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Circa 2016

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-1 History "...RIMPAC Provides Unique Opportunities for Training... 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-1 History "...Exercise RED FLAG... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2016: Issue 3..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [30JUL2016]
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Circa 2015

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera150820-N-WQ574-027 OAK HARBOR, Wash. (Aug. 20, 2015) "...Cmdr. Scott Brunson, executive officer of Patrol Squadron (VP) 1, hugs his wife at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. VP-1 deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting anti-submarine warfare along with intelligence-gathering, reconnaissance and surveillance missions. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Caleb Cooper/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [07OCT2015]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera150820-N-WQ574-028 OAK HARBOR, Wash., (Aug. 20, 2015) "...Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class Tyson Gambell, assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 1, holds his daughter at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. VP-1 deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting anti-submarine warfare along with intelligence-gathering, reconnaissance and surveillance missions. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Caleb Cooper/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [07OCT2015]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera150830-N-DC740-006 OAK HARBOR, Wash. (Aug. 30, 2015) "...Navy Counselor 1st Class Denise Wilker, assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 1, holds her son after returning to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island from deployment. VP-1 conducted anti-submarine warfare along with intelligence-gathering, reconnaissance and surveillance missions in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Hetherington/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [07OCT2015]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera150830-N-DC740-009 OAK HARBOR, Wash. (Aug. 30, 2015) "...Naval Aircrewman (Operator) 3rd Class Briana Katelhut, assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 1, holds her dog after returning to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island from deployment. VP-1 conducted anti-submarine warfare along with intelligence-gathering, reconnaissance and surveillance missions in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Hetherington/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [07OCT2015]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera150830-N-DC740-016 OAK HARBOR, Wash. (Aug. 30, 2015) "...Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Connie Duarte, assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 1, holds her son after returning to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island from deployment. VP-1 conducted anti-submarine warfare along with intelligence-gathering, reconnaissance and surveillance missions in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Hetherington/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [07OCT2015]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-1 History "...VP-1, VP-45 Support Silent Shark... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2015: Issue 3..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [29JUL2015]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera150623-N-YU572-272 PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines (June 23, 2015) "...Lt. Patrick McDowell, left, and Lt. Cmdr. Patrick Ronan, both assigned to the Screaming Eagles of Patrol Squadron (VP) 1, give a tour of a P-3C Orion to children from Bantay Bata Group Home during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Philippines 2015. In its 21st year, CARAT is an annual, bilateral exercise series with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the armed forces of nine partner nations including, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Timor-Leste. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jay C. Pugh/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [07OCT2015]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera150623-N-YU572-282 PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines (June 23, 2015) "...Sailors assigned to the Screaming Eagles of Patrol Squadron (VP) 1 escort children from Bantay Bata Group Home for a tour of a P-3C Orion during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Philippines 2015. In its 21st year, CARAT is an annual, bilateral exercise series with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the armed forces of nine partner nations including, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Timor-Leste. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jay C. Pugh/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [07OCT2015]


Circa 2014

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-1 History "...VP-1 Participates in Valiant Shield 2014... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2014: Issue 4..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [04NOV2014]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-1 History "...VP-1 Soccer Team Builds Squadron Closeness... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2014: Issue 4..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [04NOV2014]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-1 History "...CPRW-10 Hosts Annual Awards Ceremony - Earned the Battle "E" and Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2014: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [01MAY2014]
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Circa 2012

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera120918-N-BH078-082 OAK HARBOR, Wash. (Sept. 18, 2012) "...Bob Johnson, an engineer at Aviation Survival Training Center Whidbey Island, explains the low-pressure hyperbaric chamber to a group of veterans during a tour. Nineteen veterans of Patrol Squadron (VP) 1 returned to Whidbey Island for their 55-year reunion. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Emmanuel Rios/Released) ..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [22SEP2012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera120918-N-BH078-130 OAK HARBOR, Wash. (Sept. 18, 2012) "...Bob Johnson, an engineer at Aviation Survival Training Center Whidbey Island, explains pool exercises to a group of veterans during a tour. Nineteen veterans of Patrol Squadron (VP) 1 returned to Whidbey Island for their 55-year reunion. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Emmanuel Rios/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [22SEP2012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-1 History "...VP-1 Completes Deployment at NAF Misawa, Japan by Senior Chief Petty Officer Daniel Sanford - 05.28.2012 18:57..." WebSite: DVIDS http://www.dvidshub.net/ [02MAY2012]

Photograph Caption: VP-1 Command Master Chief Jesse Robles, right, originally from Fresno, Calif., and VP-8 Command Master Chief Frank King, from Abilene, Texas, discuss the impending turnover of their squadrons. VP-1, stationed out of NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, is currently finishing up a six-month deployment at NAF Misawa, Japan and is currently turning over deployment duties to VP-8, which arrived on station from NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Both squadrons fly P-3 Orion aircraft.

NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan - Patrol Squadron 1 completed a six-month deployment at NAF Misawa, Japan, May 28, 2012, and officially turned over with VP-8.

