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Circa 1979

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation August 1979 "...History - Page 22, 23, 27, and 32 - Naval Aviation News - September 1979..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1979/sep79.pdf [10OCT2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation February 1979 "...PCS For A P-3 - Page 34 to 35 - Naval Aviation News - February 1979..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1979/feb79.pdf [10OCT2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Another history note: VP-23 was the second squadron to transition from P-3B to P-3C Update II following VP-44 who was first. VP-23 was the first Harpoon equipped squadron in the Navy as the Harpoon gear was not ready in time for VP-44 when they made the first Update II deployment to Keflavik, Iceland in 1979. As a result of all this, when VP-23 relieved VP-44 in Keflavik in September '79 they were still the only Harpoon equipped squadron of any kind in the Navy. On New Year's Eve the squadron was tasked to provide a four-crew, three-plane detachment to NSF Diego Garcia as a result of the Iranian hostage crisis and the Russian invasion of Afghanistan. We were extended on deployment for a month and made the remainder of the deployment a split Keflavik - NSF Diego Garcia deployment! We used to say: "If they were any farther away they'd be closer." In the end VP-26 relieved the Diego detachment while VP-46 came over and relieved the Keflavik portion. Oh by the way, we smashed all previous sub contact records with only 2/3 of a squadron in Keflavik!" Contributed by AWCS(AW/NAC) Jeffrey S. Morris 2yankeesfan15@comcast.net

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-44 Logo Thumbnail "...VP-44 NAS Keflavik, Iceland 1979 patch..." Contributed by LEVESQUE, David gettingfree@earthlink.net [12MAY2001]


Circa 1978

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation October 1978 "...History - Change-Of-Command - Page 31 and 33 - Naval Aviation News - October 1978..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1978/oct78.pdf [09OCT2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation September 1978 "...History and Change-Of-Command - Page 27 and 29 - Naval Aviation News - September 1978..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1978/sep78.pdf [09OCT2004]

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Circa 1977

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Meritorious Unit Citation awarded to VP-8, VP-44, VP-64, and VP-92 for ASW operations with CTG 84.3 out of NAS Bermuda in the spring of 1977. The citation on the second page was given out in December of 1977..." Contributed by ROBIDEAU, AWCS Larry Retired larobidoo@comcast.net [15MAY2007]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation October 1977 "...Change-Of-Command - Page 24 - Naval Aviation News - October 1977..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1977/oct77.pdf [08OCT2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation July 1977 "...VP-44 - Naval Aviation News - July 1977..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1977/jul77.pdf [08OCT2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation March 1977 "...New Platform - Page 40 - Naval Aviation News - March 1977..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1977/mar77.pdf [08OCT2004]

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Circa 1976

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: NAS ThumbnailCameraNAAF GREEN "...Aussie 1976 map of Green/Nissan Island. VPB-44 was the main squadron there mid 1944 to April 1945..." Contributed by BUSH, Milton c/o His Son Milton Bush, Jr. MWBUSH@compuserve.com [09JAN2003]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Squadron Awards..." Contributed by Mahlon K. Miller mkwsmiller@cox.net [23APR2001]

  • Joint Meritorious Unit Award
    15 Aug 90 12 Oct 90

  • Meritorious Unit Commendation
    09 Sep 70 31 Oct 70
    09 Mar 76 30 Apr 76
    13 Feb 77 22 May 77
    16 Mar 79 12 Apr 79
    15 Mar 81 23 Mar 82

  • Navy "E" Ribbon (Battle "E")
    01 Oct 78 30 Sep 79
    01 Oct 80 31 Dec 81

  • SECNAV Letter of Commendation
    02 Jan 83 14 Jun 83

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  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
    14 Mar 84 31 Jul 84
  • Navy Expeditionary Service Medal
    01 Oct 80 10 Feb 81

    Circa 1975

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation November 1975 "...CNO Awards - Page 3 - Naval Aviation News - November 1975..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1975/nov75.pdf [04OCT2004]

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    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation October 1975 "...VP-44 - Page 29 - Naval Aviation News - October 1975..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1975/oct75.pdf [04OCT2004]

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    Circa 1973

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-44 History "...The photo of LJG Jeff Averill and myself holding the Lockheed P-3 model at Bermuda represents our making PPTC and PPC, respectively, before the NAS Bermudadeployment in 1973..." Contributed by CDR KEANE [E-Mail Removed By Request 15FEB2012 | 15APR2008]


    Circa 1972

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation June 1972 "...Beer Bottles, Bombs And Battles - Page 22 to 27 - Naval Aviation News - June 1972..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1972/jun72.pdf [27SEP2004]

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    Circa 1971 - 1973

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...A little command history while I was attached: CDR RJW Smith replaced CDR Gigliotti 1OCT71; CDR James Wyly became CO 1OCT72; and CDR PD Smith followed on 1OCT73, his XO being CDR Cullinane. We were the unit that lost a crew to a crash in the area of Ceuta, Morocco in 1972. I was on LT Tom Poole's crew that morning flying a patrol out of NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. We received a call on whether we had heard anything from LCDR Bob Mendenhall's aircraft; we hadn't. I remember a lot of what went on following the accident, but can tell you it was a great loss to us all..." Contributed by CDR KEANE [E-Mail Removed By Request 15FEB2012 | 15APR2008]


    Circa 1971

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-8/VP-44 "... P-3 Bermuda photo credited to all East Coast VP ever deployed to NAS Bermuda..." Contributed by CDR KEANE [E-Mail Removed By Request 15FEB2012 | 15APR2008]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation August 1971 "...Squadron Insignia - Naval Aviation News - August 1971..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1971/aug71.pdf [23SEP2004]

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    Circa 1970

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation May 1970 "...On Patrol - Page 26 - Naval Aviation News - May 1970..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1970/may70.pdf [17SEP2004]

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    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation April 1970 "...On Patrol - Page 24 - Naval Aviation News - April 1970..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1970/apr70.pdf [17SEP2004]

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