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Circa 2009

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera090916-N-6855K-078 KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (Sept. 16, 2009) "...Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Daniel Moulder, assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 47, signals to the flight station of a P-3C Orion aircraft during a high-power turn evolution. The evolution allows maintenance personnel to perform functionality checks on the aircraft before it is deemed safe for flight. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Meagan E. Klein/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [25SEP2009]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera090916-N-6855K-025 KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (Sept. 16, 2009) "...Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Robert Rafalski, left, and Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Michael Kroner, both assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 47, reinstall the flare boxes on a P-3C Orion aircraft. The aircraft received numerous inspections in preparation for transport and use in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Meagan E. Klein/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [25SEP2009]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-40 History "...Fighting Marlins Take Part In Under Sea Warfare Eexercise by LT(jg) Jason Dietz VP-40 - Thursday, March 26, 2009 (Squadrons Mentioned: VP-5, VP-8, VP-9, VP-40, VP-47 and maintainers from CMO-2, CMO-10, CMO-11 and CPRW-2..." WebSite: Northwest Navigator http://www.northwestnavigator.com/ [27MAR2009]

Photograph Caption: The Fighting Marlins of VP-40 recently participated in take part in an under sea warfare exercise with the USS John C. Stennis Strike Group off the coast of Okinawa.The Fighting Marlins of VP-40 recently took part in the USS John C. Stennis Strike Group Under Sea Warfare Exercise (USWEX) out of NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan.

One of the largest exercises in recent years, the exercise was conducted overseas in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility. The event took place off the coast of Okinawa and included participants from the Stennis strike group, forward deployed naval forces from CTF-70, maritime patrol forces from CTF-72, three surface ships, three submarines as well as three P-3 aircrews from the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF).

The Fighting Marlins, along with VP-5, VP-8, VP-9, VP-47 and maintainers from CMO-2, CMO-10 and CMO-11, formed a combined detachment under the leadership of Commander, CPRW-2, encompassing sixteen combat aircrews and eight P-3s. They provided continuous 24-hour operational support to the Strike Group throughout the exercise and stood ready alerts able to react to any potential real world events.

The exercise spanned over five days of around-the-clock operations including several weeks of joint planning with the Strike Group, who was en-route to their six-month Western Pacific (WESTPAC) deployment.

With an average of three planes airborne at any given time during the exercise, the maintainers tirelessly worked to have aircraft available for real world events including the numerous scheduled exercise events. As expected, they answered the challenge, launching fifty-one sorties of the fifty-two scheduled over the course of the exercise.

For the Combat aircrews from VP-40 the exercise provided invaluable "real world" experience in a dynamic and fast paced environment.

The crews successfully balanced the high operational demands and minimum turn-around times without missing a beat. In the condensed time span of the exercise, the detachment amassed just over three hundred flight hours.

The four Marlin aircrews flew over one hundred hours during sixteen events, which accounted for one-third of the total flight time. They were directly responsible for seven of the fifteen simulated submarine kills by maritime patrol forces during the exercise, highlighting the ASW operational capabilities of the VP Community.

The success of the strike group laid the foundation for future major exercises within 7th Fleet.

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera090209-N-6855K-036 WAIMANALO, Hawaii (Feb. 9, 2009) "...Naval Aircrewmen 2nd Class Alicia Cockrum, assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 47, paints the trim of a rebuilt house during a Habitat for Humanity rehabilitation project. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Meagan E. Klein/Released)..." WebSite: Navy NewsStand http://www.navy.mil/ [25MAR2009]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera090209-N-6855K-055 WAIMANALO, Hawaii (Feb. 9, 2009) "...Naval Aircrewman 2nd Class Justin DuBose, left, and Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Ricardo Harp, assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 47, paints the trim of a rebuilt house during a Habitat for Humanity rehabilitation project. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Meagan E. Klein/Released)..." WebSite: Navy NewsStand http://www.navy.mil/ [25MAR2009]


Circa 2008

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-47 Sailors Help Fix Up "Mighty M" - September 23, 2008 - Navy News By MC3 Eric J. Cutright..." [25SEP2008]

FORD ISLAND, Hawaii - Sailors assigned to VP-47, "The Golden Swordsmen", on Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay volunteered their time to refurbish and perform repairs on the battleship USS Missouri Memorial on Naval Station Pearl Harbor.

Approximately 30 Sailors from the squadron got involved and showed they were committed to service in their community and to preserving naval history.

"We don't get a whole lot of chances to do volunteer work like this, but when the command is out there doing it together, it feels really good," said Aviation Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Austin Amaro.

The volunteer work for the ship included running electrical wires through the ship's bulkheads, painting guard rails on the pier and helping out with general tasks in the Victory Store warehouse, where Missouri memorabilia is kept.

Les Lancaster, the memorial's director of operations, said the ship itself only keeps 16 staff members to conduct all of Missouri's maintenance, so the Sailor's work was much appreciated.

"If we did not have the volunteers with the staff that we have, we would not be able to open up other spaces for tourists to visit," said Lancaster. "We want to open as many spaces as possible, so that people can come and see the ship as it was, and the more we do, the better it is for our visitors."

The Sailors got involved in the project after one of their own, Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class (AW/NAC) Christopher Hirn, got in touch with Lancaster and asked if the ship could use any extra help.

"Les said he had some projects, and I brought it up to my master chief about seeing if we could get over here as a squadron," said Hirn. "Since we're aviators I thought it would be nice to come over and see the 'black-shoe side', or the other side of the Navy."

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-47 WebSite - Photo Gallery..." VP-47 Official WebSite: http://www.vp47.navy.mil/ [06JUL2008]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...MOT0 VP-47 Morale Remains Sky-High In Iraq by Navy LT Aaron Roberts - VP-47 Public Affairs - Hawaii Marine - Volume 38, Number 6 - February 22, 2008 - http://www.mcbh.usmc.mil - Page A5..." Contributed by LT Roberts james.roberts@tlab.afcent.af.mil [15MAY2008]

TALLIL, Iraq — In spite of being separated from friends, family and Hawaiian weather, morale here remains high among service members. Especially among the Sailors of VP-47 and Consolidated Maintenance Organization 2, Maintenance Detachment Team Alpha, forward deployed here in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

To help keep the aviators' and maintainers' morale sky high, the command here sponsors activities beneficial to their professional and personal lives.

An example is the month-long Commander's Cup competition.

The Task Group is broken up into teams comprising of the different CMO-2 maintenance shops as well as the squadron's administration department and twelve combat air crews. The physical competition includes pushups, bench press, tug-of-war, pull-ups, basketball, soccer, dodgeball and a 2-mile relay race. The events will benefit Sailors in their upcoming fitness assessment in March.

"The Commander's Cup is a great way to blow off steam while encouraging teamwork," said Chief Petty Officer Neil Adams, a VP-47 FE.

"It is not only fun, but helps improve fitness." The bench press competition went at the squadron gym known as "Davy Jones Locker."

The gym has five weight machines, a complete set of free weights, punching bag, three treadmills, three elliptical trainers, two bikes and a sound system.

The gym is only a short walk away from the hanger, so Sailors can conveniently exercise before or after work.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Melvin Asuncion helped the CMO-2 Airframes team win the bench press competition with a top weight of 355 pounds. Sailors not competing can still help their team in other events. Several Sailors put on an entertaining performance during the karaoke contest, affectionately referred to as "Iraqi Idol." Navy Lieutenant Michael Choe gave an energetic falsetto performance while singing "What's Up" by Four Non Blondes. Although he did not win, he now has the nickname "William Hung." "I was impressed that people had the courage to get up in front of everyone and dance and sing," said Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Mills, a CMO-2 maintainer. "It was more about the fun than the talent."

The Commander's Cup is also scored on professional development activities such as general military training courses.

Sailors have 12 courses to complete before March dealing with an array of subjects including diversity, tobacco cessation and financial management. Teams with the highest completion rate by the end of the Commander's Cup receive the most points.

