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Circa 2017

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-40 History "...Cmdr. Coonan Takes Command Of VP-40 at NASWI... 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-40 History "...P-3C Aircraft Evaluates Navy’s Newest Destroyer... 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-40 History "...VP-40 Returns from Tri-Site Deployment... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2017: Issue 1..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [03FEB2017]
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Circa 2016

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera160923-N-WQ574-222 "...OAK HARBOR, Wash. (Sept. 23, 2016) Lt. j.g. Chris Gibson, assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 40, holds his daughter after returning home to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island from deployment. VP-40 conducted patrol and reconnaissance operations in the 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Caleb Cooper/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [16NOV2016]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera160923-N-WQ574-212 "...OAK HARBOR, Wash. (Sept. 23, 2016) Senior Chief Aviation Electronics Technician Chad Sweetser, assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 40, hugs his children after returning home to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island from deployment. VP-40 conducted patrol and reconnaissance operations in the 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Caleb Cooper/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [16NOV2016]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-40 History "...Shoemaker Takes Command of VP-40... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2016: Issue 3..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [30JUL2016]
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Circa 2014

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera141112-N-TW634-327 "...SOUTH CHINA SEA (Nov. 12, 2014) A P-3C Orion aircraft attached to the Fighting Marlins of Patrol Squadron (VP) 40 flies past the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60), right, and the Royal Brunei Navy Darussalam-class offshore patrol vessel KDB Darulaman (PV 08) during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Brunei 2014. In its 20th 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 Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Timor-Leste. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Derek A. Harkins/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [23NOV2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-40 History "...VP-40 Participates in South Korean Ulchi Freedom Guardian... 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-40 History "...VP-40 Plays Role in SEACAT Multinational Exercise... 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-40 History "...VP-40 Detaches to Philippines for CARAT Exercis... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2014: Issue 4..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [04NOV2014]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140813-N-QR600-174 "...PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 13, 2014) A P-3C Orion aircraft from Patrol Squadron (VP) 40 flies a mission during GUAMEX 2014. GUAMEX is a multilateral exercise intended to enhance the interoperability and to strengthen personnel ties between the U.S. Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Royal Australian Air Force, and Royal New Zealand Air Force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jillian Lotti/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [06SEP2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140807-N-QR600-002 "...ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam (Aug. 7, 2014) P-3C Orion aircraft from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and U.S. Navy Patrol Squadron (VP) 40 are on the flight line at Andersen Air Force Base in preparation for GUAMEX 2014. GUAMEX is a multilateral exercise intended to enhance the interoperability and to strengthen personnel ties between the U.S. Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Royal Australian Air Force, and Royal New Zealand Air Force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jillian Lotti/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [06SEP2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140716-N-QR600-082 "...OKINAWA, Japan (July 16, 2014) Naval Air Crewman (Operator) 2nd Class Matthew Bailey, assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 40, identifies radar contacts while flying in the P-3C Orion aircraft. VP-40 is on deployment at Kadena Air Base supporting U.S. 7th Fleet operations in the Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jillian Lotti/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [09AUG2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140628-N-WR119-076 "...SUBIC BAY, PHILIPPINES (June 28, 2014) Sailors assigned to the "Fighting Marlins," of Patrol Squadron (VP) 40, take off to participate in the sea-phase of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Philippine 2014. In its 20th year, CARAT is a bilateral exercise series between the United States and the armed forces of nine partner nations in South and Southeast Asia. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gilbert A. Bolibol/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [02JUL2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140626-N-WR119-004 "...SUBIC BAY, Philippines (June 26, 2014) Lt. Elena Yoshimura, assigned to the Fighting Marlins of Patrol Squadron (VP) 40, explains the different flight stations of the P-3C Orion to Philippine sailors. The Fighting Marlins are participating in Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Philippines 2014. In its 20th 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 Gilbert A. Bolibol/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [02JUL2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-40 History "...CPRW-10 Hosts Annual Awards Ceremony - VP-40’s CAC-5 was the recipient of the Combat Aircrew of the Year award... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2014: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [01MAY2014]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraOAK HARBOR, Wash. (Jan. 31, 2014) "...Chief Warrant Officer Two Timothy K. Wilson, from the Fighting Marlins of Patrol Squadron FORTY (VP-40), is covered by his wife Nicole Wilson during his commissioning ceremony held at the Chief Petty Officer's Club Whidbey Island, Washington. VP-40 is undergoing inter-deployment readiness cycle in preparation for an upcoming deployment to U.S. 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jillian Lotti/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [06FEB2014]


