A BIT OF HISTORY: VP-40 History "...Fighting Marlins Take Part In Under Sea Warfare Eexercise by LT(jg) Jason Dietz VP-40 - Thursday, March 26, 2009 (Squadrons Mentioned: VP-5, VP-8, VP-9, VP-40, VP-47 and maintainers from CMO-2, CMO-10, CMO-11 and CPRW-2..." WebSite: Northwest Navigator http://www.northwestnavigator.com/ [27MAR2009]Circa 2008
Photograph Caption: The Fighting Marlins of VP-40 recently participated in take part in an under sea warfare exercise with the USS John C. Stennis Strike Group off the coast of Okinawa.The Fighting Marlins of VP-40 recently took part in the USS John C. Stennis Strike Group Under Sea Warfare Exercise (USWEX) out of NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan.
One of the largest exercises in recent years, the exercise was conducted overseas in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility. The event took place off the coast of Okinawa and included participants from the Stennis strike group, forward deployed naval forces from CTF-70, maritime patrol forces from CTF-72, three surface ships, three submarines as well as three P-3 aircrews from the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF).
The Fighting Marlins, along with VP-5, VP-8, VP-9, VP-47 and maintainers from CMO-2, CMO-10 and CMO-11, formed a combined detachment under the leadership of Commander, CPRW-2, encompassing sixteen combat aircrews and eight P-3s. They provided continuous 24-hour operational support to the Strike Group throughout the exercise and stood ready alerts able to react to any potential real world events.
The exercise spanned over five days of around-the-clock operations including several weeks of joint planning with the Strike Group, who was en-route to their six-month Western Pacific (WESTPAC) deployment.
With an average of three planes airborne at any given time during the exercise, the maintainers tirelessly worked to have aircraft available for real world events including the numerous scheduled exercise events. As expected, they answered the challenge, launching fifty-one sorties of the fifty-two scheduled over the course of the exercise.
For the Combat aircrews from VP-40 the exercise provided invaluable "real world" experience in a dynamic and fast paced environment.
The crews successfully balanced the high operational demands and minimum turn-around times without missing a beat. In the condensed time span of the exercise, the detachment amassed just over three hundred flight hours.
The four Marlin aircrews flew over one hundred hours during sixteen events, which accounted for one-third of the total flight time. They were directly responsible for seven of the fifteen simulated submarine kills by maritime patrol forces during the exercise, highlighting the ASW operational capabilities of the VP Community.
The success of the strike group laid the foundation for future major exercises within 7th Fleet.
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A BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP CMOs from Rick Burgess..." Forwarded by Marco P.J. Borst http://p3orion.nl/ [23JUL2008]Circa 2007
As stated in an interview in the Spring 2008 Wings of Gold magazine, the Navy has taken the unusual step of separating aircraft ownership and maintenance personnel from VP squadrons and created Consolidated Maintenance Organizations (CMOs). At each of three patrol reconnaissance wings (2 (MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii), 10 (Whidbey), and 11 (NAS Jacksonville, Florida), one CMO with a designation that matches the wing (i.e., CMO-11 at CPRW-11 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida) will own all of the P-3 aircraft and the maintenance personnel at the base. The VP squadrons will consist of the aircrews and a handful of admin personnel. When a VP squadron deploys, the CMO will send a maintenance detachment to accompany the squadron at the deployment site.
This situation has been necessitated by the critical shortage of P-3s in the fleet. This also is why tail codes have been deleted from fleet VP aircraft. I do not yet know if the change affects VP-30, which is not part of a wing. I have heard nothing yet about wings adopting wing-wide tail codes.
This situation is unprecedented in U.S. naval aviation history, at least in modern times, to my limited knowledge. The old MATS Navy C-121 and C-130E squadrons had a separate squadron dedicated to maintenance, as did AEWBarRonPac having a separate maintenance unit for its EC-121s. I would be interested in hearing about other exceptions.
Ironically, this move comes as the USAF, which had wing-level aircraft ownership and maintenance at many units, is trending toward squadron ownership and maintenance.