When Sailors are not participating in the Commander's Cup, they can unwind in the "Orion Dome" after a hard day of work. The dome is a heated and air-conditioned tent with 10 computers, chairs and tables for people to surf the Web or just relax. Other amenities include calls to families and three plasma TVs complete with two Xbox 360s and a Playstation 3. The tent has more than 200 DVDs. It's not uncommon to see people competing in "Guitar Hero" or trying to take over the world with the game of Risk.

"The Orion Dome is a place you can go for refuge when you want a break from work or to get away from your room for a while. It is like having a small part of home with you," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Kimberly Vasquez.

Training, meetings and social events also happen in the Orion Dome. The command's New Year's Eve party brought everyone together to celebrate the end of 2007.

Partygoers played cards, board games and had a karaoke contest for prizes. Sailors also enjoyed pizza, snacks, soda and non-alcoholic beer. Another Orion Dome activity is team trivia night, a contest based on Jeopardy, where Sailors split into teams and compete for bragging rights. Trivia night provides friendly competition and a chance to showcase knowledge on a variety of topics ranging from architecture to anatomy.

For Sailors who want to get away from work, meet new people and relax, there are several Italian restaurants available for everyone on base. One of the restaurants, called 6 Pazzi, is also known for their Egyptian tea and patio fire pit. "We cannot go to each other's rooms to hang out, so my friends meet up at 6 Pazzi after work. It's an open environment for us to have a good time, plus the tea is really good there," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Deanna Acker.

To the horror of the enlisted, the officers have come out with "Flat-top February." To muster support for the event, working areas are covered with posters of famous people wearing the unique hairstyle. Commander Steve Deal, commanding officer, VP-47, and Executive Officer Cmdr. Dave Wright, have been seen sporting flattops.

"Flap-Top February is contagious here. There are only a few barbers on base that will touch the hairstyle and it takes 30 minutes to finish. I am just glad I don't look as bad as [Navy] Lt. Matt Underwood," commented Navy Lt. Howie Cusick, the squadron's flight doctor.

Support from families back home also raises morale. The Family Readiness Group in Hawaii sends a monthly calendar filled with pictures and notes from loved ones.

The calendar always brings out Sailors' emotions. Petty Officer 3rd Class Phillip Weisner recently received an ultrasound of his family's newest addition through the calendar.

Everyone has enjoyed receiving care packages from friends, family and even kind strangers. Sailors can't help but smile when they read cards labeled "Dear Soldier" from friendly grade school children across the country. As a token of appreciation, air crews fly flags over Iraq and mail them back to the school or organization that sent the packages.

All of these morale events have left a lasting impression on the Sailors here.

They will all finish the successful 2007-2008 deployment with new friends and lasting memories.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraRear Admiral Brian C. Prindle "...Rear Admiral Prindle Makes Historic Visit by Navy LT Aaron Roberts - VP-47 Public Affairs - Hawaii Marine - Volume 38, Number 5 - February 1, 2008 - http://www.mcbh.usmc.mil - Page A5. Squadrons Mentioned: VP-26, VP-47 and MOCC..." Contributed by LT Roberts james.roberts@tlab.afcent.af.mil [15MAY2008]

Photograph Caption: Rear Admiral Brian C. Prindle, commander of Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, addresses Task Group 57.18 Sailors in Iraq. Ali Air Base, Iraq was one of the last locations Prindle visited in his recent tour of the Fifth Fleet area of operations. Photograph by Seaman Meagan E. Klein

TALLIL, Iraq – Rear Adm. Brian C. Prindle visited the men and women of Task Group 57.18, comprised of Sailors from VP-47, VP-26, Consolidated Maintenance Organization 2, and Mobile Operational Control Centers Delta and Golf, at Ali Air Base, Iraq here.

Rear Admiral Prindle, commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, visited Ali as one of his final stops touring forward deployed P-3C squadrons.

"I cannot think of another organization in the Navy, especially in aviation, that has more dynamic events going on," Prindle said. "Everyone I talk to has high praise for this command. You are the leading the way at the fighting edge of freedom." Task Group aircrews are flying in support of maritime patrol operations and Operation Iraqi Freedom. This is an unprecedented era for the P-3 Navy, marking the first time a complete P-3 squadron and maintenance organization have deployed to Iraq.

Though originally designed for maritime patrol and submarine hunting, the P-3 has additional capability to enable it to be the "eyes in the sky" for Coalition Forces on the ground. The plane is equipped with cameras that allow surveillance over great distances with precise resolution, making it a force multiplier in counterinsurgency operations.

The Admiral spent his day touring the Navy compound, talking to Sailors, and answering questions about current P-3 operations. He wanted to see firsthand how the Task Group accomplishes its mission.

Prindle, a P-3 Naval aviator, gave a very enthusiastic speech to his fellow Sailors about the P-3 community.

"Coming out here is one of the most valuable things I do. I get reenergized when I watch this well-oiled machine doing great things for our nation. I see a lot of talented and motivated Americans doing tremendous work," Prindle said.

Prindle continued his journey to al Udeid Air Base before flying back to Norfolk, Virginia.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraCmdr. Steve Deal and Combat Aircrew 7 "...Hawaii Sailors Patrolling Iraq by Navy LT Aaron Roberts - VP-47 Public Affairs - Hawaii Marine - Volume 38, Number 5 - February 1, 2008 - http://www.mcbh.usmc.mil. Page A1 and A6..." Contributed by LT Roberts james.roberts@tlab.afcent.af.mil [15MAY2008]

Photograph Caption: VP-47 commanding officer Cmdr. Steve Deal and Combat Aircrew 7 exit their P3-C Orion aircraft after flying the squadron's 200,000 mishap-free flight hour, a record more than 34 years in the making. VP-47 is the first full Navy squadron deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Photograph by Seaman Meagan E. Klein

TALLIL, Iraq — Hawaii-based VP-47 and Maintenance Detachment Team Alpha of Consolidated Maintenance Organization 2 finished another rewarding month of their 2007-2008 deployment.

The squadron is deployed here with a detachment from al Udeid, Qatar. More than 350 sailors here are serving in the Global War on Terrorism.

The majority of the squadron flies missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Golden Swordsmen crews use sophisticated surveillance sensors to support Coalition Forces in Iraq.

Squadron aircraft stream full-motion video to the troops on the ground. In addition they provide security overwatch for supply convoys.

"I talked to a convoy truck driver at the bus stop the other day. He asked me what I did and when I told him, he shook my hand and told me how thankful he was to have us here," said LT(jg) J.J. Donchez, a Golden Swordsmen pilot. "It makes you look at the world and our mission differently."

"I'm amazed everyday at the sheer amount of work that goes on here on a daily basis, and the impact our Sailors have made since arriving a couple of months ago," said Command Master Chief Bill Singer. "No question what is going on at VP-47 and CMO 2 is what I would call magic.

The mesh of people, the mission, and the OPTEMPO make for an unforgettable deployment."

The squadron has achieved an unprecedented 100 percent mission completion rate. On Dec. 19, VP-47 reached a major milestone of 200,000 consecutive mishap-free flight hours thanks in part to the hard work from CMO 2 maintainers.

"CMO 2 has many dedicated men and women. They work hard to keep planes in the air. We have never seen a team pull together through challenge and adversity like this group," said Navy LT Dave Carroll, officer in-charge, CMO 2 Det. Alpha.