Circa 2013

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera130401-N-QR600-115 BAHRAIN (April 1, 2013) "...Chief Aviation Machinist's Mate Manuel Bernal and Aviation Structural Mechanic (Equipment) 1st Class Jules Moffettcarvalho, from the Fighting Marlins of Patrol Squadron (VP) 40, work to install an engine driven compressor on an engine of a P-3C Orion. VP-40 is forward deployed supporting U.S. 5th Fleet operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jillian Lotti/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [20MAY2013]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera130216-N-QR600-093 ISA, Bahrain (Feb. 16, 2013) "...Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Justin Veal, from the Fighting Marlins of Patrol Squadron (VP) 40, torques down and inspects the propeller control for reinstallation on a P-3C Orion. VP-40 is forward deployed to Bahrain to support U.S. 5th Fleet operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jillian Lotti/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [07APR2013]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera130216-N-QR600-162 BAHRAIN (Feb. 16, 2013) "...Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Justin Veal and Aviation Machinist Mate Airman Recruit Logan Rosson, both assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 40, install a propeller assembly to the engine of a P-3C Orion. VP-40 is forward deployed to Bahrain to support U.S. Fifth Fleet Operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jillian Lotti/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [07APR2013]


Circa 2011

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera111117-N-KK192-013 NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (Nov. 18, 2011) "...Capt. Chris Rodeman, commanding officer of Naval Air Facility Misawa, discusses the upcoming deployment of Patrol Squadron (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/ [19NOV2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera111027-N-ZN240-022 OKINAWA, Japan (Oct. 27, 2011) "...Sailors assigned to VP-40 prepare for their Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist qualification. VP-40 is forward deployed to Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julian R. Moorefield/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [01NOV2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-40 History "...CARAT Cambodia Enables Return to Homeland for Three Sailors By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Robert Clowney - Posted: Oct. 27, 2011..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.c7f.navy.mil/ [28OCT2011]

Photograph Caption: PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (Oct. 25, 2011) - Crewmembers from VP-40 explain watch stations to Royal Cambodian Navy officers board a P-3C Orion during a familiarization flight for Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Cambodia 2011. CARAT is a series of bilateral exercises held annually in Southeast Asia to strengthen relationships and enhance force readiness. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Mike Morley)

SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia- When The U.S. and Royal Cambodian Navies began their 2nd annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Cambodia exercise Oct. 20, three Sailors assigned to the guided missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100) were looking forward to the week ahead more than others. For them, it would be their first visit to their ancestral homeland.

Gas Turbine Systems Technician 3rd Class Channy Sath, Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Suorth Suom, and Storekeeper 2nd Class Sokchamroeun Yous were all born in, or grew up in, the U.S. after their parents fled the genocide of Khmer Rouge rule in Cambodia from 1975-1979, and the nearly two decades of civil war that followed. Sath grew up in Lowell, Mass; Suom in Philadelphia, and Yous in Texas. All three eventually joined the Navy and, in a twist of good fortune, were able to visit their homeland when Kidd was selected to participate in CARAT Cambodia.

"This is my first time to visit Cambodia," Suom said, explaining how his family slipped across the border with Thailand in 1979 to escape the war. "My family, they miss the country and their way of life before the war."

For Sath, whose family left Cambodia for America in 1990, the visit was an opportunity to meet several relatives, for the first time.

"My dad used to tell me about Cambodia, and how I was fortunate to come to America, because the war was unforgettable," Sath said. "I was really happy knowing that we were coming to Cambodia, and I was looking forward to meeting my family members I've never seen."

While in Cambodia, Sath was given special liberty to travel to Phnom Penh, the nation's capital, and to Siem Reap to stay with family. "I couldn't help it – when we saw each other we all started crying. My family members were so happy that I had come to visit them."

For Yous, the exercise presented an opportunity to embark a Royal Cambodian Navy patrol craft for the first dedicated at-sea Naval exercise between Cambodia and the U.S. Navy in nearly 40 years.

Though he didn't get to visit relatives on this trip, Suom said the experience was unforgettable. "I was excited to come here, even though I just stayed in the Sihanoukville area," he said. "I was excited and humbled to come here."

Approximately 400 U.S. Sailors are participating in CARAT Cambodia 2011. Two U.S. ships, the guided missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100) and the dive and salvage ship USNS Safeguard (T-ARS 50), are participating.

CARAT is a series of annual, bilateral maritime exercises between the U.S. Navy and the Armed Forces of Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-40 History "...VP-40 Teams Up with Brunei Armed Forces in CARAT 2011 By LT Jennifer Daniels - Posted: Oct. 24, 2011..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.c7f.navy.mil/ [26OCT2011]

Photograph Caption: OKINAWA, Japan (Oct. 20, 2011) - Aviation Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Dylan Bittle of VP-40 repairs an wingtip light on the port wing of a P-3C Orion. Wing and tail lights serve as an safety indicator to personnel that the aircraft has power applied. VP-40 is currently forward-deployed to Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julian R. Moorefield)

BANDAR SERI BAGWAN, Brunei - VP-40 teamed up with USS Dewey (DDG 105) and USS Pinckney (DDG 91) in support of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Brunei 2011, a week-long exercise designed to strengthen relationships and enhance force readiness for both nations.