CMO establishment dates (from Naval Aviation News Jul-Aug 2008):
CMO-11 22 Oct 2007
CMO-2 27 Dec 2007
CMO-10 27 Dec 2007
There will be no CMO at NAS Brunswick, Maine because the base is being closed and its squadrons relocated to NAS Jacksonville, Florida.
A BIT OF HISTORY: "... FOL Comalapa Personnel Serve Salvadoran Community - Story Number: NNS080520-30 - Release Date: 5/20/2008 4:39:00 PM - From Forward Operating Location Comalapa Public Affairs. (VP-4, VP-40 and CMO-2)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [18JUN2008]
COMALAPA, El Salvador (NNS) -- Service members and PAE contractors from Forward Operating Location (FOL) Comalapa, completed two community relations projects May 16-17, to build partner relations with their host country.
The service members were from VP-4, VP-40 and CMO-2.
On May 16, FOL Comalapa personnel worked together to raise a water tower to provide water pressure for the El Salamar Elementary and Middle School in Comalapa. The project will benefit the 500 students who attend the school. This particular place was chosen because the students are not able to use the lavatory in the schoolhouse.
The event kicked off with the students singing the El Salvadoran National Anthem and entertaining service members with various dances. FOL Comalapa commanding officer Cmdr. Charles Groves and PAE program manager Jose Peralta presented the school a $200 check to fund the project. The service members did the work to give back to the El Salvadoran community and improve relations between the U.S. and El Salvador.
"It was great to help out the school with obtaining the supplies they needed to have proper lavatories in the building," said Chief Yeoman (SW/AW) Byron L. Shambley, FOL Comalapa administrative officer. "Seeing the kids smiling faces lets all of us know how much they appreciated the assistance. It felt great to make a difference in the community and solidifying even more the great relationship that we have worked so hard to establish."
The following day, FOL Comalapa service members built a home for a family in need in San Luis Talpa, a town near the FOL. The project was part of the Habitat for Humanity organization, which helps build new homes for families in need. The service members, who spent four weeks building the house, were grateful for the opportunity to help a needy family.
"This was a great humanitarian project to help a family desperately in need of a house and to enhance our relationship with the local community," said Shambley. "Knowing that a family is in need and having the opportunity to provide some manual labor was gratifying for us all."
A BIT OF HISTORY: 080209-N-2392S-032 COMALAPA, El Salvador (Feb. 9, 2008) "...Sailors from Forward Operating Location Comalapa and personnel from VP-4, VP-46, and CMO-2 work to complete one of three Habitat for Humanity homes in Olocuilta. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joseph Studdard (Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [17FEB2008]
A BIT OF HISTORY: 080205-N-6855K-039 TALLIL, Iraq (Feb. 5, 2008) "...Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class Richard Robillard, assigned to CMO-2 based in MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, directs the P-3C Orion aircraft transporting Capt. Michael Carter, Commander of CPRW-2, onto the tarmac. Carter flew to Iraq to visit CMO-2 and VP-47 during their deployment in Iraq. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Meagan E. Klein (Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [17FEB2008]
A BIT OF HISTORY: 081026-N-7556C-417 KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (Oct. 26, 2008) "...Task Group 57.18 comprised of VP-9 and CMO-2B, home based at MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, has completed 180,000 hours of mishap-free flying in the past thirty years. Current squadron members include: (Front row left to right): LCDR John Brabazon (Safety/NATOPS Officer), Command Master Chief William Reed (VP-9), CDR Lance Scott (Executive Officer), CDR Curtis Phillips (Commanding Officer), LT Mark Puttkammer (CMO-2B Officer in Charge), CMO-2B Master Chief Angel Acevedo. Second Row (L to R): AWCS Kenneth Redman, LTJG Davidson Taveras, LT Dave Sullivan, LT Kurt Fredland, AW2 Edrian Hortinela, AZCS Angel Milca, AE2 Matthew Kelly, AM3 Christian Santos, SK2 Raquel Crisologo, PR3 William Durand, AM1 Wayne Mahrenholz. Third Row (L to R): AE1 Donald Snock, AT3 Owen Freeman, AE2 Ryan Sanders, LTJG Sean O'Neill, LT Matthew Hall, AW2 Jarrod Post, AW2 Adam Hawanchak, ADAN Perry, AMEAR Anthony Lowe, SKSN Ashawnte Towe, AE3 Luke LeFebre, AMAN Jarrod Hoyt, AT3 David Hubbell, AD2 Joe Harris. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniella Cossio/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNewsStand http://www.navy.mil/ [01NOV2008]
A BIT OF HISTORY: LCDR Terri Watkins "...CMO-2 Executive Officer..." WebSite: CMO-2 http://www.cprw2.navy.mil/CMO2/index.html [21JUN2008]
A native of Mocksville, North Carolina, Lieutenant Commander Terri Watkins graduated from Recruit Training Command San Diego, California August 1979. He completed Aviation Electronics and Aviation Fire Control Technician training June 1980 and transferred to VF-171, an F-4 training command at NAS Oceana, Virginia. In September 1980 he deployed to his first fleet command, serving aboard the USS MIDWAY (CV-41) stationed in Yokosuka, Japan.
