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Circa 2017

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-10 History "...VP-10 ‘Red Lancers’ Return from Deployment... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2017: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [25MAY2017]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-10 History "...‘Red Lancers’ Volunteer in Singapore... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2017: Issue 1..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [03FEB2017]
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Circa 2016

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-10 History "...‘Red Lancers’ Employ Harpoon in RIMPAC 2016... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2016: Issue 4..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [01NOV2016]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-10 History "...VP-10 ‘Red Lancers’ Hold Change of Command... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2016: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [30APR2016]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-10 History "...‘Red Lancers’ Support Louisiana NROTC Midshipmen... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2016: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [30APR2016]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-10 History "...‘Red Lancers’ Perform at Exercise Cold Response... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2016: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [30APR2016]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-10 History "...‘Red Lancers’ Detach P-8A to Point Mugu... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2015: Issue 4..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [01FEB2016]
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Circa 2015

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-10 History "...‘Red Lancers’ Deemed ‘Safe For Flight’... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2015: Issue 4..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [28OCT2015]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-10 History "...VP-10 Reaches P-8A Transition Milestones... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2015: Issue 4..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [28OCT2015]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-10 History "...Lacy Takes Helm of ‘Red Lancers’ From Johnston... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2015: Issue 3..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [29JUL2015]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-10 History "...‘Red Lancers’ Begin Historic Transition... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2015: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [02MAY2015]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-10 History "...‘Red Lancer’ women continue to excel... 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 NewsletterVP-10 History "..."Red Lancers" making an Impact in El Salvador... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2014: Issue 4..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [04NOV2014]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-10 History "...P-3C assigned to Patrol Squadron TEN conducts a training flight with two EA-18 Growlers from VAQ-129 during their 2013 7th Fleet deployment... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2014: Issue 3..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [29JUL2014]
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Circa 2013

