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1959 – 1960 VP-4 Squadron Roster

VP-4 SQUADRON ROSTER FOR 1959-60

Commanding Officers
Name Rank Photos on Page(s) Position
Donnelly, Grant L. CDR 6, 12 C.O. Apr 1959 – Apr 1960
Constance, Walter E. CDR 7, 32 X.O. – C.O. Apr 1960 – May 1961
Officers
Name Rank Photos on Page(s) Position
Allen, R.J. LT 18 Crew 4
Anderson, E.K. LTJG 32, 61 Asst Admin – Crew 11
Beesley, H.L. LT 26 Crew 8
Bentley, J.D. LTJG 14, 64 Education Off – Crew 2
Bowling, K.R. LTJG 14, 74 Comm Off – Crew 2
Brady, C.G. LCDR 14, 76 Safety Off – Crew 2
Breckon, R.L. LTJG 16, 78 Records & Reports – Crew 3
Buck, E.R. WO 88, 89 Avionics Off
Busch, K.L. ENS 70, 73 Asst ECM
Carpenter, E.C. LCDR 16, 69 Flight Off – Crew 3
Cashman, J.M. LTJG 26, 73 ECM Off – Crew 8
Chaires, C.A. LTJG 32, 70 Logs & Records – Crew 11
Colburn, F.F. LTJG 30 Crew 10
Culbertson, W.J. LTJG 32, 74 Asst Comm – Crew 11
Dudley, S.F. LCDR 30, 61 Admin Off – Crew 10
Dunmire, LTJG 20 Crew 5
Fassula, R.F. LT 24, 79 Planning Off – Crew 7
Ferkin, D.J. LTJG 24, 70, 116 Schedules Off – Crew 7
Fleenor, J.G. ENS 79 Asst Planning Off
Ford, G.R. LTJG 18, 71 Special Weapons – Crew 4
Gallaher, E.J. ENS 24, 72 Crew 7
Garretson, A.S. LTJG 79
Gibbs, T.E. LCDR 22, 69 Asst Ops – Crew 6
Giles, J.K. Capt USAF 34, 70 Training Off – Crew 12
Gilpin, C.D. LCDR 20, 78 Quality Control – Crew 5
Hagenlocker, R.H. ENS 80 Power Plants Off
Harvey, D.D. LTJG 18, 75 Asst Nav – Crew 4
Herman, R.W. LTJG 71 Asst Training
Hoover, R.A. LCDR 24, 78 Maintenance Off – Crew 7
Hunt, R.H. LTJG 20, 74 Asst Comm – Crew 5
Ingerton, R.R. LTJG 28, 75 Navigation Off – Crew 9
Ketchem. W.H LTJG 22 Crew 6
Kirkland, T.J. LTJG 16, 86 Material Off – Crew 3
Kraper, W.H. LTJG 12, 95 Armament Off – Crew 1
Kuhn, J.P. LTJG 12, 71 Survival – Crew 1
Myers, D.F. LTJG 22, 83 Aviation Equipment Off – Crew 6
Nedry, R.D. LTJG 26, 86 Asst Material – Crew 8
Newman, C.W. LTJG 63 Asst Personnel
Nordhill, C.H. LT 34, 63 Personnel Off – Crew 12
Oates, B. WO 88, 89 Asst Avionics
Olds, C.A. LCDR 16, 69 ASW Off – Crew 3
Ragen, J.C. LTJG 14, 65 First Lieutenant – Crew 2
Riley, C.E. LTJG 34, 61 Asst Admin – Crew 12
Roberts, G.W. LTJG 20, 78 Logs & Publications – Crew 5
Roll, W.D. LCDR 34, 69 Operations Off – Crew 12
Seipp, R.M LT 28, 79, 84 Maintenance – Crew 9
Southall, C.M LT 30, 84 Line Off – Crew 10
Stormo, A.C. LT 76 Flight Surgeon
Strole, D.S. LTJG 30, 72 AIO Off – Crew 10
Surrett, J.B. LTJG 28, 84 Asst Hangar Off – Crew 9
Taylor, J.R. LTJG 87 Material
Chiefs
Name Rank Photos on Page(s) Position
Barfield, C.B. ATC 64, 89 Avionics
Blanchard, E.J. ATC 64
Debaecke, C.I. ATCA 21, 89 Avionics – Crew 5
Derosett, J. AOC 95 Armament
Donovan, V.J. ADC 69
Foster, A.W. AMCA 93 Airframes
Hamel, A.A. ADCS 79, 82
Hitchcock, H.R. ATC 89 Avionics
Jackson, L.L. AMCA 94 Airframes
Meyers, A.S. ADCS 92
Myers, A.S. ADCS 81 Power Plants
Rowley, W.J. ADC 85 Line & Hangar
Salter, E.F. ATCS 88, 89 Avionics
Scavlan, L.J. ATCA 88 Avionics
Sexton, P.C. AMCA 93 Airframes
Smith, H.G. ADCS 65 Leading Chief
Starren, Q.T. ADCS 79 Maintenance
Sullivan, T.F. AECS 92 Electric
Enlisted
Name Rank Photos on Page(s) Position
Adams, D. AO1 12, 13, 96 Armament – Crew 1
Alcazar, V.B. TN 66 Coffee Mess
Allen, R.L. AEAN 28, 29 Crew 9
Andreas, T.R. AB1 65
Arredondo, A.G. AT2 30, 31 Crew 10
Ball, J.R. AE1 27, 92 Electric – Crew 8
Barker, M.W. AN 72
Barrett, C.W. ATAN 16, 25 Crew 7
Beck, A.A. AT1 27, 89 Avionics – Crew 8
Bedard, R.R. AT3 12, 13 Crew 1
Beers, R.D. ATNAN 18, 19, 24, 90 Avionics – Crew 4
Beno, A.S. AD2 30, 31 Crew 10
Berry, K.E. SN 62
Bierdman, L. AD3 18, 19 Crew 4
Bishop, A.J. ATRAN 90 Avionics
Boggs, R.H. AT2 14, 15 Crew 2
Bolick, V.T. ATN3 91 Avionics
Bonnett, D.B. ATSAN 26, 27, 85 Line & Hangar – Crew 8
Boren, R.S. PR3 83 Aviation Equipment
Bowden, N. Jr. AO3 21, 95 Armament – Crew 5
Bowen, L.S. AN 92 Electric
Bradford, R.H. ATR3 22, 23, 90 Avionics – Crew 6
Brush, M.A. AD1 80, 81 Power Plants
Byrne, R.C. AD1 31, 33, 91 Avionics – Crew 11
Cartand, G.R. ATSAN 91 Avionics
Clark, W.H. AA 64
Claydon, H.E. AD1 22, 23 Crew 6
Coffman, J.L. AE2 34, 35, 92 Electric – Crew 12
Colby, M.F. Jr. AO2 28, 29, 95 Armament – Crew 9
Conness, R.D. AR 65
Convery, G.J. AT2 17, 20 Crew 3 – Crew 5
Cook 90 Avionics
Cortright, R.L. AD3 20, 21 Crew 5
Creech, T.W. AD1 20, 21 Crew 5
Curran, J.P. SA 85 Line & Hangar
Cush, D.M. ATN3 16, 17 Crew 3
Dabson, AE1 25 Crew 7
Davidson, M.O. AT3 18, 19 Crew 4
Davies, R.D. AEIAN 92 Electric
Davis, J.B. ATS3 28, 29, 91 Avionics – Crew 9
Day, W.H. AM3 26, 27 Crew 8
Dean, E.B. AT3 20, 21 Crew 5
Dickerson, R.C. PR2 83 Aviation Equipment
Dickie, T.H. AN 85 Line & Hangar
Dollison, W.R. ADR3 80, 82 Power Plants
Doyle, B.L. AD2 24, 25 Crew 7
Dudek, S.A. AA 74
Dunn, S.L. ATN3 30, 31 Crew 10
Dunnivant, J.W. AT3 91 Avionics
Eby, K.C. AO2 30, 31 Crew 10
Eckel, J.P. AN 62
Egbert, J.C. YN1 61
Elmore, H.W. AM1 16, 94 Airframes – Crew 3
Englehart, J.S. AN 68 Duty Driver
Fehlman, G.L. AT2 34, 35 Crew 12
Fields, G.L. AA 85 Line & Hangar
Fritts, B.D. ADR3 79, 81 Power Plants
Garrisan AN 80 Power Plants
Garrison, J.R. AN 86, 87 Material
Gillam, C.S. AN 16, 94 Airframes – Crew 3
Gossell, H.P. AN 68 Duty Driver
Gray, K.L. ADR3 81 Power Plants
Hall, N.C. Jr. AO2 14, 15, 95 Armament – Crew 2
Hanna, H.E. AO2 16, 17, 96 Armament – Crew 3
Hanson, R.L. AM1 14, 15, 94 Airframes – Crew 2
Hartline, F.L. ADR3 14, 15 Crew 2
Haskins, B.J. AN 94 Airframes
Hawkins, J.W. AD2 18, 19 Crew 4
Heimbuecher, B.F. AE1 16, 17 Crew 3
Heminger, J.C. YN3 62
Herndon AD1 80 Power Plants
Hicks, R.L. ADR3 30, 31 Crew 10
Higgens, M.A. AN 96 Armament
Hill, D.G. ATS3 30, 31, 62 Crew 10
Hill, D.L. ATS3 91 Avionics
Hochberger, D.L. ATS3 22, 23, 90 Avionics – Crew 6
Hopper, L.E. AT2 20, 21 Crew 5
Huber, G.P. AT2 34, 35, 67 Duty Office – Crew 12
Hunt, K.L. AN 86, 87 Material
Irwin ADR3 80 Power Plants
Jones, R.D. PN1 63
Kaplan, F. AT3 12, 13 Crew 1
Karlowski, R.G. AA 30, 31, 94 Airframes – Crew 10
Karnes, J.R. AN 80, 82 Power Plants
Keith, S.R. AT2 12, 13 Crew 1
Kendrck, L.E. AA 71
Kenyon, L.W. AM2 12, 13 Crew 1
Key, G.L. AD2 34, 35 Crew 12
Killshek, S.J. AD2 82 Power Plants
Knickerbocker, J.P. AN 86 Material
Kofmeal, R.J. ATRAN 85 Line & Hangar
Kosen, G.L. AD3 26, 27 Crew 8
Land, D.K. ADJAN 62
Larson, L.J. AT2 32, 33 Crew 11
Lee AN 17 Crew 3
Lee, N.F. AD2 28, 29 Crew 9
Levan, J.L. AT2 26, 27, 90 Avionics – Crew 8
Lientz, F.J. AM3 34, 94 Airframes – Crew 12
Lindsey, W.M. ATNAN 79
Long, W.L. AT1 24, 25 Crew 7
Lovett, J.C. AEMAN 33, 92 Electric – Crew 11
Low, J.R. ATS3 24, 25, 89, 90, 91 Avionics – Crew 7
Luce, C.H. AT1 22, 23 Crew 6
Manglicmot, S. TN 66 Coffee Mess
Mann, T.P. AM1 22, 23 Crew 6
Matheny, L.R. SN 71
Maxwell, G.D. AA 64
McCoy, F.H. ADR3 22, 23 Crew 6
McGill, J.W. AO2 34, 35 Crew 12
Michael, N.L. HM1 76
Milligan AD2 80 Power Plants
Minton, S.T. AT3 18, 19 Crew 4
Mitchell, B.B. AA 68 Duty Driver
Mitchell, M.W. AT2 32, 33 Crew 11
Moore, F.M. AN 74
Moore, R.C. AT1 16, 17 Crew 3
Morgan, J.E. AE1 92 Electric
Muehsam, F. J. ATAN 14, 15, 90 Avionics – Crew 2
Mullens, R. AD2 24, 25 Crew 7
Murray, A.D. Jr. AT2 18, 19 Crew 4
Nanny, G.L. PNA3 63
Needham, M.K. AN 87 Material
Newhouse, R.F. AD1 16, 17 Crew 3
Norman, J.G. AMAN 20, 21 Crew 5
Obrect, C.D. AA 66 Coffee Mess
Osborne, F.R. AO3 96 Armament
Parton, D.J. ATN3 12, 13, 91 Avionics – Crew 1
Peoples, R.M. ADR3 16, 17 Crew 3
Petters, J.J. AN 85 Line & Hangar
Phillips, H.D. AMS3 85 Line & Hangar
Plog, L.F. AA 75
Poafpybitty, K.G. AA 85 Line & Hangar
Przyblo, A.F. AO1 18, 19 Crew 4
Quin, G.M. ATR3 90 Avionics
Quinn, F.M. ATR3 88 Avionics
Quintero, A. Jr. ATRAN 90 Avionics
Reed, C.W. AN 66 Coffee Mess
Reeder, A.G. AT1 14, 15 Crew 2
Rench, J.R. AN 92 Electric
Rentfrow, H.R. AT3 22, 23, 91 Avionics – Crew 6
Reynolds ADR3 80 Power Plants
Riddell, W.E. ATAN 91 Avionics
Rios, D.A. AD1 67 Duty Office
Robinson, J.F. AD2 12, 13, 81 Power Plants – Crew 1
Robles, F. AE2 30, 31 Crew 10
Rose, B.J. AN 80, 81, 82 Power Plants
Rose, E.J. AT2 34, 35 Crew 12
Rose, J.R. ADJ3 80 Power Plants
Sanders, F.G. AO2 32, 33, 96 Armament – Crew 11
Sargent, N.N. AD2 80, 82 Power Plants
Schnitker, H.C. AM1 67 Duty Office
Schwen, C.A. ATAN 28, 29, 89 Avionics – Crew 9
Scott, J.A. AN 74 Comm
Scott, W.T. AMS2 28, 29, 93 Airframes – Crew 9
Seagle, G.P. AMS3 85 Line & Hangar
Sharp, G.W. AN 68 Duty Driver
Shoemake, J.G. AMS2 94 Airframes
Shofstall, C.E. AD2 80 Power Plants
Slankard, J.K. AA 85 Line & Hangar
Smith, T.J. AT1 28, 29, 90 Avionics – Crew 9
Srodin, M.L. AN 83 Aviation Equipment
Stagner, R.M. AD2 26, 27 Crew 8
Stewart, R.A. AK1 87 Material
Stirrup, J.C. AD1 80, 82 Power Plants
Sutton, W.E. Jr. SN 83 Power Plants
Swart, J.F. AO3 26, 27, 95, 96 Armament – Crew 8
Tappan, G.R. AD2 32, 33, 81 Power Plants – Crew 11
Tensmeyer, R.D. AA 72 AIO
Thomas, G.G. YNT3 63
Thomas, R.C. AT1 32, 33 Crew 11
Toby, R.S. AD3 34, 35 Crew 12
Tuchtenhagen, B.L. AT2 14, 15, 89 Avionics – Crew 2
Tucker, J.L. AO2 24, 25, 96 Armament – Crew 7
Turgeon, Z.F. AD1 82 Power Plants
Vaughn, J.D. ATSAN 73
Waechter, M.W. AN 85 Line & Hangar
Walters, L.E. AD3 12, 13 Crew 1
Ward, R.A. AD1 82 Power Plants
Wasmer, R.E. PH2 129
Weimer, R.W. AE2 20 Crew 5
Welch, L.W. AD2 14, 15 Crew 2
Wells, L.F. AD1 28, 29 Crew 9
West, C.D. AMS3 94 Airframes
Wilber, R.H. AO1 22, 23, 96 Armament – Crew 6
Williams, J.H. PR1 83 Aviation Equipment
Wilson, W.W. AM3 32, 33 Crew 11
Worthington, B.H. AT2 67 Duty Office
Young, M.E. AM3 24, 25 Crew 7
Young, S.R. AT3 34, 35 Crew 12
Zafran, R. ATRAN 90 Avionics
Zampko, H. AEMAN 21, 92 Electric – Crew 5
Zandofsky, M.L. SA 18, 19 Crew 4
Zartman, J.V. ATRAN 90 Avionics