At the completion of two WESTPAC deployments and his first sea tour in 1982, AQ3 Terri Watkins reported to NAS Atsugi, Japan where he continued to work on F-4 Phantom Radar systems and Communications/Navigation equipment, where he promoted to AQ2 and served as the Avionics Leading Petty Officer. In 1987, AQ1 Watkins transferred to AIMD SEAOPDET at NAS Miramar, California, where he made numerous carrier workup evolutions and three deployments. In 1990, the AQ rate was merged and he became AT1 Watkins. AT1 Watkins was promoted to Chief Petty Officer in 1992 while attached to the shore component of NAS Miramar, California AIMD.
During his tour at NAS Miramar, California, ATC Watkins was selected to the LDO Program in 1994 and attended the OIS Training in NAS Pensacola, Florida in January 1995. His first role as an Ensign Limited Duty Officer was as the AIMD Support Equipment Officer, followed by Avionics Division Officer and Maintenance Material Control Officer (MMCO) onboard the USS CONSTELLATION (CV-64), San Diego, California.
In May 1997, Lieutenant Junior Grade Watkins transitioned to the P-3 Orion and the VP Community. He joined the Golden Eagles of VP-9 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and deployed to NSF Diego Garcia as the MMCO. He also served as the squadron's Assistant Maintenance Officer.
In June 2000, Lieutenant Watkins reported to Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Force Pacific (CPRFP) at MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii for duty as the Officer-in-Charge of Mobile Maintenance Facility CHARLIE. Additionally, he served as the CPRFP Maintenance Officer from 2001-2003.
From May 2003 to December 2005, Lieutenant Commander Watkins returned to the Golden Eagles of VP-9, this time located on MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii as the MMCO and the AMO. In December 2005 he reported to the staff of Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing TWO as Maintenance Officer. In April 2007 Lieutenant Commander Watkins was selected to serve as Assistant Officer-in-Charge for Consolidated Maintenance Organization TWO, and presently holds this billet.
His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with silver star, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with gold Star, Navy Good Conduct Medal with four bronze stars, and Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal with two bronze stars.
A BIT OF HISTORY: CDR Mark W. Dover "...CMO-2 Commanding Officer..." WebSite: CMO-2 http://www.cprw2.navy.mil/CMO2/index.html [21JUN2008]
Commander Dover was predominately raised in Birmingham, Alabama, but also resided in Houston, Texas and Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. He is a December 1991 graduate of Auburn University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation Management and received his commission via Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps.
Commander Dover reported in January 1992 to Surface Warfare Officer's School in Newport, Rhode Island. Upon graduation in July 1992, he reported to Pre-Commissioning Unit CAPE ST. GEORGE (CG-71) in Pascagoula, Mississippi and served as Guns and Missiles Officer, Auxiliaries Officer, Main Propulsion Assistant and Chief Engineer.
Commander Dover reported to the Naval Postgraduate School In May 1996 and subsequently earned a Masters in Systems Management, and laterally transferred to the Aerospace Maintenance Duty Officer community.
In May 1998, he reported to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light FOUR TWO (HSL-42) in Mayport, Florida and served as Quality Assurance Officer, Material Control Officer and Maintenance/Material Control Officer and was recognized as "Maintenance Officer of the Year" in 2000.