VP-47 has also flown important missions in other parts of the theater. Specifically, the Golden Swordsmen detachment in al Udeid has protected the sea base in Middle Eastern waterways.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Wings of Gold Thumbnail "...Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Group - RADM Brian C. Prindle, USN. Wings of Gold - Spring 2008 - Page 6-8. (Squadrons/Wings Referenced: VP-62, VP-69, VQ-1, VQ-2, VPU-1, VPU-2, VP-1, VP-4, VP-5, VP-8, VP-9, VP-10, VP-16, VP-26, VP-30, VP-40, VP-45, VP-46, VP-47, CPRW-2, CPRW-5, CPRW-10 and CPRW-11..." WebSite: Association of Naval Aviation http://www.anahq.org/index.htm [23APR2008]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera080204-N-6855K-022 TALLIL, Iraq (Feb. 4, 2008) "...Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class Samuel Trapanese, assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 47, slides a sonobuoy into a pressurized launch tube aboard a P-3C Orion aircraft. Although the P-3 Orion aircraft has been in service for over 45 years, the planes continue to play a vital role in anti-submarine warfare. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Meagan E. Klein (Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [13MAR2008]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera080213-N-6855K-041 TALLIL, Iraq (Feb. 13, 2008) "...Chief Aviation Warfare Systems Operator Gary Phillips, assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 47, operates sensor equipment aboard a P-3C Orion aircraft. Although the P-3 Orion aircraft has been in service for over 45 years, the planes continue to play a vital role in anti-submarine warfare. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Meagan E. Klein (Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [13MAR2008]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera080205-N-6855K-039 TALLIL, Iraq (Feb. 5, 2008) "...Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class Richard Robillard, assigned to CMO-2 based in MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, directs the P-3C Orion aircraft transporting Capt. Michael Carter, Commander of CPRW-2, onto the tarmac. Carter flew to Iraq to visit CMO-2 and VP-47 during their deployment in Iraq. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Meagan E. Klein (Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [17FEB2008]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Hawaii Marine February 1, 2008 - Hawaii Sailors Patrolling Iraq by Navy LT Aaron Roberts VP-47 Public Affairs AND Rear Admiral Prindle Makes Historic Visit by Navy LT Aaron Roberts VP-47 Public Affairs..." WebSite: VP-47 http://www.vp47.navy.mil/ [09FEB2008]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...TEAM SWORD Family Newsletter - December 2007/January 2008 - News From The Front..." WebSite: VP-47 http://www.vp47.navy.mil/ [09FEB2008]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-40 History ThumbnailCamera080118-N-6855K-108 TALLIL, Iraq (Jan. 18, 2008) "...Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class Andrew Dohman, assigned to VP-47, slides a sonobuoy into the pressurized launch tube during a training flight aboard a P-3C Orion aircraft. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Meagan E. Klein (Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=54983 [06FEB2008]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-40 History ThumbnailCamera080118-N-6855K-095 TALLIL, Iraq (Jan. 18, 2008) "...Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class Andrew Dohman, assigned to VP-47, pushes a sonobuoy into the rack after recording its channel during a training flight aboard a P-3C Orion aircraft. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Meagan E. Klein (Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=54984 [06FEB2008]


Circa 2007

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-40 History ThumbnailCameraVP-47 History "...VP Squadron Celebrates Safety Milestone while supporting troops in Iraq by By Lt. Mike Choe..." WebSite: Navy Safety Center http://safetycenter.navy.mil/media/approach/spotlight/VP47articledec2007.pdf [26MAY2008]

On December 19th 2007, Patrol Squadron Four Seven (VP-47) reached a major milestone of 200,000 consecutive mishap-free hours. This is a significant accomplishment in itself but what makes this occasion unique is the fact that it was achieved on a combat flight in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

This deployment marks a series of firsts for a P-3 squadron.

  • The first to establish a full Task Group (CTG 57.18) in Iraq
  • The first Hawaii squadron to deploy with CMO-2
  • The first Navy squadron to be entirely deployed in the Iraqi combat zone

    VP-47 remains a force multiplier by increasing full motion video capabilities by 480 percent, fulfilling the Secretary of Defense requirement for P-3 support in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    Combat Aircrew Seven (CAC-7) had the honor of completing the commemorative flight on aircraft 162773. The CTG took a brief pause to celebrate and reflect on this considerable achievement.

    The CO of the squadron, Cdr. Steve Deal spoke to the Task Group and said, "This is a team effort which goes back 34 years. We honor all those who have gone before us with every safe mission. The hallmarks of aircrew procedural compliance, positive CRM, bythe-book maintenance, and vigilant tool control have made the difference for all these years."

    VP-47 is based out of Kaneohe Bay, HI.

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...TEAM SWORD Family Newsletter - October 2007 - News From The Front..." WebSite: VP-47 http://www.vp47.navy.mil/ [09FEB2008]
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    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-40 History ThumbnailCamera071227-N-6855K-004 TALLIL, Iraq (Dec. 27, 2007) "...Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Brandon Duncan assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 47 inspects a hoisting cable. Ordnancemen practice loading missiles to stay proficient with loading procedures. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Meagan E. Klein (Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=54966 [03FEB2008]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-40 History ThumbnailCamera071022-N-7488R-008 KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (Oct. 22, 2007) "...The Golden Swordsmen of VP-47 and CMO-2, Maintenance Detachment Team Alpha leave Marine Corps Base Hawaii in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. This is the first of several airlifts that will carry VP-47 and CMO-2 personnel on deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. James A. Roberts (RELEASED)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ view_single.asp?id=52141 [03NOV2007]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-40 History ThumbnailCamera071029-N-5359K-003 TALLIL, Iraq (Oct. 29, 2007) "...Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead talks with members of VP-40 and VP-47 at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Tallil. FOB Tallil was one of several stops Roughead made during his weeklong visit to locations throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, including Bahrain, Kuwait and Iraq. Roughead discussed the recently released maritime strategy and CNO guidance, and thanked squadron members for their contributions in support of U.S. and coalition efforts in maritime security operations. U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Pamela Kunze (RELEASED)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ view_single.asp?id=52297 [03NOV2007]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera070509-N-3398B-049 KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (May 9, 2007) "...Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Apollo Durga assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 47 attaches an M904-E Fuse to the arming wire of a BDU-45 practice bomb during Conversional Weapons Technical Proficiency Inspection (CWTPI). The CWTPI is the first major inspection during VP-47's 18 month Inter-Deployment Readiness Cycle. This evolution encompasses everything from administrative evaluations to proper weapons loading. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kevin S. Beauchamp (RELEASED)..." WebSite: Navy NewsStand http://www.news.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=46193 [20JUN2007]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera070509-N-3398B-039 KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (May 9, 2007) "...Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Frankie Ruelas assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 47 attaches an AGM-84D Harpoon Anti-ship Missile to a P-3C Orion aircraft during Conversional Weapons Technical Proficiency Inspection (CWTPI). The CWTPI is the first major inspection during VP-47's 18 month Inter-Deployment Readiness Cycle. This evololution encompasses everything from administrative evaluations to proper weapons loading. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kevin S. Beauchamp (RELEASED)..." WebSite: Navy NewsStand http://www.news.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=46192 [20JUN2007]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera070416-N-8937A-187 KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (April 16, 2007) "...A composite photo of the assembled Sailors, Marines, family, friends and distinguished guests saluting as the National Anthem is played during the change of command ceremony Patrol Squadron (VP) 47. Cmdr. Steve Deal relieved Cmdr. Daniel Schebler to become the 58th commanding officer of VP-47 since 1949. U.S. Navy illustration by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ian W. Anderson (RELEASED)..." WebSite: Navy NewsStand http://www.news.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=45209 [BIO's Added 30APR2007 | 22APR2007]

    History ThumbnailCameraCO - CDR Steve Deal Commander Steve Deal was raised in Chesapeake, Virginia, and entered the United States Navy with the 1989 Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps commissioning class at Virginia Tech. He was designated a Naval Aviator in October 1990.

    He has served in various leadership positions in VP-1 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, in USS CONSTELLATION (CV-64), and again in VP-1 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. He also served as Executive Assistant to the Commander, U.S. THIRD Fleet, in San Diego, California.

    Shore tours included duty as Flag Aide to the Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Korea, and Flag Aide to the Commander, Naval Base Charleston, South Carolina; Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor Pilot in VP-30 at Jacksonville, Florida; Deputy Executive Assistant to the Director, Air Warfare (N78), and Speechwriter for the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington, D.C.

    He holds the degree of Master of Business Administration from Jacksonville University, and his military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, as well as various other unit and campaign awards.

