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Circa 2017

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-16 History "...VP-16 ‘War Eagles’ Promote 45 Sailors... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2017: Issue 3..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [10AUG2017]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-16 History "...‘War Eagles’ Return to Scotland for NATO Exercise... 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-16 History "...‘War Eagles’ Conduct Humanitarian Flights Over Haiti... 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 NewsletterVP-16 History "...P-8A Poseidon Returns to NAS Fallon for Overland Missions... 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 NewsletterVP-16 History "...‘War Eagles’ Join in European NATO Exercise... 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 NewsletterVP-16 History "...‘War Eagles’ Support George H.W. Bush COMPTUEX... 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 NewsletterVP-16 History "...War Eagles Host Fall Festival... 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-16 History "...‘War Eagles’ Strive for Nothing but Excellence... 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-16 History "...‘War Eagles’ Showcase Capabilities at Singapore Airshow... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2016: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [30APR2016]
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Circa 2015

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-16 History "...War Eagles Honor Fallen Jax Hero... 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-16 History "...Boman Relieves Papp at VP-16... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2015: Issue 3..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [29JUL2015]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera150625-N-ZG705-172 ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 25, 2015) "...A P-8A Poseidon assigned to the War Eagles of Patrol Squadron (VP) 16 flies above the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman is underway conducting a tailored ship's training availability off the east coast of the United States. Upon successful completion of the training availability Harry S. Truman will be considered proficient in all mission areas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class K. H. Anderson/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [07OCT2015]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-16 History "..."War Eagles" Host Former Squadron Members... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2015: Issue 1..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [06FEB2015]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-16 History "...Jacksonville Native Serves with Local Navy Maritime Patrol Squadron... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2015: Issue 1..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [06FEB2015]
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Circa 2014

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-16 History "...VP-16 Home From Historic Deployment... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2014: Issue 3..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [29JUL2014]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140606-N-ZI955-681 "...NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (June 6, 2014) Lt. Cmdr. Queron Thompson, originally from Ozark, Alabama, and attached to Patrol Squadron (VP) 16, shows off the P-8 Poseidon aircraft's bomb bay to Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force leadership. Commander, Task Force 72 coordinated the tour while the aircraft was visiting U.S. Naval Air Facility Misawa in northern Japan. VP-16 is currently deployed to Japan in support of U.S. 7th Fleet operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Daniel Sanford/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [02JUL2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140606-N-ZI955-652 "...NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (June 6, 2014) Naval Aircrewman 2nd Class Christopher Sellars, right, assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 16, provides a tour of his squadron's P-8 Poseidon aircraft for Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force leadership. Commander, Task Force 72 leadership coordinated the tour while the aircraft was visiting U.S. Naval Air Facility Misawa in northern Japan. VP-16 is currently deployed to Japan in support of U.S. 7th Fleet operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Daniel Sanford/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [02JUL2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-16 History "...Search for MH370 Continues - Navy’s P-8A Poseidon Assists - April 9, 2014 - NAS Jacksonville-based VP-16 "War Eagles" P-8s in Perth are still flying search missions. Overall patrol aircraft support to date includes 24 missions with 220 of flight time covering 336,000 square nautical miles... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2014: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [01MAY2014]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-16 History "...P-8A Poseidon Showcased at Singapore Air Show - Sailors assigned to the "War Eagles" of Patrol Squadron VP-16 showcased the P-8A Poseidon... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2014: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [01MAY2014]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-16 History "...Pacific Fleet Commander Takes Close Look at P-8 Advanced Capabilities - Adm. Harry Harris Jr., Pacific Fleet commander, saw firsthand the advanced capabilities of the P-8A Poseidon on a Jan. 24 flight with the "War Eagles" of VP-16, home-based at NAS Jacksonville... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2014: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [01MAY2014]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140415-N-VD564-033 "...INDIAN OCEAN Naval Aircrewman (Operator) 2nd Class Clark Urbin, assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 16, deploys a MK-58 smoke marker out of the freefall chute of a P-8A Poseidon aircraft while flying over the Indian Ocean in support of the international search effort to locate Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Smoke markers are used as a visual aid in directing ships to the vicinity of where potential items of debris may be located in the water. VP-16 is deployed throughout the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Keith DeVinney/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [30APR2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140415-N-VD564-012 "...INDIAN OCEAN (April 15, 2014) Lt. Mike Glynn, assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 16, pilots a P-8A Poseidon over the Indian Ocean during a search mission in support of the international effort to locate Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. VP-16 is deployed throughout the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Keith DeVinney/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [30APR2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140408-N-VD564-032 "...INDIAN OCEAN (April 8, 2014) Chief Naval Aircrewman (Operator) Samuel Judd, assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 16, searches out the window of a P-8A Poseidon while flying over the Indian Ocean in support of the international effort to locate Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. VP-16 is deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Keith DeVinney/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [13APR2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140408-N-VD564-021 "...PERTH, Australia (April 8, 2014) Naval Aircrewman (Operator) 3rd Class Michael Herman gives the thumbs up to Lt. j.g. Tyler Terronez, both assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 16, during preflight checks on a P-8A Poseidon prior to going on a search mission in support of the international effort to locate Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. VP-16 is deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Keith DeVinney/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [13APR2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140408-N-VD564-035 "...INDIAN OCEAN (April 8, 2014) Chief Naval Aircrewman (Operator) Samuel Judd, left, and Naval Aircrewman (Operator) 2nd Class Carlos Ibarra, both assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 16, search out the windows of a P-8A Poseidon while flying over the Indian Ocean in support of the international effort to locate Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. VP-16 is deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Keith DeVinney/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [13APR2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140410-N-VD564-008 "...INDIAN OCEAN (April 10, 2014) Naval Aircrewman (Operator) 2nd Class Karl Shinn, assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 16, unloads a Sonobuoy from the rack onboard a P-8A Poseidon, to prepare it for use during a search mission to locate Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Sonobuoys are used to detect frequencies and signals in the water. VP-16 is deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Keith DeVinney/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [13APR2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140410-N-VD564-048 "...INDIAN OCEAN (April 10, 2014) Naval Aircrewman (Operator) 2nd Class Karl Shinn, assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 16, searches out the window of a P-8A Poseidon while flying over the Indian Ocean during a search mission to locate Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. VP-16 is deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Keith DeVinney/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [13APR2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140330-N-TB410-528 "...BUSAN, Republic of Korea (March 30, 2014) Naval Aircrewman (Operator) 2nd Class Borg Miller, an acoustic systems operator assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 16, describes the process of launching sonobuoys to Republic of Korea sailors during a tour of the U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft. The U.S. Navy's P-8A Poseidon is conducting its first training missions in the Republic of Korea in support of Exercise Foal Eagle 2014. VP-16 is deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability operations in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joshua Bryce Bruns/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [01APR2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140330-N-TB410-366 "...BUSAN, Republic of Korea (March 30, 2014) Vice Adm. Jung Ho Sup, commander of the Republic of Korea Fleet, watches Aviation Warfare Systems Operator 3rd Class Cody Wojasinski, attached to Patrol Squadron (VP) 16, adjust equipment on a P-8A Poseidon aircraft during a distinguished visitor flight with senior members of the Republic of Korea navy. The U.S. Navy's P-8A Poseidon is conducting its first training missions in the Republic of Korea in support of Exercise Foal Eagle 2014. VP-16 is deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability operations in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joshua Bryce Bruns/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [01APR2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140330-N-TB410-191 "...BUSAN, Republic of Korea (March 30, 2014) Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Nick Hoover, assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 16, collects fuel samples from a P-8A Poseidon aircraft prior to a training mission with patrol aircraft from the Republic of Korea navy. The U.S. Navy's P-8A Poseidon is conducting its first training missions in the Republic of Korea in support of Exercise Foal Eagle 2014. VP-16 is deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability operations in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joshua Bryce Bruns/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [01APR2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140330-N-TB410-508 "...BUSAN, Republic of Korea (March 30, 2014) Sailors from the Republic of Korea navy board a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft for a guided tour facilitated by U.S. Navy crew members assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 16 during a distinguished visitor static display event with senior members of the Republic of Korea navy. The U.S. Navy's P-8A Poseidon is conducting its first training missions in the Republic of Korea in support of Exercise Foal Eagle 2014. VP-16 is deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability operations in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joshua Bryce Bruns/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [01APR2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140330-N-TB410-598 "...BUSAN, Republic of Korea (March 30, 2014) Naval Aircrewman (Operator) 2nd Class Borg Miller, an acoustic systems operator assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 16, describes the process of launching sonobuoys to Republic of Korea sailors during a tour of the U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft. The U.S. Navy's P-8A Poseidon is conducting its first training missions in the Republic of Korea in support of Exercise Foal Eagle 2014. VP-16 is deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability operations in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joshua Bryce Bruns/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [01APR2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Navy’s P-8A Poseidon continues MH370 search from Australia From U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs - Posted: March 26, 2014 - 7:26pm..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/ [28MAR2014]

A P-8A Poseidon patrol aircraft completed its transition from Kuala Lumpur to Perth, Australia on March 18 to continue the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean.

“The search has expanded to the southern portions of the Indian Ocean and the P-8A has the range required to reach those waters,” said Lt. Clayton Hunt of Patrol Squadron (VP) 16, the search and rescue detachment mission commander. “We will be most effective operating out of Perth.”

For a mission such as the MH370 search, the P-8 will typically fly at 5,000 feet, dipping to 1,000 feet to get a closer visual look at objects. They typically fly at a speed of 250-270 knots, with a search time of eight to nine hours depending on the distance to search area.

“Even though we are flying long missions, the purpose behind these missions gives the crew the motivation to overcome any obstacles that may come up,” said AWO1 Robert Pillars, an acoustic systems operator on the P-8A.

During its missions out of Kuala Lumpur, the P-8A crew identified more than 400 radar contacts. Unfortunately none were associated with aircraft debris or wreckage.

The aircraft’s advanced radar capabilities allow the crew to recognize and investigate small contacts on the water’s surface. The crew uses the onboard camera system, as well as a multitude of sensors, to investigate the contacts.

“While on station, the crew uses all of the aircraft’s sensors to identify objects in the water since we don’t know exactly how big the debris may be,” said Lt. Joshua Mize, a P-8A Poseidon tactical coordinator.

There are many factors that come into play that could improve or decrease the efficiency of the search.

“While the process may seem simple, factors such as the number of ships or objects in the area, sea state, drift rate, and visibility can affect how much area we’re able to cover,” Mize added.

The search grid used varies from flight to flight. Not only does the crew have to account for various environmental factors, the distance to the search area is also taken into account.

“Depending on the transit distance, some flights may only have 2-3 hours of search time,” Mize said.

“Our goal is to cover as much area as possible while still being thorough with our search. Being thorough is critical, especially in a search like this.”

In terms of mission effectiveness and reliability, the P-8A represents a leap forward for the Navy’s maritime patrol and reconnaissance. The aircraft has a maximum speed of 490 knots, a ceiling of 41,000 feet, and provides a range of more than 1,200 nautical miles with four hours on station.

“Having the flexibility and readiness that comes with the practicality of the P-8A airframe (Boeing 737), as well as our well-trained aircrews and maintenance team, we have been able to continuously meet and exceed our mission requirements,” said AMCS Carlos Ure, the search and rescue detachment senior enlisted leader. “Our maintenance and aircrew teams continue to work together to have the Poseidon ready and safe for flight.”

Being able to work off of a commercial airframe, such as the 737, the Poseidon maintenance personnel have the ability to use both military and civilian assets to perform necessary maintenance.

“So far, we have been able to accomplish all of the pre-flight, daily and turnaround requirements using whatever resources we have available, be it military or civilian resources,” Ure said.

VP-16 is currently conducting the first operational deployment with the P-8A Poseidon in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asian Pacific.

The new P-8A is part of the Navy’s commitment to the Pacific rebalance, bringing newer and more capable aircraft to 7th Fleet to ensure the Navy is best postured to honor its security commitments to the Indo-Asia-Pacific and contribute to regional security andstability.

Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/military/jax-air-news/2014-03-26/story/navy-s-p-8a-poseidon-continues-mh370-search-australia#ixzz2xE6kFy2r

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140323-N-XY761-063 "...INDIAN OCEAN (March 23, 2014) Naval Aircrewman (Operator) 2nd Class Mike Burnett, an electronic warfare operator attached to Patrol Squadron (VP) 16, monitors his work station on a P-8A Poseidon aircraft during a mission to assist in search and rescue efforts for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 March 23. VP-16 is currently deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric A. Pastor/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [25MAR2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140320-N-XY761-022 "...PERTH, Australia (March 20, 2014) Naval Aircrewman attached to Patrol Squadron (VP) 16 watch the exterior of a P-8A Poseidon during a high-frequency radio check before a mission to assist in search and rescue operations for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 March 20. VP-16 is currently deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric A. Pastor/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [25MAR2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140320-N-XY761-002 "...PERTH, Australia (March 20, 2014) Naval Aircrewman Operator 2nd Class Mike Burnett, an electronic warfare operator attached to Patrol Squadron (VP) 16, wipes down the camera lens on a P-8A Poseidon before a mission to assist in search and rescue operations for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 March 20. VP-16 is currently deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric A. Pastor/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [25MAR2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140320-N-XY761-105 "...INDIAN OCEAN (March 20, 2014) Naval Aircrewman Operator 1st Class Robert Pillars, an acoustic systems operator attached to Patrol Squadron (VP) 16, searches the water for debris on a P-8A Poseidon during a mission to assist in search and rescue operations for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 March 20. VP-16 is currently deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric A. Pastor/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [25MAR2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140319-N-XY761-027 "...INDIAN OCEAN (March 19, 2014) Lt. j.g. Kyle Atakturk, left, and Lt. j.g. Nicholas Horton, naval aviators assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 16, pilot a P-8A Poseidon during a mission to assist in search and rescue operations for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. VP-16 is deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric A. Pastor/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [25MAR2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140319-N-XY761-012 "...PERTH, Australia (March 19, 2014) Airman Trevor Machell, a Plane Captain assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 16, fuels a P-8A Poseidon before a mission to assist in search and rescue operations for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. VP-16 is deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric A. Pasto/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [25MAR2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140319-N-XY761-020 "...PERTH, Australia (March 19, 2014) Lt. Joshua Mize, a tactical coordinator assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 16, completes his pre-flight checklist in a P-8A Poseidon before a mission to assist in search and rescue operations for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. VP-16 is deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric A. Pastor/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [25MAR2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140319-N-XY761-025 "...INDIAN OCEAN (March 19, 2014) Lt. j.g. Kyle Atakturk, a naval aviator assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 16, pilots a P-8A Poseidon during a mission to assist in search and rescue operations for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. VP-16 is deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric A. Pastor/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [25MAR2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140318-N-XY761-008 "...KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (March 18, 2014) Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Matthew Walton, assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 16, sprays down a P-8A Poseidon with fresh water before its flight to assist in search and rescue operations for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. VP-16 is deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric A. Pastor/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [19MAR2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140316-N-XY761-019 "...INDIAN OCEAN (March 16, 2014) Crew members on board a P-8A Poseidon assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 16 man their workstations while assisting in search and rescue operations for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. VP-16 is deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric A. Pastor/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [19MAR2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140221-N-ZZ999-002 "...CANBERRA, Australia (Jan. 21, 2014) U.S. Ambassador to Australia John Berry, right, greets Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott before touring a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft from Patrol Squadron (VP) 16. VP-16 gave a tour of the aircraft to Abbott, Berry, Australian Minister of Defense David Johnston and senior Australian Defense Force officials. After the tour, Prime Minister Abbott and Minister of Defense Johnston Poseidon made a press announcement regarding a $4 billion decision to procure at least eight P-8As. The first aircraft is scheduled be delivered in 2017, with all eight aircraft fully operational by 2021. (U.S. Navy photo by U.S. Embassy Canberra photographer Travis Longmore/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [26FEB2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...P-8A Poseidon Showcased at Singapore Air Show 2014 By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jay Pugh - Story Number: NNS140213-05 Release Date: 2/13/2014 9:17:00 AM..." WebSite: US Navy http://www.navy.mil [14FEB2014]

SINGAPORE (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to the "War Eagles" of Patrol Squadron (VP) 16 showcased the P-8A Poseidon aircraft during the Singapore Air Show 2014.

The Singapore Air Show is Asia's largest aerospace and defense exhibition and the United States is the inaugural "feature country" this year.

VP-16 became the first maritime patrol and reconnaissance aviation squadron to transition to the Poseidon from the P-3 Orion in 2012. The squadron operates six P-8s which began an inaugural deployment to Japan in December 2013 to replace legacy P-3C Orions deployed there for more than 20 years.

"We came to show the Navy's commitment to regional partners and allies, and to highlight the Navy's newest long-range anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft. The air show is also a great opportunity to interact with visitors from across the region," said Cmdr. Dan Papp, executive officer of VP-16.

Built on the Boeing 737 airframe, the P-8A is the most advanced long range anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare aircraft in the world. A true multi-mission aircraft, it also provides superior maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability.

Papp highlighted the P-8A's many technological advances over the legacy P-3C aircraft, which is nearing the end of its service life. The P-8A has a maximum speed of 490 knots, a ceiling of 41,000 feet, and provides a range of more than 1,200 nautical miles with four hours on station. It can deliver a number of weapons, including MK-54 torpedoes and Harpoon missiles, and can carry 126 sonobuoys internally.

"The P-8 gets aircrew on station faster and flies higher en route which leads to fuel savings. We can go a longer range, carry a larger payload of sonobuoys for submarine warfare and the airframe is extremely reliable which means maintenance issues are almost non-existent," said Papp. "The aircrew's situational awareness far surpassed what we did as a P-3 crew. This leads to a distinct tactical advantage on station and leads to a greater awareness from a safety perspective."

The Sailors of VP-16 answered hundreds of questions from show attendees about the capabilities of the P-8A. Exhibitors included more than 60 of the world's top 100 aerospace companies, and the largest number of exhibitors in the show's history, with more than 1,000 participating companies from 47 countries. Other U.S. military aircraft displayed at the exhibition include two F-16 Fighting Falcons, two MV-22 Ospreys, a C-17 Globemaster, a KC-135 Stratotanker and a C-130J Super Hercules.

"It's been an honor for the War Eagles to participate. We've truly enjoyed the opportunity to showcase the Poseidon and our men and women who crew it," said Papp.

For more news from Commander, Task Force 73, visit www.navy.mil/local/ctf73/.

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Pacific Fleet commander gets close look at P-8 advanced capabilities By U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs..." WebSite: DVIDS http://www.dvidshub.net/ [29JAN2014]

OKINAWA, Japan - Adm. Harry Harris, Pacific Fleet commander, saw firsthand the advanced capabilities of the P-8A Poseidon on a flight with the War Eagles of VP-16, Jan 24.

The P-8A flew an eight-hour maritime surveillance mission over the East China Sea, highlighting the full range of the Poseidon's game-changing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.

"This is a super aircraft. Within just three months of arriving for its first-ever deployment, it's already a huge leap forward in capability for the Pacific Fleet," said Harris. "The software upgrades that were put in place last fall have paid off in providing an immediate and effective advantage in ASW, ISR and sensor integration. In my opinion, the P-8A is exceeding its key performance parameters by a wide margin. This is exactly what we need to fight tonight. Send more my way!"

Led by VP-16 Commanding Officer, Cmdr. William C. Pennington Jr., the aircrew demonstrated why the P-8A is critical to the Navy’s rebalance to the Pacific.

"Admiral Harris' visit highlights the significance of the P-8A's role in the rebalance to the Pacific. The War Eagles were proud to showcase not only the capability of this leading-edge aircraft, but more so the enthusiasm of our aircrew and maintenance professionals in helping to set the foundation for how the maritime patrol and reconnaissance force will operate going forward in this strategic region," said Pennington.

The P-8A brings the latest avionics and onboard systems to the maritime patrol and ISR mission making it the most advanced anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare aircraft in the world. The P-8A features a technologically agile open architecture that enables the integration of modern and capable sensors, a robust communications suite, anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare weapons and acoustic/non-acoustic sensors.

"It was a great honor having Adm. Harris visit our squadron. Our sailors have been working extremely hard the last two months, answering the demands of a high operational tempo,” said Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Griffin, P-8A tactical coordinator. “They have truly embodied the VP-16 motto, 'Anytime, Anywhere, Anytask ... Nothing But Excellence!'"

In terms of mission effectiveness and reliability, the P-8A represents a leap forward for the United States’ maritime patrol and reconnaissance community.

The P-8A is a long-range aircraft capable of broad-area, maritime and littoral anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, and ISR operations. The aircraft is a militarized Boeing Next-Generation 737 derivative. The aircraft has a maximum speed of 490 knots, a ceiling of 41,000 feet, and provides a range of more than 1,200 nautical miles with four hours on station. The P-8A is capable of delivering a number of weapons, including MK-54 torpedoes and Harpoon missiles. The multi-purpose P-8A offers the joint, combined or naval operational commander a potent weapons platform with a rapid response time for worldwide employment.

The P-8A is part of the Navy’s long-range plan to rotate newer and more capable aircraft to Seventh Fleet to ensure the Navy is best postured to honor its security commitments to the Indo-Asia-Pacific and contribute to regional security and stability. Overall as part of the rebalance, military forces will reach a 60/40 split to the Indo-Asia-Pacific by 2020.

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera130108-N-EI558-004 "...NAVAL AIR FACILITY ATSUGI, Japan (Jan. 8, 2014) Commander of Task Force 72 Capt. Mike Parker and VP-16 Cmdr. William C. Pennington, Jr. address members of the Japanese media before the inaugural P-8A Poseidon flight from Naval Air Facility Atsugi. The P-8A deployed for the first time with VP-16 in Dec. 2013, to Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, as part of the Navy's long-range plan to rotate newer and more capable aircraft forward to ensure the U.S. is best postured to honor its security commitments to Japan and to contribute to regional security and stability. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan G. Greene/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [27JAN2014]


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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...‘War Eagles’ forge another first By Clark Pierce Editor - Posted: December 4, 2013 - 5:51pm | Updated: December 4, 2013 - 6:05pm..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/ [13DEC2013]

The day after Thanksgiving saw the VP-16 “War Eagles” become the Navy’s first operational P-8A Poseidon squadron to deploy overseas – when the first two of its six aircraft took off from NAS Jacksonville for Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan.

“I’m truly excited about leading the Navy’s first operational P-8A Poseidon deployment. It’s my honor to be part of this team that’s in the starting blocks and ready to carry the baton for the P-8A maritime patrol community. It’s time to take our Poseidons out there and show what they can do.”

Pennington added, “We returned from our final P-3C deployment in June of 2012. Now, just 17 months later, we’re leaving NAS Jacksonville on the Navy’s first P-8A deployment. To get to this point took a lot of teamwork between VP-16, VP-30 and Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing (CPRW) -11. There’s been lots of open dialogue and synchronization to keep up with the rapid learning curve associated with the transition to this new type/model series.

This also helps pave the way for VP-5 and VP-45, who are following our lead. Staff from these organizations have set up processes to keep everyone abreast of the latest information. Whatever lessons we learn on deployment will be shared back to CPRW-11, so they can assure that our follow-on squadrons are properly updated and equipped.

“I believe everyone involved with the P-8 development considers it a model acquisition program and that the eyes of Big Navy will be watching this deployment with great interest,” said Pennington.

He noted that Mobile Tactical Operations Center (MTOC) 1 has also deployed to Kadena and will work with VP-16 aircrew to support their P-8 mission systems.

“Our ASW assessment meets all requirements and shows very capable weapons systems. In early November, we launched the first Harpoon over-the-horizon, anti-ship missile from a P-8A aircraft,” Pennington continued.

The six-plane squadron answers to Commander Task Force 72 (CTF-72) under Capt. Michael Parker, who in turn reports to Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet Vice Adm. Robert Thomas.

“When I talk with our people, I remind them that they’re part of something unique and special –that this series of events doesn’t come around very often. How do they want this historic event in Navy history to be remembered? I urge them to develop a mindset for addressing challenges that they encounter for the first time. There are many ‘first’ evolutions that they will conduct during this deployment,” said Pennington.

This is the sixth deployment for VP-16 Pennington, who has been a pilot in the maritime patrol and reconnaissance force (MPRF) for more than 15 years.

Lt. Cmdr. Erik Thomas is the squadron operations officer responsible for day-to-day scheduling of the CACs and aircraft. He has 13 years in the Navy, the last two with the War Eagles.

“Our missions are tasked in support of CTF-72, and our operations team manages about 90 aircrew within our dozen CACs. With the P-8A, it’s good to know that when we put an event on the flight schedule we don’t have reschedule for engine, avionics or airframe issues,” said Thomas.

“For Poseidon missions, we schedule three pilots, two NFOs, two acoustic operators and two radar operators. In addition to flight events, we also work with the squadron training department to schedule simulators and ground events (meetings).”

Thomas’s department also manages pilot proficiency by tracking take-offs, approaches, landings, and total flight hours.

ADC Joshua Spencer, with more than 13 years in the MPRF, works in VP-16 Maintenance Control. “We guide the efforts of each work center to ensure our new aircraft meet the requirements of daily flight operations. We’re also the first stop for aircrew who return to base with discrepancies concerning the aircraft. From there, maintenance control directs work orders to the appropriate shops,” said Spencer.

“The P-8 transition hasn’t really changed how we do things in maintenance control – but there is a culture change taking place. Went from four turboprop engines to two technologically advanced jet engines that require far fewer maintenance hours,” explained Spencer. “Another culture change is dealing with all the ‘firsts’ that will be accomplished during our deployment. Our Sailors are excited about getting out there and performing in the real world.

“The goal is to set priorities for scheduled inspections and unscheduled maintenance to ensure aircraft are up and ready for every mission. Boeing subject matter experts and logistics support personnel are available when needed. It’s exciting to be part of this deployment and I’m confident that our team will do well,” said Spencer.

