Time for another chapter in the history of Patrol Squadron Four (VP-4). As reported in SeaPower magazine on July 17th 2015, VP-4 will be transitioning to the P-8A and changing duty stations from MCAS Kaneohe Bay to NAS Whidbey Island.
Here is the link to the article on the SeaPaower web site: http://www.seapowermagazine.org/stories/20150717-patrol-squadrons.html and the article itself.
Posted: July 17, 2015 12:07 PM
Navy Shift of Hawaii-Based Patrol Squadrons to Whidbey Island Set for 2016
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy has set in motion its plan to shift its patrol squadrons based in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, to Whidbey Island, Wash., as they make the transition to the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft.
Patrol Squadron Four (VP-4) is scheduled to change duty stations on Oct. 1, 2016, from Marine Corps Air Facility Kaneohe Bay to Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island. The squadron will go through transition from the P-3C Orion to the P-8A at NAS Jacksonville, Fla.
VP-4 will begin the transition as the last of six active-duty VP squadrons based at Jacksonville completes transition to the P-8A. VP-4 will join three VP squadrons at Whidbey Island and will be followed in succession by the other two VP squadrons based at Kaneohe Bay, VP-9 and VP-47.
The Navy’s strategic laydown plan calls for 12 active-duty VP squadrons and two Reserve VP squadrons divided between Jacksonville and Whidbey Island. When completed, it will end more than 80 years of permanent basing of patrol squadrons in Hawaii.
This move is a bit of a coming home for VP-4 as it was our first duty station after being formed up at Naval Auxiliary Air Station Miramar, CA. The squadron was first stationed at NAS Whidbey Island in the spring of 1948 and stayed there until our move to Naha, Okinawa in 1956.