Commander Dover transferred to Commander, Electronic Attack Wing Pacific, Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Detachment, Expeditionary Logistics Unit TWO, Whidbey Island, Washington as Officer in Charge in July 2001, forward deploying supporting EA-6B Prowler operations for Joint and Coalition forces in Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, NORTHERN WATCH, ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM in Saudi Arabia, Germany, Turkey, Afghanistan and Japan.
In August 2004, he reported to USS TARAWA (LHA-1) as Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Officer and deployed to the Western Pacific, Mediterranean and Middle East with Expeditionary Strike Group ONE.
In September 2006, Commander Dover reported to Naval Air Technical Data and Engineering Service Command in San Diego, California, as the Integrated Technical Services Department Head, Deputy Department Head and Fleet Liaison Officer, providing aircraft Engineering Technical Services and training support to Navy, Marine Corps and foreign militaries worldwide.
Commander Dover has earned the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3), Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (2) (with Valor and oak leaf cluster) and numerous campaign and unit awards. He is a certified Acquisition Professional and is DAWIA career certified Level III in Life Cycle Logistics and Level III in Production, Quality and Manufacturing.
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Consolidated Maintenance Organization TWO - Command History..." WebSite: CMO-2 http://www.cprw2.navy.mil/CMO2/index.html [21JUN2008]
Consolidated Maintenance Organization TWO was established 11 June 2007 reporting directly to Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing TWO. Its task was to consolidate the maintenance departments from the three active MPRA squadrons operating from MCBH Kaneohe Bay, HI. The Mission of CMO-2 is to provide ready for tasking aircraft and qualified maintenance teams capable of supporting Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance operations and training objectives worldwide. It also provides a single maintenance entity designed to help prepare the MPRA community for the transition from the P-3C Orion to the P-8 Poseidon.
The Sea Raiders of CMO-2 completed the initial consolidation without loss of a single flight event and immediately established itself as the premier maintenance operation within Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance. Within 90 days of inception, CMO-2 was called to deploy its first Maintenance Deployment Team (MDT-A) with less than one months notice in support of VP-47 and Operation IRAQI Freedom. This rapid deployment was not only achieved, it set the standard of operation for all maintenance and squadron teams. CMO-2 Maintenance Deployment Team ALPHA completed the deployment transition within one week, established flight operations within 24 hours of arriving in theater and achieved and unprecedented 100 percent mission completion rate through the first 90 days of deployment.
In its first nine months, Consolidated Maintenance Organization TWO has become the touchstone of maintenance commands fleet wide. Through its utilization of innovative technology, a value assessment of Isochronal Inspection System (ISIS) procedures, and the dedication of its sailors, CMO-2 continues to support operations worldwide. The Sea Raiders plan to be continuously deployed to Iraq through December, 2008. A CMO-2 Maintenance Support Team has supported operations for the Joint Interagency Task Force SOUTH, conducting counter-narcotics operations in Central and South America. CMO-2 maintenance teams have supported numerous fleet exercises in Guam and Southern California. CMO-2 inspection and transfer teams have traveled to Jacksonville, Fl, Whidbey Island, WA and Brunswick, ME. Additionally, CMO-2 supply and logistics liaisons are currently working in Bahrain, Japan and Florida to ensure the expeditious flow of parts and equipment.
A BIT OF HISTORY: U.S. Navy Photo "...Combined Maintenance Organization (CMO-2) at VP-9 Gets To Work - LT(jg) Dan Reinhardt - Patrol Squadron Nine Public Affairs..." WebSite: Navy News https://www.cnic.navy.mil/ [19JUN2008]
Photograph Caption: Cmdr. Adam Hunt (left), commanding officer of Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing Two, hands out the new CMO-2 [combined maintenance organization] ball cap the Sailors will be wearing.
A major transformation took place for Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing Two on June 11 with the dismissal of quarters of the new Combined Maintenance Organization Two (CMO-2).
This represented the official kickoff for the largest reorganization of Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing Two in recent years. With this change, all of the maintainers from the three P-3C Orion squadrons based at Marine Corps Base Hawai'I - Kaneohe Bay were placed into a new unit under the leadership of Cmdr. Adam Hunt.