The "Screaming Eagles" of VP-1, will now return to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington and VP-8, which comes from NAS Jacksonville, Florida, will take over deployment duties for the next six months. Both squadrons fly P-3 Orion aircraft.

While primarily headquartered out of NAF Misawa, Japan, VP-1 also had detachments at Kadena Air Base, Japan, and within the U.S. 4th Fleet Area of Responsibility.

VP-1 was the first squadron to deploy to NAF Misawa, Japan in almost five years. After deploying regularly to the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR within the Middle East, many VP-1 Sailors found the deployment experience in northern Japan to be a nice change of pace.

"The P-3 can handle many kinds of mission sets, so when we previously deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR, we largely served as an Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform. The two theaters are set up quite differently for the P-3." said Lt. Cmdr. Curtis Cruthirds, a native of Pensacola, Fla., who serves as VP-1's Commander, Task Group 72.4 Misawa Detachment Maintenance Officer. "In Misawa we still do ISR, but the main focus is Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW). P-3's were built to chase submarines, and that's what we focus on out here."

In just six months time, VP-1 helped reestablish NAF Misawa, Japan as a strategically important site for patrol squadrons, and also laid the groundwork for future squadron deployments in northern Japan.

"We reestablished a Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft footprint in Misawa after a four-and-a-half-year hiatus," said Lt. Cmdr. Scott Coonan, originally from Orange Park, Fla., who serves as VP-1's Commander, Task Group 72.4 Misawa Detachment Officer in Charge. "We also established a great working relationship with our Japanese counterparts from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force's (JMSDF) Fleet Air Wing 2."

During their deployment, the squadron took part in numerous bilateral exercises with the JMSDF and the Republic of Korea Navy, but VP-1's largest impact might have been through their support of the Taiwanese.

On April 21, 2012, crew members aboard a VP-1 aircraft helped rescue nine Taiwanese fishermen whose fishing vessel caught fire and began sinking off the coast of Guam.

The aircraft's crew was able to locate the ship's distress signal and dropped two inflatable rafts near the burning vessel. It also contacted a nearby ship to come in and aid the fishermen. The aircraft circled the area until the aiding ship rescued all nine of the boat's crew members.

"The rescue was definitely a highlight during this deployment, as we don't get a lot of opportunities to perform that mission set," said Coonan. "We practice for it, and we are an asset that is easily capable of it, but we don't get tasked to conduct it often. For the crew to execute the rescue so efficiently and with such success was very humbling and exciting for everyone on board VP-1."

Also of note, VP-1 reestablished NAF Misawa, Japan as an Intermediate Maintenance Concept Inspection hub.

"Years ago, Misawa served as U.S. 7th Fleet's IMC inspection hub, but with no P-3s in Misawa the past several years, Misawa's P-3 IMC capability diminished," said Cruthirds. "But since we've been back, we've conducted six inspections, one for every month we've been here.

"Every P-3 aircraft goes through this annual inspection, so it was a big coordination piece between us, the 35th Fighter Wing and NAF Misawa's Safety Department," he said. "Misawa is once again the main IMC hub for 7th Fleet."

VP-1 Command Master Chief Jesse Robles said after previously deploying to desert-like locales within 5th Fleet's AOR, his Sailors enjoyed their time in Misawa.

"Our guys loved being out here in Misawa," said Robles, a native of Fresno, Calif. "Not just because of the climate, but the base itself. It had all the amenities we needed and it was all in walking distance. I think if anyone were to say they have the perfect place to deploy to, this would be it."

With VP-1 now departing, "The Fighting Tigers" of VP-8 will now take on the mantle of P-3 operations in northern Japan.

VP-8 Command Master Chief Frank King said his squadron members are looking forward to a new deployment atmosphere.

"We're absolutely excited to be here," said King, a native of Abilene, Texas. "VP-8s last three or four deployments have been to the desert in the 5th Fleet AOR, so our Sailors are excited to see a new environment and are happy to be in Misawa.

"We look forward to continuing the successes that VP-1 started and building upon them," he said. "We are eager to get flying and take on any missions the operational commander tasks us with."

For more news from Naval Air Facility Misawa, visit https://www.cnic.navy.mil/misawa/index.htm or check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/nafmisawa.

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-1 History "...VP-1 Changes Command While Deployed To NAF Misawa, Japan - Naval Air Facility Misawa - Story by Senior Chief Petty Officer Daniel Sanford..." WebSite: DVIDS http://www.dvidshub.net/ [02MAY2012]

Photograph Caption: Cmdr. Greg Sleppy, previous commanding officer of VP-1, pins on the Command at Sea pin onto the new Commanding Officer of VP-1, Cmdr. Paul Peverly during the VP-1 change of command reception, May 1, 2012. Peverly relieved Sleppy as commanding officer of VP-1 during a change of command ceremony on board Naval Air Facility Misawa. VP-1 is currently on deployment to northern Japan in support of 7th Fleet operations.

NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan Cmdr. Paul Peverly assumed command of VP-1 from Cmdr. Gregg Sleppy during a change of command ceremony at Naval Air Facility Misawa, May 1, 2012.

The VP-1 Screaming Eagles, homeported out of NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, are currently deployed to this northern Japan U.S. naval installation.

Sleppy had commanded the P-3 Orion Squadron, along with its more than 300 sailors, since May 2011. He said that he is very satisfied with VP-1's accomplishments during his tour as commanding officer.

"I think what I am most proud of is what we have done as a team," said Sleppy. "The squadron is built up of many professionals who know their job, and they perform them very well. This allows me provide the basic guidance and do very little, while they do many great things."

"For me personally, it has been tremendous to come back to VP-1 for a third time and serve as the commanding officer of the squadron I started in," he said. "It has been a source of tremendous joy for me because this squadron is like home to me."

Sleppy also took time to thank VP-1s sailors and family members who have made the squadron such a success.

"Your sacrifice and dedication to our mission and each other is what makes you the best our nation has to offer. You defend freedom against those who would deny it, while making the world a safer and better place for our children," said Sleppy. "I am deeply honored to have served with all of you and I want to personally thank you and your families for your many sacrifices as Screaming Eagles in support of our great nation."

Sleppy, originally from Penn Run, Pa., earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering in 1994 from the U.S. Naval Academy, where he graduated with honors. He then went on to receive his Naval Aviator Wings in June 1996.

He now transfers to the Air Test Evaluation Squadron out of Patuxent River, Md., where he will serve as the operational test director for the P-8 Poseidon.

Peverly, who served as VP-1's executive officer under Sleppy, becomes the 69th commanding officer of the squadron. He said that he is looking forward to continuing the quality course that he and Sleppy established.

"My expectation for VP-1 is that we continue performing at a high level and have no loss in the transition to VP-8 as we finish out the deployment and return home," said Peverly, who originally hails from Kauai, Hawaii. "This is a high performing squadron and I've seen nothing but great things out of the Screaming Eagles. We will continue on as the best squadron in the P-3 Navy."

For more news from Naval Air Facility Misawa, visit https://www.cnic.navy.mil/misawa/index.htm or check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/nafmisawa.

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-1 Crew Members Help Rescue Taiwanese Fishermen - Naval Air Facility Misawa - Story by Seaman Darrius Wharton - Date Taken: 04.23.2012 - Date Posted: 04.24.2012 02:44 - Location: PACIFIC OCEAN, USPACOM, AT SEA..." WebSite: DVIDS http://www.dvidshub.net/ [25APR2012]

PACIFIC OCEAN - Crew members on board a P-3 Orion belonging to VP-1 helped rescue nine Taiwanese fisherman, April 21.

Members of VP-1 Combat Aircrew 12 were conducting a training mission when they received word that the Taiwanese fishing vessel, Shin Maan Chun, had caught fire and its crew members were in peril.

According to U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs, at approximately 4:30 p.m., local time, Coast Guard Sector Guam received an initial alert from an emergency position indicating radio beacon on board the 70-foot Taiwanese fishing vessel. The Coast Guard requested search-and-rescue assistance from the VP-1 asset.

"We quickly agreed to take on the search-and-rescue mission and changed course," said Naval Air Crewman (Operational Level) 3rd Class Jason Krawchuk, attached to VP-1. "We were told to look for a burning ship."

While the ship was hundreds of miles away from where the P-3 initially received the request, it didn't take long for its crew to locate the distressed vessel once it arrived on scene.

"They were quickly able to locate the fishing vessel because of the large plumes of smoke and flames," said Cmdr. Gregg Sleppy, VP-1 commanding officer.

Once they located the fishing vessel, the P-3 crew members immediately proceeded to assist the distressed fishermen.

"They popped a flare once they heard us, so we started getting the life rafts ready," said Krawchuk. "We popped the first raft and it failed to inflate, so we circled around and sent another raft closer to them and that one inflated."

Through the chaotic scene, VP-1 crew members could see fishermen both in the water and on the ship. With flames lapping toward the sky and clouds of thick, black smoke emanating from the damaged vessel, the sailors knew the situation was dire.

"There were two men still on board the ship and a life raft had already been deployed, but it had drifted quite a ways away from the where the boat lay dead in the water," said Sleppy. "The crew were trying to coax the other two to jump off of the boat, so they dropped the second life raft in the direct vicinity of the ship.

"Our crew members also vectored in a rescue ship to come in and recover the ship's crew. Once it arrived on station, things wrapped up pretty quickly," said Sleppy.

According to U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs, the 980-foot, Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier Semirio was within proximity of the distressed vessel and arrived on scene. It launched a small boat and successfully rescued the entire crew.

Meanwhile, the aircraft remained on station until all Shin Maan Chun crew members were safely aboard Semirio and accounted for.

"We just kept circling around the area until the ship arrived to pick them up," said Krawchuk.

Sleppy said he's proud of his crew's actions and their quick response to the mariners in need.