1958 VP-4 Squadron Roster

VP-4 Squadron Roster for 1958

Roster
No Name Rank Photos on Page(s) Position
Commanding Officers
1 Clute, George S. CDR 4 CO Apr 1957 – Apr 1958
2 Griber, Peter A. M. CDR 3, 4 CO Apr 1958 – Apr 1959
3 Troendle, William B. CDR 5, 64 XO Apr 1958 – Apr 1959
Officers
4 Anderson, E. K. LTJG 48, 49, 73 Crew 3 Schedules
5 Armitage, M. J. LTJG 94 Asst Air Frames
6 Bechtel, C. E. LTJG 74 Air Intelligence
7 Bennett, D. C. LTJG 52, 56, 100 Crew 5, 7 1st LT
8 Bowling, K. R. ENS 98 Personnel
9 Breckon, R. L. ENS 66, 77 Crew 12 Navigation
10 Buck, E. R. WO 49, 89 Crew 3 Electronics
11 Calhoun, R. P. LTJG 50, 51, 104 Crew 4 Asst Gunnery
12 Cashman, J. M. ENS 66, 78 Crew 12 Aviation Equipment
13 Chairs, C. A. ENS 96 Asst Admin
14 Conover, F. K. LTJG 50, 51, 99 Crew 4 Education
15 Donnelly, G. L. LCDR 46, 71 Crew 2 Operations Off
16 Dunmire, R. D. LTJG 44, 72, 104 Crew 1 Ops Special Weapons
17 Ferkin, D. J. LTJG 102 Material
18 Franklin, J. D. LTJG 56, 96 Crew 7 Asst Admin
19 Garretson, A. S. LTJG 52, 85 Crew 5 Asst Power Plants
20 Gremp, R. K. LTJG 56, 99 Crew 7 Education
21 Hawkins, H. L. LTJG 66, 74 Crew 12 Aerial Mine Warfare
22 Hays, J. F. LT 52, 72, 78 Crew 5 Ops Ground Training
23 Healy, M. T. LTJG 77 Navigation
24 Hetlinger, J. D. LTJG 46, 76 Crew 2 Communications
25 Ingerton, R. R. ENS 62, 80 Crew 10 Line Operations
26 Jones, S. W. LTJG 64, 77 Crew 11 Navigation
27 Ketchum, W. H. LTJG 54, 72, 103 Crew 6 Ops Asst Material
28 Koepernik, J. W. LTJG 54, 75 Crew 6 ECM
29 Kraper, W. H. ENS 46, 100 Crew 2 Asst 1st LT
30 Lones, J. J. LTJG 44, 103 Crew 1 Allotment Control
31 Marovich, M. LTJG 48, 85 Crew 3 Asst Power Plants
32 Mayo, E. M. LTJG 54, 74 Crew 6 Air Intelligence
33 McCormack, W. E. LT 44, 82 Crew 1 Asst Maintenance Off
34 Miles, L. G. LTJG 54, 76 Crew 6 Registered Pubs
35 Miller, E. E. LTJG 60 Crew 9
36 Mosely, M. A. LCDR 52, 82 Crew 5 Maintenance Off
37 O’Shaughnessy LT 51 Crew 4
38 Olds, C. A. LCDR 104 Gunnery
39 Pendell, C. R. LT 58, 72 Crew 8 Flight
40 Peterson, D. V. LT 62, 71 Crew 10 ASW
41 Price, H. E. LTJG 48, 74 Crew 3 Weight & Balance
42 Prochazka, H. R. LTJG 48, 75 Crew 3 Weight & Balance
43 Richardson, J. P. LT 56, 71 Crew 7 Safety
44 Roberts, G. W. LTJG 58, 79 Crew 8 Survival
45 Roll, W. D. LCDR 66, 96 Crew 12 Administration
46 Romine, W. E. LTJG 50, 85 Crew 4 Power Plants
47 Schroeder, A. J. LTJG 64, 76 Crew 11 Asst Communications
48 Seipp, R. M. LT 56, 98 Crew 7 Personnel
49 Sills, M. D. LTJG 60, 96 Crew 9 Asst Admin
50 Smith, Travis J. LTJG 49 Crew 3
51 Southall, C. M. LTJG 58, 96 Crew 8 Asst Admin
52 Spencer, L. L. LTJG 48, 49, 83 Crew 3 Logs & Records
53 Sternquist, M. B. LTJG 66, 99 Crew 12 Per Diem
54 Stormo, A.C. LT 78 Flight Surgeon
55 Strole, D. S. ENS 74 Asst Air Intelligence
56 Tedeschi, R. A. LTJG 50, 51, 72 Crew 4 Logs & Records
57 Toney, J. S. LTJG 60, 76 Crew 9 Communications
58 Wilson, E. K. LTJG 64 Crew 11
59 Wilson, J. W. LTJG 60, 89 Crew 9 Electronics
60 Winn, J. C. LTJG 58, 94 Crew 8 Air Frames
61 Wylie, R. P. LTJG 62, 83 Crew 10 Asst Power Plants
Chiefs
62 Barber, R. E. ADC 107 Staging Area
63 Black, J. C. AOC 73, 105 Schedules Gunnery
64 Blanchard, E. J. ARC 89 Electronics
65 Bowerman, C. E. ADC 85 Power Plants
66 Burnett, W. C. AEC 88 Electric Shop
67 Derosett, J. AOC 105, 106 Gunnery
68 Donovan, V. J. ADC 86 Power Plants
69 Foster, C. E. AMC 94 Air Frames
70 Grein, D. E. ATCA 60,91 Crew 9 Electronics
71 Handley CPO 73 Schedules
72 Kneiss, H. E. PNC 98 Personnel
73 Lyons CPO 51 Crew 4
74 McKee, D. F. AMC 46, 94 Crew 2 PC Air Frames
75 Nay, F. E. ADC 84 Maintenance
76 Oates, B. N. ATC 89, 91 Electronics
77 Oxendine, W. T. ADC 44 Crew 1
78 Parmley, L. N. ATC 89, 90 Electronics
79 Phillips, J. ADC 84 Maintenance
80 Poindexter, C. AOC 98, 125 Leading Chief
81 Reed, D. F. ATCA 58 Crew 8
82 Robinson, H. D. ADC 83 Maintenance
83 Schimke, W. C. PRC 78 Aviation Equipment
84 Scribner, R. L. BMC 101 1st LT
85 Shaw, A. T. ADC 85 Power Plants
86 Simpson, G. G. AEC 88 Electric Shop
87 Skavlan, L. J ATCA 62 Crew 10
88 Thompson, R. J. ATC 89 Electronics
Enlisted
89 Abernathy, T. A. ADR3 107 Staging Area
90 Adams, D. AD1 44 Crew 1
91 Allen, D. S. AM3 62, 94 Crew 10 Air Frames
92 Allen, H. V. ADR3 86 Power Plants
93 Arrington, M. E. AEM2 64 Crew 11
94 Arthur, C. D. AEM3 48 Crew 3
95 Ashe, W. R. AOAN 62, 105 Crew 10 Gunnery
96 Babcock, G. R. AD2 52 Crew 5
97 Bailey SN 73 Schedules
98 Ballew, M. E. AEM3 62 Crew 10
99 Barmes, M. L. AT3 62, 90, 93 Crew 10 Electronics
100 Beckley, D. L. ATSAN 89 Electronics
101 Bellhorn, C. A. AN 99 Education
102 Bentley, M. D. AE3 46, 88 Crew 2 Electric Shop
103 Bernard, W. M. Jr. SN 98 Personnel
104 Bevel, J. E. AOAN 105 Gunnery
105 Bier, D. C. YN3 97 Admin
106 Bondurant, K. D. AT1 46, 92 Crew 2 Electronics
107 Bonnett, C. O. AN 81 Line Crew
108 Bortle, P. W. AA 105 Gunnery
109 Bouley, A. J. AK2 103 Material
110 Broyles, I. L. AN 77 Navigations
111 Bruno, R. J. AD3 85 Power Plants
112 Buck, D. B. AN 76 Communications
113 Buck, R. S. PR2 78, 79 Aviation Equipment
114 Bute, N. R. ATAN 93 Electronics
115 Butler, L. D. AE3 54 Crew 6
116 Butorac, M. T. AB1 80 Line Crew
117 Cagle, P. N. AN 101 1st LT
118 Campbell, E. R. AEI3 88 Electric Shop
119 Cantrall, R. W. PRSAN 79, 87 Aviation Equipment
120 Carpenter, B. E. AE1 88 Electric Shop
121 Carpenter, B. R. AN 80, 81 Line Crew
122 Carr, H. A. AM1 94 Air Frames
123 Carter, E. AN 80 Line Crew
124 Carter, H. W. AN 99 Per Diem
125 Cavanaugh, James M. P. AN 75
126 Chappell, H. W. AN 99 Per Diem
127 Chaterdon, R. J. AN 80 Line Crew
128 Chisholm, R. H. PRSAN 78 Aviation Equipment
129 Claydon, H. E. AD1 54, 87 Crew 6 Power Plants
130 Cleminson, R. A. SN 98 Personnel
131 Cole, C. P. PRMAN 78 Aviation Equipment
132 Collins, R. H. AN 104, 105 Gunnery
133 Combs, J. C. AEM3 88 Electric Shop
134 Consbruck, G. H. ADRAN 86, 87 Power Plants
135 Cook, J. Y. AN 86 Power Plants
136 Cook, M. E. ATN3 93 Electronics
137 Corcoran, G. M. AN 103 Material
138 Cross, H. W. YN1 97 Admin
139 Cully, J. P. AO2 48, 49 Crew 3
140 Dabson, H. L. AEAN 88 Electric Shop
141 Dahlem, D. L. AMS2 95 Air Frames
142 Day, J. A. AMHAN 95 Air Frames
143 DeJesus, J. S. SN 78 Aviation Equipment
144 Driesel, F. G. AN 102, 1003 Material
145 Duncan, L. D. AN 75 Weight & Balance
146 Duncan, T. E. AT2 64, 92 Crew 11 Electronics
147 Emmons, A. H. AT1 52, 90 Crew 5 Electronics
148 Ernest, D. K. AM2 54 Crew 6
149 Fajarit, R. F. SK3 102, 103 Material
150 Fee, C. A. AN 81 Line Crew
151 Foley, J. J. AT2 64 Crew 11
152 Forliti, J. R. ADR3 54, 87 Crew 6 Power Plants
153 Forrester, J. A. AN 100 1st LT
154 Frazier, J. C. AM1 44, 94 Crew 1 Air Frames
155 Froyd, W. M. AN 81 Line Crew