AWO2 Justin Ross is an aircrewman and acoustic systems instructor. “When a sonobuoy drops, we listen to it as well as view what it’s displaying to us as we track submarines. One of the big improvements of the P-8 over the P-3 is having more displays and trackers for concurrent processing of data. We now get so much information thrown at us that we have to filter out what we don’t need.

“Another night-and-day improvement is crew ergonomics. The P-3 is so noisy you have to almost yell at the person next to you. And flying at relatively low altitudes under turboprop power can get very bumpy. The P-8 flies higher and faster, with low cabin noise that is very similar to a commercial airliner,” stated Ross.

Ross is a qualified member of Combat Aircrew (CAC) 8. “We’re looking forward to showing off our Poseidon during multi-national exercises and at air shows in allied countries,” said Ross.

War Eagles Command Master Chief CMDCM(AW/SW) Brian Porter was on board the CO’s aircraft. “This is an exciting time for our men and women. We’re ready to get the squadron over to our area of responsibility and do what we’re trained to do. My job is to manage the overall welfare of our Sailors and to assist our commanding officer in maintaining an environment of excellence,” he said.

This is Porter’s first deployment in the Navy’s aviation community. Previously, all his deployments were with the surface community. “It’s my opportunity to work in a totally different part of the Navy and I’m loving it.”

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera131201-N-XY761-011 "...JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Dec. 1, 2013) A VP-16 P-8A Poseidon takes off from Naval Air Station Jacksonville as VP-16 begins the maiden P-8A deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric A. Pastor/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [09DEC2013]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera131201-N-XY761-005 "...JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Dec. 1, 2013) Sailors assigned to VP-16 walk to a P-8A Poseidon aircraft before departing Naval Air Station Jacksonville for deployment. VP-16 is the first operational squadron to deploy with the P-8A. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric A. Pastor/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [09DEC2013]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera131201-N-XY761-007 "...JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Dec. 1, 2013) Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Alan Campbell, assigned to VP-16, prepares to launch a P-8A Poseidon aircraft. VP-16 is the first operational squadron to deploy with the P-8A. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric A. Pastor/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [09DEC2013]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera131201-N-OX321-277 "...AYASE, Japan (Dec. 1, 2013) VP-16's P-8A Poseidon No. 429 and No. 435 aircraft refuel at Naval Air Facility Atsugi. The squadron's landing at NAF Atsugi is part of the Poseidon's inaugural operational deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kegan E. Kay/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [09DEC2013]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera131129-N-XY761-022 "...JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Nov. 29, 2013) Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class Christopher Davis, assigned to VP-16, prepares to launch a P-8A Poseidon aircraft. VP-16 is the first operational squadron to deploy with the P-8A. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric A. Pastor/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [09DEC2013]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera131125-N-XY761-012 "...JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Nov. 25, 2013) Pallets sit in VP-16's hangar bay in preparation for deployment. VP-16 is the first operational squadron scheduled to deploy with the P-8A Poseidon aircraft. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Eric A. Pastor/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [09DEC2013]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...P-8A Aircraft Program Achieves Initial Operational Capability - Story Number: NNS131129-16Release Date: 11/29/2013 8:07:00 PM - By LaToya T. Graddy Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft Program Office (PMA-290) Public Affairs..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [29NOV2013]

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- The Navy's newest maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon, has achieved initial operational capability (IOC) after the first two P-8A Poseidons departed for deployment Nov. 29.

This announcement comes weeks after the completion of the Operational Readiness Evaluation of the first deploying P-8A Poseidon squadron and the commander of Patrol and Reconnaissance Group officially declaring the first P-8A squadron, VP-16, "prepared for deployment" Nov. 4.

"This IOC declaration is the culmination of years of careful planning and coordinated effort by the fleet, resource sponsor, acquisition community, and industry," said Capt. Scott Dillon, program manager for Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft Program Office (PMA-290).

By achieving IOC, the Navy can effectively deploy the P-8A for operational missions and continue to successfully transition from the aging P-3C. The Poseidon program is on track for completing the remaining preparations for the first operational deployment of a P-8A squadron.

"With the P-3 to P-8 transition well underway at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VP-16 is executing an Inter-Deployment Readiness Cycle and is on track to be the first P-8 squadron to deploy. VP-5 has completed their P-8 transition, and VP-45 has commenced P-8 transition after returning from deployment this past summer. In addition to leading the fleet transition process, VP-30 is also producing P-8 qualified replacement personnel for direct accession into P-8 qualified squadrons," said Rear Adm. Matt Carter, Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Group. "There has never been a greater need for a new patrol and reconnaissance aircraft now that the aging P-3 is nearing the end of its life cycle. The P-8 is a true multi-mission platform, which will continue to provide us invaluable capabilities."

"The number of submarines in the world is increasing rapidly. Other countries are either building or purchasing advanced, quiet, and extremely hard to find submarines and we need to be able to match that technology to be able to detect them. The P-8, along with the Triton, will strengthen the maritime mission and provide greater situational awareness," Carter added.

This year was filled with crucial programmatic milestones for the program office, including the successful completion of Initial Operational Test and Evaluation and the on-going delivery of initial production aircraft in support of the first three P-3 to P-8 squadron transitions. To date, 12 low rate initial production aircraft were delivered to the fleet, and the final aircraft in the second production lot is on-track to deliver ahead of schedule and prior to the end of the year.

The program office along with the P-8 Fleet Integration Team in NAS Jacksonville, Florida, is continuing to support the transitioning squadrons with training by also using the P-8A Integrated Training Center (ITC). The ITC is meeting training requirements of the Fleet Replacement Squadron, VP-30, and the transitioning squadrons.

"We are pleased the P-8A has been, and continues to be, on cost and on schedule," Dillon said. "The program office is continuing to support the needs of the fleet and deliver an aircraft that recapitalizes and improves upon the capabilities of its predecessor; greatly enhancing the effectiveness of the Navy's forward deployed squadrons."

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera131112-N-YZ910-003 "...JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Nov. 12, 2013) Lt. j.g. Brad Pendock, left, a pilot assigned to VP-16, explains the instruments in the cockpit of the P-8A Poseidon to Jacksonville Jaguars guard Will Rackley at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. (U.S. Navy photo by Kaylee LaRocque/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [29NOV2013]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera131112-N-YZ910-002 "...JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Nov. 12, 2013) Cmdr. Daniel Papp, right, commanding officer of VP-16, discusses some of the components of the new P-8A Poseidon aircraft with Jacksonville Jaguars players Sen'Derrick Marks, left, and Will Rackley during their visit to the squadron. (U.S. Navy photo by Kaylee LaRocque/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [29NOV2013]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-16 History "..."War Eagles" Pass Harpoon Test With Flying Colors... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2013: Issue 4..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [30OCT2013]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera130806-N-XY761-046 "...JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Aug. 1, 2013) Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Paul R. Toner, right, and Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class LaPorsha M. Shelton, both assigned to VP-16, prepare a MK-54 torpedo before loading it onto a P-8A Poseidon aircraft. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Eric A. Pastor/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [18AUG2013]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera130731-N-XY761-015 "...JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (July 31, 2013) Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Paul R. Toner, right, and Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Jose R. Rosario, both assigned to VP-16, prepare a MK-54 torpedo before loading it onto a P-8A Poseidon aircraft. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Eric A. Pastor/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [18AUG2013]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera130731-N-XY761-040 "...JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (July 31, 2013) Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Nicholas Hoover and Airman Kevin N. Scott, both assigned to VP-16, prepare the weapons bay on a P-8A Poseidon aircraft before loading a MK-54 torpedo. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Eric A. Pastor/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [18AUG2013]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera130731-N-XY761-102 "...JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (July 31, 2013) Aviation Ordnancemen assigned to VP-16, prepare to load a MK-54 torpedo onto a P-8A Poseidon aircraft. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Eric A. Pastor/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [18AUG2013]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraCmdr. Molly Boron "...Flagship P-8A Poseidon Visits NAF Washington, D.C. by Bobby Jones, Staff photographer - DCMilitary..." WebSite: DCMilitary E-Newsletter weekly http://www.dcmilitary.com/ [02MAR2013]

Photograph Caption: Cmdr. Molly Boron, Commanding officer, Patrol Squadron VP-16's "War Eagles," stands in front of her P-8A Poseidon aircraft on NAF Washington, D.C.'s flight line.

The Navy's newest addition to VP-16's reconnaissance aviation community made a stop at the "Crossroads of the Navy," NAF Washington, D.C., Feb. 22.

The aircrew provided local media with an overview of the P-8-A Poseidon's capability and an up-close look at the aircraft's technical and environmental upgrades during a static tour on the flight line.

History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History VP-16's "War Eagles," aircrew members stand by during a press conference held Feb. 22 at NAF Washington, D.C..

Rear Adm. Sean Buck, Commander, Patrol Reconnaissance Group, Norfolk, Va., provided a program update on the P-8 replacement aircraft for the aging P-3 Orion, during a scheduled press conference. He was accompanied by Cmdr. Molly Boron, Commanding officer, VP-16's "War Eagles;" Capt. Sean Liedman, Naval Operations Air Warfare requirements officer; and Captain Scott Dillon, program manager, Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft program office, known as PMA-290, at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland.

History ThumbnailCameraRear Adm. Sean Buck Rear Adm. Sean Buck, Commander, Patrol Reconnaissance Group, Norfolk, Va., addresses local media with a program update on the P-8 replacement aircraft for the aging P-3 Orion Feb. 22.

"My job is to ensure training and readiness of all Maritime Patrol Reconnaissance aviation forces," said Buck. Those forces are comprised of 7000 dedicated men and women who fly the P-3C Orion, EP-3 Aries II, and now the P-8A Poseidon aircraft. I've spent the majority of my 30 years in the Navy flying P-3C Orions. My dad flew its predecessor, the P2 Neptune for 30 years, and now I have a son who is a lieutenant in the Navy who currently flies P3-C Orions and P-8A Poseidons. So you could say that Maritime aviation is in my blood," said Buck.

Buck said that the main objective during the transition period is to train the Patrol Squadrons' fleet to three primary core war fighting missions: anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare and intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance. "The mission of training of a squadron for over a year is to be combat-ready. And those three mission sets as well have some subsets which include search and rescue, humanitarian assistance or disaster relief."

Boron further discussed the P-8's capabilities and how the aircrew will benefit from the new platform during the squadron's Dec. 2013 Western Pacific deployment to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan.

"The mission will pretty much be the same as the WESTPAC we went on last year," said Boron. "We'll deploy with six aircraft and 12 combat aircrews performing those three mission sets in ASW and ISR. Also, I would say that crew comfort has vastly improved," said Boron, referring the P-8s' crew cabin air conditioning system. "It is more reliable and works extremely well. Also, the aircraft wings are more flexible, so the crew members aren't getting bounced around quite as much as they used to in the P-3. It flies very smooth, down low."

Boron praised the significantly improved safety and situational awareness provided through new sensors on the aircraft. The pilots now have a heads-up display like a tactical aircraft jet, which didn't exist in the P-3. The Poseidon also now has a ground proximity warning system and an airborne Traffic Collision Alerting System to keep aware of other aircraft flying nearby.

Boron noted that all of the VP-16 squadron members have spent some time as P-3 aircrew. "All of them are very experienced folks we took through the transition and they have done exceptionally well. But the plane is very friendly to aircrew," added Boron.

The P-8A streamlined mission systems include dual display screens at five operator stations – two acoustic stations, one non-acoustic station, one tactical-coordination station and one combined navigation and communications station.

"It has a ‘gamer' environment that is user-friendly for our younger Sailors," said Aviation Maintenance Chief Petty Officer Carlos Ure, VP-16 maintenance control superintendent. "The P-8A stations are completely interchangeable with respect to data. Also, an operator can sit at any of the five stations and operate any system," added Ure, a 14-year veteran in the aviation community.

All of the squadron's air crewmen are Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization-qualified in the aircraft. The maintenance department gets certified to maintain the aircraft at the same time. After a six-month transition to become NATOPS qualified, the aircrew is then given a year to learn how to fight the aircraft.

"When I first started this journey there were 24 active duty operational squadrons and we had a complement of over 240 aircraft in the fleet," said Rear. Adm. Buck. "Today that force consists of 12 active duty VP Squadrons, with fewer than 85 aircraft available for the flight line. With Orion recently celebrating its' 50th anniversary, the average P-3 serving in the fleet has logged more than 17,000 flight hours. One aircraft in particular, bureau number 158919, that we've nicknamed ‘Nine-Inch Nails,' has flown over 26,000 flight hours."

Both of these numbers significantly exceed the original design life of the aircraft. Substantial structural repairs to the aircraft wings have been required over the years to achieve this longevity.

Over the past year the squadron has flown the aircraft in a wide variety of operational environments and mission scenarios. Buck said that by all accounts the aircraft is performing very well.

"We've executed detachments from Australia, Hawaii, Guam, Japan, Alaska and Scotland; and successfully deployed the aircraft against difficult U.S. and allied submarines, both nuclear and diesel. Many of these events were conducted in support of the P-8s initial operational test and evaluation period," added Buck.