    History ThumbnailCameraXO - CDR David M. Wright, Jr. Commander Wright graduated from Parkview High School in Lilburn, GA in 1985. After completing his Bachelor of Science Degree in Aero/Astro Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, CDR Wright was commissioned in June 1989 and reported to NAS Pensacola, Florida for flight training at Naval Aviation Schools Command and VT-10. CDR Wright was then assigned to Mather AFB, CA and earned his Naval Flight Officer wings of gold in September 1990. After completing initial P-3 training at VP-30, CDR Wright reported to the Batmen of VP-24 where he was the CMS Custodian, Communications Officer, Mining & Weapons Officer, Special Missions Officer, and NFO NATOPS Officer. He completed deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily from November 1992 – May 1993 and to NAS Keflavik, Iceland from August 1994 – February 1995 and qualified as Instructor Nav/Comm, TACCO, Instructor TACCO, and Mission Commander. After decommissioning the Batmen in April 1995, CDR Wright transferred to the Pro's Nest at VP-30 where he served as an Instructor NFO, Replacement NFO Performance Officer, Department Head School Coordinator, Maintenance Admin/Training Officer, and NFO IUT Standardization Officer. CDR Wright was then selected as Flag Secretary for Commander, Carrier Group FOUR in Norfolk, VA where he completed battle group inter-deployment training cycle exercises (Composite Training Unit Exercise-COMPTUEX) for five deploying battlegroups from January 1998 – January 2000. CDR Wright reported to VPU-1 in April 2000 and served as the Tactics/Intelligence Department Head and Maintenance Officer and quickly qualified as Mission Commander, NATOPS Evaluator, and Detachment Officer-in-Charge. He deployed nine times in support of four Theater Commanders-in-Chief, including nearly three months of combat operations in support of OPERATION Enduring Freedom. CDR Wright reported to CPRW-5 as the Current Operations Officer in July 2002 and has served as Operations Officer from October 2003 to July 2005. He attended the Naval War College in Newport, RI from August 2005 until August 2006 and was awarded a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies. He has been serving in his present assignment as Chief Staff Officer for CPRW-2 in MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii since September 2006 and will report as Executive Officer, VP-47 in April 2007. CDR Wright received his Masters of Business Administration Degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in June 2000. He has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three times) and the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal (twice) as well as various command awards for operations around the world.

    History ThumbnailCameraCMC - AMCS(AW) Romel Sotto Previous commands: VPU-2, VP-1, HSL-41 and VP-47.

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera070416-N-8937A-073 KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (April 16, 2007) "...From left, Executive Officer Patrol Squadron (VP) 47 Cmdr. Steve Deal, retired Adm. Thomas Fargo, Commanding Officer VP-47 Cmdr. Daniel Schebler, Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing (CPRW) 2 Capt. Matthew Carter and Lt. Michael Grass salute as the colors are paraded by the Marine Corps Air Facility Color Guard during a change of command ceremony for VP-47. Cmdr. Steve Deal relieved Cmdr. Daniel Schebler to become the 58th commanding officer of VP-47 since 1949. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ian W. Anderson (RELEASED)..." WebSite: Navy NewsStand http://www.news.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=45208 [22APR2007]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera070416-N-3398B-046 KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (April 16, 2007) "...Sailors assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 47 bow their heads at change of command ceremony. Steve Deal relieved Cmdr. Daniel Schebler becoming the 58th commanding officer of VP-47 since 1949. U.S. Navy photo by photo Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kevin S. Beauchamp (RELEASED)..." WebSite: Navy NewsStand http://www.news.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=45204 [22APR2007]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera070416-N-3398B-043 KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (April 16, 2007) "...Marine Corps Air Facility Color Guard parades the colors during a Patrol Squadron (VP) 47 change of command ceremony. Cmdr. Steve Deal relieved Cmdr. Daniel Schebler becoming the 58th commanding officer of VP-47 since 1949. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kevin S. Beauchamp (RELEASED)..." WebSite: Navy NewsStand http://www.news.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=45203 [22APR2007]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera070414-N-3398B-020 KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (April 14, 2007) "...Aviation Warfare Systems Operator 3rd Class Michael Odell of Patrol Squadron (VP) 47 discharges his weapon during a 9mm pistol qualification aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii gun range. The 9mm pistol qualification is a requirement of all personnel assigned to VP-47 as part of their Interdeploymnet Readiness Cycle, which prepares them for deployment overseas. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kevin S. Beauchamp (RELEASED)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.news.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=45592 [11MAY2007]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera070430-N-8937A-006 KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (March 30, 2007) "...Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class Anthony Danno takes a sonobuoy from Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Ferdinand Mendoza during a timed sonobuoy loading evolution as part of Patrol Squadron (VP) 47's competitive training exercise known as the Flight Line Rodeo. Both Sailors are attached to VP-47. Four competing teams from VP-47's maintenance department competed in six events during the Flight Line Rodeo for a custom designed belt buckle and bragging rights. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ian W. Anderson (RELEASED)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.news.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=45791 [11MAY2007]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera070430-N-8937A-064 KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (March 30, 2007) "...Aviation Ordananceman Airman Frankie Ruelas, attached to Patrol Squadron (VP) 47, removes a sonobuoy from an external sonobuoy launch tube underneath a P-3C Orion following a portion of VP-47's competitive training exercise known as the Flight Line Rodeo. Four competing teams from VP-47's maintenance department competed in six events during the Flight Line Rodeo for a custom designed belt buckle and bragging rights. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ian W. Anderson (RELEASED)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.news.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=45792 [11MAY2007]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera070319-N-3398B-143 KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (March 19, 2007) "...Airplane director, Aviation Electricians Mate 2nd Class Leanne H. McCollum of VP-47, directs Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Brandon A. Haag as they tow the P-3C Orion during a competitive exercise know as the Flight Line Rodeo. Four competing teams from VP-47's maintenance department competed in five events during the Flight Line Rodeo for a custom designed belt buckle and bragging rights. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kevin S. Beauchamp (RELEASED)..." WebSite: Navy NewsStand http://www.news.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=44262 [23MAR2007]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera070319-N-3398B-145 KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (March 19, 2007) "...Airplane director, Aviation Electricians Mate 2nd Class Leanne H. McCollum of VP-47, directs Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Brandon A. Haag as they tow the P-3C Orion during a competitive exercise know as the Flight Line Rodeo. Four competing teams from VP-47's maintenance department competed in five events during the Flight Line Rodeo for a custom designed belt buckle and bragging rights. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kevin S. Beauchamp (RELEASED)..." WebSite: Navy NewsStand http://www.news.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=44263 [23MAR2007]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera070319-N-8937A-129 KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (March 19, 2007) "...Aviation Ordananceman Airman Brandon Duncan, assigned to VP-47, loads sonobuoys into the underside of a P-3C Orion during a training competition known as the Flight Line Rodeo. Four competing teams from VP-47's Maintenance department competed in five events during the Flight Line Rodeo for a custom designed belt buckle and bragging rights. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ian W. Anderson (RELEASED)..." WebSite: Navy NewsStand http://www.news.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=44265 [23MAR2007]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera070216-N-8937A-042 KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (Feb. 15, 2007) "...Sailors assigned to Command Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing's 2 CPRW-2, VP-47, VP-9, and VPU-2 stand at attention during an awards ceremony recognizing the achievements of Sailors from each of the commands throughout the past year. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Ian W. Anderson (RELEASED)..." WebSite: Navy NewsStand http://www.news.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=43763 [20MAR2007]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera070216-N-8937A-042 KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (Feb. 15, 2007) "...Sailors assigned to Command Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing's 2 CPRW-2, VP-47, VP-9, and VPU-2 stand at attention during an awards ceremony recognizing the achievements of Sailors from each of the commands throughout the past year. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Ian W. Anderson (RELEASED)..." WebSite: Navy NewsStand http://www.news.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=43763 [20MAR2007]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...AVCM Donald Neal "Golden Wrench" Award for 2007: VP(Atlantic) - VP-10, VP(Pacific) - VP-47 and VQ/VPU - VPU-1..." Contributed by AM1(AW) Jeff Frey p3superb@aol.com [23FEB2007]