156 Galik, J. A. AD1 56 Crew 7
157 Gaspervich, W. AT3 54, 92 Crew 6 Electronics
158 Glass, C. H. AB3 101 1st LT
159 Glass, J. J. AN 52 Crew 5
160 Glines, W. L. ADR3 48 Crew 3
161 Glover, J. W. AN 99 Education
162 Golden, C. G. AN 78 Aviation Equipment
163 Hall, P. W. AT2 51, 56 Crew 4, Crew 7
164 Handley, T. M. AN 100 1st LT
165 Hansen 70 ASDO
166 Hansen, K. H. AEM3 88 Electric Shop
167 Hanson, F. L. AN 95 Air Frames
168 Harden, D. R. AT3 46 Crew 2
169 Harder, J. E. AN 101 1st LT
170 Harder, K. A. AN 81, 86 Line Crew Power Plants
171 Hargrove, R. M. AN 80, 81
172 Harris, J. T. AT3 64, 91 Crew 11 Electronics
173 Hebbard, J. G. AN 95 Air Frames
174 Herrera, P. M. AN 94 Air Frames
175 Heyder, C. R. AT2 48, 49, 93 Crew 3 Electronics
176 Hill, C. D. AM3 94 Air Frames
177 Hill, H. L. AM3 97 Admin
178 Holland, E. A. AT1 66, 93 Crew 12 Electronics
179 Holmsten, L. W. AT2 66 Crew 12
180 Holsey, J. N. AN 86 Power Plants
181 Hudson, H. W. AT3 58 Crew 8
182 Ingraham, P. J. AN 106 Gunnery
183 Isaacson 49 Crew 3
184 Jacobs, C. S. AT3 90, 91 Electronics
185 Jensen, Eugene B. PHA3 125 Photo Lab
186 Johnson, B. J. AMSAN 95 Air Frames
187 Johnston, R. R. AE2 52, 88 Crew 5 Electric Shop
188 Jurss, D. W. AT3 50, 51, 90 Crew 4 Electronics
189 Karsten, L. R. ATR3 91 Electronics
190 Kearn, M. G. AN 73 Schedules
191 Kerins, W. AM1 64 Crew 11
192 Key, G. I. AD2 58 Crew 8
193 King, J. A. AT3 58, 91 Crew 8 Electronics
194 Kittle, E. E. AD3 86, 87 Power Plants
195 Kosiba, R. AT2 44 Crew 1
196 Kott, Earl N. PH2 125 Photo Lab
197 Kruger, D. R. AT2 52 Crew 5
198 Largo, E. N. AD3 66, 86 Crew 12 Power Plants
199 Leintz, F. J. AN 95 Air Frames
200 Lester, L. N. AT1 50, 51, 91 Crew 4 Electronics
201 Lewis, E. L. AD3 86 Power Plants
202 Lutes, R. M. AT2 49, 91 Crew 3 Electronics
203 Lyke, J. R. AD3 83 Maintenance
204 Maham, M. L. AT3 66, 91 Crew 12 Electronics
205 Maki, W. E. AO1 46, 47, 105, 106 Crew 2 Ord Gunnery
206 Martin, H. C. AN 103 Material
207 Martindale, R. M. AEM3 66 Crew 12
208 Maynes, A. B. AN 80, 81 Line Crew
209 McClendon, J. A. AN 76 Communications
210 McMannamy, J. K. AD2 52 Crew 5
211 McPherson, C. K. AN 87 Power Plants
212 McVinnie, J. L. AOAN 106 Gunnery
213 Melton, N. W. AN 76 Communications
214 Mikell, B. M. AN 78 Aviation Equipment
215 Milauckas, J. W. AE3 44, 86 Crew 1
216 Miles, E. R. ADAN 85 Power Plants
217 Miller, D. C. AT2 50 Crew 4
218 Miller, R. J. AD3 44 Crew 1
219 Montano, L. F. AO3 66, 106 Crew 12 Gunnery
220 Moore, R. E. AD2 64, 87 Crew 11 Power Plants
221 Morris, J. A. AMSAN 95 Air Frames
222 Morrisett, V. B. SN 97 Admin
223 Mullins, R. N. AD2 85 Power Plants
224 Munroe, D. A. ADR3 58, 86 Crew 8 Power Plants
225 Murray, E. F. AMSAN 94, 95 Air Frames
226 Neavear, E. D. AM2 95 Air Frames
227 Nelson, D. A. AD3 64, 86 Crew 11 Power Plants
228 Nerbonne, L. T. Jr. ATAN 92 Electronics
229 Nichols, R. L. ATAN 44, 92 Crew 1 Electronics
230 Osborne, T. E. AN 97 Admin
231 Page, N. R. AN 106 Gunnery
232 Patten, F. J. AM1 50 Crew 4
233 Pendarvis, P. R. AO3 106 Gunnery
234 Perdue, D. C. AN 75 ECM
235 Peterson, D. A. ATAN 56, 92 Crew 7 Electronics
236 Piction, B. K. AKAN 103 Material
237 Pipes, E. J. AO3 107 Staging Area
238 Poole, J. L. AN 94 Air Frames
239 Potter, W. E. AMS3 95 Air Frames
240 Prather, T. G. AMS3 95 Air Frames
241 Prendel, R. AN 81 Line Crew
242 Price, D. C. AMSAN 94 Air Frames
243 Price, H. W. AEM3 58, 88 Crew 8 Electric Shop
244 Pruitt, L. A. AD1 85 Power Plants
245 Puckett, J. B. AN 86 Power Plants
246 Redd, W. N. AD2 85, 86 Power Plants
247 Reynolds AE1 70 ASDO
248 Richardson, H. L. AN 106 Gunnery
249 Richardson, J. A. AMSAN 94 Air Frames
250 Roach, W. B. AD1 62, 87 Crew 10 Power Plants
251 Robbins, G. D. AT2 54, 90 Crew 6 Electronics
252 Roberts, J. R. AA 81 Line Crew
253 Roberts, P. W. AD3 50, 87 Crew 4 Power Plants
254 Robinson, J. E. AD2 56, 87 Crew 7 Power Plants
255 Roseboom, R. E. AEM3 88 Electric Shop
256 Salik, W. F. AOAN 105, 107 Gunnery Staging Area
257 Samora, I. F. AOAN 54, 105 Crew 6 Gunnery
258 Sanders 51 Crew 4
259 Sanders, F. C. AO2 64 Crew 11
260 Sanders, P. G. AO2 104, 105 Gunnery
261 Sarvis, J. O. AM3 48 Crew 3
262 Sawyer, R. E. AT2 48, 92 Crew 3 Electronics
263 Scott, H. J. Jr. AT3 90, 92 Electronics
264 Scott, W. T. AM2 95 Air Frames
265 Seiler, J. E. AM3 52 Crew 5
266 Sell, J. R. AM3 103 Material
267 Shamblen, R. P. AT2 93 Electronics
268 Shanabarger, G. E. AM1 66 Crew 12
269 Sheker, R. C. AT3 54 Crew 6
270 Shofstall, C. E. AD2 87 Power Plants
271 Slatter, R. W. AD3 85 Power Plants
272 Spears, E. S. AT3 46, 91 Crew 2 Electronics
273 Stagner, R. M. AD2 46 Crew 2
274 Stewart, J. A. AN 95, 101 Air Frames 1st LT
275 Stewart, P. A. AD2 46 Crew 2
276 Stewart, R. A. AK1 102 Material
277 Stout, B. R. AOAN 51, 52 Crew 4, Crew 5
278 Strassman, R. J. AD3 83 Maintenance
279 Sullivan, J. P. AMHAN 95 Air Frames
280 Swalley, L. A. AN 105, 106 Gunnery
281 Swart, J. F. AOAN 105, 106 Gunnery
282 Telfair, I. N. SA 100 1st LT
283 Thomas, W. J. Jr. PN3 98 Personnel
284 Trotter, J. E. AN 81 Line Crew
285 Vancil, R. AA 101 1st LT
286 Varnum, L. J. AN 81 Line Crew
287 Walker, T. D. AO3 50 Crew 4
288 Ward, G. D. AEM3 107 Staging Area
289 Wells, L. E. AD1 66, 87 Crew 12 Power Plants
290 Welson, D. A. AD3 86 Power Plants
291 Whalen, B. V. AO1 58 Crew 8
292 Wiberg, L. E. ATR3 56, 93 Crew 7 Electronics
293 Wiggine, W. AM3 95 Air Frames
294 Wilber, R. H. AO1 105 Gunnery
295 Wilcox, G. D. AT3 93 Electronics
296 Wildberger, J. D. ATR3 90 Electronics
297 Williams 49 Crew 3
298 Wyneken, R. A. ADR3 62, 87 Crew 10 Power Plants
299 Yeager, A. F. AM2 56, 95 Crew 7 Air Frames
300 Yellen, G. AM1 58, 94 Crew 8 Air Frames
301 Young, B. R. AA 73 Schedules
302 Young, G. J. AD2 48, 49 Crew 3
303 Young, Gerald U. AM3 125 Photo Lab
304 Young, H. H. AD1 85 Power Plants
305 Young, R. E. AN 81 Line Crew
306 Zazzaro, G. AB2 101 1st LT

New Cruise Books added

Hi folks,

We have added a couple of new cruise books to the photo gallery @ http://gallery.vp4association.com

 

To go with the new Cruise books, here is the list of all VP-4 cruise books currently posted:

  • 1958 Cruise Book
  • 1959-60 Cruise Book
  • 1961 Cruise Book
  • 1962 Cruise Book
  • 1964-65 Cruise Book
  • 1967 Cruise Book
  • 1968-69 Cruise Book
  • 1969-70 Cruise Book
  • 1971 Cruise Book
  • 1972 Cruise Book
  • 1974 Cruise Book
  • 1975 Cruise Book
  • 1977 Cruise Book
  • 1979-80 Cruise Book
  • 1982 Cruise Book
  • 1983-84 Cruise Book
  • 1989 Cruise Book
  • 1990-91 Cruise Book
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Patrol Squadron Four (VP-4) Training Mission

Found this video of a VP-4 training flight that was taken during RIMPAC 2012.