"I think overall a search-and-rescue mission is one of the most rewarding missions that we can ever be tasked with," he said. "They were able to be a crucial part in the rescue of the ship's entire crew. This is wonderfully rewarding for our crew members, which I'm sure they will remember for the rest of their lives."

For more news from Naval Air Facility Misawa, visit https://www.cnic.navy.mil/misawa/index.htm or check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/nafmisawa.

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-1 Assists in Taiwanese Fishing Vessel Rescue By 7th Fleet Public Affairs - Posted: April 22, 2012..." WebSite: Commander U. S. 7th FLeet http://www.c7f.navy.mil/ [23APR2012]

USS BLUE RIDGE, At Sea A P-3 Orion from VP-1, in conjunction with the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam, assisted in the rescue of nine Taiwanese fishermen April 21, 700 miles off the west coast of Guam.

At approximately 4:30 p.m., local time, Coast Guard Sector Guam received an initial alert from an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon from the Shin Maan Chun, the 70-foot Taiwanese fishing vessel. After a request for assistance from the Coast Guard, VP-1's P-3 located nine crew members from the fishing vessel that was reported to be on fire.

VP-1 spotted seven crew members in a life raft with two crew members still on the burning vessel's bridge. The P-3 deployed two life rafts to assist crew members in distress.

At the time of the request for assistance, the Semirio was only 40 miles away from the distressed vessel. Once on scene, the 980-foot bulk carrier launched a small boat and successfully rescued all nine crew members.

The Semirio is one of many foreign flagged vessels operating in the Pacific that voluntarily participate in the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System (AMVER).

AMVER, sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard, is a unique, computer-based, and voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to persons in distress at sea. With AMVER, rescue coordinators can identify participating ships in the area of distress and divert the best-suited ship or ships to respond.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera120421-N-KR471-109 NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (April 21, 2012) "...The aviation ordnanceman team assigned to VP-1 downloads a SLAM-ER captive air training missile from a P-3 aircraft. VP-1 is on deployment to northern Japan in support of U.S. 7th Fleet operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Darrius Wharton/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [24APR2012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera120420-N-KR471-034 NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (April 20, 2012) "...Aviation Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Ian Stinton, assigned to VP-1, guides a P-3 aircraft as it taxis across the Naval Air Facility Misawa ramp. VP-1 is on deployment to northern Japan in support of the U.S. 7th Fleet operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Darrius Wharton/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [23APR2012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera120405-N-KR471-186 NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (April 5, 2012) "...VP-1 Assists in Taiwanese Fishing Vessel Rescue - Story Number: NNS120421-08 - Release Date: 4/21/2012 9:08:00 AM - From Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [22APR2012]

Photograph Caption: Official U.S. Navy file photo of Aviation Electrician's Mate Airman Mark Jimenez, assigned to VP-1, signaling the pilots of a P-3 for launch. VP-1 is on deployment to Naval Air Facility Misawa, Japan in support of U.S. 7th Fleet operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Darrius Wharton/Released)

USS BLUE RIDGE, At Sea (NNS) -- A P-3 Orion from VP-1, in conjunction with the U.S. Coast Guard's District 14, assisted in the rescue of 10 Taiwanese fishermen April 21, 700 miles off the west coast of Guam.

At approximately 4:30 p.m., local time, Coast Guard Sector Guam received an initial alert from an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon from the Hsin Man Chun, the 70-foot Taiwanese fishing vessel. After a request for assistance from the Coast Guard, VP-1's P-3 located 10 crew members from the fishing vessel that was reported to be on fire.

VP-1 spotted eight crew members in a life raft with two crew members still on the burning vessel's bridge. The P-3 deployed two life rafts to assist crew members in distress.

At the time of the request for assistance, the Semirio was only 40 miles away from the distressed vessel. Once on scene, the 980-foot bulk carrier launched a small boat and successfully rescued all 10 crew members.

The Semirio is one of many foreign flagged vessels operating in the Pacific that voluntarily participate in the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System (AMVER).

AMVER, sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard, is a unique, computer-based, and voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to persons in distress at sea. With AMVER, rescue coordinators can identify participating ships in the area of distress and divert the best-suited ship or ships to respond.

For more information, visit www.navy.mil, www.facebook.com/usnavy, or www.twitter.com/usnavy.

For more news from Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/c7f/.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera120320-N-RE636-011 KANOYA, Japan (March 20, 2012) "...Pilots from the War Eagles of Patrol Squadron (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: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [23APR2012]


Circa 2011

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-1 Conducts Bilateral Training with Japanese Counterparts By Seaman Mass Communication Specialist Darrius Wharton - Story Number: NNS111216-06 - Release Date: 12/16/2011 1:33:00 PM..." WebSite: U. S. Navy http://www.navy.mil/ [10JAN2012]

HACHINOHE NAVAL BASE, Japan (NNS) -- VP-1 conducted bilateral training Dec. 13, with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) P-3 squadron, VP-2.

Training took place on board Hachinohe Naval Base and also over the Pacific Ocean during an anti-submarine exercise.

This is the first time in more than five years that VP-1 has been able to conduct training with their Japanese counterparts.