"On the initial operational deployment, the P-8 will be capable of carrying and employing the Mark 54 torpedo system for antisubmarine warfare," noted Buck. It will also have the AGM-84 Harpoon 4 Firing Missile System. The P-8 will bring the same capabilities as the P-3, with enhanced sensors and a much broader capability to send and absorb information to improve situational awareness.

Buck said there have been other significant improvements from the P-3 to the P-8.

"I would say there has been a significant bump in reliability of the overall aircraft system. In particular, the P-8s' advancements allow a broader area search capability. It can cover a greater body of water during an ASW search as well as to get to and from the on-stationary much quicker because her dash-speed and to climb and perform is better than a turbo prop aircraft. We fly this aircraft with the Mark 54 torpedo system in a very similar war-fighting profile as the P-3 does," added Buck. "And that performance right now is going very well."

Boron currently has two jets in her custody. VP-16 will receive the remainder of their complement of deploying aircraft throughout this year. The second fleet squadron, VP-5, the Mad Foxes of NAS Jacksonville, Florida, will commence P-8 transition for Navy Region Southeast. The third squadron, VP-45, will commence transition in June of this year after returning from a deployment in the Western Pacific. To date, VP-16 has executed more than 6,600 flight hours in the P-8 program during developmental and operational testing at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, as well as concurrent fleet introduction at NAS Jacksonville, Fla.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera130131-N-RE636-080 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Jan. 31, 2013) "...Airman Kevin Scott and Airman Robert French, both assigned to VP-16, direct a P-8A Poseidon on the flight line. The War Eagles recently became qualified to launch and recover their aircrafts independently. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gulianna Dunn/Released) ..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [23FEB2013]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera130130-N-ZZ999-008 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Jan. 30, 2013) "...Sailors from VP-16 pose with Rear Adm. Sean Buck, commander of Patrol and Reconnaissance Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Capt. Jane Campbell/Released) ..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [23FEB2013]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera130130-N-ZZ999-017 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Jan. 30, 2013) "...Sailors from VP-16 are recognized by Rear Adm. Sean Buck, commander of Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, for their efforts after completing the transition to the P-8A Poseidon. (U.S. Navy photo by Capt. Jane Campbell/Released) ..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [23FEB2013]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera130130-N-RE636-136 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Jan. 30, 2013) "...Cmdr. Molly Boron, commanding officer of VP-16, and Rear Adm. Sean Buck, commander of Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, receive the keys to a P-8A Poseidon while celebrating the War Eagles successful transition to the P-8A Poseidon. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gulianna Dunn/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [23FEB2013]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-16 History "...VP-16 Awarded 'Outstanding' on Weapons Proficiency... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2013: Issue 1..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [25JAN2013]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera130115-N-RE636-033 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Jan. 15, 2013) "...Cmdr. Molly Boron, commanding officer of VP-16, explains the differences between the functions of the P-3C Orion and the Navy's newest aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon, with Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gulianna Dunn/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [20JAN2013]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera130115-N-RE636-023 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Jan. 15, 2013) "...Lt. Rodrigo Cunha, a naval flight officer assigned to VP-16, discusses the differences between the tactical equipment on the P-3C Orion and the Navy's newest aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon, with Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gulianna Dunn/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [20JAN2013]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera130115-N-RE636-047 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Jan. 15, 2013) "...Capt. Eric Wiese, Commander of CPRW-11, and Cmdr. Molly Boron, commanding officer of VP-16, discuss the differences between the P-3C Orion and the Navy's newest aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon, with Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio and his aides. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gulianna Dunn/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [20JAN2013]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera130114-N-RE636-054 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Jan. 14, 2013) "...VP-16 prepares to launch the command's first P-8A Poseidon 430 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida as a P-3C Orion passes overhead. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gulianna Dunn/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [20JAN2013]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera130114-N-RE636-081 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Jan. 14, 2013) "...Airman Robert French, assigned to VP-16, taxis a P-8A Poseidon to the flight line during flight operations at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gulianna Dunn/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [20JAN2013]


Circa 2012

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Dictionary of American Naval Aviation SquadronsVP-16 History "...VP-16 Move Forward with Poseidon... 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 SquadronsVP-16 History "...VP-16 Take P-8A on First Detachment... 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-16 History "...VP-16 Begins New Chapter... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2012: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [05JAN2013]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...VP-16 Awarded 'Outstanding' On Weapons Proficiency - Posted: November 20, 2012 - 8:54am - From Staff..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/ [22NOV2012]

Photograph Caption: Photo by Clark Pierce - With an inert Mk 54 torpedo raised behind them, these VP-16 aviation ordnancemen take pride in their "outstanding" P-8A Poseidon Conventional Weapons Technical Proficiency Inspection (CWTPI) Nov. 15 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida Hangar 511.

The VP-16 "War Eagles" ordnance shop wrapped up its first P-8A Poseidon Conventional Weapons Technical Proficiency Inspection (CWTPI) and certification involving two load teams Nov. 14-15 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida Hangar 511.

The inspection evaluated the squadron's ability to use applicable publications to accurately wire-check, upload and download conventional ordnance.

AO1(AW) Justin Skelton was a quality assurance and safety observer (QA/SO) for one of the five-person load teams. "Each team consists of a QA/SO, a team leader, a weapons hoist driver, and two riggers who make the necessary weapons connections and attachments."

Inspectors from Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11 (CPRW-11) Weapons School and Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Group (CPRG) evaluated the exercise.

Each load team was required to handle an inert MK 54 training torpedo from a weapons cart to the P-8A Poseidon internal weapons bay. "We also loaded chaff buckets in the nose of the Poseidon and conducted wire checks between the flight deck and the internal bomb bay," said Skelton.

VP-16 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Molly Boron said the teams' performance was no surprise. "Our ‘ordies' have been training for CWTPI for about four months, with guidance from the P-8A trainers at VP-30. I also know that our people have volunteered to train on weekends in order to be ready for this inspection," said Boron.

"Bottom line –there's no need for luck when you're prepared. Our ordnance teams can take justifiable pride in the professionalism of their work center and their CWTPI accomplishment."

Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/military/jax-air-news/2012-11-20/story/vp-16-awarded-outstanding-weapons-proficiency#ixzz2CvH3ubiU

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera120914-N-RE636-030 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Sept. 14, 2012) "...Chief Aviation Structural Mechanic Anthoney Johnscott is pinned by his family at a ceremony on Naval Air Station Jacksonville. Johnscott is one of five Sailors from VP-16 to be promoted for fiscal year 2013. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gulianna Mandigo/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [22SEP2012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera120628-N-RE636-014 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (June 28, 2012) "...The children of Chief Naval Aircrewmen (Operator) Edgard Gomez, assigned to VP-16, pin new color devices on their father as he is promoted to the rank Senior Chief Petty Officer during a frocking ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gulianna Mandigo/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [10JUL2012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera120509-N-RE636-040 OKINAWA, Japan (May 10, 2012) "...Aviation Ordnancemen 3rd Class Tasha Coles, a Sailor assigned to the War Eagles of VP-16 preps the wing of a P-3C Orion before loading weapons onto the aircraft. The War Eagles are on their last deployment before transitioning to the P-8A Poseidon this summer. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gulianna Mandigo/ Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil [11MAY2012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera120510-N-RE636-026 OKINAWA, Japan (May 9, 2012) "...Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Joseph Ferrara assigned to the War Eagles of VP-16 washes the wings and fuselage of a P-3C Orion. The War Eagles are on their last deployment before they transition to the P-8A Poseidon this summer. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gulianna Mandigo/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil [11MAY2012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera120510-N-RE636-052 OKINAWA, Japan (May 10, 2012) "...Aviation Ordnancemen assigned to the War Eagles of VP-16 load a CATM-84 to the wing of a P-3C Orion. The War Eagles are on their last deployment before they transition to the P-8A Poseidon this summer. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gulianna Mandigo/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil [11MAY2012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera120421-N-RE636-069 OKINAWA, Japan (April 21, 2012) "...Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Samantha Pysz, assigned to the War Eagles of VP-16, drives the command's derby car in the Kadena Air Base Red Cross Derby Race. VP-16 is deployed to Kadena in support of the Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gulianna Mandigo/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [03MAY2012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...'War Eagle Aircrew Participate in Balikatan 2012 By Lt. j.g. Michael Glynn, VP-16 Public Affairs - Posted: April 30, 2012..." WebSite: U.S. 7th Fleet http://www.c7f.navy.mil/ [01MAY2012]

MANILA, Philippines –Aircrew and maintainers from the 'War Eagles of VP-16 paid a visit to the Republic of the Philippines to participate in exercise Balikatan 2012.

The exercise, which focused on improving interoperability and response to disaster relief, ran from April 16 to April 27 and included American and Filipino personnel.

'War Eagle aircrew and officers from the Philippine Navy held a series of joint briefings to discuss maritime security and capabilities during combined operations. The meetings provided a forum to discuss safety, teamwork, and effective crew resource management.

"The joint briefings were the most interesting part of the whole exercise," said VP-16 pilot, Lt. Adam Boland. "The briefings were very informative, giving us all insight into how the Philippine Navy incorporates maritime patrol assets."

VP-16 aircrew flew several flights focused on building maritime domain awareness (MDA). The Philippines is an archipelago nation of over 7,000 islands, making maritime security a prime concern.

The 'War Eagle aircrew hosted personnel from the Philippine Navy onboard one of their flights to observe patrol operations and exchange perspective.

"I really enjoyed allowing our hosts to come fly with us," said 'War Eagle plane commander Chief Warrant Officer Steev Ditamore. "It really gave us the opportunity to showcase the aircraft."

The 'War Eagles operate the P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft. With a robust sensor suite, high speeds, and long endurance, the P-3C is an ideal platform to conduct surveillance patrols.

The squadron is based ashore Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla. and flies routine security, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions. VP-16 is currently forward-deployed to Kadena Air Base in Okinawa and flies in support of Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera120414-N-RE636-056 OKINAWA, Japan (April 14, 2012) "...Aviation Machinist Mate 3rd Class Jeffrey Chidester, assigned to the War Eagles of VP-16, cleans up trash at a beach outside the gates of Kadena Air Base. The War Eagles are deployed supporting Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Gulianna Mandigo/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [19APR2012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera120414-N-RE636-085 OKINAWA, Japan (April 14, 2012) "...Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class Patrick Brown, assigned to the War Eagles of VP-16, cleans up trash at a beach outside the gates of Kadena Air Base. The War Eagles are deployed supporting Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Gulianna Mandigo/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [19APR2012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera120320-N-RE636-011 KANOYA, Japan (March 20, 2012) "...Pilots from the War Eagles of VP-16 conduct a preflight briefing with a pilot from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) VP-1. Both units fly the P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft. VP-16 is forward deployed to Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gulianna Mandigo/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [28MAR2012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...War Eagles' conduct flyover for Japanese OCS graduation - By Lt. j.g. Michael Glynn - VP-16 Public Affairs - Date Posted:03.22.2012 22:54..." WebSite: DVIDS http://www.dvidshub.net/ [23MAR2012]

KANOYA, Japan – Aircrew from the 'War Eagles' of VP-16 joined their Japanese maritime patrol counterparts, to conduct a flyover in celebration of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Officer Candidate School graduation ceremony March 20.

The flyover was conducted over Eta Jima Naval Base and was the first of its kind involving American and Japanese P-3C Orion patrol aircraft.

"I believe the interaction between aircrews is critical to forging a stronger relationship with our Japanese brothers and sisters," said Lt. Cmdr. Joshua Calloway. "We hope this flight is a springboard for future cooperation."

War Eagle aircrew had previously traveled to Kanoya Air Base in Kagoshima prefecture to meet and prepare with pilots from JMSDF. Following a series of briefs, Japanese and American pilots conducted a practice fly-by to enhance coordination.

Lt. Cmdr. Taichi Nishio, who serves as operations officer for JMSDF and flew one of the Japanese aircraft involved in the ceremony, said he was happy to be a part of the flyover.

"It was a very precious experience for us," said Nishio.

"The opportunity to participate in a flyover of Eta Jima was nothing short of phenomenal," said Lt. Phil Jenkins, a War Eagle liaison. "Having been to the academy when I studied abroad, I know how important of a day it is for these new ensigns."

In the wake of the March 11, 2011, Japan, 9.0, quake and tsunami, American and Japanese maritime patrol crews worked together to locate survivors and assist rescuers on the ground. The professional relationship between the two nations has even stretched overseas, where American and JMSDF P-3C crews are currently engaged in anti-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia.

VP-16 is a maritime patrol squadron that conducts routine security, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions. The squadron operates the P-3C Orion and is homeported at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla. In the new future, VP-16 will transition to the new P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft. VP-16 is currently forward deployed to Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan and flies in support of Commander U.S. 7th Fleet.