    Circa 2007

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera061025-N-3207B-040 Kaneohe, Hawaii (Oct. 25, 2006) "...Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Krista Scudamore, assigned to Patrol Squadron Four Seven (VP-47), receives an autographed photo of the Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders. The National Football League (NFL) cheerleaders visited Sailors and Marines stationed at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jennifer L. Bailey (RELEASED)..." WebSite: Navy News Stand http://www.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=40280 [05NOV2006]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Mishap-Free Milestones..." WebSite: Naval Safety Center http://www.safetycenter.navy.mil/media/approach/issues/mayjun06/Mishap-Free_Milestones.htm [26JUN2006]

    VP-40
    39 years
    249,000 hours

    VP-47
    33 years
    190,000 hours

    VAW-124
    13 years
    24,800 hours

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP History ThumbnailCamera060602-N-3207B-121 Kaneohe, Hawaii (June 2, 2006) "...The 1st of Patrol Squadron Four Seven's (VP-47) P-3C Orions returned home from a six month deployment. VP-47 deployed to the 5th and 7th fleets in support of maritime patrol operations and the global war on terrorism. U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Jennifer L. Bailey (RELEASED)..." WebSite: Navy Newsstand http://www.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=35453 [18JUN2006]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP History ThumbnailCamera060602-N-3207B-069 Kaneohe, Hawaii (June 2, 2006) "...Sailors assigned to the Golden Swordsmen of Patrol Squadron Four Seven (VP-47) carefully place a lei on the first P-3C Orion to return home from deployment. VP-47 deployed to the 5th and 7th fleets in support of maritime patrol operations and the global war on terrorism. U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Jennifer L. Bailey (RELEASED)..." WebSite: Navy Newsstand http://www.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=35452 [18JUN2006]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP History ThumbnailCamera060530-N-3207B-023 Pearl Harbor (May 30, 2006) "...Lt.J.G. Andrew Chauvin, assigned to the Golden Swordsmen of Patrol Squadron Four Seven (VP-47), kisses his newborn baby for the first time after returning from a six-month deployment to the 5th and 7th fleets. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Jennifer L. Bailey (RELEASED) ..." WebSite: Navy Newsstand http://www.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=35443 [18JUN2006]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP History ThumbnailCamera060523-N-8937A-041 Southwest Asia (May 23, 2006) "...Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Brandon Haag hands Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Nicolas Gardner a wing panel while conducting repairs on a P-3C Orion. Both Sailors are assigned to Patrol Squadron Four Seven (VP-47). VP-47 is currently deployed to Southwest Asia in support of the global war on terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Ian W. Anderson (RELEASED)..." WebSite: Navy Newsstand http://www.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=35172 [02MAY2006]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP History ThumbnailCamera060523-N-8937A-093 Southwest Asia (May 23, 2006) "...Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Kiana Mira, right, assist a another Sailor in removing an engine tailpipe during the replacement of a turboprop jet engine on a P-3C Orion. Both Sailors are assigned to Patrol Squadron Four Seven (VP-47), which is currently deployed to Southwest Asia in support of the global war on terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Ian W. Anderson (RELEASED)..." WebSite: Navy Newsstand http://www.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=35173 [02MAY2006]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP History ThumbnailCamera060417-N-3207B-065 Southwest Asia (April 17, 2006) "...Cmdr. James Landers receives the Meritorious Service Medal from Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force 5th and 7th Fleet, Rear Adm. Arthur Johnson, after relinquishing command of Patrol Squadron Four Seven (VP-47). VP-47 is currently on deployment to Southwest Asia in support of maritime patrol operations and the global war on terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Second Class Jennifer L. Bailey (RELEASED)..." WebSite: Navy Newsstand http://www.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=33681 [02MAY2006]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP History ThumbnailCamera060412-N-3207B-090 Southwest Asia (April 12, 2006) "...Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Cesar Pastorsilva, attached to Patrol Squadron Four Seven (VP-47), attaches safety wire to the steering column of a P-3C Orion. VP-47 is currently on deployment to Southwest Asia in support of maritime patrol operations and the global war on terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Jennifer L. Bailey (RELEASED)..." WebSite: Navy Newsstand http://www.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=33551 [02MAY2006]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera060408-N-3207B-031 Southwest Asia (April 8, 2006) "...Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Installations and Environment, B.J. Penn, speaks with Sailors assigned to Patrol Squadron Four Seven (VP-47) during a recent visit to Southwest Asia. Penn is traveling throughout the 5th Fleet area of responsibility to see Naval facilities and meet Sailors. VP-47 is currently on deployment to Southwest Asia in support of maritime patrol operations and the global war on terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Jennifer L. Bailey (RELEASED)..." WebSite: Navy NewsStand http://www.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=33434 [04JUN2006]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP History ThumbnailCamera060330-N-3207B-030 Southwest Asia (March 30, 2006) "...Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, Vice Adm. Patrick Walsh, responds to questions from Patrol Squadron Four Seven (VP-47) Commanding Officer, Cmdr. James Landers during an all-hands call. Walsh praised more than 200 Sailors assigned to several air squadrons stationed in Southwest Asia for their service, while discussing the importance of the role they play. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Jennifer L. Bailey (RELEASED)..." WebSite: Navy Newsstand http://www.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=33300 [07APR2006]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP History ThumbnailCamera060317-N-3207B-021 Southwest Asia (March 17, 2006) "...Lt. Dedrick Luikens, assigned to Patrol Squadron Four Seven (VP-47), and Maj. Amy Olsen, assigned to 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, perform surgery on an epidermal inclusion cyst on the cranium of a patient. VP-47 is currently on deployment to Southwest Asia in support of maritime patrol operations and the global war on terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Jennifer L. Bailey (RELEASED)..." WebSite: Navy Newsstand http://www.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=32887 [26MAR2006]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP History ThumbnailCamera060313-N-3207B-043 South West Asia (March 13, 2006) "...Commander, U. S. Pacific Command, Adm. William J. Fallon speaks with with Sailors assigned to Patrol Squadron Four Seven (VP-47) and U.S. Air Force airmen during a recent visit to South West Asia. Fallon is traveling to various regions to see naval facilities and thank U.S. military forces for their service to their nation. VP-47 is currently on deployment to South West Asia in support of maritime patrol operations and the global war on terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Jennifer L. Bailey (RELEASED)..." WebSite: Navy Newsstand http://www.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=32740 [26MAR2006]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP History ThumbnailCamera060313-N-3207B-031 South West Asia (March 13, 2006) "...Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, Adm. William J. Fallon enjoys dinner with Sailors assigned to Patrol Squadron Four Seven (VP-47) and U.S. Air Force airmen during a recent visit to South West Asia. Fallon is traveling to different regions to see naval facilities and thank U.S. military forces for their service to their nation. VP-47 is currently on deployment to South West Asia in support of maritime patrol operations and the global war on terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Jennifer L. Bailey (RELEASED)..." WebSite: Navy Newsstand http://www.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=32749 [26MAR2006]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP History ThumbnailCamera060309-N-3207B-003 Al Udeid, Qatar (March 9, 2006) "...Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Ricardo Harp assigned to Patrol Squadron Four Seven (VP-47) participates in the E-5 Navy-wide Advancement Exam on board Al Udeid Air Force Base. VP-47 is currently on deployment to Qatar in support of maritime patrol operations and the global war on terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Jennifer L. Bailey (RELEASED)..." WebSite: Navy Newsstand http://www.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=32664 [26MAR2006]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP History ThumbnailCamera060309-N-3207B-006 Al Udeid, Qatar (March 9, 2006) "...Sailors assigned to Patrol Squadron Four Seven (VP-47), Patrol Squadron Two Six (VP-26) and Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron One (VQ-1) gathered to take the Navy-wide Advancement Exam at the Desert Eagle Lounge on board Al Udeid Air Force base. VP-47 is currently on deployment to Qatar in support of maritime patrol operations and the global war on terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Jennifer L. Bailey (RELEASED)..." WebSite: Navy Newsstand http://www.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=32665 [26MAR2006]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP History ThumbnailCamera060125-N-3207B-029 Qatar (Jan. 25, 2006) "...Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 2nd Class Graham Keithley, assigned to Patrol Squadron Four Seven (VP-47), looks at fuel drawn from a P-3C Orion to check for contaminants such as water and dust particles. Fuel samples are conducted before every flight and are good for up to twenty-four hours. VP-47 is currently on deployment to Qatar in support of maritime patrol operations and the global war on terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Jennifer L. Bailey (RELEASED)..." WebSite: Navy Newsstand http://www.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=31508 [04MAR2006]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP History ThumbnailCamera060204-N-0000N-003 RED SEA (Feb 4, 2006) "....U. S. Navy P-3 Assist in Egyptian Ferry Search and Rescue - By Photographer's Mate 1st Class Curt Cooper, Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet Public Affairs - Story Number: NNS060206-12 - Release Date: 2/6/2006 11:56:00 AM..." WebSite: Navy NewsStand http://www.news.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=22204 [07FEB2006]