"Bilateral exercises like this increase our interoperability by working on our communication levels together," said Lt. Joseph Liles, VP-1 tactical coordinator and mission commander. "It pulls together our tactics and allows for higher quality coordination between the U.S. and Japan."

The day's training concluded with two VP-1 aircraft accompanying two aircraft from VP-2 as the operated in tandem.

"We conducted crew swaps between our two squadrons, and then carried out some anti-submarine warfare mission sets," said VP-1 Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Gregory A. Sleppy.

The crew swaps allowed U.S. and Japanese crew members the opportunity to fly in the other country's aircraft during the anti-submarine exercise.

Sleppy said this training opportunity, along with others like it, will help the two squadrons develop closer ties and continue to strengthen the two country's already strong relationship.

"We worked well together," said Sleppy. "These exercises help us to set up standardized procedures between our two navies, which also will help lessen the impact of the language barrier.

"We have a lot of fun working with our Japanese counterparts, as well as when we have opportunities to interact socially. We try to finish every exercise with some sort of interaction between the crews," he added. "We're going to continue that throughout our deployment here."

For more news from Naval Air Facility Misawa, visit https://www.cnic.navy.mil/misawa/index.htm or check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/nafmisawa.

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For more news from U.S. Naval Air Facility Misawa, Japan, visit www.navy.mil/local/nafmisawa/.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraPhoto by Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Bradley "...US 7th Fleet visits NAF Misawa, Japan - Story by Seaman Apprentice Darrius Wharton..." WebSite: DVIDS http://www.dvidshub.net/ [13DEC2011]

Photograph Caption: Commander U.S. 7th Fleet Vice Adm. Scott Swift addresses sailors at an all-hands call in a hanger here. Swift is in Misawa visiting sailors attached to NAF Misawa, Japan, its tenant commands, and deployed VP-1.

NAF Misawa, Japan, Japan Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet Vice Adm. Scott Swift paid a visit to the sailors of NAF Misawa, Japan, its tenant commands, and deployed VP-1, Dec. 12, 2011.

This is Swift's first visit to Misawa, and coincides with the return of rotationally-deployed VP squadrons to this northern-Japan located U.S. naval installation.

"The return of P-3 deployments to Misawa is a return to pre-2007 levels, and I want to ensure our sailors receive the resources they need to accomplish the mission," Swift said. "These are some fantastic facilities here, and I foresee Misawa, its sailors and assets continuing to play a vital role in protecting the stability of the region."

Swift also talked about his vision for the fleet.

"The 7th Fleet business model is people come first," Swift said. "I say people first because it's not just about the sailors, it's also about their families and our civilian employees."

"Leadership needs to be engaged and it's important that commanders are making sure their sailors have the keys to success for what they want to do in the Navy, or as they transition to a new career in the civilian sector.

Regardless, Swift said he is happy with the performance of 7th Fleet and its sailors.

"It's an honor for me to call myself a 7th Fleet sailor," said Vice Adm. Swift. "I couldn't be happier with the extraordinary work I see these sailors doing."

For more news from NAF Misawa, Japan, visit https://www.cnic.navy.mil/misawa/index.htm or check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/nafmisawa.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera111203-N-KK192-065 NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (Dec. 3, 2011) "...Sailors assigned to VP-1 disembark an aircraft after arriving for deployment. Based out of NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, VP-1 is the first squadron to deploy to Misawa since 2007. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Matthew M. Bradley/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNewsService http://www.navy.mil/ [04DEC2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera111126-N-KK192-051 NAVAL AIR FACILITY, Misawa (Nov. 26, 2011) "...One of the P-3C Orion aircraft from VP-1 arrives to begin a six month deployment in the region. VP-1 is home based in NAS Whidbey Island, Washington and is the first squadron to deploy to NAS Misawa since 2007. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Bradley/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNewsService http://www.navy.mil/ [28NOV2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera111117-N-KK192-013 NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (Nov. 18, 2011) "...Capt. Chris Rodeman, commanding officer of NAF Misawa, Japan, discusses the upcoming deployment of VP-1 during the "Commander's Open-Line" radio program at American Forces Network Misawa. The monthly call-in show provides Misawa Air Base leadership the ability to address questions and concerns of Misawa personnel and family members. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Matthew M. Bradley/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNewsService http://www.navy.mil/ [26NOV2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera111115-N-ZN240-049 OKINAWA, Japan (Nov. 15, 2011) "...Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Adam Hill and Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Amour Nixon, both assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 40, align and seat an inert CATM-65F onto a P-3C Orion. VP-40 is forward deployed to Kadena Air Base. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julian R. Moorefield/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNewsService http://www.navy.mil/ [19NOV2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraAviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Iasrealia Berns "...AIMD Misawa Ramps Up for P-3s Return..." WebSite: DVIDS http://www.dvidshub.net/ [01NOV2011]

Photograph Caption: Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Iasrealia Berns, originally from Buffalo N.Y., performs preservation maintenance on an engine hoist at Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Detachment Misawa. AIMD Misawa is the only intermediate P-3 maintenance facility in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility, and services all P-3 Squadrons deployed in the area.