Combat Aircrew (CAC) 4, led by Patrol Plane Commander/Mission Commander Lt. Lane Drummond and Tactical Coordinator Lt. Dan Hansen, worked with a 12-person maintenance detachment to ensure air support for the duration of the exercise.

This year's CARAT focused on Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) and Search and Rescue (SAR) procedures, as well as Brunei's recent decision to integrate female officers into shipboard positions. Sailors from VP-40 were eager to discuss their experiences and learn about Brunei, forming friendships and growing as individuals along the way.

"I left Brunei with a sense of pride as a woman serving in the military," said Naval Aircrewman 2nd Class Rachel Fontaine. "The women I met from the Brunei Navy reminded me of the obstacles a woman faces in a very male dominant military. It was uplifting to hear their stories of hardships as Muslim women and how they've proven they're strong and capable enough to serve their country."

Following opening ceremonies on September 29, CARAT participants spent two days learning about each other's platforms and the challenges of MDA and SAR. At the MDA Working Group, VP-40 detachment officer-in-charge Lt. Cmdr. Douglas Fitchett fielded questions from members of the Royal Brunei Air Force and the Chief of the Royal Brunei Navy.

"It was a great opportunity to share lessons VP-40 has learned over the last four months since having been deployed to the 7th Fleet AOR," said Fitchett. "Brunei Air Force personnel were very receptive to what we had to share and thought it would be possible to incorporate into their training program."

During the SAR symposium, the HSL-71 Raptors presented helicopter rescue equipment while VP-40 explained maritime search procedures and all the factors to be considered when developing a rescue plan. U.S. and Brunei aircrew worked together to conduct real-time calculations of survivor search location based on aerospace trajectory, wind and current drift, and varying search platforms.

Eager to use the skills they learned in the classroom, CAC-4 and Brunei's Number Five Squadron took to the skies for joint MDA flights through Brunei's Exclusive Economic Zone. The aircrews reviewed procedures for locating and identifying surface traffic transiting through Bruneian waters.

CAC-4 crewmembers were also given the opportunity to fly aboard the sleek CN-235 as the Royal Brunei Air Force demonstrated parajumper dropping procedures and successfully located the simulated survivors lost at sea during the SAREX with the Royal Brunei Navy.

"It was an awesome experience," said Naval Aircrewman 1st Class Scott Wollenhaupt. "You realize how far we have come as nations working together with common goals. This whole experience will be with us all forever."

Local armed forces and civilian contractors provided professional and friendly support for all of CARAT Brunei's logistical, air and maintenance operations. Operating out of Rimba Air Base at Brunei's International Airport proved fruitful as aircraft maintenance was executed flawlessly. "Performing maintenance away from our home field can be difficult because it involves parts that are challenging to get and some improvising for tools," said Aviation Electrician's Mate 1st Class Richard Carrillo. "At Rimba, we were given access to the best electronics shop I've seen in a while, and everyone was very helpful with everything we needed."

During their stay in Brunei, VP-40's aircrew and maintainers took advantage of every opportunity to spend time with new friends. They enjoyed traditional cuisine, attended performances by the 7th Fleet and Royal Brunei Bands, and were happy to compete on the soccer field and volleyball court for an All Hands sports day at beautiful Muara Beach.