    Photograph Description: Infrared image taken from U.S. Navy P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft, assisting in search and rescue operations for survivors of the Egyptian ferry Al Salam Boccaccio 98 in the Red Sea, shows a rescue vessel alongside a life raft. The aircraft, assigned to the Golden Swordsmen of Patrol Squadron (VP-47), flew for almost 15 hours during the mission to assist local authorities in the search efforts. VP-47 is homeported at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, and is currently supporting missions in the U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) area of operations. U.S. Navy photo (RELEASED)

    MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- A U.S. Navy P-3 Orion from Patrol Squadron (VP) 47 Golden Swordsmen assisted search and rescue operations for survivors of the sunken Egyptian ferry Al Salam Boccaccio 98 in the Red Sea, Feb. 4.

    The ferry, carrying an estimated 1,400 passengers, sank about 50 miles off the coast of Egypt at approximately 2 a.m., Feb. 3. The VP-47 crew flew for almost 15 hours to assist Egyptian authorities in the search efforts.

    "After a thousand mile transit the aircraft was still able to provide seven-and-a-half hours of time on station looking for survivors using its infrared capability," said Lt. Christopher Ellison, Commander Task Force 57 operations scheduling officer. "The aircraft searched for and guided ships to survivors throughout the night and into the morning. The P-3 was a vital tool to the overall rescue effort as the P-3 was the only asset capable of searching the large area for survivors in the dark."

    CTF 57's P-3 Orions are an unobtrusive force that provide a valuable service to operational commanders throughout the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command area of operations. P-3s are the over-the-horizon eyes and ears for the operational commanders both on the land and at sea. They provide key support to the overall mission of maritime security operations (MSO).

    MSO set the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment as well as complement the counter-terrorism and security efforts of regional nations. MSO deny international terrorists use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons, or other material.


    Circa 2005

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP History ThumbnailCameraLt. John Gregory "...Navy pilot, former Marine on patrol - Submitted by: MCB Hawaii - Story by: Sgt. Joseph A. Lee - Story Identification #: 200599195925..." WebSite: Marine Corps News http://www.marines.mil/marinelink/ mcn2000.nsf/0/ 16022c3710ac4bb9852570770083c896?OpenDocument [03OCT2005]

    MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII, KANEOHE BAY — Hawaii (Sept. 9, 2005) -- The 21st century battlefield involves more cohesion between services, perhaps, than any previous era in United States military history. Marines and Army forces on the ground rely on information collected from Navy and Air Force pilots in the sky, while naval air units protect naval assets at sea and vice versa, and the airborne services may even rely heavily on information collected from the ground.

    VP History ThumbnailCameraLt. John Gregory Navy Lt. John Gregory, patrol plane commander with VP-47, sees the protection of his military and civilian families as his top priority.

    Here at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, Navy P-3C Orion pilots from the various patrol squadrons protect assets on land and at sea while providing aerial reconnaissance for ground units in combat. For one pilot with VP-47, who came into the service as an open-contract Marine, the protection of forces on the ground is not just a job, it's an obligation to protect his family — both military and mιnage.

    "Family is everything to me," said Navy Lt. John Gregory. "For me, being a leader and a warrior comes first, but the protection of my family is a close second."

    Once a Marine Corps food service specialist, Navy Lt. John Gregory is now the patrol plane commander of a P-3C Orion for VP-47. Gregory claims that he will never forget what he learned as a Marine, and with that came an appreciation for the Navy/Marine Corps family and what it can offer.

    Born in Richland, Wash., Gregory enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1988, and was first stationed in Yuma, Ariz.

    "I knew as soon as I came in that I wanted to do more," said Gregory, "but in the Marine Corps, I had to wait at least a year before I could leave my MOS (military occupational specialty)."

    According to Gregory, he always did his best at every task, and even won the title of Chef of the Quarter before being accepted to Marine Security Guard duty. After graduating, Gregory was first stationed in Rome, where he met his wife Deborah.

    "See, I was the nice guy at Post 1 in the Rome Embassy, back in 1991. I worked with an Italian security guard who was much tougher on visitors," said Gregory. "The two of us combined made a great team. One day he was giving this woman a hard time at the metal detector, and it just so happened that my kind interference during the situation won me the love of my life."

    After his tour in Rome, Gregory began gathering his package to submit for the Meritorious Enlisted Commissioning Program, with his sights set on being a pilot. He did a tour as a security guard in Honduras, then Panama, and finally received his orders to the MECEP program when he was stationed in Mexico City.

    "I applied to both Washington State and the University of Idaho, but when both applications were accepted on the same date, I had to decide," said Gregory. "Idaho offered free, in-state fishing and hunting licenses, so that ended up being a fairly easy decision."

    After graduating from college, Staff Sgt. Gregory was commissioned as a second lieutenant and then attended The Basic School for six months.

    "I think TBS is quite possibly the best military leadership training the United States has to offer," said Gregory. "The things I learned there about leading Marines, I will never forget."

    After attending flight school in NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, Gregory made an interservice transfer to the United States Navy, where he began training as a fixed-wing pilot. From training, Gregory came straight to MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii where he is doing his first fleet tour as a P-3C pilot.

    Gregory moved his wife and two daughters, now 3-year-old Josephine and 4-year-old Elisabeth, to Kaneohe Bay in 2003 for duty.

    "The cohesion here between the Navy and the Marine Corps is really second to none," said Gregory, "and we in the Navy really enjoy the relationship we have with the Marines of K-Bay. The idea of a Navy/Marine Corps family is truly prevalent here."

    Now a father of three after his son, Duncan, was born three weeks ago, Gregory may soon deploy for the second time, and is focused on providing the best aerial service he can for his counterparts on the ground.

    "I also have a cousin in the Army National Guard who does convoy security, and all I can think of while I'm airborne is how much his life may depend on my accurate reconnaissance," said Gregory. "He's the one with the tougher job, but I have to make sure I do mine so he can live to do his. It's that cooperation between our forces that makes me proud to serve the Navy doing the job that I do. We're a family, and family is one of my highest priorities."

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP History ThumbnailCamera050823-N-3207B-001 Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii (Aug. 23, 2005) "...Aviation Electrician's Mate 2nd Class Jason Hauser, assigned to Patrol Squadron Four Seven (VP-47), replaces wiring on a P-3C Orion engine. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Jennifer L. Bailey (RELEASED)..." WebSite: Navy Newsstand http://www.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=27369 [31AUG2005]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP History ThumbnailCamera050804-N-8937A-028 Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii (Aug. 4, 2005) "...Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Justin W. Matt instructs Yeomen 1st Class Herendira O. Gutierrez on the proper firing technique of a 9mm pistol. Small arms qualifications are held for all personnel of Patrol Squadron Four Seven VP-47 in preparation for deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Ian W. Anderson (RELEASED)..." WebSite: Navy Newsstand http://www.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=27012 [20AUG2005]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP History ThumbnailCameraCPO Selectees Recognized "...CPRW-2, VP-4, VP-9, VP-47 and VPU-2 - Page A-4 Hawaii Navy News - August 5, 2005..." WebSite: Hawaii Navy News http://www.hawaii.navy.mil/NewsPAO/HNN_Archive/050805/080505NAVYNEWSA.pdf [11AUG2005]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP History ThumbnailCameraU.S. Navy photo by NC1 (S/W) Bobbi "...Golden Swordsmen volunteer at Hawaii elementary school - Release Date: 8/6/2005 - By PH2 (AW/SW) Jennifer L. Bailey, Navy VP-47..." WebSite: Hawaii Navy News http://www.hawaii.navy.mil/NewsPAO/NRHNews_display.asp?story_id=249 [14AUG2005]

    Photo Description: Maxwell Lt. Michael Lewis, assigned to Patrol Squadron Four Seven (VP-47), paints a pole outside the Kapunahala Elementary School cafeteria. Sailors from VP-47 volunteered to paint school buildings at the school as part of the military's "Partnership with Schools" program.