NAF Misawa, Japan Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Detachment Misawa sailors are gearing up for the return of P-3 aircraft to NAF Misawa, Japan this year.

AIMD's 175 sailors and 14 Japanese Master Labor Contract employees already provide intermediate maintenance support to all P-3 aircraft in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility, but the detachment is about to see an increase in business.

VP-1 is deploying to Misawa in the near future, which marks the first deployment of a VP squadron to Misawa since 2007.

"Currently we average around 1,200 to 1,400 maintenance actions each month," said AIMD Officer in Charge Lt. Cmdr. Shawn Reams. "I foresee that number increasing after the patrol squadrons deploy here and start performing their scheduled maintenance inspections.

"As the only intermediate P-3 maintenance facility within 7th Fleet's AOR, we provide long-range support to planes deployed to Kadena and other places in the region," he said. "In preparation of VP 1's arrival, we are taking steps to ensure we continue to provide the best service and support to them and all deployed P-3 assets."

To meet the squadron's needs, AIMD sailors are adding a second work shift, conducting cross-training, and reviewing supply levels to ensure preparedness when VP 1 arrives. AIMD's normal crew is already augmented by regularly-deployed sailors that rotate on a six-month basis.

Because of Misawa's remoteness and geographic location in northern Japan, Master Chief Master Chief Aircraft Maintenanceman Ferdinand Cruz, AIMD's senior enlisted advisor, said it's imperative that his team is technically proficient and flexible.

"Because of where we're located our sailors have to be very proactive and rely on the assets we have in house," he said. "It requires that we grow our own knowledge base, but thankfully, our sailors do a fantastic job of this. The outstanding work they perform day in and day out make my job a lot easier."

For more news from NAF Misawa, Japan, visit https://www.cnic.navy.mil/misawa/index.htm or check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/nafmisawa.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Navy Brings 'Global Force For Good' To Northern Edge - Posted 6/20/2011..." WebSite: Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson http://www.jber.af.mil/ [21JUN2011]

United States Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Shane Marlow, an aviation mechanic with the U.S. Navy VP-1, NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, performs post flight maintenance on a LSRS (P3) during the Northern Edge Premier Joint Training Exercise at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, June 20. Participants in the exercise practice techniques and tactics correlating with defensive counter air, close air support, air exclusion of marine targets, and personnel recovery operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Lakisha)

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Screaming Eagles Get New Skipper by Theron Godbold..." WebSite: Whidbey Crosswind http://whidbeycrosswind.com/ [20MAY2011]

Longstanding Naval traditions are honored each time there is a change of command ceremony aboard NAS Whidbey Island, Washington.

That was certainly true last week as the command of Patrol Squadron One VP-1, the Screaming Eagles, was transferred from Cmdr. Troy Bauder to Cmdr. Gregory Sleppy in a ceremony last Thursday.

Bauder, who hails from Franklin, Pa., holds a bachelor of science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and a degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College. Prior to duty at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, he reported to Navy Personnel and Command as assistant Washington placement officer and also reported to Joint IED Defeat Organization Field Team Iraq and MNCI Counter IED Operation Integrations Center as an analyst. He became the commanding officer in May, 2009, leading the squadron through a six month deployment to Southwest Asia, among other things.

"I don't have any regrets because I know the command is in good hands," said Bauder. "I know it will continue to operate at the same high level as when I got here two years ago."

Sleppy, former executive officer of a VP-1, comes from Penn Run, Pa., and has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy. Sleppy is no stranger to the Screaming Eagles.

He has served with the squadron three times, and has a great deal of experience to help him lead.

"It's an honor to take over the command that I served all my time with," said Sleppy. "I couldn't think of a better group of sailors to serve with."

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Commander, Naval Air Forces Announces 2010 Battle 'E' Winners - Story Number: NNS110209-21 - Release Date: 2/9/2011 4:36:00 PM..." WebSite: Navy.Mil http://www.navy.mil/ [08MAR2011]

From Commander, Naval Air Forces Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (NNS) -- Commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF) announced the winners of the 2010 Squadron Battle Efficiency (Battle "E") competition awards, Feb. 2.

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), were the Battle "E" winners in the aircraft carrier category for the West and East Coasts, respectively.

The 2010 CNAF squadron Battle "E" winners for both the East and West Coasts are:

- VP-1, "Screaming Eagles"
- VP-45, "Pelicans"
- VQ-1, "World Watchers."
- VQ-3, "Ironman"
- VPU-2, "Wizards"

"In a time when we are continually asked to do more with less, the Sailors, officers and aviators of these carriers and squadrons continue to achieve and surpass the high standards of those who have come before," said CNAF Vice Adm. Allen G. Myers, in the Naval message announcing the winners. "I am proud of the tactical excellence and sound fiscal execution that you have all displayed. You have my personal congratulations on a job well done."

The Battle "E" competition is conducted to strengthen individual command performance, overall force readiness, and to recognize outstanding performance within the Naval Aviation Force.