Read more: http://www.dvidshub.net/news/85658/war-eagles-conduct-flyover-japanese-ocs-graduation#.T2wsldmiaCB#ixzz1pvObfZcT

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...'War Eagles' Team up with Aussies for Triton Storm - Posted: March 21, 2012 - 5:44pm | Updated: March 21, 2012 - 6:34pm - By LT(jg) Michael Glynn - VP-16 Public Affairs..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/ [22MAR2012]

Photograph Caption: Photo by Lt. j.g. Amy Gignac-Sailors from the VP-16 "War Eagles" stand with officers assigned to HMAS Dechaineux. Following a tour of the submarine on March 11 at Perth, Australia. Sailors from VP-16 took part in exercise Triton Storm, a cooperative exercise that enabled American and Australian sailors to increase interoperability and tactical capabilities.

Sailors and aircrew from the "War Eagles" of VP-16 traveled to Perth, Australia to participate in a bilateral training exercise March 6-11.

The exercise, code named Triton Storm, involved aircraft, ships and submarines from the U.S. Navy, Royal Australian Navy (RAN), and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Triton Storm enabled participating units to practice coordinated operations and increase interoperability.

"Our Australian partners are gracious hosts and very capable operators," commented War Eagles liaison, Lt. Phil Jenkins.

"I think I speak for everyone involved when I say it's a pleasure to fly side by side."

VP-16 aircrew flew multiple training missions that focused on anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare scenarios.

The proliferation of highly advanced diesel and nuclear-powered submarines in the Pacific Rim makes anti-submarine warfare a critical capability for the American and Australian armed forces.

War Eagle aircrews also visited HMAS Dechaineux, an Australian Collins-class submarine home-ported in Perth.

The chance for submariners and aviators to learn about their counterparts' capabilities and mission was beneficial to all.

"It's just a great opportunity to learn more about how our allies do business," said Lt. Adam Boland, when asked about his visit to the Dechaineux.

The U.S. Navy and RAAF have a history of combined operations. The RAAF operates the AP-3C, an Australian version of the P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft.

The P-3C is capable of conducting long-range surveillance, reconnaissance, anti-surface warfare and anti-submarine warfare missions.

VP-16 operates the P-3C Orion and is home-based at NAS Jacksonville.

Following its current deployment the squadron will transition to the new P-8A Poseidon multi-mission aircraft.

VP-16 is currently forward deployed to Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan and flies in support of Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet.

Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/military/jax-air-news/2012-03-21/story/war-eagles-team-aussies-triton-storm#ixzz1pp8lCqlF

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...Commander Naval Air Forces Visits Patrol Squadron Sixteen By Lt. j.g. Michael Glynn - Posted: March 15, 2012..." WebSite: U.S. 7th Fleet http://www.c7f.navy.mil/ [15MAR2012]

Photograph Caption: OKINAWA, Japan (March 11, 2012) - Vice Adm. Allen G. Myers, commander of Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, addresses questions from Sailors assigned to VP-16. The "War Eagles" are deployed supporting Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gulianna Mandigo)

OKINAWA, Japan - Vice Adm. Allen Myers, Commander Naval Air Forces, visited the 'War Eagles' of VP-16 on March 11th to meet with Sailors and witness current maritime patrol operations in the Western Pacific.

Myers held an all-hands 'Admiral's Call' to answer questions and listen to feedback from aircrew and maintenance personnel. He shared his thoughts on the introduction of the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft to the fleet. The 'War Eagles' are the first squadron to transition to the aircraft following their current deployment.

"The 'War Eagles' were chosen to lead the transition to the P-8 due to sustained performance and leadership," said Myers. "It's very important to lean forward during the transition as we bring the new capabilities of the Poseidon to the fleet."

Myers also spoke about the evolving force structure and manning of Naval Aviation. He stressed the new capabilities that the P-8A was bringing to the fleet and the importance of being able to project power globally.

"The most critical mission we can perform is to protect the sea base," said Myers. "The Poseidon is critical to that task and recapitalizing the maritime patrol community is our most important priority."

"I was impressed to hear Admiral Myers speak about how important the P-8 program is to Naval Aviation," said Naval Aircrewman Second Class Aaron Dial. "The chance to transition to a new job and a new platform is all we talk about."

VP-16 is a maritime patrol squadron that conducts routine security, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions. The squadron operates the P-3C Orion and is based ashore Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla. Following their current deployment they will transition to the new P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft. VP-16 is currently forward-deployed to Kadena Air Base in Okinawa and flies in support of Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...Vice Adm. Allen G. Myers, commander of Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, addresses questions from Sailors assigned to VP-16. The "War Eagles" are deployed supporting Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gulianna Mandigo/Released)..." WebSite:

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Commander of Patrol and Reconnaissance Forces 5th/7th Fleet Flies Last Flight - By LT(jg) Michael Glynn, VP-16 Public Affairs - Posted: March 5, 2012..." WebSite: U.S. 7th Fleet http://www.c7f.navy.mil/ [07MAR2012]

NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan – Rear Adm. Sean Buck, commander of Patrol and Reconnaissance Forces 5th and 7th Fleet, traveled to Kadena Air Base Feb.27 to visit the War Eagles of VP-16.

While in NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, Buck flew a mission with VP-16 Combat Air Crew 6 and celebrated his final flight as commander of all U.S. Navy maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft (MPRA) in the 7th and 5th Fleet areas of operations.

"I have been very proud to lead an MPRA force that consistently performs magnificently, and whose professionalism and on station prowess exceeds expectations," said Buck. "The 7th Fleet and Asia-Pacific region benefits well from such able warfighters."

Buck graduated from the Naval Academy in 1983 and earned his wings as a Naval Flight Officer in 1985. He served as a P-3C tactical coordinator with the Marlins of VP-40. Buck later commanded the Tridents of VP-26 and CPRW-11. He has logged more than 3,300 flight hours during his career. Buck is slated to take charge of all Navy maritime patrol assets this April when he assumes command of Patrol and Reconnaissance Group.

Buck's departure from Japan marks a time of transition for the maritime patrol and reconnaissance community. P-3C Orion maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft (MPRA) operate extensively throughout the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th Fleet area of operations on a day-to-day basis.

The high endurance, robust sensor suites, and communication capabilities of the aircraft have made them highly sought after intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) assets in Iraq, Africa, and other theaters in the Global War on Terror during the previous decade.

However, the Orion's ability to "go long," remain on station for multiple hours, detect and track surface and sub-surface contacts has been a capability suited for all theaters and has been the enduring primary mission of P-3C aircrew for 50 years.

As the United States emphasizes its strategic focus on the Pacific, the focus of the MPRA community is shifting as well. The maritime patrol community is poised to accept the first P-8A Poseidon aircraft. The arrival of the new aircraft will mark a significant upgrade in performance and reliability while also signaling a strong commitment to the community's traditional mission of anti-submarine warfare. The new aircraft will be an important factor in countering the rise of advanced submarine fleets in Pacific Rim nations.

VP-16 is a maritime patrol squadron that conducts routine security, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. The squadron operates the P-3C Orion and is based ashore Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla. Following their current deployment they will transition to the new P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft. VP-16 is currently forward deployed to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and flies in support of Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...A Naval Aircrewmen (Mechanical) 1st Class David Lambert, assigned to VP-16, explains aspects of the P-3C Orion to an attendee at the Singapore Air Show 2012. Pilots and crew from VP 16 showcased the P-3C Orion during the week-long event, which drew more than 150,000 civilian spectators and thousands of government and industry representatives. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jessica Bidwell)..." WebSite: DOD Live http://www.dodlive.mil/ [04MAR2012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...War Eagles' build ties in Thailand By Lt. j.g. Michael Glynn - VP-16 Public Affairs - Posted: February 29, 2012 - 7:25pm..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/ [04MAR2012]

History ThumbnailCameraPhoto by Lt. Philip Jenkins AO2 Scott Kehn discusses how sonobuoy sensors are deployed and used to track submarines with aircrewmen from the Royal Thai Navy. The "War Eagles" of VP-16 visited U-Tapao International Airport to support Thailand Sea Surveillance Survey 2012 – an annual joint exercise designed to enhance the partnership between the Royal Thai and U.S. navies.

Sailors of the VP-16 "War Eagles" paid a visit to the Kingdom of Thailand to build cooperation and conduct training. The training exercise ran from Feb. 6-12 and included personnel from the American and Thai armed forces.

"Training and sharing ideas with our partners in Thailand was a great experience," said VP-16 Executive Officer Cmdr. Molly Boron.

"It is opportunities like this where U.S. crews practice with our partners, garnering a new perspective and understanding that pays off in the long run with on-station performance when needed."

War Eagle aircrew and maintainers conducted two symposiums to share perspective and experience. Both the U.S. and Thai navies operate the P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft.

"We're here to strengthen our ties and enhance our interoperability with the Thai Navy," said Lt. Cmdr Frank Loethen to Royal Thai Naval Officers during the aircrew symposium.

War Eagle and Thai aviators discussed capabilities and limitations while conducting joint operations.

Maintenance personnel met with their counterparts in the 102 Squadron of the Thai Navy and exchanged troubleshooting techniques to help keep the aging airframes in an extremely high state of readiness.

History ThumbnailCameraPhoto by Lt. Philip Jenkins AWO3 Borg Miller of VP-16 demonstrates non-acoustic sensor capabilities to aircrewmen from the Royal Thai Navy during a Feb. 19 maritime domain awareness training flight off the coast of Thailand.

"The chance to meet and work side by side with maintainers of my own background from a different country was an experience I'll always remember," said AME1 Aaron Roberts.

VP-16 aircrew flew a training mission from U-Tapao International Airport with their Thai counterparts onboard, focusing on improving maritime domain awareness.

The chance to display capabilities and compare operational experiences was beneficial to both parties. The large amount of shipping traffic in the area and the proximity of Thailand to the strategic Strait of Malacca make maritime security a prime concern. Nearly one quarter of all goods shipped by sea travel through the Strait of Malacca each year.

VP-16 operates the P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft. The sensor suite and long range of the Orion make the aircraft an ideal platform to protect sea lanes.

The P-3C is armed with several anti-ship missiles and is capable of anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare.

The War Eagles are home-based at NAS Jacksonville, Florida and are deployed to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan.

VP-16 flies reconnaissance and surveillance missions in support of Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet.

Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/military/jax-air-news/2012-02-29/story/war-eagles-build-ties-thailand#ixzz1o3eM3AR4

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera120220-N-RE636-049 OKINAWA, Japan (Feb. 20, 2012) "...Capt. William Wheeler III, CPRW-11, holds an all-hands call with Sailors assigned to the War Eagles of VP-16. VP-16 is homeported in NAS Jacksonville, Florida, and is deployed to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, supporting Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gulianna Mandigo\Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [25FEB2012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP History ThumbnailCameraLCDR Frank Loethen "...War Eagles Build Ties in Thailand - By Lt. j.g. Michael Glynn, VP-16 Public Affairs - Posted: February 21, 2012..." WebSite: U.S. 7th Fleet http://www.c7f.navy.mil/ [22FEB2012]

Photograph Caption: UTAPAO, Thailand (Feb. 9, 2012) - Lt. Cmdr. Frank Loethen, a mission commander and tactical coordinator assigned to the War Eagles of VP-16, as explains his duties to Royal Thai navy aviators inside a P-3C Orion. VP-16 is supporting Thailand Sea Surveillance Survey (SEASURVEX) 2012, an annual Thai-U.S. co-sponsored joint exercise designed to enhance interoperability and relations between the Royal Thai navy and U.S. Navy. (U.S. Navy photo)

UTAPAO, Thailand – Sailors from the War Eagles of VP-16 visited Thailand to build regional cooperation and conduct training Feb 6-12.

"Training and sharing ideas with our partners in Thailand was a great experience," said VP-16 Executive Officer Cmdr. Molly Boron. "It is opportunities like this where U.S. crews practice with our partners, garnering a new perspective and understanding that pays off in the long run with on-station performance when needed."

War Eagles' aircrew and maintainers conducted two symposiums with service members of the Royal Thai Navy, sharing their perspectives and experiences in operating P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft.

"We're here to strengthen our ties and enhance our interoperability with the Thai Navy," said Lt. Cmdr Frank Loethen, to Royal Thai Naval officers during the aircrew symposium.

VP-16 and Thai aviators also discussed capabilities and limitations that appear or happen when conducting joint operations.

Maintenance personnel met with their Thai counterparts in the 102 Squadron of the Royal Thai Navy and exchanged troubleshooting techniques, which help keep the aging airframes in an extremely high state of readiness.

"The chance to meet and work side by side with maintainers of my own background from a different country was an experience I'll always remember," said Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Aaron Roberts.

War Eagles' aircrew flew a training mission with Thai counterparts on board a P-3C Orion that focused on improving maritime domain awareness. The training exercise allowed an opportunity to display capabilities and compare operational experiences, which was beneficial to both parties.

VP-16 operates P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft designed as a land-based, long-range, anti-submarine warfare (ASW) patrol aircraft, with missions that include surveillance of the battlespace, either at sea or over land.

The VP-16 is homeported ashore at NAS Jacksonville, Florida and is currently deployed to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan. VP-16 flies reconnaissance and surveillance missions in support of Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...'War Eagles' Fly With Singapore Partners - Posted: February 15, 2012 - 6:06pm - By Lt. j.g. Michael Glynn - VP-16 Public Affairs Officer..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/ [19FEB2012]

Sailors from the VP-16 "War Eagles" visited the Republic of Singapore to build goodwill and conduct a training exercise. The detachment ran from Jan. 29 through Feb. 2 and included multiple training flights in cooperation with the Singapore Armed Forces.