VP-4 patch from training flightLooks like this is the flight that preformed the AGM-65 Maverick shot.  You can see the missile in the video still on the weapon pylon after take off.

Having the video of the training flight adds some substance to the photos that we already have.

Patrol Squadron Four (VP-4) Training Mission RIMPAC 2012. Courtesy Video | Navy Media Content Services | Date: 07.14.2012. P-3 Orion crewmembers assigned to Patrol Squadron Four head out on a training mission during Rim of the Pacific Exercise 2012. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in the biennial RIMPAC exercise from June 29 – Aug. 3, in and around the Hawaiian Islands. The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC, provides a unique opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are crucial to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2012 is the 23rd exercise in the series that began in 1971. U.S. Navy video Mass Communication Specialist Second Class (EXW) Sebastian McCormack.

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New photos of VP-4 for 29 October 2014

Here are a couple of new images of our VP-4 shipmates.

Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Brandon Cardon signals to the pilots of Patrol Squadron 4's (VP-4) P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft that he has armed the aircrafts countermeasure dispensing system. VP-4 is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Devin Menhardt/Released)

Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Brandon Cardon signals to the pilots of Patrol Squadron 4’s (VP-4) P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft that he has armed the aircrafts countermeasure dispensing system. VP-4 is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Devin Menhardt/Released)

Sailors assigned to Patrol Squadron Four (VP-4) and Capt. Lance Scott, commodore Wing 2, pose for a photo for the Navy's 239th birthday. VP-4 is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Devin Menhardt/Released)

Sailors assigned to Patrol Squadron Four (VP-4) and Capt. Lance Scott, commodore Wing 2, pose for a photo for the Navy’s 239th birthday. VP-4 is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Devin Menhardt/Released)

 

VP-4 Change of Command 2014

VP-4 Changes Command
Press Release
LTJG Alexandra Lewis
Patrol Squadron Four Public Affairs Officer.


Commander Eric M. Hanks relieved Commander M. Brett Thompson as Commanding Officer of Patrol Squadron FOUR (VP-4) on June 18, 2014. The ceremony was held at Hangar 104 on Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay.

Commander Thompson, originally from Charleston, South Carolina, reported to VP-4 in March 2013 and became the squadron’s 64th Commanding Officer in August, 2013. Commander Thompson masterfully led the “Skinny Dragons” to exceptional levels of operational success. An inspirational leader with visionary foresight, he ensured maximum operational readiness during a dynamic Inter-Deployment Readiness Cycle in preparation for a multi-site SIXTH Fleet deployment. Under his direction, the squadron conducted a flawless Fleet Response Training Plan, executed 750 sorties encompassing 3,366 flight hours with an impressive 95% mission completion rate, surpassing 41 years and 250,000 hours of mishap-free flying. It is with heavy hearts that the squadron bids him farewell. Commander Thompson will continue his career in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii at U.S. Pacific Command. He and his sons, Michael and Kyle are thrilled for the opportunity to continue island life. When asked about his time serving as Commanding Officer, he stated, “This has been the absolute most rewarding tour in my entire nineteen year career. The men and women of VP-4 are professional, hard-working Americans. I am beyond proud of each and every one of them. The Skinny Dragon ohana are the greatest sailors I have ever served with.”

Commander Hanks reported to VP-4 in August 2013 as the Executive Officer. A native of Jennings, Louisiana, he graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1997 and went on to earn his Wings of Gold in August 1999. His previous flying tours include assignments to VP-16, VT-35 as an Advanced Maritime Instructor Pilot, and VP-9 as a Department Head. Commander Hanks’ additional tours included a tour on the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT and the U.S. Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany where he served in the J3-Operations.

Commander Hanks lives in Kailua with his wife, Renee, and they have two children, Lindsay and Hunter. When asked about becoming the newest Skinny Dragon Skipper, Commander Hanks enthusiastically commented, “I am thrilled for the opportunity to lead the Skinny Dragons into this upcoming deployment. I have the utmost confidence in their ability to excel and masterfully complete the mission..”

Replacing Commander Hanks as Executive Officer is Commander Jon E.. He also graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1997. He reports after working for the Deputy Director for Resources and Acquisition, Joint Staff in Washington D.C. CDR Spore is married to the former Jennifer Stites of Jacksonville, Florida, and they have three children, Mitchell, Landon, and Marian.

 

 

2014 VP-4 Change of Command 1 2014 VP-4 Change of Command 2

You Are the Greatest!

This article was originally printed in the Wings of Gold magazine Winter 2013 edition.

There were 160 people present at VP-4’s reunion held in Seattle, Washington 4-9 September 2013. Asked to be the Reunion’s banquet speaker was CDR Gordon Barnett, USN (Ret.). Fifteen of CDR Barnett’s shipmates from yesteryear were also in attendance. Following is a summary of his remarks.

I am “Dragon 13,” 89 years old, and exceptionally proud of having been the CO of VP-4 51 years ago when we were home-ported in Naha, Okinawa. Among our achievements back then were:

1. Two Battle Efficiency E Awards
2. Two CNO SafetyAwards
3. Two Arnold J. Isbell ASW Awards.
4. The highest first term re-enlistment rate of all 25 VP Squadrons at the time.
5. We out-flew all25 VP Squadrons in the world.
6. We transitioned from P2V-5 [Neptunes] to P2V-7s on Okinawa without missing an operational commitment.
7. The only way you knew it was a Sunday was that there were no doughnuts in the ready room.
[8]. Our troops maintained 12 aircraft out in the open, through typhoons and many storms, because we had no hangar.
[9]. We had the most beautiful wives among all the VP squadrons.

I received unsolicited letters from the skippers of two nuclear powered submarines while in command ofVP-4. Wrote the CO of USS Grudgeon (SS-567) on 7 April 1963:
“For the second time this WestPac tour it has been Grudgeon’s extreme pleasure to have rendered her services to your outstanding squadron. Your aircraft were on station the entire operating period. The attacks made were from excellent to outstanding. I wish to state that, in my submarine experience over a 14-year period, I have never had the pleasure of working with a finer airborne ASW outfit. The spirit and eagerness which your pilots displayed and the manner in which they conducted the exercises are exceptional. We congratulate you on winning your second Battle E, and, from our viewpoint, consider that you are well on your way to a third one. We hope that if we ever go to war that you guys will be on our side.”
W W. McKenzie Jr.

A quote from commanding officer USS Razorback (SS-394) dated 17Aprill963:
“It is always a pleasure to work with a group who know what they are doing, and having worked with most of the VP squadrons in the Pacific, I know how rare it is. Good hunting!
M. E. Davis”

I know of no other VP squadron that received a letter of commendation from the CO of a nuclear attack submarine. To be the skipper of VP-4 during 1962-63 was like driving 410 Mustangs, all at the same time. The ride was rough, but it was fun. I had served in four VP Squadrons and all were awarded the coveted Battle E. But none of them could hold a candle to VP-4.

My greatest fear in those days was that I might have to send a death notice to a next of kin. I had a sample that I personalized in my center desk drawer. I thank God I never had to send it.

After retiring from the Navy I went into business and was successful although, for a time I had health issues that took their toll. I became an alcoholic, had terrible family troubles but eventually recovered, and even spent time as a lay missionary. My wife, Elida, and I have been married for 35 years. I turn 90 in two months.

In all my time I have never seen a group of officers and men work with such high morale as those in VP-4 in the early 1960’s. I trust that today’s VP-4 personnel, under the command of Dragon 64, CDR Brent Strong, are surely like those it was my good fortune to command five decades ago.

All of you, then and now, men and women, are the greatest!

CDR Barnett and COs

VP-4 Skinny Dragons at NAS Sigonella

This article was originally printed in the Wings of Gold magazine Winter 2013 edition.

From
the Fleet

VP-4 Skinny Dragons at NAS Sigonella

Story and Photography by Francesco Militello Mirto
and Luca La Cavera

P-3C cockpit

LT [Redacted], left, and LCDR Jamy Brassfield, conduct pre-flight checks on their VP-4 P-3C Orion.

Ciao and Benvenuto from Sigonella, Sicily, “The Hub of the Med,” where we recently visited Patrol Squadron Four’s main detachment. The squadron was deployed in support of European Command (EUCOM) and the African Command (AfRICOM) operations.

CO of the Skinny Dragons, CDR Brent Strong, is a Naval Flight Officer with over 3,000 flight hours in his log book. He briefed us on current events and where the community is heading in the near future. He served with the Golden Eagles of VP-9, VP-30s Pro’s Nest, (the P-3 Orion Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS), was a department head in the Grey Knights of VP-46, and with that squadron participated in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. CDR Strong explained that the maritime patrol community continues to deploy VP squadrons to a single, main deployment site from which it sends out small detachments of Orions tailored to support operations at various other locales.

He stated, “We support ops in Europe, the Mediterranean, and countries that border the Med. NAS Sigonella, Sicily, is the administrative and maintenance hub for Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance (MPR) operations. Sigonella is the
principal site for operational planning, intelligence briefs, aircrew training, P-3C logistics, maintenance and personnel support. This deployment site conducts all periodic and phasemaintenance for aircraft assigned to VP-4 and any other MPR squadron based here. Operationally, VP-4 provides Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) for Commander Task Force 67 (CTF-67), Commander Sixth Fleet, and Commander U.S. Naval Forces Europe ( NAVEUR).

“These duties typically include antisubmarine patrols, over-the-horizon surface contact reporting to U.S. and NATO ships and carrier strike groups operating within or transiting the Meditenanean. The P-3 is equipped with a variety of subsurface and surface weapons, should we be called upon to employ them, such as long-range, anti-ship, air-to-surface missiles, torpedoes, mines, and general purpose bombs.”

Although aircraft operating from Sigonella primarily support EUCOM and AFRICOM, the squadron’s capacity to support its multiple simultaneous detachments allow it to reach areas far removed from the Med, as necessary. Among other exercises, VP-4 participated in the largest ASW exercise in the Med, Noble Dina 2013, in Souda Bay, Greece and another, Joint Warrior 2013 in Scotland. The latter was the largest NATO ASW and Amphibious Operations Exercise.

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“We are very flexible,” CDR Strong pointed out, “and can operate with as few as one airplane and one crew with minimal maintenance personnel, to several planes and crews with major maintenance support. We go where the fight is.”

With over 350 personnel assigned, VP-4 is a versatile organization equipped with 12 combat aircrews trained in ASW, Anti-Surface Warfare (ASUW), and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR). Each combat aircrew consists of 11 members: three pilots (one patrol plane commander and two “upgrading” pilots), two NFOs (one tactical coordinator and one navigator), fwo flight engineers, one electronic warfare operator, two acoustic operators, and one in-flight technician.