Following closing ceremonies on October 7, the Fighting Marlins presented the Squadron Five Dolphins with a plaque to commemorate their time together. They were pleased to accept a traditional Bruneian knife carved by local craftsmen, a token of a friendship only likely to deepen for years to come.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera111020-N-ZN240-103 OKINAWA, Japan (Oct. 20, 2011) "...Ensign Adam J. Brophy, center assigned to VP-40 evaluates Sailors from the Aviation Ordnance Division as they secure the stabilizers of an AWW-13 Advanced Data Link Pod. VP-40 is forward deployed to Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julian R. Moorefield/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [25OCT2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera111009-N-ZN240-029 OKINAWA, Japan (Oct. 9, 2011) "...Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Amour Nixon and Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Daniel Rendon, both assigned to VP-40, seat a hoisting cable onto an inert AGM-65F Maverick missile before a weapon loading. VP-40 is forward deployed to Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julian R. Moorefield/Released) ..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [25OCT2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera111009-N-ZN240-010 OKINAWA, Japan (Oct. 9, 2011) "...Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Vinh Tran and Aviation Machinist's Mate 1st Class John Schrader, both assigned to VP-40, lubricate a pump housing on a P-3C Orion engine. VP-40 is forward deployed to Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julian R. Moorefield/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [25OCT2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera111005-N-ZN240-028 OKINAWA, Japan (Oct. 5, 2011) "...Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Matthew Quanstrom, assigned to VP-40 verifies the preset functions of AN/SSQ-53F sonobuoys. VP-40 is forward-deployed to Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julian R. Moorefield/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [10OCT2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera110906-N-ZN240-030 OKINAWA, Japan (Sept. 6, 2011) "...Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Ruel Beck, assigned to VP-40, applies sealant to a leading edge wing panel of a P-3C Orion. VP-40 is forward deployed to Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julian R. Moorefield/Released) ..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [09SEP2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera110822-N-ZN240-070 OKINAWA, Japan (Aug. 22, 2011) "...Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Andrew P. Vasquez and Aviation Machinist's Mate Airman Tiffany M. Milnes, both assigned to VP-40, align a propeller on a P-3C Orion. VP-40 is forward deployed to Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julian R. Moorefield/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [26JUL2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera110822-N-ZN240-061 OKINAWA, Japan (Aug. 22, 2011) "...Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Andrew P. Vasquez, center, and other Sailors assigned to VP-40 align a propeller on a P-3C Orion. VP-40 is forward deployed to Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julian R. Moorefield/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [26JUL2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera110819-N-ZN240-061 OKINAWA, Japan (Aug. 19, 2011) "...Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Trevor T. Romijn and Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Lori M. Morris, both assigned to VP-40 load external sonobuoys on a P-3C Orion before an early-morning flight. VP-40 is forward deployed to Kadena Air Base. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julian R. Moorefield/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [21JUL2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-40 History "...Patrol Squadron 40 Celebrates Naval Centennial in NAS Atsugi, Japan - By Lt. James Monohan - Posted: July 31, 2011..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.c7f.navy.mil/ [01AUG2011]

Photograph Caption: OKINAWA, Japan (July 29, 2011) Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Trisha Clingings signals to pilots in the cockpit of a P-3C Orion aircraft, assigned to VP-40, that the flight line is clear and safe to taxi forward. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian A. Stone)

NAS Atsugi, Japan - It is an exciting time to be celebrating the Centennial of Naval Aviation (CONA), and the history and heritage of the naval service. While the festivities in San Diego are complete, 7th Fleet continues to observe the centennial in the Far East.

VP-40 sent 11 aircrewmen and ten support personnel to NAF Atsugi, Japan to commemorate the continued cooperation between the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and the United States Navy.

VP-40's aircrew led guided tours of the P-3C Orion for locally assigned Japanese pilots and naval flight officers. "We find these kinds of events build cohesion between U.S. Sailors and our friends of Japan," said Lt. James Monohan.

Rear Admiral Sean S. Buck, Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force 7th Fleet, gave a personal tour of the mighty P-3C to Vice Admiral Hiroo Hatanaka, Commander of the Maritime Self Defense Forces.

While the JMSDF continue to fly the Update III version of the Lockheed P-3C, a majority of the U.S. Navy's aircraft have been incorporated into the ASUW Improvement Program (AIP). Upgrades to AIP versions of the P-3C include an improved radar, updated camera, and increased processing capability of the acoustic suite.

As the day came to a conclusion, U.S. and Japanese service members convened at the NAS Atsugi, Japan Officer's Club for a dinner reception. U.S. naval aviators and flight officers briefed the accomplishments of the maritime community, and then introduced the Navy's newest maritime war fighter, the Boeing P-8A Poseidon.

During the ceremony, the maintenance team ventured off to scale Mount Fuji as part of a Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) sponsored event.

"Overall the trip was a tremendous success in furthering relationships with our Japanese maritime brethren and celebrating maritime past, present, and future," said Lt. Brian Chapman.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera110721-N-SP676-172 OKINAWA, Japan (July 21, 2011) "...Aviation Electrician 1st Class Carlos Altig, left, and Aviation Electrician 2nd Class Adam Valverde observe Chief Aviation Electrician Jorge Reyes-Velez repair the fuel gauge wiring harness on a P-3C Orion aircraft assigned to the Fighting Marlins of VP-40. VP-40 is conducting operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian A. Stone/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [24JUL2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera "...Admiral Buck Visits the Fighting Marlins of Patrol Squadron 40 - By Lt. j. g. Daniel Buccola, VP-40 Public Affairs - Posted: July 20, 2011..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.c7f.navy.mil/ [21JUL2011]

Photograph Caption: OKINAWA, Japan (July 15, 2011) — Aviation Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Cameron Lastinger walks down the flight line during a safety check for debris with fellow members of Patrol Squadron (VP) 40. VP-40 is forward-deployed to the Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan,and is performing a full spectrum of missions in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian A. Stone)

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan - To top off the Fourth of July celebration, Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force 7th Fleet visited the Fighting Marlins of Patrol Squadron (VP) 40 on July 5.