This unit, now the largest single entity of Wing Two, has taken over responsibility for the maintenance and care of all of the aircraft in the wing from the three VP squadrons.
According to Hunt, "The mission of the CMO-2 Sea Raiders is to provide readyfor-tasking aircraft and qualified maintenance teams capable of supporting maritime patrol and reconnaissance objectives worldwide.
We are proud to be an integral member of the MPRA team and look forward to ensuring that the aircrews flying our birds have the most capable platform available to take the fight to the enemy."
The squadrons, in turn, have a redefined role with a larger focus on aircrew specific training which is evident through the rise of the new warfare development center where aircrews will continue to focus more on the warfighting side of the house. Many challenges undoubtedly lie ahead for the new CMO with such a large move of assets and personnel.
Hunt, the officer-in-charge, said he has no doubt that the Sailors under his charge will be able to successfully overcome these trials. "At the heart of CMO-2 are the talented Sailors that have combined to create it. We have the advantage of inheriting the best from three topperforming VP squadron maintenance departments based here in Hawai'i," Hunt said.
Hunt added that fundamental to the success of this transformation will be communication between CMO-2 and the three squadrons so that maintenance needs and aircrew training requirements will both be met.
While CMO-2 becomes the largest unit in Wing Two, the squadron manpower is proportionally reduced as part of the savings the Navy hopes will result from this reorganization.
This presents a wide variety of issues from the allocation of squadron spaces to the simple problem of new parking arrangements. The commanding officers of the three squadrons have had to lead their units in redefining the squadron role. In the end, the goal is to have a more efficient and effective force through the specialization of roles within the wing.
CMO-2 will be able to fully focus on the care and maintenance of the aircraft while the three squadrons will become better tactical operators of the P-3C.
Wing Two is just the second wing within the maritime patrol and reconnaissance community to undergo the change of CMO. Last year, the P-3 wing located at NAS Jacksonville, Fla. underwent the same change. Wing Two has been able to utilize the lessons learned in Jacksonville and apply those in order to make the transformation as smooth as possible.
In the coming years, the two remaining P-3 wings will also make the move to CMO.
A BIT OF HISTORY: VP-47 History "...VP Squadron Celebrates Safety Milestone While Supporting Troops in Iraq (December 19th 2007) by By Lt. Mike Choe..." WebSite: Navy Safety Center http://safetycenter.navy.mil/media/approach/spotlight/VP47articledec2007.pdf [26MAY2008]
On December 19th 2007, VP-47 reached a major milestone of 200,000 consecutive mishap-free hours. This is a significant accomplishment in itself but what makes this occasion unique is the fact that it was achieved on a combat flight in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
This deployment marks a series of firsts for a P-3 squadron.
The first to establish a full Task Group (CTG 57.18) in Iraq
The first Hawaii squadron to deploy with CMO-2
The first Navy squadron to be entirely deployed in the Iraqi combat zone
VP-47 remains a force multiplier by increasing full motion video capabilities by 480 percent, fulfilling the Secretary of Defense requirement for P-3 support in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Combat Aircrew Seven (CAC-7) had the honor of completing the commemorative flight on aircraft 162773. The CTG took a brief pause to celebrate and reflect on this considerable achievement.
The CO of the squadron, Cdr. Steve Deal spoke to the Task Group and said, "This is a team effort which goes back 34 years. We honor all those who have gone before us with every safe mission. The hallmarks of aircrew procedural compliance, positive CRM, bythe-book maintenance, and vigilant tool control have made the difference for all these years."
VP-47 is based out of Kaneohe Bay, HI.
A BIT OF HISTORY: 071022-N-7488R-008 KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (Oct. 22, 2007) "...The Golden Swordsmen of VP-47 and CMO-2, Maintenance Detachment Team Alpha leave Marine Corps Base Hawaii in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. This is the first of several airlifts that will carry VP-47 and CMO-2 personnel on deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. James A. Roberts (RELEASED)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ view_single.asp?id=52141 [03NOV2007]
"CMO-2 Summary Page"