj91.pdf [24OCT2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...History - Naval Aviation News - January-February 1991..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1990s/1991/jf91.pdf [24OCT2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...1990 Patrol Squadron Major Deployments - Page 19 - Naval Aviation News - July-August 1991..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1990s/1991/ja91.pdf [23OCT2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Naval Aviation Units Involved in the Persian Gulf War (16 January–27 February 1991)...This Squadron Mentioned...Naval Historical Center ADOBE Download File: http://www.history.navy.mil/avh-1910/APP29.PDF [27MAY2003]Circa 1990
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A BIT OF HISTORY: "00XXX91--After returning from Operation Desert Storm, Commander Hugh C. Dawson,Jr. relieved Commander Bruce W. Crawford in ceremonies at Naval Air Station, Brunswick, Maine on 27 June 1991, and became Patrol Squadron EIGHT's forty-third Commanding Officer. Patrol Squadron EIGHT flew more than 8,200 flight hours during the 1991 calendar year. This impressive total led all maritime patrol squadrons in the Atlantic Fleet. The squadron also received several important awards for command retention during 1991. These awards include the Golden Orion Award for retention during the 4th quarter of 1991, the Bronze Anchor presented by Patrol Wing FIVE, and the Commander Naval Air Atlantic's Silver Anchor Award..." Contributed by Beth Perry (E-Mail Removed By Request) NEWSLETTER: "VP-8 Alumni Association" World War II Stories, and more!!!
A BIT OF HISTORY: Med Deployment 1990-1991 "Relax and smoke a camel" [01JAN2000]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...History - Change-Of-Command - Page 6, 7, 30 and 31 - Naval Aviation News - September-October 1990..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1990s/1990/so90.pdf [22OCT2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "00XXX90--In May 1990, Commander Bruce W. Crawford assumed the duties and responsibilites of Commanding Officer, with Commander Hugh Dawson taking over as his Executive Officer. October saw an overall Outstanding Maintenance Inspection, and in November, the squadron literally set a new record in the Pre-deployment Readiness Evaluations. In December the Tigers deployed to the Central Mediterranean (Sigonella, Sicily) to support national interests in the region, and are currently supporting Operation Desert Storm. In December 1990, the squadron deployed to Sigonella, Sicily as part of the U.S. Navy Sixth Fleet to support national interests in the Mediterranean. The TIGERS proudly served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm (1991), operating out of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. During Operation Desert Shield, VP-8 flew 58 sorties and more than 580 flight hours while searching the Red Sea for vessels that might violate U.N. Sanctions against Iraq. Once Operation Desert Storm began, VP-8's mission expanded to day and night surveillance, anti-terrorist protection for the Red Sea Battle Force and search and rescue. During Operation Desert Storm, aircraft of Patrol Squadron EIGHT flew more than 100 sorties and over 1000 combat flight hours while searching more than 3,300,000 square miles. This major detachment reemphasized the invaluable worth of the P- 3C as an integral part of the Carrier Battle Group. In addition, while operating out of Sigonella, the TIGERS proved their effectiveness against front line Soviet submarines in the Mediterranean and Atlantic and were awarded another "Hook 'em" Award by Commander Sixth Fleet. During Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, several of Patrol Squadron EIGHT's aircraft served to test a new survivability modification for the P-3C aircraft. This package of improvements included the addition of the AAR-47 Missile Warning System, the ALE-39 Chaff and Flare Dispenser, explosive suppressive foam in the fuel tanks and a new tactical paint scheme. In December 1990, the squadron deployed to the Central Mediterranean to support national interests in the region. The squadron was the East Coast VP squadron flying in the Red Sea when Desert Shield changed to Desert Storm. The TIGERS served in Operation Desert Shield/Storm, operating out of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. This conflict reemphasized the multi-mission capabilities of the P-3C operating with the Carrier Battle Group. In addition, the TIGERS proved their effectiveness against front line Soviet submarines operating in the Mediterranean and Atlantic and were awarded another "Hook 'em" Award by Commander, Sixth Fleet. The squadron flew more than a thousand hours per month for the six month deployment in support of more than three carrier battle groups flying combat missions into Iraq. As a result of this deployment, the squadron received five decorations, including selection as the Atlantic Fleet VP squadron Battle E winner for outstanding performance in 1991, VP-8 making it the squadron's fifth Battle "E"..." Contributed by Beth Perry (E-Mail Removed By Request) NEWSLETTER: "VP-8 Alumni Association" World War II Stories, and more!!!
A BIT OF HISTORY: "AIRCRAFT SQUADRONS PARTICIPATING IN DESERT SHIELD/STORM: VP-4 10 NOV - 10 MAR...VP-8 05 DEC - 10 MAR...VP-23 02 OCT - 10 NOV...VP-40 06 FEB - 10 MAR...VP-46 26 JAN - 10 MAR...VP-19 28 AUG - 02 FEB...VP-91 09 FEB - 23 FEB...VPU-1 25 JAN - 10 MAR...VPU-2 12 SEP - 10 MAR...VQ-1 08 AUG - 10 MAR...VQ-2 06 DEC - 10 MAR..." http://www.history.navy.mil/wars/dstorm/appenb.htm [26DEC97]
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