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-10 History "..."Red Lancers" Complete Missions, Fly From Colombia During UNITAS... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2013: Issue 4..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [30OCT2013]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-10 History "...Former LANCERS Relive Their Memories During the VP-10 Heritage Day... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2013: Issue 4..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [30OCT2013]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera130808-N-AW702-005 "...JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Aug. 8, 2013) Navy Flight Surgeon Lt. Daniela Bermudez, assigned to Naval branch Health Clinic (NBHC) Jacksonville, performs an oral cavity examination on Naval Aircrewman (Operator) 2nd Class Derek Neukam, assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 10, during a flight physical. NBHC Jacksonville is one of Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville's six health care facilities located across Florida and Georgia. (U.S. Navy photo by Jacob Sippel/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [02SEP2013]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-10 History "...VP-10 'Red Lancers' Complete Successful Deployment... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2013: Issue 3..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [03AUG2013]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera130514-N-NZ491-013 NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (May 14, 2013) "...Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Ivan Sannicolas, right, assists Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Bionica Riley as they prepare to return an AWW-13 data link pod to Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Detachment Misawa. The data link pod is used as a recording device for the AGM-84K Standoff Land Attack Missile. Both Sailors are assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 10, which is deployed in northern Japan at Naval Air Facility Misawa supporting U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Lisa Reese/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [20MAY2013]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera130514-N-NZ491-041 NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (May 14, 2013) "...Aviation Machinist's Mate 1st Class Chad Jones, from Franklin, Ga., replaces a nozzle on a P-3C Orion aircraft. Jones is assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 10, which is deployed in northern Japan at Naval Air Facility Misawa supporting U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Lisa Reese/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [20MAY2013]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-62 / VP-10 History "...VP-62 / VP-10 'Broadarrows' and 'Red Lancers' Support San Salvador Orphanage... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2013: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [01MAY2013]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera130219-N-ZV190-083 NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (March 7, 2013) "...Naval Aircrewman (Operator) 2nd Class Ty Downing, from Clearwater, Fla., explains the functions of a survival radio to Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) soldiers. Sailors from Patrol Squadron (VP) 10 provided a tour for JGSDF soldiers from Camp East Chitose Army Base. VP-10 is deployed in northern Japan at Naval Air Facility Misawa supporting the U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Alfredo Rosado/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [13MAR2013]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera130219-N-ZV190-131 NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (March 7, 2013) "...Naval Aircrewman (Mechanical) 2nd Class Luis Hernandez, from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, shows a P-3 Orion aircraft engine to Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) soldiers. Sailors from Patrol Squadron (VP) 10 provided a tour for JGSDF soldiers from Camp East Chitose Army Base. VP-10 is deployed in northern Japan at Naval Air Facility Misawa supporting the U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Alfredo Rosado/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [13MAR2013]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera130219-N-ZV190-093 MISAWA AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (Feb. 19, 2013) "...Patrol Squadron (VP) 10 personnel conduct post-flight deicing to a P-3C Orion aircraft at Naval Air Facility Misawa. VP-10 is deployed to Naval Air Facility Misawa supporting the U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Alfredo Rosado/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [23FEB2013]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera130111-N-ZV190-039 NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (Jan. 11, 2013) "...An A/S 32A aircraft tractor tows a P-3C Orion belonging to VP-10, onto the NAF Misawa, Japan flight line. VP-10 is currently deployed in northern Japan aboard NAF Misawa in support of the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Alfredo Rosado/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [20JAN2013]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera130111-N-ZV190-029 NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (Jan. 11, 2013) "...Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Billy Lain, originally from Arlington, Texas, and assigned to VP-10, coordinates the movement of a P-3C Orion from VP-10's hangar at Naval Air Facility Misawa. VP-10 is currently deployed to NAF Misawa in support of the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Alfredo Rosado/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [20JAN2013]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera130110-N-VZ328-292 NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (Jan. 10, 2013) "...A P-3C Orion from VP-10 takes off from NAF Misawa, Japan. VP-10 recently started a six-month deployment to NAF Misawa in support of the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kenneth G. Takada/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [20JAN2013]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera130110-N-ZV190-001 NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (Jan. 10, 2013) "...Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Omar Palmer, a native of Washington, D.C.,and assigned to VP-10, signals to a P-3C Orion aircraft as it taxis on the Naval Air Facility (NAF) Misawa flight line. VP-10 is currently deployed in northern Japan at NAF Misawa in support of the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Alfredo Rosado/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [20JAN2013]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera130103-N-VZ328-004 NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (Jan. 3, 2013) "...Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Alfredo Rosado, from Chicago, assigned to VP-10, adds finishing touches to the squadron's deployment mural in their hangar at NAF Misawa, Japan. VP-10 recently began a six-month deployment at NAF Misawa, Japan in support of U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kenneth G. Takada/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNewsService http://www.navy.mil/ [06JAN2013]


Circa 2012

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Dictionary of American Naval Aviation SquadronsVP-10 History "...VP-10 Visit Scotland for Joint Warrior... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2012: Issue 3..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [06JAN2013]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-10 History "...VP-10 Holds 75th Change of Command Ceremony... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2012: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [05JAN2013]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-10 AO1(AW) Michael Atkinson... "...'Red Lancers' awarded Battle 'E' By LT(jg) Brett Copare - VP-10 Public Affairs - Posted: March 21, 2012 - 5:41pm | Updated: March 21, 2012 - 6:32pm..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/ [22MAR2012]

Photograph Caption: Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet Rear Adm. Ted Branch presents the Battle "E" Award to AO1(AW) Michael Atkinson of VP-10 during an all hands quarters on Feb. 21.

The VP-10 "Red Lancers" have been named as a Patrol Squadron Battle Efficiency award winner by Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (COMNAVAIRLANT) for outstanding operational readiness from Oct. 1, 2010 to Sept. 30, 2011.

The Battle "E" is awarded annually to ships and aviation units that display the maximum condition of readiness in their group, and for their capability to perform their wartime responsibilities.

