By: Lt. j.g. Michael Glynn
VP-16 Public Affairs
OKINAWA, Japan – Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Forces 5th and 7th Fleet, paid a visit to Patrol Squadron (VP) 16 Jan. 5-6.
Rear Adm. Sean Buck, held an all-hands “Admiral’s Cal”’ with the “War Eagles” to answer questions and gain deck-plate perspective.
“It’s exciting to be visiting the ‘War Eagles,’ said Buck. “They’ve had a phenomenal start to their deployment, and it’s the result of a year of hard work. What they’ve brought to the 7th Fleet is working.”
He also fielded questions on future changes in the maritime patrol community and security in the Western Pacific.
“It’s great to focus on the future of maritime patrol and reconnaissance,” commented Buck. “VP-16 is leading the transition to the P-8A Poseidon. The future of MPRA is very bright.”
VP-16 is a maritime patrol squadron that conducts routine security, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions. The squadron operates the P-3C Orion and is based ashore at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla.
VP-16 is currently forward-deployed to Kadena Air Base in Okinawa and flies in support of Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet.