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Circa 2017

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterCPRW-10 History "...Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 10 Changes Hands... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2017: Issue 1..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [03FEB2017]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterCPRW-10 History "...Admiral Cozad Announces CPRG Sailors of the Year... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2017: Issue 1..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [03FEB2017]
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Circa 2015

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterCPRW-10 History "...Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 10 Changes Hands... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2015: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [02MAY2015]
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Circa 2014

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterCPRW-10 History "...CPRW-10 Hosts Annual Awards Ceremony... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2014: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [01MAY2014]
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Circa 2013

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterCPRW-10 History "...CPRW-10 Squadrons Play a Key Role in 'Valiant Shield 2012'... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2013: Issue 1..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [25JAN2013]
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Circa 2012

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Dictionary of American Naval Aviation SquadronsCPRW-10 History "...DEAL Relieves GARVIN as CPRW-10... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2012: Issue 3..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [06JAN2013]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Dictionary of American Naval Aviation SquadronsCPRW-10 History "...Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing TENís Annual Awards Ceremony... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2012: Issue 1..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [04JAN2013]
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Circa 2011

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Patrol and reconnaissance mission in slow transition By: Kathy Reed..." WebSite: Whidbey Crosswind http://whidbeycrosswind.com/ [23SEP2011]

According to the chief staff officer of NAS Whidbey Islandís Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 10, the maritime patrol community is in a state of transition.

Capt. John Radka was the guest speaker last week during the monthly Navy League meeting at the Officersí Club on NAS Whidbey. He said while the maritime patrol community is small, it makes up about a third of the population of tenant commands currently housed at NAS Whidbey.

Radka said the community is undergoing a transition to a "family of systems," including the P-8 and BAMS (Broad Area Maritime Surveillance) unmanned aircraft.

"In addition to new aircraft, there will eventually be changes to come down the road," he said. "There are several different platforms, equipment upgrades and personnel structure changes that come along with the "family of systems."

According to Radka, the current program of record calls for reducing the present fleet of 154 P-3 Orions to 117 P-8 Poseidons by fiscal year 2021. For NAS Whidbey, the official program of record calls for standing up four squadrons of P-8s. The final plan for basing is still in the works, as military construction (MILCON), budget and manning constraints are constantly reviewed and evaluated for efficiency every fiscal year.

"Itís one of those political climate things that is hard to predict," he said. "As we eventually transition to the P-8, obviously budget constraints will determine how many of those 117 we get."

Whether or not the program of record changes, the patrol and reconnaissance mission has not changed and is likely to become more robust, according to Radka. Maintaining a fleet of aircraft for training across the entire fleet will be key.

"All NAS Whidbey Island, Washington VP and VQ aircrews are trained locally then deployed, so itís critical to have the training equipment and aircraft in place," Radka said. "And the importance of ensuring personnel receive realistic, robust and effective simulator training will increase as well."

In the days of budget tightening that are likely ahead, it means streamlining functionality in both equipment and personnel. The Navy is looking at being able to integrate new operating systems into the P-8 while currently consolidating one VQ squadron and one special projects squadron.

"We will have a slight reduction in personnel with the consolidation of VQ and VPU but virtually no change to the number of aircrews," Radka said. "Like everything else in Naval Air, weíll work our way through it."


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