Squadrons are graded in areas such as operational efficiency, readiness achievements, aircraft material readiness, training, scheduling and cost performance.

"Congratulations to the Red Lancers of VP-10 for winning the 2011 COMNAVAIRLANT Battle "E," said Rear Adm. Ted Branch, COMNAVAIRLANT as he presented the award to the squadron Feb. 21.

"As leaders in anti-submarine warfare, maritime patrol, and fleet interoperability, you have set the highest standards of excellence. In virtually every category of this most demanding competition, you have distinguished yourselves as an exceptional squadron," he declared.

VP-10 had an outstanding operational year, beginning with surge operations in support of 4th Fleet in El Salvador and culminating in an extremely successful deployment in support of 5th Fleet and Central Command. The Red Lancers expertly conducted counter-drug and combat operations throughout three areas of responsibility, from the Caribbean to Iraq to the Horn of Africa, and sustained an astounding 99 percent mission completion rate. The Red Lancers flew over 900 sorties while executing more than 6,500 combat support flight hours on deployment.

VP-10 excelled across the entire Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force (MPRF) spectrum – heavy execution in support of Operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom, counter-piracy operations, and counter-drug operations, coupled with taking advantage of every possible anti-submarine warfare opportunity. The squadron successfully sustained 12 combat-ready aircrews across nearly every MPRF mission area continuing a 38-year and 227,000-hour mishap-free record.

The Red Lancers not only succeeded operationally, but in the community as well. VP-10 contributed nearly 700 hours of community service time to the Jacksonville community including projects dealing with Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Take Stock in Children.

"Winning the Battle "E" identifies VP-10 as the standard to strive for in leadership, tactical acumen and combat preparedness within all of AIRLANT. You have clearly established yourselves as the best in your community," said Branch.

Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/military/jax-air-news/2012-03-21/story/red-lancers-awarded-battle-e#ixzz1pp6tPJtU

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-10 Flight Engineer AWF1 Gordon Richards... "...2011 Aviation Battle 'E' Winners Announced From CNAF Atlantic Public Affairs - VP-4, VP-10 and VPU-1 - Posted: February 22, 2012 - 8:01pm..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/ [04MAR2012]

Photograph Caption: Photo by Kaylee LaRocque - VP-10 Flight Engineer AWF1 Gordon Richards waves the American flag as his P-3C Orion arrives home at NAS Jacksonville Dec. 2 after a six-month deployment to Bahrain, Qatar and Djibouti, Africa. The "Red Lancers" won the 2011 Battle "E" for the Atlantic maritime patrol category.

Commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF) announced the winners of the 2011Aviation Battle Efficiency (Battle "E") awards Feb. 10.

The aviation Battle "E" is the Navy's top performance award presented to the aircraft carrier and aviation squadron in each competitive category that achieves the highest standards of performance readiness and efficiency. The award recognizes a unit's training and operational achievements while including a balance that incentivizes efficiency.

USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) was the Battle "E" winner of the aircraft carrier category for the West Coast while the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) won for the East Coast.

"The warfighting excellence shown by these squadrons and the Vinson and the Bush proves them to be the best of the best. I am incredibly proud of their accomplishments," said Vice Adm. Al Myers, CNAF commander. "In a time of increased demand and a constrained fiscal environment, these Sailors, Officers and Aviators continue to deliver combat effectiveness and to display the professionalism and pride that is the hallmark of naval aviation."

In the aviation squadron competitions, each aviation Type-Commander selects a winner in every category, while CNAF selects the Navy-wide winners, resulting in three sets of recipients.