"The chance to work with our partners in Singapore is a great opportunity," said VP-16 Detachment Officer in Charge Lt. Cmdr. Trey Walden. "Strengthening our ties and increasing security in the area is beneficial to all."

VP History ThumbnailCameraPhoto by MC2 Giuliana Mandi Lt. Cmdr. Trey Walden, of the VP-16 "War Eagles," exchanges gifts with submariners from the Republic of Singapore Navy on Feb. 2. Personnel from the Singaporean Navy accompanied a VP-16 crew during an anti-submarine training flight. VP-16 is currently deployed to Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan.

Aircrew from VP-16 completed several training flights during the exercise to increase maritime domain awareness in the waters near Singapore. The surveillance capabilities of P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft make them ideal platforms to guard large areas of the ocean and keep commercial shipping safe.

The War Eagles also teamed with submariners from the Republic of Singapore Navy for a familiarization flight. Several submarine officers attended a capabilities brief and went flying with VP-16 to get an aerial view of an anti-submarine mission. The familiarization flight was a good chance for naval professionals with different backgrounds to learn about the other's community.

VP History ThumbnailCameraPhoto by MC2 Giuliana Mandi Aircrew from the VP-16 gather with submariners from the Republic of Singapore Navy. The Singaporeans accompanied a VP-16 crew during an anti-submarine training flight.

"I really enjoyed the chance to visit Singapore," said Lt. Jeff Eller. "It was very exciting to take several Singaporean submarine officers flying with us. The perspective that both sides brought to the table was very interesting"

U.S. Navy maritime patrol aircraft have teamed with the Singapore Armed Forces before. Last year, patrol aircraft from the Republic of Singapore Air Force completed a historic deployment to Djibouti, in the Horn of Africa, to conduct anti-piracy and maritime security operations. Singaporean crews worked closely with Navy P-3C Orions to patrol the pirate-infested waters off the coast of Somalia.

Singapore is one of the largest ports in the world, and the strategic position of the island nation at the mouth of the Malacca Strait makes maritime security a prime concern. Piracy remains a problem in the Malacca Strait and nearby waters. With over 50,000 vessels and millions of barrels of oil passing through the strait each year, the importance of safe sea-lanes cannot be overstated.

VP-16 is currently deployed to Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. The squadron conducts security, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions in support of Commander, U.S. Seventh Fleet and is home based at NAS Jacksonville.

Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/military/jax-air-news/2012-02-15/story/war-eagles-fly-singapore-partners#ixzz1moZ6eLbI

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera120211-N-ZZ999-003 UTAPAO, Thailand (Feb. 9, 2012) "...Royal Thai navy aviators listen to Naval Aircrewman 2nd Class Scott Kehn, assigned to the War Eagles of VP-16, as h explains how a sonobuoy is used to track submarines from a P-3C Orion. VP-16 is supporting Thailand Sea Surveillance Survey (SEASURVEX) 2012, an annual Thai-U.S. co-sponsored joint exercise designed to enhance interoperability and relations between the Royal Thai navy and U.S. Navy. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [19FEB2012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera120211-N-ZZ999-004 UTAPAO, Thailand (Feb. 9, 2012) "...Lt. Cmdr. Frank Loethen, a mission commander and tactical coordinator assigned to the War Eagles of VP-16, as explains his duties to Royal Thai navy aviators inside a P-3C Orion. VP-16 is supporting Thailand Sea Surveillance Survey (SEASURVEX) 2012, an annual Thai-U.S. co-sponsored joint exercise designed to enhance interoperability and relations between the Royal Thai navy and U.S. Navy. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [19FEB2012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...War Eagles' Visit Singapore To Increase Interoperability - U.S. Naval Forces, 7th Fleet Public Affairs - 02.09.2012 22:14..." WebSite: DVIDS http://www.dvidshub.net/ [10FEB2012]

Photograph Caption: Sailors from the "War Eagles" of Patrol Squadron VP-16 took part in a meet and greet with service members from the Republic of Singapore Navy. VP-16 is currently deployed to Kadena Air Base in Okinawa. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Michael Glynn)

SINGAPORE – Sailors from the "War Eagles" of Patrol Squadron VP-16 conducted a training exercise with the Singapore Armed Forces in Singapore Jan. 29 – Feb. 2.

VP-16 completed several training flights during the exercise to increase maritime domain awareness in the waters near Singapore. One of the largest ports in the world, and the strategic position of the island nation at the mouth of the Malacca Strait makes maritime security a prime concern.

"The chance to work with our partners in Singapore is a great opportunity," said VP-16 detachment officer in charge, Lt. Cmdr. Trey Walden. "Strengthening our ties and increasing security in the area is beneficial to all."

The surveillance capabilities of the P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft makes it an ideal platform to guard large areas of the ocean to help keep commercial shipping safe.

VP-16 also teamed with submariners from the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN )for a familiarization flight.

Several submarine officers from the RSN attended a capabilities brief and flew in a P-3C to get an aerial view of an anti-submarine mission. The officers said the familiarization flight was a good chance for naval professionals with different backgrounds to learn about another navy's community.

"I really enjoyed the chance to visit Singapore," said Lt. Jeff 'Honey Badger' Eller. "It was very exciting to take several Singaporean submarine officers flying with us. The perspective that both sides brought to the table was very interesting."

U.S. Navy maritime patrol aircraft have teamed with the Singapore Armed Forces before. In 2011, patrol aircraft from the Republic of Singapore Air Force completed a historic deployment to Djibouti, in the Horn of Africa, to conduct anti-piracy and maritime security operations. Singaporean crews worked closely with Navy P-3C Orions to patrol the pirate-infested waters off the coast of Somalia.

VP-16 is currently deployed to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan. The squadron conducts security, surveillance and reconnaissance missions in support of Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet and is homeported at NAS Jacksonville, Florida.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera120207-N-RE636-015 OKINAWA, Japan (Feb. 7th, 2012) "...Aviation Electrican's Mate Airmen Taylor Sturrock and Daniel Coulter, both assigned to VP-16, adjust the auxiliary power unit of a P-3C Orion. Sailors assigned VP-16 are deployed to Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gulianna Mandigo/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [10FEB2012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera120207-N-RE636-019 OKINAWA, Japan (Feb. 7th, 2012) "...Aviation Electrican's Mate Airman Daniel Coulter, from Biloxi, Miss., assigned to VP-16, adjusts the auxiliary power unit of a P-3C Orion. Sailors assigned to VP-16 are deployed to Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gulianna Mandigo/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [10FEB2012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera120207-N-RE636-012 OKINAWA, Japan (Feb. 7th, 2012) "...Aviation Electrician's Mate Airman Taylor Sturrock, from Beaumont, Texas, assigned to VP-16, removes spare parts from the auxiliary power unit of a P-3C Orion. Sailors assigned to VP-16 are deployed to Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gulianna Mandigo/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [10FEB2012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera120120-N-RE636-136 OKINAWA, Japan. (Jan. 20, 2012) "...Cmdr. Molly Boron and Sailors from the War Eagles of Patrol Squadron VP-16 clean the streets outside of Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan. The War Eagles are deployed supporting Commander, U.S 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gulianna Mandigo/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [24JAN2012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Prepping for Poseidon - VP-30 To Welcome First Production P-8A in March - By Clark Pierce Editor - Posted: January 18, 2012 - 6:23pm | Updated: January 18, 2012 - 6:25pm. Squadron's Mentioned: VP-5, VP-16, VP-30, VX-1 and VX-20..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/ [19JAN2012]

Since the Naval Air Systems Command PMA 290 program office awarded Boeing the P-8A contract in 2004, thousands of hours of design, development and testing have been devoted to the P-3 Orion/P-8 Poseidon transition. Eight years later, with testing still underway, the VP-30 "Pro's Nest" is qualifying the instructors who will train the flight, mission and weapon crews when the first production P-8A arrives at a date to be determined in March.

"Every day is critical and puts us one step closer to delivering Poseidon to the fleet," said VP-30 Commanding Officer Capt. Mark Stevens.

"So far, thanks to the professionals on our fleet integration team, we're on track for initial operational capability in 2013."

Also, the first of 10 operational flight trainer and nine weapons tactics trainer simulators housed in the P-8A Integrated Training Center were recently accepted by VP-30, the Navy's largest fleet replacement squadron (FRS) located at NAS Jacksonville, Florida.

"We're in our 'train-the-trainer' period where our initial cadre of 12 pilots, naval flight officers, acoustic and non-acoustic operators are sharpening their operational skills in the new technically advanced flight and mission simulators," said Stevens.

He added, "We've sent about 80 maintainers to train with VX-20 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. They'll have their maintenance 'safe for flight' certification by March when our first P-8 arrives. In fact, the whole team should be certified as 'P-8 proficient' when the VP-16 'War Eagles' show up in July at VP-30 for transition training."

VP-16 is slated to have eight combat aircrews NATOPS-qualified within six months. Concurrently, VP-30 will train additional P-8 instructors, four at a time, so the squadron will be ready to teach its first FRS syllabus students in August.

With only two P-8A aircraft available by July, Stevens said, "Logging the required flight hours for instructors will be challenging. As a result, our first pair of Poseidons will fly about 200 hours per month. By January 2013, we should have six P-8s available – two each for VP-30, VP-16 and VP-5."

The Pro's Nest is currently assigned 17 P-3C Orions – but the numbers of P-3 students and aircraft will start to go down in 2013.

In the meantime, the VP-30 hangar will be modified to accommodate the P-8's higher tail section.

"Until the last P-3 is sent to the boneyard, we'll take the 'one team/one fight' approach for both platforms," said Stevens.

"That means our VP-30 Maintenance Department will service both the P-3 and P-8 in our hangar. Obviously, our new Boeing 737-based Poseidons will require less parts and labor than our 40-year-old Orions."

When the P-3 Orion/P-8 Poseidon transition is complete, VP-30 will be assigned 12 Poseidons. Operational squadrons will be assigned six Poseidons.

Also working with the P-8A fleet integration team is the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Weapons School located east of VP-30 on Yorktown Avenue.

"In addition to certifying VP squadrons in ordnance handling and loading for deployment, we teach post-FRS, level 200 through level 500 Weapons Tactics Instructor (WTI) courses," said Officer-in-Charge Cmdr. Mike Granger.

"Our P-8 department has developed advanced readiness training that includes classroom courseware, simulator scenarios and flight events. Our WTIs also worked with VX-1 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland to develop the initial ASW ordnance load for P-8, including the new MK 54 lightweight torpedo."

The Navy plans to purchase 108 production P-8A maritime patrol aircraft.

The Poseidon's Initial Operational Capability (IOC) with VP-16 is planned for 2013.

Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/military/jax-air-news/2012-01-18/story/prepping-poseidon#ixzz1jt0M3shR

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Buck stops at VP-16 - Posted: January 18, 2012 - 6:12pm - By Lt. j.g. Michael Glynn - VP-16 Public Affairs..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/ [19JAN2012]

Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Forces 5th and 7th Fleet, paid a visit to VP-16 Jan. 5-6. Rear Adm. Sean Buck held an all-hands "Admiral's Call" with the "War Eagles" to answer questions and gain deck-plate perspective.

"It's exciting to be visiting the War Eagles, said Buck. "They've had a phenomenal start to their deployment, and that's the result of a year of hard work and preparation. The expertise they've brought to the 7th Fleet is working."

He also fielded questions on future changes in the maritime patrol community and security in the Western Pacific. "It's great to focus on the future of maritime patrol and reconnaissance," commented Buck.

"VP-16 is leading the transition to the P-8A Poseidon. The future of our Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force is very bright."

VP-16 is a maritime patrol squadron that conducts routine security, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. The squadron operates the P-3C Orion and is home-based at NAS Jacksonville.

VP-16 is currently forward-deployed to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and flies in support of Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet.

Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/military/jax-air-news/2012-01-18/story/buck-stops-vp-16#ixzz1jsy53UBx

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...VP-16 'War Eagles' Train with Philippine Military By LT(jg) Michael Glynn - VP-16 Public Affairs - Posted: January 11, 2012 - 6:13pm..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/ [14JAN2012]

Photograph Caption: VP-16 Lt. David Adamek conducts a post-flight inspection of his P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft. "War Eagles" aircrew and maintainers visited Diosdado Macapagal International airport near Manila where they participated in an exercise with the Philippine military to increase interoperability. Photo by MC2 Giuliana Mandigo

Sailors from VP-16 paid a visit to Diosdado Macapagal Airport near Manila, Philippines to participate in an exercise designed to build ties with the Philippine military Dec. 31-Jan. 4.

"War Eagles" aircrew flew several flights in cooperation with the Philippine Navy.

"This exercise was a great way to work with our partners in the Philippine Navy," remarked VP-16 Executive Officer Cmdr. Molly Boron. "The chance to practice together helps to ensure that we're mission-ready and prepared to accomplish our tasks when called upon."