For more news from Commander, Naval Air Forces, visit www.navy.mil/local/airpac/.


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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Photo Gallery: A Rare Peek Inside a P-3C Orion Navy Spy Plane - November 4th, 2010 By David Lilienthal - Posted with permission from NYCAviation.com..." WebSite: Aviation News http://nycaviation.com/ [05NOV2010]

Last week was a particularly glorious week in the Pacific Northwest. Predictably, Saturday brings unusually heavy rain. (That is all you need to know if you wondered why/how Seattleites spend so much time indoors designing airplanes and software after three espressos.) Despite the unfortunate change in the weather, a number of us were tempted outside by our honored guests at the Museum of Flight's Naval Aviation Appreciation Day. A crew representing Patrol Squadron ONE brought us a Lockheed P-3C Orion (161736) to tour and help celebrate 100 years of naval aviation.

VP-1 is one of six P-3 squadrons assigned to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington (including the two EP-3E squadrons). The squadron was commissioned during WWII as a bombing squadron to support anti submarine operations in the North Atlantic. This was short lived as the convoy lanes were moved to the south, out of the range of the PV-1 Venturas they were flying at the time. They had a short deployment to Puerto Rico before being assigned to the Pacific Theater where they spent the remainder of the war. NAS Whidbey Island, Washington became their permanent home in 1948, although they have been assigned to Japan, Guam and Diego Garcia in support of over seas operations over those 60 years. A quick read of their website shows a crack squadron, winning dozens of awards, and working on over 135,000 accident free flight hours over the past 25+ years.

The story of their beloved P-3 begins over 50 years ago. In 1957, the US Navy was looking to replace the P2 Neptune. (The only type flown by VP-1 other than the Orion and Ventura.) The Navy started talking with Lockheed very early in the L-188 Electra program. Although there are significant structural differences, the first P-3 was created by modifying the third frame off the Electra line. Changes are primarily related to structural upgrades for hard points and the bomb bay, and removing 23 feet from the forward fuselage. A production run of 757 frames started in 1962, with a little over 100 built under license by Kawasaki. The P-3 still serves 18 countries across the globe, including roughly 130 in the US Navy's inventory. The copy on display this particular day was built in 1984, about 25 years ago. It's fitting that NAS Whidbey Island, Washington hosts such a large portion of the P-3 fleet as their work mirrors that of many of Seattle's iconic employers it's long, sometimes tedious work that requires synergy between each member of the team.

It was the teamwork that attracted Commander Gregg Sleppy to this assignment and finds him in his third tour with VP-1. Gregg knew immediately the P-3 was where he wanted to serve. Not even the Navy's three mandatory (Yes ladies and gentlemen, mandatory) F-18 flights made him question his decision, and he's been serving on them ever since. There is something about the challenge of searching for an invisible target in a near endless ocean that requires a certain personality, a lot of talent, and hard core determination. The successful interaction between the acoustic and radar stations, the navigation/communication and tactical operations stations, and the challenge of keeping everyone in their seats while flying at 200 feet over the water is part of what drew the commander to stay with the P-3 for over 16 years.

These 16 years have been a time of transition for Orion crews. While the P-3 remains the primary Anti Submarine Warfare (ASW) platform, their mission has evolved to meet new threats and they now fly roughly an equal number of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions. This role has understandably made them an integral part of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade.

A third role fulfilled by the P-3 is Search and Rescue. The crew tells the story of their part in the search for Lt. Miroslav "Steven" Zilberman earlier this year. Steven was flying an E-2C over the Arabian Sea when the starboard engine shut down. He was able to maintain control long enough to allow his three crew mates to bail out. AW Ryan Shepard explains that when you have the chance to save a life, you can maintain intense focus for a very long time without fatigue. He was at the radar scope continuously for over 14 hours. Unfortunately, Steven was not found alive, and he was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for saving the lives of his crew.

Over the course of the afternoon, between the panel discussion and listening to the crew conversing with other museum guests, I got a great sense of the heart of these men and women. This ranged from the dedication of each for their individual assignments to the understanding that the P-3 community has an abundance of Maine lobster anecdotes: a six man crew stuck with 300 fresh lobster on board due to mechanical difficulties, for example. Each member of the crew was extremely gracious, continuing to shake hands and engage young future pilots over the fence even as the Orion was being prepped for departure in the pouring rain.

Finally, and most of all, I want to thank VP-1 and their families for their service and sacrifices, and welcome them back from their recent deployment in Qatar.

NYCAviation would like to thank the Museum of Flight, CDR Sleppy , and the crew of the Orion for their contributions to this article.

Also, congratulations to VP-1 member AW Ryan Shepard for making Wing 10 Sailor of the Year.