Currently, CTF-67 allocates an average of eight p-3C aircraft to each deploying squadron. All have the same basic capabilities: deploy and process a wide array of passive and active sonobuoys; provide organic Electronic Support Measures (ESM); provide MDA via multi-mode radar; collect Infrared (IR) and Electro-Optical (EO) imagery and detect submarines with on-board Magnetic Anomaly Detection (MAD).

The MPR community has done an outstanding job of upgrading support equipment during depot level maintenance periods. This creates some variation among individual airframes, and affects radios, radars, aircrew sensors, and communications equipment. Yet, all VP-4 P-3Cs have undergone the Anti-Surface Warfare improvement program (AIP) upgrade, if not the more recent C4ASW modification.

The hard work of NAVAIRSYSCOM, OPNAV N98 ( Naval Air’s Requirements Officers), and the Commander, patrol and Reconnaissance Group (CPRG), continues to pay off. These upgrades help eliminate any gap that might exist between the Orion’s and the upcoming P-8 Poseidon that is replacing the Orion’s.

VP-4’s LCDR Jonathan Vanecko noted a welcome feature of the Orion. He said, “Regarding the in-flight characteristics of the P-3C, having the prop directly connected to the power section, unlike the trainers most of us trained in or the jet engines on the P-8, power is available almost immediately when the power levers are advanced. The combination of both propwash and torque from the four props is always nice to have, especially in the landing pattern or flying at 200 feel over the water. Of course, the converse also applies. Should the power levers be rapidly puled to idle while close to the ground during landing, the loss of lift is noticeable. That is certainly an item we stress to our upgrading pilots, to avoid and guard against.”

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Considering its large size – the p-3C weighs 135,000 pounds – it flies extremely well and is quite maneuverable. This is an advantage, especially when flying at 200 feet during an ASW prosecution, maintaining a turn radius small enough to allow for rapid submarine localization, and a near continuous presence over datum. Pilots are quick to acknowledge, however, that flying and trimming the plane requires continuous attention to avoid altitude excursions, especially low over the water.

Physically, all control surfaces are hydraulically actuated through boost packages located in the aft section of the aircraft, and linked through cables to the controls in the flight station. This system provides immediate and true feedback giving operators a real sense of oneness with the aircraft during all phases of flight. The Orion is truly a pilot’s airplane.

No discussion of the P-3 would be complete without touching briefly on the practice of loitering engines. Although this procedure causes an immediate look of concern to appear on the faces of non-P-3 pilots, it also saves a lot of gas when conducting long-range maritime operations, something that directly translates into increased time on station and thus more capability for the customer. (See note [at end of article])

Regarding normal routines, LI Chris Pamfil, a p-3 mission commander, noted, “In a typical day at VP-4, the crew brief occurs about three hours prior to takeoff with the aircrew discussing problems identified in the aircraft discrepancy book, applicable message traffic, safety-of-flight items presented by the tactical operations center (TOC), mission objectives for the day, and operating procedures for the surface ships and aircraft that the crew will be working with while on station.”

Aircrews spend the remainder of their pre-flight bringing the P-3’s mission systems online and conducting routine operational checks before launching on what typically is a two to three-hour transit to the operating area. After takeoff, the crew conducts long-range communications with the land based tactical operations center to continuously update mission tasking. Once the aircraft arrives on station, aircrews may check in with a ground, airborne, or shipboard controllers who provide real-time, cuing data to the P-3. This allows aircrews to determine which sensors will best achieve mission objectives based on weather, traffic density, altitude restrictions, and fuel planning considerations.

Although coordinated operations are the norm in today’s military P-3 crews are also routinely tasked to conduct long range, independent operations, typically ASW or ASUW in the Pacific or Atlantic Ocean, which entails flying more than 1 ,000 nautical miles from land.

“Following a mission,” added LT Pamfil, “the aircrew reviews all in-flight records and logs, and submits a report on the flight. Simultaneously, the squadron intelligence specialists begin to analyze the hours of data collected and begin the process of disseminating it across the fleet.”

Ultimately, the quality and quantity of the data brought back from each mission rests on the ability of the mission commander to formulate a plan and then have his or her crew execute it properly. Interestingly, nearly two-thirds of mission commanders in the squadron are first-tour aviators.

Finally, in reference to the P-8A Poseidon, CDR Strong stated, “The transition to the P-8 continues to progress well and remains on schedule. The aircraft recently completed its operational test and evaluation period and has been evaluated as operationally effective and recommended for Fleet introduction. Transition takes about six months to re-train aircrews to operate the aircraft and to employ the new suite of sensors.

Two squadrons, VP-16 and VP-5, have already completed their transition at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. A third squadron, VP-45, is on track to finish by the end of 2013. The remaining three squadrons home-ported at “Jax,” will follow suit, before transition operations are later moved to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington.

There will also be a transition period during which the best practices developed in the fleet over the past 50 years of Orion operations will be applied to the P-8 where applicable. VX-1. at NAVAIRSYSCOM, and VP-30 at Jax are key players in this endeavor. Feedback from VP-16 and VP-5, the first two P-8 units, will also be important.

“Bottom line.” CDR Strong remarked, “we will need to accurately assess lessons learned and from those lessons develop new, procedures where applicable. NAVAIR and VP-30 will continue to provide testing and training while VP-16
will provide initial fleet feedback to continue improving this process. As for the P-3s. the fleet is getting healthier as more planes come out of depot maintenance, and as squadrons transition to the P-8, freeing additional resources. With the P-8 on the way, the future of the MPR world is most promising. I don’t think there is a more exciting time to be part of this
community!”

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The authors thank CDR Brent M. Strong, LCDR Jonathan Vanecko, LT Chris Pamfil, the Sailors of VP4, and Dr. Alberto Lunetta, NAS Sigonella Public Affairs and Liaison Officer.

 [Note on Loitering] RADM P.D. Smith, USN (Ret.), former president of ANA and an experienced Maritime Patrol pilot, explained that the p-3 cruises at about 220 kts IAS. Once on station a slower, loiter speed usually is preferable. To achieve this the easiest way, one of the engine props is feathered and the engine shutdown. This lowers the speed to about 190 kts and, with a small tweak of the trim, the plane handles and responds just the same as on all four engines. This results in lower fuel usage -from about 4,000 lbs/hr down to 3,000 lbs (665 gals down to 500 gals). The engine can be restarted within one minute, if needed. Aside from lower cost, this saves fuel if required for extended on-station time. As the aircraft gets lighter, sometimes a second engine is shutdown to achieve even greater fuel savings. Single-engine loiter is allowed for all altitudes, but two-engine loiter must be above 1,000 ft. It looks funny, but it works.

 

VP-4 Shipmate takes over US Pacific Fleet

PEARL HARBOR, HAWAII — A new commander assumed leadership of the U.S. Navy in the Pacific on Wednesday at a time when the military is trying to shift its focus to the region even as it copes with the effects of the partial government shutdown and across-the-board federal budget cuts.

Adm. Harry Harris took command of the U.S. Pacific Fleet during a ceremony at a Pearl Harbor pier. He takes over for Adm. Cecil Haney, who is leaving to lead U.S. Strategic Command in Nebraska.

The partial federal government shutdown, which began Oct. 1 when Congress failed to pass a budget, made the ceremony slightly different from those in years past.

To save money, the Navy didn’t pass out programs. Guests were encouraged to find a digital program online.

The chief of naval operations didn’t fly out from Washington for the event as usual. Instead, Adm. Samuel Locklear, head of U.S. Pacific Command, presided over the ceremony.

Haney, in his departing remarks, said the Navy must continue to maintain a credible and capable force in the region to provide humanitarian assistance, deter potential adversaries and be ready to respond if deterrence fails.

“Given the consistent message of our political and military leadership, I can stand on firm ground and predict that the U.S. will remain a Pacific power far into the future,” Haney said.

Harris said the Pacific Fleet would continue to carry out President Barack Obama’s strategy of shifting attention to the region to reflect its importance in global trade and economic growth. The region — from the U.S. West Coast to India — is also home to some of the world’s largest and fastest growing militaries.

“Our president and secretary of defense are clear. As a nation, we will rebalance to the Pacific and we will work closely with our allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region,” Harris said.

Though Congress sent the president legislation Wednesday night to end the government shutdown, the stalemate has already complicated the military’s effort.

The U.S. Pacific Command, which oversees the Pacific Fleet, had to postpone a meeting of defense chiefs from 25 nations scheduled in Honolulu next week. The annual meeting is an important part of the Pacific Command’s efforts to maintain strong relationships with top military leaders in the region.

The across-the-board federal budget cuts that took effect in March, also known as sequestration, are also squeezing the Navy.

Adm. Jonathan Greenert, the chief of naval operations, told the House Armed Services Committee last month that the Navy wouldn’t be able to increase the number of ships it keeps in the Asia-Pacific region to about 60, from around 50 today, if sequestration continues.

Ralph Cossa, president of the nonprofit Pacific Forum at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said Harris is taking over the Pacific Fleet as many are waiting to see whether the Navy is able to boost its presence in the region as planned.

“People are now very concerned about whether (Obama) can put his money or his fleet where his mouth is,” Cossa said.

VP-16 ‘War Eagles’ Hold Change of Command

By Ltjg. Christi Morrissey, USN

Cmdr. William C. Pennington, Jr. relieved Cmdr. Molly Boron as commanding officer of Patrol Squadron SIXTEEN (VP-16) on May 23 in Hangar 117 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla.

VP-16 is a Navy Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) squadron stationed in Jacksonville, Fla. The War Eagles are the first operational squadron to transition from the P-3C Orion to the P-8A Poseidon, having achieved their ‘safe for flight’ qualification in January of this year. The newest MPRA aircraft in over 50 years, the P-8A is a modified Boeing 737 designed to take over the war-fighting capabilities of the P-3C. Their primary missions include Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW), and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR).

The grandson of Katherine Anne Wijas and the late Edwin A Wijas of Palatine, Ill., Pennington graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Weapons and Systems Engineering. He was awarded his Naval Aviator Wings of Gold in July 1998 and has completed flying tours at NAF Washington DC, VP-4 in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, VP-30 in Jacksonville, Fla. and VP-40 in NAS Whidbey Island, Wash.

Additional tours include assignment to Commander, U.S. SEVENTH Fleet staff onboard USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC-19) home ported in Yokosuka, Japan, a short stash at Naval Personnel Command, and as Deputy Executive Assistant to the Director, Air Warfare (OPNAV N88) on the Chief of Naval Operations Staff at the Pentagon.

Pennington assumed executive officer duties at VP-16 in May 2012 during the squadron’s ‘sundown’ P-3C deployment in Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. Upon their return, VP-16 turned in their aircraft and began training on the new airframe. Cmdr. Pennington assisted Cmdr. Boron in steering the War Eagles through a rigorous transition syllabus, overcoming unforeseen obstacles encountered in bringing a new type model online. Together, their guidance and direction resulted in the squadron receiving outstanding marks during their safe for flight inspection and official qualification earlier this year.

He commended the War Eagles’ former commanding officer.

“I want to congratulate Skipper Boron on an impressive tour leading the War Eagle team. Her unmatched commitment to her sailors and aircrew elevated her command to new heights as she successfully led them through the historic transition to the P-8A.”

Cmdr. Boron took control of the War Eagles in May 2012. During the ceremony, she imparted some words of wisdom and encouragement to her former squadron.

“President Roosevelt made famous an old African proverb ‘Speak softly and carry a big stick. You will go far.’ As VP-16 prepares to take the P-8 on deployment at the end of the year, I see them continuing to be the quiet professionals, dutifully learning their trades, honing new skills and capabilities. When those six Poseidons and 12 Combat Air Crews head west, their war fighter skills and hidden power projection will become America’s ‘big stick’ in the Pacific.”