Rear Adm. Sean S. Buck Buck, who is also commander of Patrol and Reconnaissance Force 5th Fleet and commander of Fleet Air Forward and former VP-40 alumnus, joined Fighting Marlin Sailors, chiefs and officers at an all-hands function.

"It is great to be back with my family," Buck said.

Buck shared the fact that he felt very lucky to still be wearing the uniform of a United States naval officer and is proud to still be serving in the U.S. Navy. He graduated and received his commission from the United States Naval Academy in 1983. Two years later, he was designated a Naval Flight Officer and reported to his first tour, VP-40.

After speaking to the command as a whole, he sat down with the Sailors, chief's mess and officer wardroom in separate venues to answer questions. He expressed his thoughts and vision to ensure his priorities for 7th Fleet Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft were clear.

He ordered VP-40 to be good ambassadors to Japan, reminding the Fighting Marlins that they are the guests of Okinawa and that they shall continue to enjoy the invitation and ensure the security of America.

Secondly, he stressed the need for naval service members to be fierce warriors and to perform their assigned duties to the best of their abilities.

"It's the real deal out here. You must be determined to be the best you can possibly be," said Buck. "We're here to back up our neighbors."

Buck asked every Marlin to be a forward thinker and to continue to strive for perfection.

"I can't be more impressed with VP-40 thus far," as he commended the command's leadership.

Buck received a personal tour of VP-40's squadron and maintenance spaces, and stated that this would be the first of three visits that he would make to Commander, Task Group 72.2 during VP-40's deployment to 7th Fleet.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera110714-N-SP676-394 OKINAWA, Japan (July 14, 2011) "...A P-3C Orion aircraft assigned to VP-40 takes off from NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan. VP-40 is forward-deployed to Okinawa from its home base in NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian A. Stone/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [16JUL2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-40 History "...VP-40 Makes Corrosion Control Top Priority By Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Brian A. Stone - Posted: July 15, 2011..." WebSite: Commander U. S. 7th Fleet http://www.c7f.navy.mil/ [15JUL2011]

Photograph Caption: OKINAWA, Japan (July 14, 2011) - Aviation Ordinanceman 3rd Class Amour Nixon helps push an AGM-65 "Maverick" training missile into place underneath an P-3C Orion assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 40. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian A. Stone)

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan – VP-40 aircrewmen are combining teamwork and the latest technology to overhaul corrosion on the squadron's forward-deployed P-3C aircraft.

As newer P-8 reconnaissance aircraft await introduction into the fleet, VP-40 leadership has made preventative maintenance and corrosion control a top priority on their aging P-3C Orions . By taking ownership of the existing aircraft, VP-40 Sailors say they are extending the life of each aircraft.

"After a certain number of flight hours, we take the whole bird apart and check for corrosion and make sure everything works," said Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Vinh Tran. "Then, we mark corrosion points and document it on our computer systems."

VP-40 aircraft maintainers use these computer systems to update fleet and wing commanders of their progress in real time. By identifying corrosion and coordinating all the tools at their disposal, Tran says it improves the accountability and communication between VP-40 maintainers and other commands.

"Sometimes we have to replace parts, but since we have such a good system we can take apart, refurbish, and repair an entire aircraft in two to three weeks," said Tran.

Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Ruel Beck said that the real difficulty in these kinds of repairs is finding the corrosion. Beck said even small nuts and bolts can have corrosion in between metal threading, so maintainers have to perform an exhaustive search of the aircraft, internally and externally.

With an aluminum airframe, Beck said that the P-3C has unique challenges concerning corrosion. Different from rust on iron or steel, Beck said corroded aluminum has a different structure on the molecular level, requiring different methods to counteract.

"The biggest problem with corrosion is exfoliation corrosion, where the metal is expanding. In those cases, the corrosion acts similar to rust, weakening the strength of the metal. However, we have to use different tools to tackle it," said Beck. "Using the right chemicals and equipment, we can get rid of exfoliation corrosion quickly."

Beck didn't appear worried about the challenge of taking apart and fixing an entire aircraft in less than three weeks. Even at the rapid pace of operations in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility, Beck said that VP-40 maintainers are ready for anything.

"Anything corroded, we're going to find and we're going to fix," said Beck. "It's just that simple."