    Golden Swordsmen from Patrol Squadron Four Seven (VP-47) volunteered for the military's "Partnership with Schools" program Aug. 6 at Kapunahala Elementary School.

    Twenty-five Sailors took time out of their weekend to paint the school's cafeteria. Two months ago, VP-47 Sailors cleaned and painted the library.

    Navy commands attached to Marine Corps Base Hawaii-Kaneohe adopt local schools to help with tutoring programs and beautification projects in their off time.

    "The command master chief asked the First Class Association who wanted to head up this project and I volunteered so that was it," said Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Samantha Jimerson.

    "We share Kapunahala Elementary School with VP-9," she said. "They get to be more hands on and help with tutoring, but we get to fix up the school."

    Karen Segawa, the Kapunahala principal, said they now have "newly painted classrooms, improved campus lighting, and installed a drainage system between buildings in preparation for returning students this school year thanks to the student's families and volunteers."

    "The principal told us the kids loved what we did to the library," said Jimerson. "They only needed the cafeteria painted this time, but if they needed anything else fixed then we would definitely do that."

    As with all good partnerships, both sides benefit from this pact. The students get a newly-painted school and the Sailors get to represent the Navy to the local community in a positive light.

    "I like painting for a good purpose," said Yeoman 1st Class Sharon BrandyHill. "Everybody was working and participating which made it a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon."

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP History ThumbnailCamera050803-N-3207B-086 Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii (Aug. 3, 2005) "...Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Justin Matt, right, instructs Aviation Electrician 3rd Class Michele Justice, left, and Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Marisa Marsh on the proper firing technique of a 9mm pistol. Small arms qualifications are held for all personnel of Patrol Squadron Four Seven VP-47 in preparation for deployment. U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer's Mate Second Class Jennifer L. Bailey (RELEASED)..." WebSite: Navy Newsstand http://www.news.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=26832 [07AUG2005]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP History ThumbnailCamera050803-N-3207B-011 Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii (Aug. 3, 2005) "...Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Jeffrey A. Frey's fires a 9mm pistol as he participates in a live fire weapons qualification on board Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Petty Officer Frey is assigned to Patrol Squadron Four Seven (VP-47). Small arms qualifications are held for all personnel of VP-47 in preparation for deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Jennifer L. Bailey (RELEASED)..." WebSite: Navy Newsstand http://www.news.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=26830 [07AUG2005]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP History ThumbnailCamera050719-N-3207B-038 Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii (July 19, 2005) "...Aviation Warfare Systems Operator 1st Class Patrick Biddinger endures a series of tests to certify that his Chemical Biological Radiological gas mask properly fits during equipment issue on board Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Petty Officer Biddinger is assigned to the "Golden Swordsmen" of Patrol Squadron Four Seven (VP-47). All personnel go through a series of tests to make sure their gas masks are fitted correctly in the event of a CBR attack. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Jennifer L. Bailey (RELEASED)..." WebSite: Navy Newsstand http://www.news.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=26354 [07AUG2005]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP History ThumbnailCamera050506-N-3398B-002 Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii (May 6th, 2005) "...Cmdr. James W. Landers, left, relieves Cmdr. Thomas F. McGovern, center, as Commander, Patrol Squadron Four Seven (VP-47) during a change of command ceremony at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Kevin Beauchamp (RELEASED)..." WebSite: Navy Newsstand http://www.news.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=24223 [07AUG2005]


    Circa 2004

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-47 MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii 8.16.04. My driver for the day, LT(jg) Anthony Bravo, Public Affairs Officer, did a marvelous job of lining things up for me to see while aboard the station. The executive officer gave me time form his schedule and we talked about the Navy then and Now. The only thing that hasn't changed among patrol squadron people is the camaraderie. The flight officers asked genuine questions like, "how did you make the buoy, with out reverse props etc. Response: very carefully. Do you remember some of the flight areas? Yes. We flew from the Pescadores down to Hong Kong up the coast to Shanghai, and then dropped down in at Buckner Bay, Naha, Okinawa. Response from flight officers: I have flown some of those same flight routes today. Major difference of course is sophistication, even though the P-3 is some 40 years old. In all it was a most gratifying experience, to return to my old squadron and receive the attention that I received. I was able to present to the squadron a cd disk from 1950 through 1953, made by the squadron photographer as well as my own personal contribution. It simply was great day. Salutations are the order of the Day!..." Contributed by FLORENCE, AO Richard L. charnan1953@sbcglobal.net [24NOV2004]

    UPDATE "...A few more pictures..." [08MAR2006]

    Photographs 1st Row Left to Right:

      Photograph 1 - Chief, What do I have in my hand?(GO-NO-GO GAUGE USED IN the timing, when replacing 50cal Browning barrel). Response: I have not the faintest idea.
      Photograph 2 - Look at it closely, I assure you it won't bite!
      Photograph 3 - Maybe we can find it in the manual?
      Photograph 4 - Ancient Mariner describing use of 50 cal.waist gun in after station of PBM.
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    Photographs 1st Row Left to Right:
      Photograph 5 - You could shoot the tail section, as there were no "auto-stops!
      Photograph 6 - Receiving picture of P3 from the X.O.
      Photograph 7 - Heaven!
      Photograph 8 - LT(jg) Anthony Bravo, VP-47 PIO. He did an excellent job of lining up a superb day for this Ancient Mariner.
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    Photographs 1st Row Left to Right:
      Photograph 1 - The first file the conversation was like this. Can you tell me what this is used for in ordnance work? Response: Not a clue. Proper answer: Go-No Go Gauge used in timing Browning 50 cal machine guns.
      Photograph 2 - Further discussion about his object of mystery.
      Photograph 3 - Enlisted Ordnanceman can not find anything in his manual that fits the description of this antique I have in my hand.
      Photograph 4 - AOC has no clue.
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    Photographs 2nd Row Left to Right:
      Photograph 5 - Asking an AOC if he could identify the "go-no go gauge?"
      Photograph 6 - LT Anthony Bravo VP-47 PAO, Ordnance Chiefs and Duty Ordnance Crew.
      Photograph 7 - Presentation of squadron picture by the Executive Officer.
      Photograph 8 - Yours truly demonstrating how it is to use a waist mount 50 cal. machine gun with "no stops!" on it!
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    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  History ThumbnailCamera040603-N-6501W-055 Kaneohe, Hawaii (Jun. 3, 2004) "...Sailors assigned to the "Golden Swordsmen" of Patrol Squadron Four Seven (VP-47), carefully place a flower lei on the nose of a P-3C Orion. This is the first aircraft of VP-47 returning home from a six-month deployment supporting operations in the 5th fleet Area of Responsibility. The P-3C Orion is a land based, long-range anti-submarine warfare patrol aircraft that provides effective undersea reconnaissance capabilities to naval joint commanders. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Kelton Washington (RELEASED)..." Navy News Stand http://newshome.news.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=14690 [03MAR2005]

    PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- After a six month deployment to the Middle East, Patrol Squadron (VP) 47 returned home to Hawaii June 5.

    Family and friends of the squadron cheered as the crew made their way back to Kaneohe Marine Corps Base.

    The squadron was involved in direct support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom by flying surveillance missions over Iraq and Afghanistan.

    The aircraft and aircrew were forward deployed to NSA Bahrain. The squadron chalked up nearly 3,000 flight hours in combat support.

    Cmdr. Jim Landers, executive officer of VP-47, said the crew held up "tremendously well," although they were often subjected to extreme living conditions.