Pennington assumes command of VP-16 in the midst of a 12-month inter-deployment readiness cycle preparing to lead the squadron on the first P-8A operational deployment to Kadena Air Base. As the new commanding officer, Pennington takes control of nearly one billion dollars of Naval aircraft and will lead over 200 sailors during the next year. He is joined by new executive officer Cmdr. Daniel Papp of Chicago, Ill.

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Patron Squadron FOUR Safely Returns from Exercise Joint Warrior 2013

Three VP-4 combat aircrews returned to Sigonella this past week after successfully participating in exercise Joint Warrior 2013 in Scotland, U.K. Encompassing over 13,000 military personnel from 9 different countries, Joint Warrior 13 was one of the world’s premier maritime exercises and validates partner nation capacity to fight and win wars both at sea and from the sea.

Operating out of RAF Lossiemouth the Skinny Dragons played a critical role in the exercise, conducting antisubmarine patrols and supporting surface combatants both at sea and in the littorals during amphibious operations. Flying more than forty dedicated antisubmarine warfare (ASW) hours, crews from VP-4 were also able to obtain multiple advanced qualifications and conduct critical training for upgrading aircrew. Moreover, maintenance personnel improved their capacity to operate independently from a forward detachment site as well as build relationships with partner nations which were simultaneously conducting operations from the airfield.

Detachment officer in charge, LCDR Mike Kamas, reiterated the value of the exercise and its impact on VP-4 aircrew and maintenance readiness stating “this is the premier combined war at sea exercise in the EUCOM area of responsibility. Not only did we improve our capacity to conduct antisubmarine warfare and maritime domain awareness, but we also effectively operated in a combined environment.” Most importantly, though, VP-4 completed the exercise safely, the true mark of a successful exercise.

LT Marsh of Patrol Squadron Four poses in front of the Nimrod at RAF Lossiemouth

LT Marsh of Patrol Squadron Four poses in front of the Nimrod at RAF Lossiemouth

Commander, U.S. SIXTH Fleet Visits Patrol Squadron FOUR

By LTJG Dustin Wilmoth

On Friday January 11th, Patrol Squadron FOUR (VP-4) welcomed Vice Admiral Frank C. Pandolfe, Commander, U.S. SIXTH Fleet, at the squadron’s main deployment site on Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy. VADM Pandolfe oversees approximately 40 ships, 175 aircraft, and 21,000 personnel, which comprise the major operational component of Naval Forces Europe and Naval Forces Africa. VADM Pandolfe was given a tour of the Partial Aircrew Trainer (PACT-3) simulator at the Commander Task Force 67 (CTF-67) TacticalOperationsCenter. The PACT-3 simulator is used to train combat aircrews for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) missions and ensures each aircrew maintains a high level of ASW readiness on deployment. “Giving the Admiral a glimpse of what we do in the aircraft was a great opportunity to highlight the capabilities of the P-3C,” said Navigator LTJG Chandler Hasemeyer of VP-4. VADM Pandolfe also visited with CTF-67 Staff and recognized several of their Sailors during an awards ceremony. During his tour of the P-3C Orion, he was briefed on the specific capabilities of each crew station within the P-3C and was provided a data transfer demonstration between the aircraft and his personal email account. The P-3C Orion is a maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft with a wide range of mission capabilities ranging from overland intelligence gathering to maritime drug traffic interdiction. “With recent upgrades to the P-3C we are able to provide critical updates in near real-time, giving a Fleet Commander like VADM Pandolfe the information he needs to make time-critical decisions in his strategically important AOR. The Admiral’s visit was a unique opportunity to provide him with a demonstration of how our new capabilities enhance the way we collect and distribute this vital information.” said Pilot LT Isaiah Gammache. At the completion of his tour on Naval Air Station Sigonella, VADM Pandolfe went to the AugustaBay port facility to tour the surface ships associated with Commander Task Force 65. The VP-4 “Skinny Dragons” have been deployed since late November and are scheduled to return in June to their home base at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe.

VADM Pandolfe says farewell to VP-4 Commanding Officer, CDR Brent Strong, after a successful tour of the P-3C Orion on Naval Air Station Sigonella. Photo taken by MCSA Menhardt.

VADM Pandolfe says farewell to VP-4 Commanding Officer, CDR Brent Strong, after a successful tour of the P-3C Orion on Naval Air Station Sigonella.
Photo taken by MCSA Menhardt.

 

Code One Magazine: Golden Orion

Code One Magazine: Golden Orion.

Exactly three months after delivery of the first P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft, US Navy aircrews from Patrol Squadron 8 found themselves deployed to Bermuda—and stepping into the brightest of world spotlights.

On 23 October 1962, four aircrews from VP-8 and four aircrews from Patrol Squadron 44 (VP-44) began enforcing President John F. Kennedy’s blockade of Cuba to prevent Soviet missiles from reaching Cuba. The P-3 crews patrolled the Atlantic sea lanes to locate and track Soviet cargo ships carrying intermediate range ballistic missiles or missile launch support equipment.

By the time the Cuban Missile Crisis ended a few days later, a VP-44 crew achieved international recognition of sorts when their aircraft was photographed flying close surveillance over the Russian freighter Anasov on its return to the Soviet Union. Anasov was the only Russian vessel that refused to uncover the large oblong objects lashed to its deck. The Orion crew was able to verify that the objects were indeed crated missiles, and the ship was allowed to proceed.

The P-3 came about as a response to Navy Type Specification #146 issued in 1957 for a new land-based antisubmarine warfare, or ASW, aircraft to replace the Lockheed P2V Neptune land-based maritime patrol aircraft and the Martin P5M Marlin flying boat. Very specific requirements pertaining to delivery schedule and cost constraints dictated the need for adapting an off-the-shelf aircraft design for the maritime patrol mission.

The competitors were Martin, Consolidated, and Lockheed, three companies that had been building patrol aircraft for the Navy for more than three decades at that point. The French Atlantique, developed with the help of US Navy funds, did not meet the stated range requirement and was eliminated from the competition.

The Lockheed proposal highlighted the Electra airliner’s turboprop engines and its capability for high-speed transit at high altitudes, low speed, low-altitude handling qualities, and fuel economy. Because the Electra was designed to operate from commercial airports, the Navy did not have to alter any runways. The Lockheed Model 185 retained the wings, tail, and Allison T56-A-1 turboprop engines of the Electra. The new design called for the Electra’s fuselage to be shortened by seven feet, and a weapon bay for mines, conventional or nuclear depth charges, or torpedoes was added.

Lockheed was named as the winner of the competition on 24 April 1958, and the contract was awarded that May. A design problem with the Electra’s propeller and engine mount that resulted in several crashes—a phenomenon called whirl mode—had not surfaced at this point. Once the issue was identified, Lockheed briefed the Navy on proposed fixes, and the service was satisfied. Development continued.

The first aircraft was actually the third production Electra with a mockup of a magnetic anomaly detection, or MAD, boom installed at the rear of the aircraft. The MAD equipment, originally developed in World War II, gives aircraft crews the ability to detect large metal objects under water. The greatly improved MAD gear in the P-3 is a primary method the crew uses to locate submarines. The demonstrator was an aerodynamic prototype only and still had the airliner’s passenger windows. It was first flown on 19 August 1958, and Lockheed crews made eight flights. This aircraft was again modified into a full-up prototype of what was then designated P3V-1.

The first flight of YP3V-1 prototype came on 25 November 1959 at the Lockheed plant in Burbank, California, where most of the aircraft would be built. The nickname Orion was officially adopted in late 1960, keeping with the Lockheed tradition of naming aircraft after mythological figures or celestial bodies. The first preproduction P3V-1 was flown on 15 April 1961 from the Lockheed plant in Burbank, California.

The Orion represented a new approach to the ASW mission. It was a more spacious aircraft than previous patrol aircraft, with room for a crew of up to a dozen, along with a galley and rest bunks. It was pressurized and air conditioned. The P-3 had enough electrical power to incorporate advanced sensors and avionics. It was the world’s first dedicated maritime patrol aircraft to be powered by turboprop engines. The Orion also had a significantly better weapons system than its predecessors.

The Orion test fleet consisted of six aircraft. Navy Bureau of Inspection and Survey trials—what today is called operational test and evaluation—took place from April to June 1962 at what was then known as the Naval Air Test Center at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, and the Naval Weapons Evaluation Facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The first P3V-1s were delivered to VP-8 on 23 July 1962 and to VP-44 on 13 August. Delivery consisted essentially of moving the aircraft on the Pax River ramp, as both squadrons were based there at the time. With the adoption of the new Department of Defense designation system on 18 September 1962, the P3V-1 was redesignated P-3A. The first Naval Reserve squadrons would receive P-3As in 1970.

A total of 158 P-3As were built for the US Navy. The Alphas, as they were called, were equipped with state-of-the-art analog avionic systems, including the first inertial navigation system in a Navy patrol aircraft. The aircraft featured fore and aft AN/APS-80 search radars, an AN/AQA-3 Jezebel passive acoustic signal processor, an AN/ASA-20 Julie echo location system, and the ASR-3, which was designed to sniff for diesel exhaust from snorkeling submarines.

The move-countermove strategy between the superpowers that defined the Cold War was particularly striking in ASW. The emergence of increasingly lethal and quiet Soviet submarines resulted in the need for increasingly more sophisticated navigation, detection, and tracking equipment on the P-3. Throughout its career, the most significant changes made to the Orion were in its sensors and avionics, not to its airframe.

The next major advance in the Orion was P-3B, or Bravo, introduced in 1966. This version featured a first-generation integrated ASW sensor suite and more powerful 4,500 shp T56-A-14 engines. The Heavyweight modification that came at the end of the P-3B production run featured strengthened structural elements, mainly in the wings, to accommodate heavier sensors and weapons.

A total of 125 Bravos were built for the US Navy. Additional aircraft were delivered new to the first international P-3 operators, the air forces—not the navies—of New Zealand in 1966, to Australia in 1968, and to Norway in 1969.

Development of a fully integrated avionics for the P-3C, or Charlie, began in 1966. Dubbed A-NEW, the heart of this system was the Univac 1830A thirty-bit parallel binary airborne digital computer that combined all the collected sensor data in real time. Computerization improved the speed and accuracy of sensor data generation and freed the crew from routine recordkeeping tasks. Development of this system was accelerated, and VP-49 made the first deployment with the P-3C in July 1970.

Much like the Super Bowl, the avionics, navigation, and sensor suite updates to the P-3C variant over the next three decades were seen as being important enough to warrant Roman numerals to differentiate them—Update I, II, II.5, and III. These updates brought a variety of advanced equipment, capabilities, and weapons to the Orion, which kept it ahead of the threat and took advantage of the computer revolution.

As illustrative examples, the P-3C has a chin-mounted electro-optical infrared sensor allowing crews to see and target at night. By contrast, the P-3A had a seventy-million candlepower searchlight under its right wing to locate surface targets. In addition to the ability to fire short range AGM-65 Maverick air-to-surface missiles, the P-3C crew can now launch over-the-horizon AGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship and AGM-84E Standoff Land Attack Missiles. The P-3 Alphas could launch unguided rockets. The Bravos were the first to be modified to launch guided AGM-12 Bullpup missiles, which gave crews a significantly enhanced ability to attack surface targets.

A total of 266 P-3Cs were built for the US Navy, and 107 Charlies and special mission aircraft were built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries under license in Japan. US production of the P-3C shifted from Burbank to Palmdale, California, in the 1980s and then to Marietta, Georgia, in the early 1990s. The last US-built P-3Cs, eight aircraft for the Republic of Korea Navy, were delivered in 1995. The last Kawasaki-built aircraft was delivered in 2000, closing out thirty-nine years of Orion production.

Total P-3 production, including license-built aircraft, came to 757 aircraft. Today, the worldwide P-3 fleet numbers 435 aircraft flown by twenty-one operators in sixteen countries on five continents, with Taiwan scheduled to join the Orion community with refurbished and rewinged former US Navy aircraft in 2013.