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-40 History "...VP-40 Puts Forward-Deployed Logistics To Work - By Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Brian A. Stone - Posted: July 11, 2011..." WebSite: Commander U. S. 7th Fleet http://www.c7f.navy.mil/ [13JUL2011]

Photograph Caption: OKINAWA, Japan (July 5, 2011) - An P-3 Orion assigned to VP-40 lands on the airstrip at Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan. VP-40 is forward deployed to Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan, operating in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian A. Stone)

OKINAWA, Japan - Patrol Squadron (VP) 40 logistics specialists are using existing Navy logistics systems to improve the squadron's forward-deployed reconnaissance capabilities and readiness.

Advanced reconnaissance aircraft provide unique challenges to logistics specialists attempting to keep the squadron's P-3C Orions ready for flight.

On aircraft containing thousands of parts, a missing piece could ground the P-3C. Purchasing, shipping, and warehousing these parts at their forward-deployed location was challenging, but according to Logistics Specialist 1st Class Yu He, this is a challenge they overcame.

"I find myself multi-tasking even on a slow day," said He, a leading petty officer in VP-40's supply department. "On a ship, if you need a part, usually the ship can keep steaming ahead. With forward-deployed squadrons, if we need a part we probably needed it yesterday. Mission readiness could be affected if we don't get it promptly. To adapt we find innovative ways to work with the Navy's supply system. In most cases, we can attain parts within twenty-four hours."

VP-40 logistics specialists mention pride as a factor in their success.

"Working in supply is awesome," said Logistics Specialist Seaman Marriel Labasug. "I love being able to help keep our birds running smoothly. This squadron couldn't run without our help and I'm proud of what we do. "

Chief Logistics Specialist John Navarro mentioned the importance of computer software programs and networked supply systems as a major factor in their logistics readiness. Due to advanced software programs, logistics specialists can view the parts inventory of nearby squadrons and air bases. Supply departments can trade and move parts between locations seamlessly, improving overall efficiency and allowing independent commands to support one another.

"Getting parts can be difficult, especially in the time allotted," said Navarro. "Still, with the tools we've got, we get the job done. I like the challenge of logistics. My logistics specialists have a great attitude, too, and years of experience in their rating. It helps tremendously to have such reliable personnel."

VP-40 is forward-deployed in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan at the Kadena Air Base in support of Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet. The squadron is tasked with a full spectrum of missions in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...New leadership for VP-40 by LT(jg) Daniel Buccola..." WebSite: Whidbey Crosswind http://whidbeycrosswind.com/ [20MAY2011]

The Fighting Marlins of Patrol Squadron Forty (VP-40) held its change of command ceremony last Friday, as Cmdr. John M. Maxwell handed the reins to Cmdr. Brett W. Mietus.

The ceremony marked VP-40's 60th change of command since its commissioning on Jan. 20, 1951. The squadron was joined by guest of honor, Navy Capt. Doug Morgan, former CPRW-10 Commodore, as well as family, friends, and other distinguished visitors at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

Skipper Maxwell took command May 7, 2010, after VP-40 returned from its Fifth Fleet and Sixth Fleet deployments. The Inter Deployment Readiness Cycle (IDRC) has heralded many accomplishments. The Fighting Marlins flew 3422.6 flight hours, adding to the squadron's 272,442 hours of mishap-free flight. More impressively, VP-40 is prepared to go out the door to Seventh Fleet with 11 crews qualified in anti-submarine warfare, and 12 crews qualified in anti-surface warfare, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance readiness.

"The officers, chiefs, and sailors in VP-40 have done amazing things this home cycle. They have responded so well to every challenge. I am particularly honored to have been their Skipper," said Cmdr. Maxwell. His next assignment will take him and his family to Norfolk, Va.

As the Marlins prepare for the approaching deployment, Cmdr. Mietus is determined to continue VP-40 's home-cycle achievements.

"There is no better deployment for a P-3 squadron than the one we're about to experience," said Mietus. "Our daily efforts make clear that the squadron is ready to deploy. I look forward to seeing what our sailors are able to accomplish."

Mietus is a native of Richmond, Va., and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy. He began his naval officer career with VP-9 in 1995. After several Fifth Fleet deployments and a Seventh Fleet deployment, Mietus returned to Jacksonville, Fla., to lead the Aircraft Improvement Program (AIP) fleet introduction and be a plankowner for the community's first Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) class.

Following Cmdr. Mietus's tour onboard the USS John C. Stennis as the Flag Secretary for Commander, Carrier Group Seven in 2001, Mietus earned a Master's degree in national security and strategic studies at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I.

In 2005, Cmdr. Mietus served on the OPNAV Staff as the deputy executive assistant to the director, air warfare, at the Pentagon. Two years later, he transferred to the Eastern Europe and Eurasia division of the Strategic Plans and Policy directorate on the Joint Staff.