The 2011 Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic squadrons selected as Battle "E" winners are:

Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15, for the VFA-C category
Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 136, for the VFA-E/F category
Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141, for the VAQ CVW category
Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124, for the VAW category
Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 9, for the HS/HSC category
Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 42, for the HSL EXP category
Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, for the HSC EXP category
VP-10 for the VP category

The 2011 Commander, Naval Air Forces Pacific Fleet squadrons selected as Battle "E" winners are:

Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151 for the VFA-C category
Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2, for the VFA-E/F category
Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 131, for the VAQ CVW category
Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113, for the VAW category
Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4, for the HS/HSC category
Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 37, for the HSL EXP category
Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23, for the HSC EXP category
VP-4 for the VP category

The 2011 CNAF squadrons selected as Battle "E" winners are:

Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 for the VAQ EXP category
Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77, for the HSM category
Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 15 for the HM category
VQ-2 for the VQ EW category
VQ-4, for the VQ TACAMO category
VPU-1 for the VPU category
Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30, for the VRC category

One of the most coveted awards in the fleet, the Battle "E" competition is conducted to strengthen individual command performance, overall force readiness, and to recognize outstanding performance within the naval aviation force.

Grading metrics for attaining the Battle "E" award include: operational achievement, training, inspection accomplishments, material and personnel readiness, aviation safety, weapon systems and tactics development, and contributions to the aviation community.

Each member attached to a winning ship or squadron earns the right to wear the Battle "E" ribbon on their uniform, or if they already possess that ribbon, they can add an additional "E" device to the ribbon.

Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/military/jax-air-news/2012-02-22/story/2011-aviation-battle-e-winners-announced#ixzz1o3bid4lT


Circa 2011

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-10 Home from Deployment By LT(jg) Gregory Ewing VP-10 Public Affairs - Posted: December 14, 2011 - 3:06pm..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/ [15DEC2011]

The VP-10 "Red Lancers" returned to NAS Jacksonville, Florida after a six-month deployment to NSA Bahrain, Oman, and Djibouti, Africa to be reunited with friends and family.

This reunion comes after completing over six months of hard work that was required to overcome a diverse group of challenges associated with being deployed in an austere environment with often limited resources. The end result was being able to provide unprecedented support to Navy Joint and Coalition forces in support of Operation New Dawn, Operation Enduring Freedom, and 5th Fleet operations, exercises and activities.

"I couldn't be more proud of the squadron. They prepared themselves for every challenge, arrived in theater focused on the tasks at hand and worked together to overcome every obstacle and produce unmatched combat support to the theater commanders. We certainly could not have done this alone. We were fortunate to have the tremendous support of our deployed and parent Wing staffs providing us needed resources and of course we were blessed by fantastic support at home from our friends, families and support groups each and every step of the way," said VP-10 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Andy Miller, after his arrival in Jacksonville, marking the end of the Red Lancers deployment.

While being forward deployed to the harsh desert environment, the Red Lancers proved they could answer their country's call and flew an astounding 6,320 flight hours during more than 900 sorties with a mission completion rate of 99 percent.

In support of the U.S. 5th Fleet, the Red Lancers helped to fight the ever-growing problem of piracy and prevent the smuggling of weapons in the Arabian Sea, Strait of Hormuz, Gulf of Oman, North Arabian Sea, and the Gulf of Aden. Of note, VP-10 aircrews, in close coordination with coalition forces, were responsible for the recovery of a French hostage and the capture of six pirates after the pirates ambushed a French yacht. The pirates' skiff was sunk as a result of the action.

During operations conducted over land in Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn, VP-10 flight crews provided surveillance and reconnaissance in support of American and Allied forces operating on the ground and directly supported the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraqi soil.

While operating out of Djibouti, Africa, the Red Lancers conducted sensitive intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations throughout the 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

All of these mission hours could not have been flown without the support of an outstanding and extremely capable maintenance team providing around-the-clock maintenance to Red Lancer aircraft. Throughout the deployment, the maintenance team completed four integrated maintenance concept inspections, 13 engine changes, 15 propeller changes, and delivered aircraft ready to fly every day. Through superior planning and mission-focused maintenance, the squadron was able to complete its four-phased maintenance actions in only 40 percent of the normal time. This expeditious action returned more than 28 days of mission aircraft availability to combatant commanders.

"Maintenance in that environment is no easy task, but we were able to overcome all that diversity to provide the squadron with the mission-capable birds required to fly the almost countless hours we flew," said AE2 Gary Jackson, a VP-10 maintainer.