At the height of the Cold War in the 1970s, twenty-four squadrons of US Navy P-3s blanketed the seven seas tracking submarines, primarily Soviet fast attack and ballistic missile boats. Literally millions of sonobuoys—active or passive sensors dropped by parachute into the water to extend the Orion crew’s search area—were launched during the Cold War. An oft-repeated story is of a Soviet admiral who once lamented that if he wanted to know where his submarines were, all he had to do was look for the P-3s flying over them.

For most of its career, the primary mission for US Navy P-3 crews was hunting submarines on missions lasting more than twelve hours. But the Orion carried out other missions as well. Crews from VP-9 at NAS Moffett Field, California, deployed to Vietnam for Operation Market Time in February 1969 for the P-3’s first Pacific deployment. Market Time was the Navy’s coordinated operation to stop the flow of weapons, ammunition, and supplies to Viet Cong forces infiltrating South Vietnam. The EP-3 signals intelligence variant also debuted during Vietnam.

The end of the Cold War brought a dramatic change in mission, as the P-3 was increasingly used in supporting overland missions in surveillance, targeting, and peacekeeping roles.

During Desert Storm, P-3 crews monitored shipping lanes while EP-3 crews monitored electrons. But by Operation Allied Force in Kosovo in 1999, Orion crews had further expanded their role to include targeting cruise missiles. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, P-3 crews using surveillance equipment and sensors could determine who or what was on the other side of a hill. Then a Marine riding on board would transmit that information directly to troops in contact on the ground.

But the versatility of the Orion has always been one of its strongest attributes. Today, Norwegian crews do much as they did during the Cold War, monitoring Russian ships and submarines coming out of the ice-free port of Murmansk and protecting Norwegian fishing grounds from poachers. Former Dutch P-3s now owned and operated by Germany are flown on antipiracy missions in Djibouti, while Australian P-3 crews have been conducting overland missions in Afghanistan since 2003.

In addition to military operators, two versions of the P-3 are flown by US Customs and Border Protection primarily for antidrug and homeland security missions. NASA acquired the YP3V prototype in 1966 and flew it until 1993. Today the agency has an NP-3B for scientific research missions. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, has two WP-3Ds, nicknamed Kermit and Miss Piggy, for weather research.

Although the P-8 is the US Navy’s designated replacement for the P-3, Orion crews will still be on station for several years to come. Upgraded EP-3E ARIES II electronic reconnaissance aircraft will be flown well into the 2020s.

But other operators intend to continue flying their P-3s for many more years. To get the Orion through at least its sixth decade of service, the P-3 Mid-Life Upgrade, or MLU, is a life extension kit that replaces the aircraft’s outer wings, center wing lower section, and horizontal stabilizer with new production components. The MLU removes all current P-3 airframe flight restrictions and provides 15,000 additional flight hours.

The US Navy has thirty-one MLU kits on order. Lockheed Martin builds the outer wings at its Marietta facility, and the kits are installed at the Fleet Readiness Center Southeast, the aviation depot at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. New wings are also being built for P-3s flown by Norway, Canada, Taiwan, and US Customs and Border Protection.

In one respect, the Orion has actually come full circle. The MLU replacement wings today are built on the exact same tooling that was used to build the wings for Bureau Number 148883, the first P3V-1 delivered to VP-8 fifty years ago.

Jeff Rhodes is the associate editor of Code One.

 

New videos on VP-4 and RIMPAC 2012

Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System (dvids) has two new videos up of VP-4. Please follow the links below to view the videos.

P-3 Orion crewmembers assigned to Patrol Squadron Four head out on a training mission during Rim of the Pacific Exercise 2012

Read more: http://www.dvidshub.net/video/149205/patrol-squadron-four-vp-4-training-mission-rimpac-2012#ixzz20nV1hQax

Lt. Sarah Hartman, a P-3 Orion tactical coordinator assigned to Patrol Squadron Four (VP-4), gives insight on an upcoming training mission during Rim of the Pacific Exercise 2012.

Read more: http://www.dvidshub.net/video/149228/rimpac-2012-lt-sarah-hartman-interview#ixzz20nVJEGU4

 

VP-4 Changes Command (May 10, 2012)

Press Release
LTJG Jenna Rose
Patrol Squadron Four Public Affairs Officer

 

Commander Brent M. Strong relieved Commander Kevin D. Long as Commanding Officer of Patrol Squadron FOUR (VP-4) on May 10, 2012 in a ceremony held at Hangar 104 on Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

Commander Long, originally from Eustis, Florida, reported to VP-4 in May 2010 and became the squadron’s 62nd Commanding Officer in May, 2011. Under his command, the squadron completed a split-site deployment to the 5th and 7th Fleets. On March 18, 2011, VP-4 forward-deployed to Misawa AB, Japan and in fewer than 24 hours re-established Commander Task Group 72.4 as an operational entity, flying the first U.S. humanitarian missions following the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in support of Operation TOMODACHI. Under his command, the Skinny Dragons provided 254 hours of critical humanitarian and disaster relief support to the Japanese people. The squadron was recognized for its success in numerous areas during Commander Long’s time as Commanding Officer receiving the 2011 Jay Isbell Trophy for ASW Excellence, the Golden Anchor for retention excellence, the Golden Shutter award, the Medical Blue “M” for outstanding medical readiness, and the Battle Efficiency Award (Battle “E”) for sustained superior performance in an operational environment.

Commander Long will continue his career in San Diego, California, with his wife the former Andrea L. Townsend and their children, Hayden and Sydney, working for the Commander Naval Air Forces, Pacific (COMNAVAIRPAC). When asked about his time serving as Commanding Officer, he stated, “This has been one of the most rewarding tours in my entire nineteen year career. The men and women of VP-4 are professional, hard-working Americans. I am very proud of each and every one of them.”

Commander Strong reported to VP-4 in May 2011 as the Executive Officer. A native of Kingman, Kansas, he graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Oceanography and went on to earn his wings after completing Naval Flight Officer training in 1996 at Randolph AFB in San Antonio, Texas. His tours include assignments to VP-9, VP-30 as an FRS instructor, and VP-46 as a Department Head.

Prior to reporting to VP-4, Commander Strong’s additional tours and schools included Flag Lieutenant to the Commander, RONALD REAGAN STRIKE GROUP; the Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Command in San Diego, CA where he wrote the IUT syllabus; the Joint Staff in Washington D.C., where he served as the Command and Control Action Officer for the J-6; and the Naval War College, where he earned his Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies and was selected by the President of the War College for the Halsey Group.

Commander Strong is married to the former Denise Jones of Severn, Maryland, and they have four children, Abigail, Caleb, Evan, and Sophie. When asked about becoming the newest Skinny Dragon Skipper, Commander Strong enthusiastically commented, “I am thrilled for the opportunity to lead Patrol Squadron FOUR. This squadron has a long history of greatness, from fighting in every war since its commission in 1928 to being recognized with the Battle Efficiency Award eleven times in the past fifty years, the Skinny Dragons are a blue collar squadron, which is not afraid to roll up its sleeves and get to work.” Commenting on the future of the Skinny Dragons, “We are anticipating a deployment in about six months, but before departing, we have a number of inspections and two major exercises, including Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) and Valiant Shield, to complete prior to obtaining our deployment certification,” he continued, “I couldn’t be more proud of the squadron having witnessed, as the Executive Officer, all it accomplished over the course of the past year, and I truly believe it has earned its motto, ‘Hawaii’s Best’.”

Replacing Commander Strong as Executive Officer, Commander Jason C. Stapleton reported to VP-4 with over 3000 flying hours in the P-3C Orion. He has a BS in History and a MA in National Security. He reports after working for the Joint Staff in Washington D.C. as an Action Officer in the Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems (J-6) Directorate and as Action Officer in the Force Structure, Resources, and Assessment (J-8) Directorate. CDR Stapleton is married to the former Cynthia Maceluch of Mobile, Alabama, and they have two daughters, Meredith and Caroline.

Logistics Specialists Keep Fire Alive in VP-4 Skinny Dragons

Written by: LTJG Lane A. Cobble
Supply Officer, NCTAMS PAC
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Bio: A Danville, Virginia native and University of Virginia graduate, LTJG Cobble completed schoolhouse training in Athens, GA in May of 2009. LTJG Cobble spent two years on the USS Eisenhower (CVN 69) before transferring to NCTAMS PAC Wahiawa, HI in July of 2011.

VP-4 POC: LTJG Jenna Rose (PAO)
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In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, four thousand miles from the coast of California, the Ko’olau Mountain Range juts out of the ocean and surrounds Kaneohe Bay. It’s a spectacular sight. The green, tropical mountains rise far above the horizon and loom large, the way stadium seats rise up and surround the football fields of NFL and college teams. Make no mistake though, the grand stage, the main act, is the bay itself, which coolly projects its own panache and grandiosity. Kaneohe Bay is the largest sheltered body of water in the main Hawaiian Islands. Eight miles long and almost three miles broad, it is dotted with reefs and sandbars that lie just under the surface of the water.

Looking out upon the kaleidoscopic bay water is Hangar Bay 104, the home of the VP-4 Skinny Dragons. Two P-3C Orions sit parked and facing open bay doors which showcase views of the bay and allow the reliable Pacific trade winds to roll right through the hangar bay. Life isn’t too bad here at the edge of the water at Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH), and the Logistics Specialists who sit in the Material Control office, not twenty feet from the wing of one of those Orions, know it. “Oh I’ve been hiking, snorkeling, parasailing, I went on a shark dive,” says LS2 Anna Anagaran, a nine-year Navy veteran who enlisted out of high school from Santa Clara, California. “There were only about four or five sharks. They weren’t too big.” When asked about the safety of such an excursion, she retorted “Well, you’re in a cage.” LS2 Anagaran has been on the island for a while now, having completed tours at FISC Pearl Harbor, VP-9, and the USS Chafee. She helped pre-commission the Chafee in Bath, Maine, then sailed with her all the way to Oahu. “We sailed from Maine to Boston, to Puerto Vallarto, San Diego, then to Hawaii.”

Not every Logistics Specialist at Patrol Squadron Four has spent that many years on the island. LS3 Kayla Peggs is in the middle of her first tour out of ‘A’ School. Hawaii was her top choice and LS3, a photographer by hobby, spends a lot of her free time exploring the island with friends, especially with those friends who have nice cars to ride around in. “I’ve gotten some really good photos from the car.” Another big fan of Hawaii life is LSC Baby Wakefield, who’s been on island for eight years running. “I loooove Hawaii. The weather is perfect.” Originally from the Philippines, the location is just right as well, “It’s not too close but not too far from my family in the Philippines. They can come visit, but they’re not over here all the time. Plus, there are a lot of Filipinos here in Hawaii, so it’s kind of a home away from home. I can get some good Filipino food whenever I want.” She’d like to get into surfing, but she’s not a huge water person. Neither is LS2 Robert Nelson, “I’m not much of an outdoors person. I’m a bit of a computer nerd. I don’t like being stuck on an island where you can’t just get up and do something or go somewhere, or just go to another state or to Las Vegas for the weekend.”

What LS2 Nelson, a native of north Georgia, looks forward to during this tour is deployment. “I had a night shift during my last deployment with another squadron. I was the only guy there at night: ordering parts, putting together shipping labels, getting shipments set up for the day watch. I didn’t get to see much of the town we were in.” This time around will be different. The Skinny Dragons will be headed to parts of Europe and the Middle East and he’ll get some more quality, tourist-friendly liberty.

As LS2 Nelson attested to, deployment for P-3C squadron Logistics Specialists isn’t all sightseeing in exotic locales. They might not be out at sea, sleeping and working on a ship every day, but the workload is heavy and unrelenting. “We were busy changing props and engines like crazy last deployment,” says LS2 Anagaran. “We’re on land, which is nice, but we’re working every day, all day. We don’t get days off like you get on ships sometimes. You can see more of a city by pulling into port for a few days than we get to see being there for a month.”