"The high tempo kept things exciting," said AWO2 Dale Henry. "I really enjoyed executing my role in this exercise."

"The Philippine people were wonderful hosts," said Lt. j.g. John Bailey. "Being able to visit this country and work with our maritime patrol counterparts was interesting and very rewarding."

The Philippines is an archipelago of over 7,100 islands, making maritime security a prime concern. United States Armed Forces have assisted the government of the Philippines in responding to security challenges posed by militant groups in the southern part of the country.

VP-16 is a maritime patrol squadron that conducts routine security, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

The squadron operates the P-3C Orion and is home-based at NAS Jacksonville, Florida.

The squadron is currently forward-deployed to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and flies in support of Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...Commander, patrol and reconnaissance forces visits 'War Eagles' - U.S. Naval Forces, 7th Fleet Public Affairs - By: LT(jg) Michael Glynn VP-16 Public Affairs - 01.08.2012 22:30 - OKINAWA, AICHI, JP..." WebSite: DVIDS http://www.dvidshub.net/ [09JAN2012]

Photograph Caption: Rear Adm. Sean Buck, commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Forces 5th and 7th Fleet, addresses sailors from VP-16 during an all-hands "Admiral's Call." VP-16 is currently forward-deployed to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan. (Photo by: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Giuliana Mandigo)

OKINAWA, Japan - Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Forces 5th and 7th Fleet, paid a visit to VP-16 Jan. 5-6.

Rear Adm. Sean Buck, held an all-hands "Admiral's Cal"' with the "War Eagles" to answer questions and gain deck-plate perspective.

"It's exciting to be visiting the 'War Eagles,' said Buck. "They've had a phenomenal start to their deployment, and it's the result of a year of hard work. What they've brought to the 7th Fleet is working."

He also fielded questions on future changes in the maritime patrol community and security in the Western Pacific.

"It's great to focus on the future of maritime patrol and reconnaissance," commented Buck. "VP-16 is leading the transition to the P-8A Poseidon. The future of MPRA is very bright."

VP-16 is a maritime patrol squadron that conducts routine security, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions. The squadron operates the P-3C Orion and is based ashore at NAS Jacksonville, Florida.

VP-16 is currently forward-deployed to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and flies in support of Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera120106-N-RE636-153 OKINAWA, Japan (Jan. 6, 2012) "...Rear Admiral Sean Buck, commander of Patrol and Reconnaissance Force 5th and 7th Fleets, takes time to answer questions and concerns from Sailors assigned to VP-16. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Gulianna Mandigo/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [07JAN2012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera120106-N-RE636-171 OKINAWA, Japan (January 6, 2012) "...Rear Admiral Sean Buck, commander of Patrol and Reconnaissance Force 5th and 7th Fleets, takes time to answer questions and concerns from Sailors assigned to VP-16. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Gulianna Mandigo/Released) ..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [07JAN2012]


Circa 2011

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera111225-N-RE636-062 OKINAWA, Japan (Dec. 25th, 2011) "...Members of VP-16's ward room open packages that they received from Operation Gratitude this holiday season. VP-16 is deployed to Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gulianna Mandigo/Released)..." WebSite: http://www.navy.mil/ [28DEC2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...'War Eagles' Meet with Japanese Partners By Lt. j. g. Michael Glynn - Patrol Squadron 16 Public Affairs - Posted: Dec. 20, 2011..." WebSite: U.S. 7th Fleet http://www.c7f.navy.mil/ [22DEC2011]

NAHA, Okinawa - Sailors from the 'War Eagles' of VP-16 met with fellow maritime patrol professionals from the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) to strengthen their working relationship Dec. 16.

VP-16 Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Brad Rosen, met with the Commanding Officer of the JMSDF VP-5, Capt. Akira Ichida, exchanged gifts and sat down to familiarize themselves prior to the next few months of combined operations.

"The chance to sit down with our counterparts from VP-5 is valuable for both parties," commented Rosen. "The JMSDF are extremely professional and it's a pleasure to work with them. We're proud to fly and work side-by-side."

"We are very happy to continue our cooperation with VP-16. Strong coordination is important for future operations," Ichida said to the group of U.S. naval officers.

Sailors from VP-5 operate the Japanese version of the P-3C Orion. The squadron is based at Naha airport in Okinawa and is very active in patrolling the waters around the southern Japanese islands. In accordance with Japan's pacifist constitution, JMSDF forces observe the exclusive economic zone and conduct routine reconnaissance missions.

"It's a pleasure to meet and work with our JMSDF partners," said 'War Eagle' Liaison Officer, Lt. Phil Jenkins.

The 'War Eagles' of VP-16 and 'Pegasus' team of VP-5 are currently conducting maritime patrol operations in the western Pacific. VP-16 conducts security, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions in support of Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet and is currently deployed to Kadena Air Base in Okinawa from its homeport Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera111219-N-RE636-019 OKINAWA, Japan (December 19th, 2011) "...Aviation Electrician's Mate 2nd Class Carl Weatherford, from Woodlawn Illinois, repairs loose wires on the propeller of a P-3C Orion. Weatherford and Sailors from VP-16 are forward-deployed to Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gulianna Mandigo/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [20DEC2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraJoint Warrior 2011 "...Joint Warrior 2011..." WebSite: CenterSeat http://www.centerseat.net/ [24OCT2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...2010 Isbell Trophy goes to VP-16 'War Eagles' Posted: September 7, 2011 - 1:53pm By Lt. j.g. Nichole Giampietro VP-16 Public Affairs | Updated: September 7, 2011 - 6:19pm..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/ [17SEP2011]

The Captain Arnold Jay Isbell Trophy, sponsored by Lockheed Martin, was awarded to the VP-16 "War Eagles" recently for demonstrating superior anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare (ASUW) acumen in the P-3 community.

CPRW-11, Commodore Trey Wheeler presented VP-16 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Brad Rosen with the 2010 Isbell Trophy, citing the squadron's ASW excellence and superb leadership within the community from October 2009 to September 2010.

"During that time, the War Eagles completed a rigorous tri-site deployment to EUCOM, Horn of Africa, and SOUTHCOM – in addition to executing numerous exercises and real-world missions while on its home cycle. VP-16 constantly ensured that Wing-11's high standard of readiness was maintained," said Wheeler.

Innovative tactics, aggressive on-station performance and optimization of resources enabled the squadron to excel at every turn during the 2010 Inter-Deployment Readiness Cycle.

During the 2009 Operational Readiness Evaluation (ORE), CPRW-11 evaluators commented that VP-16's performance was, "by far, the highest ASW productivity during an ORE we have ever seen."

VP-16 successfully operated from three areas of responsibility (AOR) during deployment, executing 98 percent of its sorties and flying more than 3,733 flight hours.

War Eagle combat aircrews put the multi-role capabilities of the P-3 on display by successfully executing theater security cooperation engagements, humanitarian missions, real-world ASW and ASUW operations, and fleet support missions.

They continuously honed their ASW skills by participating in eight multinational exercises while in the European Command AOR.

The War Eagles conducted joint operations in France, Ukraine, Finland, Scotland and Norway by successfully tracking evasive, real-world submarine contacts. They also flew around the clock in support of Operation Active Endeavour.

Skipper Rosen said, "The many and varied accomplishments of the War Eagle team has established them as the most trusted and consistent ASW/ASUW squadron based at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. VP-16 has proven itself as the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force standard bearer in ASW, Sea Control, deterrence, power projection, maritime security and overall readiness. Our level of pride, professionalism and operational effectiveness is matched only by our dedication and perseverance to accomplish the mission, regardless of the obstacles. We are humbled and honored to accept this award and will continue to lead the way for the MPRF community."

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-16 'War Eagles' Greet Plank Owners - By Lt. j.g. Rob Maul - Posted: May 11, 2011 - 6:17pm..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/ [12MAY2011]

On April 29, members of the current wardroom of VP-16 greeted 10 former officers of the original "War Eagle" wardroom. These former aviators and maintenance officers were some of the first members of the squadron when VP-741 was re-designated in February 1953.

The War Eagle "plank owners" met in Jacksonville from all over the country for their bi-annual Reunion. Along with their other scheduled events, the group requested a meeting with the current wardroom to meet with and talk about their experiences during their time with the squadron.

This provided a unique opportunity for the active duty members to learn about their history and compare deployment stories.

Hosted at Mulligan's, the current members of the VP-16 wardroom had the opportunity to hear and learn from the vast experiences that the former aviators offered. Before lunch started, each of the former War Eagles introduced themselves and gave an overview of their time in VP-16.

During lunch, each of the current squadron members sat with and enjoyed conversation with their counterparts.

VP-16 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Brad Rosen said, "It's always an honor to be able to talk with former members of the squadron. It's a privilege to be able to sit down and learn from the lessons that these great men went through during their time here with the War Eagles."

The feeling was mutual. Dr. John Goodman, a former VP-16 pilot said, "It has truly been one of the major highlights in our 20 years of gathering."

With the P-8 Poseidon transition beginning next year, there are many changes occurring within the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance community.

Despite the new technology and equipment that the community is receiving, MPRA Sailors must remember their roots and the history behind the community.

As the current War Eagles prepare for their deployment later this year and possible transition, they are thankful for the legacy left to them by all the former War Eagles.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-16 joins USS Dallas, Destroyer Squadron 24 for exercise By Lt. j.g. Rob Maul - March 16, 2011 - 9:21am..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/ [18MAR2011]

The VP-16 "War Eagles" continued preparations for their next deployment by recently participating in the Southeast Anti-Submarine Warfare Integration Training Initiative (SEASWITI) with USS Dallas (SSN-700), a Los Angeles-class attack submarine, and ships from Destroyer Squadron 24.

The overall mission of SEASWITI is to provide a learning forum in the Southeast region to enhance the effectiveness and quality of anti-submarine warfare training by coordinating assets, knowledge and technology.

War Eagles combat aircrew flew seven events and logged 46 hours of flight time Feb. 22-24 - including 32 hours on station operating with Destroyer Squadron 24 and Dallas.

VP-16 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Mark Melson said of the operation, "SEASWITI enables our P-3C combat aircrews to refine the tactics and procedures that are required to control the maritime domain despite an ever-increasing worldwide submarine threat."

Melson added, "SEASWITI, along with other exercises that the War Eagles will take part in during our home cycle, is instrumental in keeping our combat aircrews prepared for every possible scenario that they may face during our next deployment."

Overall, VP-16 completed a challenging and high-intensity exercise while gaining new experience and valuable lessons learned.

The results of this exercise have been felt throughout the fleet since and will be built upon for the remainder of the squadron's inter-deployment readiness cycle.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-16 Qualifies First CWO Patrol Plane Commander by VP-16 LT(jg) Robert Maul- Posted: March 9, 2011 - 2:02pm..." WebSite: The Florida-Times Union http://jacksonville.com/ [11MAR2011]

VP-16 recently qualified CWO3 Dan Haller as a P-3C Orion patrol plane commander (PPC) - making him the first chief warrant officer PPC in P-3 fleet history. As a qualified PPC, Haller will be tasked to ensure the safe operation of the P-3C and ensure the crew and the aircraft return home safely.

The Flying Chief Warrant Officer Pilot Program was instituted in January of 2006. This extremely competitive program takes highly motivated enlisted Sailors and commissions them as warrant officers to complete training as naval pilots and naval flight officers (NFOs). The program allows chief warrant officers to serve as pilot or NFO in the P-3, EP-3, E-6 and the helicopter communities.

The goal behind qualifying warrant officers is to create naval pilots and NFOs who are not restricted to the career path that is taken by unrestricted line officers.

Haller enlisted in the Navy in August 1997 as an aviation machinist mate. He attended aircrew school and was soon qualified as a P-3C Orion flight engineer. He successfully completed tours with VP-9 and later as an instructor flight engineer at the P-3C Fleet Replacement Squadron, VP-30.

Haller was commissioned Dec. 1, 2006. After attending aviation preflight indoctrination and primary flight training in Pensacola, Haller completed advanced flight training in Corpus Christi, Texas and received his wings of gold in August 2008. He then returned to VP-30, this time as a student pilot, and was then assigned to VP-16 in May 2009.

Haller said, "It is an honor to pave the way for future warrant officer aviators. My only goal is to set the standard for all other flying warrants in the fleet."