Not only did the Red Lancers provide continuous war fighting support, but they further developed the Navy's next generation of leaders by having 78 Sailors qualify as enlisted aviation warfare specialists and another 30 advancing in pay grade.

During the deployment, squadron personnel were supported by countless numbers of friends and family back in the states.

The return from deployment brings about many firsts for Sailors who have been away from friends and family for over six months. VP-10 personnel look forward to 12 months of experiencing new firsts with their friends and family during their upcoming inter-deployment readiness cycle.

The Red Lancers return home knowing that what they achieved will benefit the goals of the United States and its partner nations.

Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/military/jax-air-news/2011-12-14/story/vp-10-home-deployment#ixzz1gbNYN9OD

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera111202-N-YZ910-001 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Dec. 2, 2011) "...Lt. Michael Inde, assigned to Patrol Squadron Ten (VP) 10, holds his newborn daughter for the first time after his squadron's homecoming at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. VP-10 has been deployed to NSA Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and Djibouti for the past six months. (U.S. Navy photo by Kaylee LaRocque/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNewsService http://www.navy.mil/ [07DEC2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...'Red Lancers' Mission Leads to Hostage Recovery - Posted: October 5, 2011 - 1:42pm - By LT(jg) Gregory Ewing - VP-10 Public Affairs..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/ [07OCT2011]

Combat Aircrew Five of the VP-10 "Red Lancers" – currently forward deloyed to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility and serving as part of Combined Maritime Forces – assisted in the rescue of a hostage held by suspected pirates off the coast of Yemen, Sept. 10.

Earlier in the week, a French yacht sent out a distress signal from the Gulf of Aden. A helicopter later located the yacht with no one aboard.

The Red Lancers were tasked with flying nearly 1,100 miles to investigate approximately 9,000 square miles of water in search of a small vessel suspected of containing pirates and hostages from the French vessel. The aircrew located the suspicious skiff and tracked it heading south toward the Somali coast.

The Spanish amphibious ship SPS Galicia (L-51) launched one of its helicopters to locate the skiff, with support from the Red Lancer aircrew. The skiff was approached and boarded by the Galicia boarding team. One hostage was found onboard and rescued, and several suspected pirates were taken into custody. The skiff was sunk as a hazard to navigation.

VP-10 provides intelligence, reconnaissance and deterrence support from the air, in both an overland and open-water capacity, as part of Combined Maritime Forces.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...'Red Lancers' kickoff Bush COMPTUEX By Lt. j.g. Joey Zerra VP-10 PAO- February 2, 2011 - 6:10pm..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/ [06FEB2011]

Last week, the VP-10 "Red Lancers" began around-the-clock flight operations from NAS Jacksonville, Florida in support of the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 2 Composite Train-ing Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).

Before leaving on an extended overseas deployment, every carrier strike group must complete a series of scenarios and operations in preparation for wartime situations. COMPTUEX involves all of the strike group's assets to project force as a unified element in response to a simulated conflict with fictitious countries.

During COMPTUEX, the Bush CSG 2 will defend simulated allied countries located in and around the Southeastern United States. The exercise duration is approximately three weeks, during which surface assets, including USS Anzio (CG 68), USS Gettysburg (CG 64), USS Mitscher (DDG 57), and USS Truxtun (DDG 103) will operate in conjunction with Bush.

The CSG is monitored by a team from Commander, Strike Force Atlantic to observe how the strike group responds to challenges it will face during a simulated wartime scenario.

VP-10 will play a vital role in the COMPTUEX scenario, providing the Bush CSG with valuable real-time information on enemy surface and submarine contacts that could pose a threat to the strike group.

The P-3C Orion is the primary anti-submarine warfare platform for the strike group, and whose presence on station is critical for protecting the strike group and its assets from a submarine attack.