(Photos by David Lilienthal)

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera100910-N-9520G-010 OAK HARBOR, Wash. (Sept. 10, 2010) "...Chief Hospital Corpsman (Sel.) Rodney Layton, from Pocatello, Idaho, assigned to Naval Hospital Oak Harbor, watches as Chief Aviation Electrician's Mate (Sel.) Kimberley Fedvkovich, from Marquette Heights, Ill., assigned to the Screaming Eagles of VP-1, scrubs down the A-6 Intruder during the annual cleaning and inspection of the A-6 Intruder and EA-6B Prowler at the Navy Gateway Park at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nardel Gervacio/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [08OCT2010]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera100607-N-9520G-001 OAK HARBOR, Wash. (June 7, 2010) "...Yeoman 2nd Class Frank Morrel, from St. Marys, Ga., assigned to the Screaming Eagles of VP-1, is greeted by his wife and daughter during a homecoming at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. VP-1 returned from a six-month deployment supporting operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nardelito Gervacio/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [11JUN2010]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera100607-N-9520G-006 OAK HARBOR, Wash. (June 7, 2010) "...Lt. John Graham, from Grand Junction, Colo., assigned to the Screaming Eagles of VP-1, plays with his daughter during a homecoming at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. VP-1 returned from a six-month deployment supporting operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nardelito Gervacio/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [11JUN2010]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera100607-N-9520G-004 OAK HARBOR, Wash. (June 7, 2010) "...Aviation Electronic Technician 2nd Class John Corcel, from Phoenix, assigned to the Screaming Eagles of Patrol Squadron (VP)1, is welcomed by his wife during a homecoming at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. VP-1 returned from a six-month deployment supporting operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nardelito Gervacio/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [11JUN2010]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-1 History "...VP-1 Returns Home from Deployment - By YN3 Kurt Feil - VP-1 - Thursday, June 3, 2010..." WebSite: NorthWest Navigator http://www.northwestnavigator.com/ [05JUN2010]

Photograph Caption: Lt.j.g. Montie Benefiel, VP-1, is greeted by his English bulldog, Dixie, during a homecoming on NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, May 29. The Screaming Eagles returned from a six-month deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and U.S. Naval Forces Central Command.

The Screaming Eagles of VP-1 returned to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington after successfully completing a six-month deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and U.S. Naval Forces Central Command.

Spread across four different locations in the Area of Responsibility (AOR), VP-1 Sailors raised the bar for Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aviation (MPRA) operations in the region.

Upon leaving NAS Whidbey Island, Washington last November, the squadron worked hard to quickly establish new maintenance spaces, following in the footsteps of the two previous squadrons.

Early on VP-1 demonstrated the cohesiveness that would prove vital as the deployment progressed. Upon arrival to the AOR, the squadron's parking ramp was being moved to a different location on the flight line resulting in the Maintenance Department building brand new spaces and literally laying a new foundation from scratch.

From hauling sandbags to building desks and tables, Sailors from all departments contributed. Within a matter of days, a formidable aircraft maintenance complex had been established.

As the deployment progressed, VP-1 never lost their focus. With 11 P-3C aircraft and 15 aircrews (supported by four stalwart crews from Patrol Squadron 47, based in Hawaii), the squadron executed over 6,600 flight hours over the course of more than 1,100 sorties in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and operations in the Arabian Gulf and Arabian Sea.

This also included 48 consecutive hours of participation in Search and Rescue operations for a downed E-2C Aviator. All of this was accomplished with a footprint a fraction of the previous two squadrons. Perhaps most impressive, they achieved an unprecedented 98 percent mission completion rate.

"The men and women of this squadron have consistently excelled," said Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Troy Bauder. "The things we have been able to do out here have greatly exceeded expectations."

As the deployment was drawing to an end, the squadron's ingenuity was again put to the test, as it was their duty to stand up a new detachment site in the AOR and cease MPRA flying operations out of Iraq. The movement was accomplished with the enthusiasm and professionalism that were hallmarks of the Screaming Eagles, and earned accolades from the supported Task Force.

One key achievement was the Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist (EAWS) qualification which was attained by over 60 Screaming Eagles. Overall, the squadron reached 87 percent qualification and as such earned the right to fly the coveted EAWS flag despite the increased operational tempo.

Additionally, 29 Sailors reenlisted during the deployment for a combined total of over 90 years. Whether by physical readiness and well being, personal qualifications, career advancement or off duty education opportunities, virtually every VP-1 Sailor has made some improvement in his or her life.

Speaking of sports, Naval Aircrewman 2nd Class Paul Doyle and Yeoman 3rd Class Brandon Dobbs represented their country playing soccer and basketball respectively on base teams that competed against the host nation's national teams.

"It was a pretty awesome experience," said Dobbs. "I've been playing basketball my whole life, and that was the toughest competition I have ever seen; some of the guys out there were over seven feet tall," Dobbs said.

For the Screaming Eagles, the most recent deployment was rewarding both in the air and on the ground.

"For us, six months came and went in what seems like a blink of the eye, but when we all take the time to relax and look back on what we've achieved out here, I know it will be with a keen sense of satisfaction," said Bauder.

Now that VP1 is home, the Grey Knights of VP-46, along with crews from VP-9, have assumed the Task Group and are ready to achieve even greater success.

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