In 2010, Cmdr. Mietus joined his third operational P-3 squadron in Whidbey Island as the executive officer. Mietus brings motivation and the fortitude to lead the Fighting Marlins through a rewarding Seventh Fleet deployment.

"Over our training cycle, the Fighting Marlins have been tested and hardened," he said. "They are ready to represent our great nation with pride and excellence as we forward deploy."

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-5 Takes Out Libyan Combatant By Staff - April 6, 2011 - 1:20pm - (VP Squadrons Mentioned: VP-26 and VP-40)..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://jacksonville.com/ [07APR2011]

The "Mad Foxes" of VP-5 became the first squadron in Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force history to successfully employ an AGM-65F Maverick missile against a hostile surface vessel, in support of Joint Task Force (JTF) Odyssey Dawn. Combat Aircrew (CAC) -11, while flying a VP-26 P-3C aircraft, made the historic shot after witnessing a Libyan Vittoria-class coast guard vessel, and accompanying small craft, firing indiscriminately at merchant vessels in the Port of Misrata.

Demonstrating the Maritime Patrol Reconnais-sance Force "surge" concept, VP-5 was augmented with VP-26 and VP-40 aircrews, maintainers and aircraft to provide 24/7 on-station coverage to the JTF Maritime Component Commander.

Lt. j.g. Miller, the Tactical Coordinator for CAC-11, was proud to be a part of the coordinated effort. "The shot was a culmination of all the hard work and training of VP-5, VP-26 and VP-40 aircrews and maintainers. From the maintenance department keeping our aircraft flying, ordnance teams loading the weapons, coupled with our training department developing the necessary skills – and finally, the aircrew for executing the shot – we all did our part."

Acoustic Operator AWO1 Adams said, "This happened exactly how we trained back home before we deployed."

VP-5 Gunner CWO4 Gerald Skees said, "The Mad Fox AOs are very excited and proud of the accomplishments during Odyssey Dawn. The role of the P-3 ordnance community is often over looked, but these are the kind of events we train for. All of the AOs from VP-5, VP-26 and VP-40 have shown that they possess the knowledge and skills to deliver ordnance on target, on time."

VP-5 is currently on a tri-site deployment in support of SOUTHCOM, EUCOM and AFRICOM areas of responsibilities. When the JTF was established to support the international response to the unrest in Libya, it was clear that the "Mad Foxes" needed support for the 24/7 on-station requirements.

CTF-67 Capt. Dan Schebler and his staff coordinated aircrew, maintenance and aircraft logistical efforts with Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11, Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 10 and Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Group. "It was a great effort by everyone involved. The entire MPRF community quickly mobilized to give us the support we needed. This was a great accomplishment both in the air and on the ground." Schebler remarked.

Whether conducting counter narcotics operations, supporting overseas contingency operations, or supporting NATO operations, the "Mad Foxes" have been at the tip of the spear supporting United States interests overseas.

VP-5 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Jason Jorgensen stated, "It was awesome to see Sailors from different squadrons come together and perform as a well-oiled machine while conducting around-the-clock flight operations. It validates our training programs and highlights the team-oriented spirit of the Sailors. I couldn't be more proud of our men and women who represent Sailors, Soldiers, and Airmen across the world serving our country everyday."

The Mad Foxes P-3C Orion operated in conjunction with a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt attack aircraft and guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG-52) March 28. Two smaller Libyan craft were fired upon by the A-10 – destroying one and forcing the other to be abandoned.?Barry provided situational awareness for the aircraft by managing the airspace and maintaining the maritime picture.

JTF Odyssey Dawn is the U.S. Africa Command task force established to provide command and control of U.S. military forces supporting the international response to the unrest in Libya and enforcement of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973.


Circa 2010

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...NAS Jax P-3s Join Pacific Live-Fire Exercise By LT(jg) Evita Salles CPRW-2 Public Affairs Officer - Thursday, August 5, 2010. Squadrons mentioned include RAAF, VP-4, VP-5, VP-40, VP-47 and VP-62..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://www.jaxairnews.com/ [06AUG2010]

Aircrews from NAS Jacksonville, Florida-based VP-5 and VP-62, along with VP-4 and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), 11 Patrol Squadron from Edinburgh, Australia, participated in a live-fire exercise (SINKEX) July 10 as part of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010 exercise.

Flying from MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, each squadron fired AGM-84D Harpoon missiles at the decommissioned Iwo Jima-class amphibious assault ship ex-USS New Orleans (LPH-11) in the Hawaiian operating area.

The purpose of the SINKEX is to provide P-3C Orion aircrew valuable training in Harpoon missile proficiency. Aircrews train extensively on the simulated usage of the Harpoon missile but rarely get the chance to fire the live weapon.