The 24-hour operations required to support COMPTUEX also help VP-10 prepare for its upcoming deployment. The exercise also tests the Red Lancers' ability to provide mission-capable aircraft in a timely manner, including the ordnance crew's ability to load weapons and search stores, as well as the aircrews' ability to provide reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare information to the CSG.

The 12 combat aircrews of the Red Lancers are targeting 100 percent mission completion during the exercise, equating to 51 sorties and approximately 340 flight hours in just three weeks of COMPTUEX support.

In addition to VP-10, Jacksonville-based helicopter maritime strike squadron HSM-70 is deployed aboard Bush as part of Carrier Air Wing 8.


Circa 2010 - 2011

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Dictionary of American Naval Aviation SquadronsVP-10 History "...The Red Lancers Win Coveted "Battle E" Award from October 2010 to September 2011... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2012: Issue 1..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [04JAN2013]
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Circa 2010

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...'Red Lancers' presented with Battle 'E' - By LT(jg) Sean Kearney, VP-10 PAO - Wed., May 12, 2010 - 05:51 PM..." WebSite: JaxNews http://www.jaxairnews.com/ [21MAY2010]

Rear Adm. Richard O'Hanlon, commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic visited the VP-10 "Red Lancers" May 7 to present the squadron with the 2009 Battle Efficiency "E" award.

"This award is recognition of the hard work and dedication that Sailors in VP-10 put forth every day," O'Hanlon said.

The award represents the Red Lancers tremendously successful combined 5th and 6th Fleet deployments from May to December of 2009. The squadron operated in the 5th Fleet area of operations (AOR) from Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and maritime security operations in the Arabian Gulf.

In the 6th Fleet AOR, a squadron detachment operated from Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean.

Also, several aircrews and a maintenance detachment were tasked to set up an expeditionary operating base from the Seychelles, an island chain 750 miles east of the African coast in the Indian Ocean.

The squadron's tenacity, ability and dedication made this a successful endeavor and the site was turned over to VP-26, the relief squadron in December.

Following the presentation, O'Hanlon held a question-and-answer session with squadron members. Several topics were discussed, including the P-8 transition, crew positions and future fleet integration.

Also discussed was the future of the carrier fleet, including the manning of 11 carriers and the relocation of a carrier to NAS Mayport. Another awards ceremony was held the previous day when VP-10 hosted Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11 Capt. Mark Turner.

During the ceremony, the squadron presented Turner with an American flag that had been flown by a combat air crew on a mission in support of maritime security operations over the Horn of Africa.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-10 History "...Award-Winning 'Red Lancers' Get Comfortable In New Home by LT(jg) Sean Kearney - VP-10 PAO - Thursday, May 6, 2010..." WebSite: JaxNews http://www.jaxairnews.com/ [07MAY2010]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-10 History "...Patrick Takes Helm At VP-10 By LT Sean Kearney, VP-10 PAO - Thursday April 1, 2010..." WebSite: JaxNews http://www.jaxairnews.com/ [02APR2010]

VP-10 is holding its 73rd change of command April 1 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. During the ceremony, Cmdr. Robert Patrick, Jr. will relieve Cmdr. James Robinson Jr. becoming the "Red Lancers'" 74th commanding officer. Commodore Mark Turner, commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing Eleven, will oversee the ceremony and Capt. Jim Hoke, former commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing Five, is the guest speaker.

Patrick, a native of Wakefield, Mass., is a 1992 graduate of the United States Naval Academy.

VP-10 flies the P-3C Orion, Aircraft Improvement Program (AIP) aircraft. The Orion, a military derivative of the Lockheed Electra was originally designed for maritime patrol. The P-3C Orion is recognized throughout the world for its capabilities as a maritime patrol under-sea warfare and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platform. VP-10 has been flying a version of the Orion since 1965.