What makes the workload so burdensome during deployments is the three-squadron cycle that P-3C squadrons operate on. While the Logistics Specialists only have three planes to order and track parts for in Hawaii, once they deploy the squadron will take ownership and responsibility for upwards of nine more P-3C Orions in theater. That’s a two hundred percent increase in parts and supplies to be ordered, all while dealing with the difficulties and stresses of doing the job abroad on a different base, then packing out again to move to a new base if the mission calls for it.

Maintaining P-3C Orions is difficult enough here in Hawaii. The P-3C platform was first introduced to the Navy by Lockheed in the 1960s, as an upgrade for the aging twin piston-engine Lockheed P2V Neptune. The P-3C scoured the oceans and waterways of the world during the Cold War, keeping tabs on Soviet Navy ballistic missile and fast attack subs. In the event of full scale war, the Orions and the crewmembers who manned them would be called upon to eliminate those threats. While upgrades have expanded the P-3C’s capabilities beyond its anti-submarine and maritime surveillance functions, she’s still aging and the Navy has already lined up a replacement for her: the P-8 Poseidon.

Finding parts for an old, discontinued aircraft makes the logistics job even more laborious. “The P-3C is an old platform and it’s difficult to get parts,” shares LSC Wakefield. “There are a lot of discontinued parts and it’s a longer process finding those parts. You have to spend more time talking to tech reps and you have to open purchase some items. Most of our support comes from JAX and Whidbey Island.” What makes things more complicated is that the VP-4 logistics process falls under a Marine Corps command, Marine Aviation Logistics Support (MALS 24). There was a helicopter crash in Afghanistan that was a catalyst for some official changes in policy for MALS 24 and its subordinate commands. “We can’t open purchase or use credit cards to purchase parts anymore. That makes things more difficult.” Plus, as with other Navy logistics systems, sometimes there are issues with ownership of a part; one system says this depot has a part while another system says a different command owns it. “We just have to stay on top of it. There are three main steps: we identify the part we need, locate that part in the system and compete with other squadrons to obtain the part, then keep running it to ground until we get it delivered to us.” As the saying goes, the money is in the follow-up.

“Without Supply, our operations would grind to a halt,” says Patrol Squadron Four Commanding Officer CDR Brent Strong. “I believe it was Napoleon who said ‘I want my colonels to know tactics and my generals to know logistics.’” When asked about Supply’s role in VP-4’s mission and its every day interaction with the rest of the squadron, Commander Strong remarked, “Especially with the age of the P-3C, we would not be in the air very long. They stay engaged with everyone and make sure our needs are met, whether it’s flight suits, or fuel, or keeping those wrenches turning.”

Critical to keeping those wrenches turning year after year is training the junior sailors in the ways of Navy logistics. Along the way, those sailors who end up here at VP-4 in Hawaii get some great Navy experiences and training that lie outside the normal LS purview. LS3 Peggs is almost qualified as a yellow-shirt, more formally known as a Plane Handler. “I help recover and launch the aircraft out on the runway. It’s a big adrenaline rush.” Even if they don’t get to work on the runway, the Logistics Specialists in VP-4 can walk just a few feet and set their eyes on the stunning aquamarine waters of Kaneohe Bay and the lush, towering Ko’olau Range.

VP-4 Skinny Dragons on the flightline with the Ko’olau Range in the background.

VP-4 Wins 2012 Anti-Submarine Warfare Fleet Challenge

April 24, 2012
LTJG Jenna Rose
Public Affairs Officer
Patrol Squadron Four

VP-4 Wins 2012 Anti-Submarine Warfare Fleet Challenge

Last week during the annual Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force (MPRF) Symposium at NAS Jacksonville, FL VP-4’s Combat Aircrew One (CAC-1) was named the winner of the 2012 Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Fleet Challenge. Nine CACs participated in the event from across the fleet including crews from CPRW-2 (Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing Two) at MCAS Kaneohe Bay, CPRW-10 at NAS Whidbey Island, and CPRW-11 at NAS Jacksonville. In addition, a Canadian CP-140 Aurora 405 from Squadron 14 Wing Greenwood and the P-8A Poseidon took part in the event. This was the first time the P-8A Poseidon, the replacement aircraft to the P-3C Orion, participated in the Fleet Challenge. Additionally, there were also Australian and Japanese riders that observed the flights onboard the U.S. P-3C Orions.

The ASW Fleet Challenge consisted of two evaluations. The first took place in the P-3C Orion simulator, known as the Tactical Operational Readiness Trainer (TORT). In this realistic trainer, crews executed standardized tactics in order to prosecute a diesel submarine. After completing the simulator portion, the CACs performed a flight event where they detected, localized, tracked, and conducted simulated attacks on a Los Angeles-class attack submarine off the northeast Florida coast. When asked about the weeklong challenge, AWO2 Sean Wawrzyniec, CAC-1 Acoustic Operator, stated, “It was good to go back to Jacksonville and visit with everyone. It was a great experience to be able to compete with my peers in other squadrons.”

During the competition, each aircrew position; consisting of a Plane Commander, Tactical Coordinator, two Acoustic Operators, and a Radar Operator; was evaluated on performance. “The evaluators looked very hard at our planning, prosecution, and crew resource management (CRM), which strengthens the fact that if a crew works well together, you get good results,” stated AWOCS Stanley Lenover, CAC-1 Radar Operator. “I was pleased to have a newly trained and qualified sensor one acoustic operator perform so well. It is a signature of our training plan when a brand new sensor one operator can compete with other seasoned operators. It is a privilege for us as senior operators and instructors to know how our training impacts our junior sailors, ultimately paving the way for the future.”

VP-4’s CAC-1 won the event, and Rear Admiral Michael Hewitt, Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, awarded the championship belt to them at the MPRF Flight Suit Social on March 30, 2012. When asked about his crew’s performance, Tactical Coordinator and Mission Commander, Lieutenant Justin Jennings remarked, “We were excited for our crew to represent VP-4 and Wing Two at Fleet Challenge. The competition was tough and I’m proud of the job our crew did. It was an honor to be recognized as the Fleet Challenge Champions.”

Patrol Squadron Four (VP-4) is located at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay. The squadron flies the P-3C Orion and is better known as the Skinny Dragons. The P-3C is land-based and the Navy’s premier long-range maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, operating from locations throughout the world. The P-3C Orion missions range from submarine tracking to search and rescue, as well as overland missions, working alongside Navy, Army and Marine ground units.

Combat Aircrew One of Patrol Squadron Four, Fleet Challenge Champions. The Championship Belt was awarded at the MPA Flight Suit social on March 30. Pictured from left to right: AWOCS Stanley Lenover, LTJG Mario Tarver, LTJG Kathryn Robertson, LT Alex Dulude, LT Doug Marsh, AWO2 Sean Wawrzyniec with the Championship Belt, LT Justin Jennings, AWOC Brian Humphrey, AWVC E.J. Hopper, AWF3 Kerry Kerns, and AWF3 Tyler Campbell. Photo taken by MC1 Nathan Laird.

 

Skinny Dragons Take a Stand Against Sexual Assault

23 April 2012
LTJG Jenna Rose
VP-4 Public Affairs Officer

Skinny Dragons Take a Stand Against Sexual Assault

April was Sexual Assault Awareness Month and VP-4 was busy increasing awareness throughout the squadron. On Friday, April 13th, the entire squadron spent part of the day executing training on sexual assault awareness. In addition to participating in Navy-wide regulated training, the squadron has also been active in promoting awareness through a variety of events. On April 16th, the Skinny Dragons partnered with the Golden Eagles of VP-9 for “One Sweet Day,” where they had a bake sale and conducted an educational session. Both squadrons’ Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) program coordinators were joined by Ms. Sheri Freeman, the regional Sexual Awareness Response Coordinator (SARC) and Ms. Brenda Huntsinger the SAPR Program Manager for Kaneohe Marine Corps Base.

In addition to enjoying delicious baked goods that ranged from cookies to cupcakes, everyone received information and fliers promoting prevention of sexual assault through training. Additionally, the event reinforced the commitment of the squadron to maintain a workplace environment that rejects sexual assault and reinforces a culture of prevention, response and accountability. The event brought in a total of $123.00, which will be donated to Hawaii Region SAPR Program and Sex Abuse Treatment Center at Kapiolani Medical Center.

When asked about the turnout for the event, Chief Baby Wakefield stated, “The event went very well. I was surprised to see how many people turned out not only for the baked goods but also to learn about our program. It was also a great event because we were able to partner with VP-9 to promote sexual assault awareness and pass information about future events.”

Additionally, the SAPR team sponsored a free 5k fun run on Friday, April 20th for the entire command. The five kilometer run was conducted at Fort Hase beach. The winners, first through third in both male and female categories, were AEAN John Ciralli, AWV3 Matthew Carrell, ISSN Jeffrey Torrance, PR3 Candace Tramel, LS1 Meibol Kushiyama, and LSC Baby Wakefield. In addition to getting some early morning exercise, the Skinny Dragons also demonstrated their support for the SAPR program.

The events provided a good time while offering valuable insight to the SAPR program and its importance in the command. Everyone received the program’s message, “Hurts One, Affects All. Prevention of Sexual Assault is Everyone’s Duty,” further strengthening the squadron’s commitment against sexual assault.

AD2 Michael Espinoza and AWF1 Thomas Van Mun enjoying “One Sweet Day” with the regional SARC Ms. Sheri Freeman and SAPR Program Manager for MCBH Kaneohe Brenda Huntsinger. Photo taken by MC1 Nathan Laird.

VP-4 Celebrates African-American History Month

March 15, 2012
LTJG Jenna Rose
VP-4 PAO

 

On 24 February 2012, VP-4’s Command Assessment Team (CAT) recognized African-American History month by having an educational session and potluck. More than thirty people participated in the event. In addition to enjoying the food, the CAT spent time recognizing important African-Americans in both naval and American history. These individuals ranged from the first African-American President, Barack Obama, to the first African-American naval diver, Carl Brashear. “I was very impressed with how many people turned out for the event and how enthusiastic everyone was to share their views,” stated LTJG Robles, VP-4’s Command Management Equal Opportunity Officer. “It was interesting to learn about others and further celebrate and embrace our diversity,” stated LS1 Kushiyama, a CAT member.

The CAT has another educational potluck event planned for March 23, 2012 to celebrate Women’s history month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

VP-4’s CSADD Saves Stream

LTJG Jenna Rose, VP-4 PAO
March 5, 2012

 

On Saturday, February 18, 2012, Patrol Squadron Four’s (VP-4) Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) chapter partnered with the He’eia Stream Restoration project to protect the He’eia Stream. Continuing to strengthen community relations, the CSADD chapter worked with over thirty people from the local Kaneohe area clearing areas of non-native species and debris, spreading mulch, planting native species, and maintaining planted areas. “There were many invasive species taking up too much water, so it was important to eliminate those plants, while ensuring the native plants are able to grow in the area,” stated CSADD member AE3(AW) Garcia.

The He’eia Stream Project started in 2010 to restore 4000 feet of riparian habitat in He’eia Stream. In addition to rejuvenating the area, the future goal of the He’eia Stream Restoration project is to allow community groups to utilize the project as an educational experience. “It’s a great opportunity to volunteer and give back to the community, while spending time outdoors,” commented VP-4 CSADD President IS3 Mabry.

VP-4’s CSADD chapter was established in July 2011. While adhering to its mission statement, “Shipmates Helping Shipmates,” the organization works to create a culture in which its members maintain a course of success through good decision making. The chapter is actively involved with the community, and will be taking part in another He’eia Stream Project day on Saturday, March 17, 2012.

 

AWV3 Carrell, AMC McGennis (and his daughter), AZ3 Jordan, AE3(AW) Garcia, AWV2 Rogoff, and AZ3 Pollard participating in He'eia Stream Restoration Project in Kaneohe, Hawaii.