The historic achievement that Haller has accomplished serves as an example to all enlisted Sailors that other opportunities for advancement are available to them. The success that Haller has had during his career in naval aviation, as both an enlisted Sailor and as an officer, will bring the intrinsic benefits of the Flying Chief Warrant Officer Pilot Program to the attention of many within the aviation community and the Navy.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera110124-N-6646M-005 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Jan. 24th, 2011) "...Chief Warrant Officer 3rd Daniel Haller, assigned to VP-16 performs a preflight inspection in the flight station of a P-3C Orion. Haller recently became a qualified patrol plane commander under the Active Duty Flying Chief Warrant Officer Pilot Program. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gulianna Mandigo/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [03FEB2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera110104-N-6646M-029 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Jan. 4, 2011) "...Capt. William Wheeler III, commodore of Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing (CPRW) 11, welcomes back Sailors assigned to the War Eagles of VP-16 during their "Back in the Saddle" briefing. VP-16 is starting the first 12-month inter-deployment readiness cycle for a maritime patrol squadron in six years. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gulianna Mandigo/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [16JAN2011]


Circa 2010

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-16 comes home from deployment - Posted: December 8, 2010 - 2:40pm..." WebSite: Florida-Times Union http://jacksonville.com/ [09DEC2010]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Jacksonville Journal: War Eagles squadron returns to First Coast - December 2, 2010 - 12:00am By The Times-Union..." WebSite: Florida-Times Union http://jacksonville.com/ [03DEC2010]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-16, El Salvadorian Military Personnel Host Holiday Festival - Story Number: NNS101201-10 - Release Date: 12/1/2010 2:03:00 PM - By AZ1 (AW/SW) Natalia Luchetti, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command & U.S. 4th Fleet Public Affairs..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [03DEC2010]

COMALAPA AIR FORCE BASE, El Salvador (NNS) -- VP-16 and Comalapa military service members hosted 49 children and the founders of the Exodus Foundation at a holiday festival aboard Comalapa Air Force Base Nov. 22.

The Exodus Foundation, founded in 1996, is a non-governmental organization created to restore the lives of boys and girls in situations of risk, providing them academic and physical care, and developing them emotionally, spiritually and socially in a home environment.

The hosted group was given a tour and history brief of the P-3C Orion aircraft, in which they got to experience the different communication and navigation systems.

The guests were treated to a pizza party and received candy from a "Jack Frost" pinata. The party concluded with a surprise visit from Santa Claus.

"I am so grateful for the work you have done," said Patricia de Parras, Exodus Foundation founder. "For you have put a memorable smile on these children's faces, and as the Bible says: start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they would not turn from it."

This event was made possible by voluntary contributions from Comalapa and VP-16 detachments. These Sailors were all key in ensuring safety was number one priority at all times and that an unforgettable memory was stamped in each one of the kid's heart.

"Getting to see the kids so excited and thankful for what we did for them," said Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Jonathan Castillo. "This experience was one of the most humbling of my career."

CSL Comalapa is a cooperative security location located on a Salvadoran air base near the San Salvador Municipal Airport. The CSL is a regional monitoring center for the control of drug-trafficking, which stood up in 2001.

COMUSNAVSO is the naval component command for U.S. Southern Command and is responsible for all naval personnel and assets in the area of responsibility. COMUSNAVSO conducts a variety of missions in support of the U.S. maritime strategy, including theater security cooperation, relationship building, humanitarian assistance and disaster response, community relations, and counter-illicit trafficking operations.

For more information, contact COMUSNAVSO/C4F Public Affairs by e-mail at comusnavso-c4f_mypt_pao@navy.mil, visit www.public.navy.mil/comusnavso-c4f, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NAVSOUS4THFLT, or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/NAVSOUS4THFLT.

For more news from U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command & U.S. 4th Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/cusns/.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Q&A with 'War Eagles' CO - November 10, 2010 - 6:00pm - By Lt. j.g. Patrick DiEugenio VP-16 Public Affairs..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/ [14NOV2010]

Cmdr. Mark Melson, the commanding officer of VP-16, sat down recently to talk about the current deployment of the NAS Jacksonville, Florida-based "War Eagles."

• The War Eagles are currently in the middle of a "tri-site" deployment. Describe what this means?

Melson: The Navy's maritime patrol and reconnaissance force has conducted tri-site deployments since the 1970s.

In our case, we are simultaneously embarked on six-month deployments to Italy, El Salvador and Djibouti that function autonomously. Other P-3 squadrons are likewise deployed all over the world.

• How does this help sustain the squadron's current operational tempo?

Melson: Operating in an expeditionary environment requires peak combat readiness of the P-3 community in support of various theaters and task forces.

Today, we find our squadron split between three detachment sites. The good news is that we are flexible and responsive to the many national security challenges that face our country today.

• How does planning and preparation change for a tri-site deployment?

Melson: Like every P-3C Orion squadron, rigorous planning and training are part of every deployment cycle.

When we were notified that the War Eagles would be "tri-sited" to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, Comalapa, El Salvador and Djibouti, Africa, we focused our home-cycle training on those geographic locations.

• What are some of the challenges and rewards in dealing with a tri-site deployment that differ from a more typical single-location deployment?

Melson: The aging P-3 continues to perform well and our crews' preparation has paid dividends in mission availability.

Our biggest challenge with the tri-site is keeping that sense of "unit cohesion."

Communications between our three detachment sites can be challenging, so it takes robust communications to make sure we are all "synced up" with one another.

The rewards are "satisfied customers" of our intelligence gathering capabilities, as well as our maritime security operations focused on the illegal use of the maritime environment for attack and piracy, or to transport prohibited personnel or material.

• What are the War Eagles' most significant accomplishments thus far?

Melson: As I said, our customers are happy. We're successful in the EUCOM, SOUTHCOM, and AFRICOM theaters - but our Djibouti detachment's performance in counter-piracy operations at the start of the deployment was particularly noteworthy.

• Have the War Eagles brought anything different or unique to the table in accomplishing the assigned mission?

Melson: War Eagle Pride! We are the only squadron deployed today that simultaneously supports operations in the 4th, 5th and 6th fleets - no one else can make that claim!

• How does this experience set the squadron up for future success?

Melson: Our tri-site deployment proves that our maintainers and aircrews are truly deployable worldwide. They do it with professionalism and dedication -and no matter what the obstacles - they complete the mission.

• Throughout deployment, aircrews and support personnel have rotated from site to site. How have these swaps benefited the squadron and individual Sailors?

Melson: Think of our personnel rotation plan as "cross-training" to ensure that the majority of our squadron experienced operations in two, if not all three, of our detachment sites.

So, in one deployment, they operated in a cold-weather northern European environment, a hot-and-harsh desert environment, and a hot-and-humid South American environment.

The rotation of our people has also been personally rewarding as well.

For many of us, joining the Navy was a way to "see the world" and for many of our Sailors, they have done just that.

• The military increasingly plays the role of "ambassador" to the countries in which we operate. How do our relationships with other countries and their militaries affect our deployments?

Melson: Our relationships with the communities that we deploy to are critical for the well being of our Sailors, our nation and for the people of our host nations.

The P-3 community's support of orphanages, schools and volunteer programs is legendary -and this deployment for us has been no different.

We are involved in community outreach at all three deployment sites and I know we are all richer for those experiences.

On the international forces front, our combined operations with the Japanese, German, French, Italian and Norwegian militaries proved yet again the operational versatility of the VP-16 War Eagles.

Melson added that the War Eagles look forward to returning home to family and friends at NAS Jacksonville, Florida in early December.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera101004-N-8273J-199 SIGONELLA, Sicily (Oct. 4, 2010) "...Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead speaks with Master Chief Aircraft Maintenanceman Gary Donner and Command Master Chief Adrian Andrews while visiting the War Eagles of VP-16 at Naval Air Station Sigonella. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Tiffini Jones Vanderwyst/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [08OCT2010]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...VP-16 Builds Rapport With Japanese Counterparts..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://www.jaxairnews.com/ [14AUG2010]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-16 detachment trains above Arctic Circle - By LT(jg) Patrick DiEugenio VP-16 PAO - Thursday, July 22, 2010..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://www.jaxairnews.com/ [25JUL2010]

A VP-16 "War Eagles" detachment deployed at NAS Sigonella, Italy, recently returned from a joint training exercise with the Norwegian Royal Air Force based in Andenes, Norway.

During their assignment in Norway, VP-16 Combat Aircrews One and Seven logged an impressive number of hours flying above the Arctic Circle. This was a first for both crews who said that training with a NATO partner will pay itself forward.

Officer-In-Charge Lt. Travis Ream, said the detachment's men and women enjoyed their assignment. "The work we did with the Norwegian P-3 crews, coupled with our mission completion rate, were things that we train for. The lessons we learned will be taken back to share with our squadron, as well as the rest of our maritime patrol and reconnaissance community."

With the first Norwegian joint exercise in the books, the War Eagles are primed to build on their success in international relations and look forward to working with more allies in the future.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera100713-N-6646M-168 SIGONELLA, Sicily (July 13, 2010) "...Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 1st Class Brian Stump, assigned to the War Eagles of VP-16, cleans the fuselage of a P-3C Orion. The War Eagles are supporting operations in the Mediterranean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gulianna Mandigo/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [16JUL2010]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera100713-N-0941L-055 SIGONELLA, Sicily (July 13, 2010) "...Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gulianna Mandigo, assigned to the War Eagles of VP-16, cleans the landing gear of a P-3C Orion. The War Eagles are supporting operations in the Mediterranean. (U.S. Navy photo by Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Bryant Lane/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [16JUL2010]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera100713-N-0941L-139 SIGONELLA, Sicily (July 13, 2010) "...Lt. Cmdr. Daniel Balsinger, assigned to the War Eagles of VP-16, cleans the fuselage of a P-3C Orion. The War Eagles are supporting operations in the Mediterranean. (U.S. Navy photo by Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Bryant Lane/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [16JUL2010]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera100706-N-6646M-023 SIGONELLA, Sicily (July 6, 2010) "...Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Victor Hernandez assigned to VP-16 completes maintenance work on a P-3C Orion aircraft in support of operations in the Mediterranean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gulianna Mandigo/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [16JUL2010]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Norfolk-Based Ship Rescues 16 After Fishing Vessel Sinks - By Meredith Kruse - The Virginian-Pilot - © July 7, 2010..." WebSite: HamptonRoads http://hamptonroads.com/ [07JUL2010]

The Norfolk-based frigate Elrod rescued 16 Pakistani fishermen who had been adrift in a life raft for more than two days after their skiff sank off the Horn of Africa, the Navy's Fifth Fleet announced Tuesday.

A P-3C Orion aircraft from squadron VP-16 in Djibouti spotted the raft near debris in the eastern Gulf of Aden around noon Monday during a counterpiracy patrol, according to a news release.

An SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter from the Elrod rescued 12 men by air, and when the frigate neared the life raft, a rigid-hull inflatable boat picked up the remaining four men.

Interpreters confirmed that all crew members had been rescued.

The fishing skiff, the Al An Wari, sank in the Gulf of Aden because of cracks in the hull. The skiff had pulled into Yemen on June 29 for repairs, returned to sea Thursday and sank Friday.

The rescued crew members were sent Tuesday to the Pakistani Navy destroyer Babur to be taken home. The Babur is in the region conducting counterpiracy operations as part of a multinational task force.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...U. S. Navy Rescues 16 Pakistani Mariners of Sunken Ship After More Than 2 Days..." WebSite: Island Crisis http://www.islandcrisis.net/ [07JUL2010]

GULF OF ADEN (BNO NEWS) — A U.S. Navy frigate has rescued more than a dozen Pakistani mariners after their fishing vessel sank west of Socotra Island off the Horn of Africa on Monday, the U.S. Navy said on Tuesday.

The U.S. Navy said a P-3C Orion aircraft, from patrol squadron VP-16, forward-deployed out of Djibouti, spotted a life raft carrying 16 Pakistani mariners near debris in the eastern Gulf of Aden around noon local time (1500 GMT) during a routine patrol in support of a counter-piracy task force.

The USS Elrod, which was the nearest vessel with search and rescue capabilities, immediately dispatched an SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter in order to conduct search and rescue operations while the Elrod was en-route to the location.

The helicopter crew rescued 12 men by air, and when the frigate neared the life raft, they sent a rigid-hull inflatable boat to pick up the remaining four men.

Once the survivors were aboard Elrod at 5 p.m. local time (2000 GMT), interpreters confirmed that all crew members had been rescued. The medical team aboard USS Elrod assessed them to be in good health.

The U.S. Navy said the Pakistani-flagged fishing skiff Al An Wari sank in the Gulf of Aden due to cracks in the hull. The skiff had pulled into port in Yemen on June 29 for repairs, returned to sea on July 1 and sank on July 2. The crew was drifting at sea in a life raft for more than 48 hours before the frigate rescued them.

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...'War Eagles' Tackle Tri-Site Deployment by LT(jg) Patrick DiEugenio VP-16 Public Affairs Officer - Thursday July 1, 2010..." WebSite: JaxNews http://www.jaxairnews.com/ [02JUL2010]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...Melson Take Helm of VP-16 - Thursday April 29, 2010..." WebSite: JaxNews http://www.jaxairnews.com/ [30APR2010]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Haiti's Shattered Landscape: A View From Above - Navy crew sets out to capture images of a shattered landscape by Timothy J. Gibbons - Story updated at 1:31 AM on Monday, Jan. 25, 2010. Squadron Mentioned: CPRW-11, VP-8, VP-16 and VP-26..." WebSite: Florida-Times Union http://jacksonville.com/ [25JAN2010]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraCPWR-11 History "...CPRW-11 Holds First ASW Competition - Thursday January 7, 2010...Squadrons Mentioned: VP-5, VP-8, VP-16 and VP-62..." WebSite: JaxNews http://www.jaxairnews.com/ [08JAN2010]


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