The Red Lancers, based at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, recently completed a homeport change from NAS Brunswick, Maine after returning from a deployment to Al Udeid Air Force Base, Qatar, and Camp Lemonier, Djibouti as well as detachments in Iraq and other sites in support of ongoing military operations. The squadron assumed CTG 57.2 where they directly supporting Operations Iraqi Freedom and maritime security operations in the Arabian Gulf. The squadron also assumed CTF 67.5 in early June 2009, supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and counter piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, and the Indian Ocean.

The squadron also established an expeditionary operating base in the Republic of Seychelles. The squadron spent six months deployed until being relieved in December 2009. For their hard work and dedication, and a tribute to the exceptional leadership shown by the command, the "Red Lancers" of VP-10 were awarded the Naval Air Forces Atlantic Patrol Squadron Battle Efficiency Award for 2009.

Cmdr. Andrew Miller, a native of Sherman, Texas, and a 1994 graduate of the University of Texas, Austin, assumed the duties of executive officer.

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Photograph Caption: AOAN Shawn Kelly of VP-10 runs toward the P-3C Orion of Combat Aircrew 8 during training in the de-arming of a Captive Air Training Armament 65 Maverick missile, Nov. 4, at a base in Southwest Asia. The AGM-65 Maverick is a tactical, air-to-surface guided missile designed for close air support, interdiction and defense suppression mission. Staff Sergeant Robert Barney

VP-10 was notified Feb. 10 that Commander, Naval Air Forces Vice Adm. Thomas Kilcline has named the "Red Lancers" as the Patrol Squadron Battle Efficiency award winner for Naval Air Forces Atlantic.

Kilcline's message said, "Our forces continue to be extremely competitive. Our winning squadrons are truly the best of the best. I extend to you my personal congratulations for setting the example. These awards reflect only a small portion of the outstanding work done around the fleet every day. I am truly proud of your contributions to our nation's defense."

After hearing the news, VP-10 Commanding Officer Cmdr. James Robinson praised his Lancers. "It has been my humble honor to work with this amazing team of professionals. Without each individual Sailor's dedication and effort - plus, our families' support - this Battle "E" would not have been possible."

The award represents the Red Lancers tremendously successful combined 5th and 6th fleet deployments from May to December of 2009. The squadron operated in the 5th Fleet Area of responsibility (AOR) from Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and maritime security operations in the Arabian Gulf.

In the 6th Fleet AOR, a squadron detachment operated from Camp Lemonier, Djibouti in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean.

Also, several aircrews and a maintenance detachment were tasked to set up an expeditionary operating base from the Seychelles, an island nation in the Indian Ocean, 750 miles east of the African coast.

The squadron members' tenacity, ability and dedication made this a successful endeavor and the site was turned over to relief squadron VP-26 in December.

The Red Lancers are currently operating at a high tempo from NAS Jacksonville, Florida to support Operation Unified Response, the humanitarian aid mission in Haiti - as well as the squadron's own readiness cycle to prepare and upgrade the squadron for its next deployment.

The Battle "E" is awarded annually to ships and aviation units that display the maximum condition of readiness in their group, and for their capability to perform their wartime responsibilities. Squadrons are graded in areas such as operational efficiency, readiness achievements, aircraft material readiness, training, scheduling and cost performance.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Carrier, Squadrons Receive Naval Readiness Award - The Virginian-Pilot - February 12, 2010..." WebSite: PilotOnline http://hamptonroads.com/ [13FEB2010]

NAS Norfolk, Virginia - An aircraft carrier and several squadrons based in Hampton Roads have received efficiency awards from Naval Air Force Atlantic, the Navy said this week.

The Battle "E" award is for readiness and is based on a one-year evaluation. Competition for the award is tough, the Navy said, and the winners must demonstrate the "highest state of battle readiness."

Winners include the aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman, Strike Fighter Squadrons 31 (the Tomcatters) and 83 (the Rampagers), VAQ-140 (the Patriots), VAW-124 (the Bear Aces), Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 15 (the Red Lions), Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 46 (the Grandmasters), Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 26 (the Chargers), VP-10 (the Red Lancers) and VRC-40 (the Rawhides).


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