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Circa 1979

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation August 1979 "...History - Page 22 and 23 - Naval Aviation News - August 1979..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1979/aug79.pdf [10OCT2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation February 1979 "...History and Change-Of-Command - Page 23 and 25 - Naval Aviation News - February 1979..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1979/feb79.pdf [10OCT2004]

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Circa 1978

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation July 1978 "...History - Awards - Page 4, 5 and 31 - Naval Aviation News - July 1978..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1978/jul78.pdf [09OCT2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation March 1978 "...History and Change-Of-Command - Page 16 and 19 - Naval Aviation News - March 1978..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1978/mar78.pdf [09OCT2004]

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Circa 1977

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation February 1977 "...Change-Of-Command and History - Page 30 and 31 - Naval Aviation News - February 1977..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1977/feb77.pdf [08OCT2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation January 1977 "...VP History - Page 29 - Naval Aviation News - January 1977..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1977/jan77.pdf [08OCT2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...The following is from the 1977 Iceland Cruise Book...Home based at the Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida, PATROL SQUADRON TWENTY-FOUR's primary mission is anti-submarine warfare (ASW), with secondary missions of aerial mining and ocean surveillance. PATROL SQUADRON TWENTY-FOUR keeps a constant watch over the ocean sea lanes, collecting and reporting a vast array of information on provocative movements of naval forces, and the intruding probes of submarines and intelligence-gathering ships. The squadron is under the operational command of Commander Patrols Wings, U.S. Atlantic Fleet at the Naval Air Station, Brunswick, Maine, and Commander Patrol Wing Eleven, located at the Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida. In recent years, the squadron has deployed to Keflavik, Iceland; Sigonella, Scily; Rota, Spain; and Lajes, Axores. Participating in a number of major United States and NATO exercises, in conjunction wiht a high tempo of routine operations, the squadron has proven capabilities as a highly mobile, fast reacting, air antisubmarine unit. PATROL SQUADRON TWENTY-FOUR is currently flying the Navy's newest patrol aircraft, the Lockheed P-3C Orion. The formadable aircraft is equipped with such modern devices as digital computer-controlled displays and processing equipment, and inertial navigation equipment. The P-3C has four turbo-prop engines, with a range of over 4,000 nautical miles, and a cruising speed in excess of 300 knots. Other aircraft operated in the past by PATROL SQUADRON TWENTY-FOUR include the PBY-5 "Catalina," PB4Y-1 "Liberator," PB4Y-2 "Privateer," SP2H "Neptune," and most recently the P-3B Orion. The squdron's aircraft are manned by exceptionally skilled and highly trained enlisted and officer crews. Operating the sophisticated electronics detection systems from continental U.S. bases and advanced deployment sites, they provide the nation with timely knowledge of the presence of submarine activity. Flight operations are supported by a cadre of dedicated and proficient maintenance personnel. PATROL SQUADRON TWENTY-FOUR was commissioned on 10 April, 1943, at the NAS Kaneohe Bay, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The squadron was originally designated Bombing Squadron One Hundred Four, but was redesignated Heavy Patrol Squadron Four in November, 1946. In August 1948, it assumed it's present name of PATROL SQUADRON TWENTY-FOUR. The squadron established an enviable record in the Pacific during World War II. It was credited with sinking 110 Japanese ships, damaging 152, destroying 32 enemy planes, and "probably" destroying 36 others during an eight-month deployment. In recognition of daring raids at Guadalcanal, Munda, and the Phillippines, the squadron received two Presidential Unit Citations. PATROL SQUADRON TWENTY-FOUR is the only Patrol Squadron in the history of Naval Aviation to recieve this highly coveted award twice. Following World War II, the squadron participated in the testing and development of the "Bat.", the Navy's first air-to-surface guided missile. As a result, the nickname "Bat Squadron" and "Batmen of VP-24" has carried down through the years. Work on the "Bat" missile also contributed to the squadron's famous Batgirl insignia. It is unique as the only authorized Naval squadron insignia displaying a member of the fair sex..." Contributed by Rudy Boatright rboatright@lsijax.com


Circa 1976

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation September 1976 "...VP Sigonella Style - Page 28 to 29 - Naval Aviation News - September 1976..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1976/sep76.pdf [07OCT2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation February 1976 "...Change-Of-Command - Page 25 - Naval Aviation News - February 1975..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1976/feb76.pdf [05OCT2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation January 1976 "...Change-Of-Command - Page 27 - Naval Aviation News - January 1975..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1976/jan76.pdf [05OCT2004]

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Circa 1974

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation November 1974 "...Awards - Page 3 - Naval Aviation News - November 1974..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1974/nov74.pdf [01OCT2004]

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Circa 1973

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-24 History "...VP-24 Heading For Keflavik - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 31 - NO 22 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 16 AUG 1973..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [04JUL2011]


Circa 1972

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-24 History "...Batmen Welcomed By City - Navy - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 30 - NO 38 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 07 DEC 1972..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [02JUL2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation June 1972 "...School Days - Page 19 - Naval Aviation News - June 1972..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1972/jun72.pdf [27SEP2004]

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Circa 1971

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "... Landing in Sondrestrom Greenland, surface ship, Russian sub, buying out the store in Sondrestrom, Keflavik hangar..." Contributed by ADAMS, AMS2 Russell grizpatch@cox.net [12JAN2016]

LEFT TO RIGHT: Greenland Haul Crew10, Russian Sub, Surface Ship On Deployment and Greenland Approach

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation July 1971 "...Three In One - Page 30 to 32 - Naval Aviation News - July 1971..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1971/jul71.pdf [23SEP2004]

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Circa 1970

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation October 1970 "...On Patrol - Page 33 - Naval Aviation News - October 1970..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1970/oct70.pdf [17SEP2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation April 1970 "...Fleet Air 'E' Awards Announced - Page 3 - Naval Aviation News - April 1970..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1970/apr70.pdf [17SEP2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation January 1970 "...On Patrol - Page 33 - Naval Aviation News - January 1970..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1970/jan70.pdf [17SEP2004]

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