"It was an outstanding opportunity for our junior officers and air crew to gain valuable experience shooting a forward-firing weapon," said Cmdr. Jason Jorgensen, commanding officer of VP-5 and deputy of Combined Task Group 172.2.

Each aircraft launched an on-target hit on the New Orleans. The SINKEX provided the first opportunity for most of the participating aircrew to fire a live weapon.

"Flying with a live weapon always heightens aircrew and maintenance awareness of tactics, techniques and procedures. The SINKEX serial provided 11 Squadron with a great opportunity to test our individual and collective warfighting skills in a complex coalition environment. It does not get too much better than that," said Wing Commander Phil Champion, commanding officer of 11 Squadron, RAAF.

It was the first time in eight years the RAAF shot a Harpoon missile. The AGM -84D Harpoon is an all-weather, over-the-horizon, anti-ship missile system. The Harpoon's active radar guidance, warhead design, low-level cruise trajectory and sea-skim or pop-up maneuvers assure high survivability and effectiveness. The missile is capable of being launched from surface ships, submarines, shore batteries or aircraft such as the P-3C Orion.

Commissioned in 1968, New Orleans was the third U.S. ship named for the War of 1812 Battle of New Orleans. Throughout its 30 years of service, the ship took part in various amphibious exercises and contingency operations during the Vietnam War, carrying Sailors and Marine ground forces, helicopters and landing craft. The ship was decommissioned in 1997.

VP-4 and VP-47 flew another SINKEX on the ex-USS Monticello (LSD 35) on July 14 using Harpoons and AGM-65 Mavericks to destroy the target. VP-5 and VP-40 conducted the last of the sinking exercises on July 17 using Harpoons and Mavericks against the ex-USS Anchorage (LSD-36). Each crew scored a direct hit, on time.

The AGM-65 Maverick is a tactical, air-to-surface guided missile designed for close air support, interdiction and defense suppression mission. It provides stand-off capability and high probability of strike against a wide range of tactical targets, including ships, air defenses, transportation equipment and fuel storage facilities.

RIMPAC is a biennial, multinational exercise designed to strengthen regional partnerships and improve interoperability. This marks the 22nd exercise in the series since the RIMPAC exercise began in 1971. P-3C Orion aircrews will conduct similar exercises throughout the course of RIMPAC.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera100723-N-6855K-154 KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (July 23) "...Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Alfred Barreta, assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 40, inspects the engine compartment of a P-3C Orion aircraft for leaks during a "man-on-the-stand" maintenance evolution. Maintenance is performed continuously to keep the aircraft flying for Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010. RIMPAC is a biennial, multinational exercise designed to strengthen regional partnerships and improve interoperability. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Meagan E. Klein/Released) ..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [30JUL2010]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera100706-N-6855K-030 KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (July 5th) "...P-3C Orion aircraft VP-4, VP-5, VP-8, VP-40, VP-47, VP-62 and VP-69 line the Rainbow Fleet tarmac of Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010 exercise. RIMPAC is a biennial, multinational exercise designed to strengthen regional partnerships and improve interoperability. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Meagan E. Klein/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [11JUL2010]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-40 History "...VP-40 Hosts Fleet Master Chief by VP-40 AW3 Michael James - Thursday, February 18, 2010..." WebSite: Northwest Navigator http://www.northwestnavigator.com/ [19FEB2010]

Photograph Caption: 3rd Fleet Command Master Chief JoAnn Ortloff speaks with Lt. Daniel Martinez and Lt.j.g. Justin Foster during a guided tour of P-3C Orion aircraft hosted by VP-40.

U.S. 3rd Fleet Command Master Chief JoAnn Ortloff visited VP-40 Feb. 10 for a guided tour through a P-3C Orion aircraft and the P-3C simulator, gaining valuable insight on the maritime patrol mission.

"I truly appreciate the challenges and complexity of the P-3 mission," said Ortloff. "The P-3 keeps us aware of what's going on beneath the surface (of the ocean) and plays a primary role in protecting the fleet."

Orloff spent several hours speaking to Sailors and asking questions about the roles they play in accomplishing VP-40's mission. Naval Aircrewman (Flight Engineer) 1st Class Ron Fix was one of those Sailors.

"She displayed a genuine interest and curiosity in our job, what makes our combat aircrews work together and what we can do to improve our capabilities," said Fix.

"I really enjoy hearing the excitement from the operators and hearing the confidence they have in their job," said Ortloff.

Part of Ortloff's mission during her visit was to represent 3rd Fleet, Vice Adm. Richard Hunt and pass along his message that "both our young Sailors and senior personnel are recognized as being important to the 3rd Fleet community."

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