    "The conditions were harsh," said Landers. "The crew had to deal with the sand, the heat, living in tents in some places, and part of the crew that was stationed in Diego Garcia had the humidity, long hours and not a whole lot to do."

    Landers returned a week before the bulk of the crew to prepare for their return.

    "I've been an executive officer without a crew, and the family members here today have been wives without husbands, husbands without wives, kids without a parent, mothers without their kids, so today is a great day for everyone here," said Landers.

    For some of the crew members, the long hours and hard work kept their minds occupied.

    "I was stationed on Diego Garcia the whole time, helping maintain the aircraft and packing parachutes," said Support Equipment Technician 3rd Class Tom Sidman VP-47. "It was a lot of work, but that made it go by pretty quick. Also, we got a lot of 'any soldier' letters from different schools around the States and YMCAs that really made us feel good."

    Sidman said he's got a lot to catch up on now that he is back in the States.

    "I'm back in Hawaii now, so of course I'm going to get ready to go surfing -- and go to Taco Bell," said Sidman. "We all worked hard and it feels great to come home after a job well done."


    Circa 2003

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Naval forces begin return home as war in Iraq subsides - Sea Power, May 2003 by BURGESS, Richard R. rburgess@navyleague.org..." http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa3738/is_200305/ai_n9206235 [27MAR2005]

    One S-3B Viking assigned to Sea Control Squadron 38 launched-for the first time in the aircraft's combat history-an AGM-85E Maverick missile against an Iraqi naval vessel that was targeted by a laser from an F/A18. AIP (Aircraft Improvement Program) versions of P-3C Orions assigned to VP-46-augmented by VP-1, VP-40, and VP-47-employed their long-range optical surveillance systems to provide targeting for coalition forces, including Air Force AC-130 gunships. Saddam Hussein's personal yacht was destroyed by Navy F/A-18 Hornets.

    One surprising participant in the war was Air Test & Evaluation Squadron 30, which dispatched its sole DC-130A drone-launch aircraft to the war zone. The ancient aircraft was used to launch Vietnam-era Firebee drones over Baghdad to drop radar-jamming chaff and, until they ran out of fuel, to circle the city as decoys to draw anti-aircraft fire away from coalition strike aircraft.


    Circa 2002

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...A Hazard With Eyewash Stations - by AT1 John Williams - Mech Fall 2002..." WebSite: Navy Safety Center http://www.safetycenter.navy.mil/MEDIA/mech/issues/fall02/eyewash.htm [27JUN2006]

    As the newly designated safety petty officer for a P-3 squadron deployed to NSF Diego Garcia, I was eager to do a good job. Like any job, mine required me to do a few repetitive tasks. One of those jobs is to check eyewash stations, and I could not believe the hazard found near one of ours.

    I have to flush out the emergency-shower stations on the hangar deck on a weekly basis. When the handle is pulled on a shower, water cascades out of the showerhead at a rate of about 1-gallon every five seconds, deluging anyone who is unfortunate enough to be standing under the fixture. It also soaks any object in the immediate area of the shower. I quickly saw how wet everything got after flushing these indoor units, and I rather dreaded the task.

    After I had been on the job several weeks, my division chief told me about an electrical cord lying on the deck near a shower station on the northeast side of the hangar. The P-3C uses three-phase, 120VAC, at a frequency of 400Hz. To provide the correct voltage and phase power for the delicate avionics systems on board the aircraft, the 440VAC, 100-ampere wall power is routed through an MMG-1. This piece of support equipment converts the wall power to 120VAC, three-phase electrical signal, at 100 amps before the power enters the aircraft.

    Once in the hangar, I saw a 25-foot extension cord, which normally is plugged into and recharges an electric manlift, hardwired into one of the circuit-breaker boxes. The wire was near a shower station and was connected to the same switch as the main GSE power cable. Since it was connected to the same circuit breaker, the recharger was energized whenever the MMG-1 aircraft generator was powered. This arrangement made it possible to electrocute anyone using the shower station when power was applied to the aircraft-including me during testing.

    After I became aware of the situation, the squadron notified the base and public works. People from base safety secured the shower station, and they tagged out the water source. Public works rewired the extension cord onto a separate circuit-breaker panel, and the base again authorized the use of the shower station.

    I learned a lot from this experience. We need to watch out for lax behavior. What was good enough for the last guy may not be good enough now. When we enter transient hangar spaces-like we do on deployment, we must take a good look at our workplace, using a critical eye.

    We need to get every Sailor involved to give us different perspectives and to enhance hazard awareness. It is good to involve junior Sailors, because they may see hazards that older Sailors miss.

    I learned to report all known and suspected hazards! We don't know how long that wire had endangered people, but the extension cord had been there for at least three months. Had someone noticed the danger, the problem would have been fixed sooner.

    It's important to leave a passdown about a particular hazard for the next person, team, squadron, or CVW that might inhabit a hangar. Spell out the type and severity of hazards you have discovered. Don't keep a secret from your relief. Your words of wisdom may be the only warnings they will receive.

    Petty Officer Williams is the safety petty officer at VP-47.

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Golden Swordsmen Participate in CARAT '02 - Story Number: NNS021127-02 - Release Date: 11/27/2002 9:55:00 AM...http://www.news.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=4770..." WebSite: Navy NewsStand http://www.news.navy.mil/ [22FEB2003]

    Golden Swordsmen Participate in CARAT '02
    Story Number: NNS021127-02
    Release Date: 11/27/2002 9:55:00 AM
    By Lt. Cmdr. Rick Newton, VP-47 Public Affairs

    PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- One of the highlights of Patrol Squadron (VP) 47's deployment this year was the squadron's recent participation in exercise CARAT (Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training) 2002.

    The CARAT exercise is an annual event that allows U.S. Navy personnel to interact with host nation military forces, establish common operational tactics, and cultivate military and political ties with each nation.

    Operating from four different nations over a span of two months, the "Golden Swordsmen" shared their tactical expertise and worked to strengthen military ties with several Southeast Asia nations allied with the United States in the war on terrorism.

    For two months, VP-47 assigned a detachment of one aircraft and one combat aircrew that traveled to Pattaya, Thailand; Kuantan, Malaysia; Paya Lebar Air Base, Singapore; and Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines.

    In each location, VP-47 aircrews provided static displays and familiarization training to their host nation military counterparts. In addition, the Golden Swordsmen received detailed briefs from host nation officers outlining the host nation naval and air force capabilities.

    VP-47 was not the only unit representing the U.S. military in CARAT 2002. Other participating units in the exercise included USS Vincennes (CG 49), USS George Philip (FFG 12), USS Salvor (ARS 52), USS Anchorage (LSD 36), USCGC Morgenthau (WHEC 722) and Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 51, all under the command of Destroyer Squadron 23, acting as Commander Task Group 712.

    All participants actively contributed to the planning and execution of a series of anti-surface warfare, undersea warfare and anti-terrorism exercises. These exercises reinforced United States' interoperability with host nation armed forces, while fostering mutual trust and respect among the multiple nationalities.

    "The Singapore navy is a group of real professionals," said patrol plane commander, Lt. Ray Owens. "It was a pleasure working with them."

    Between the planning meetings, static displays and exercise events, there were plenty of opportunities for the Golden Swordsmen to get to know their hosts in a social atmosphere. Each nation hosted a reception featuring local cuisine and entertainment, and shipboard receptions were held aboard Vincennes and Morgenthau.

    "The food in Malaysia was awesome," Lt. Wes Groff said. "They even had a group of traditional dancers that were amazing."

    The detachment almost turned tragic when a Sailor on Salvor fell overboard during the ship's transit from Thailand to Malaysia. Within hours, VP-47 had diverted three P-3C aircraft from three different locations onto the scene to search for and locate the lost Sailor. Fortunately, after a comprehensive eight-hour search, the Sailor was safely rescued.

    Overall, CARAT 2002 gave naval personnel the chance to better know and train allied nations. With the threat of terrorism stretching throughout the world, it is imperative that the United States continue to strengthen its relationships with the armed forces of other nations.

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-47 Frocks 80 Petty Officers - Story Number: NNS021119-13 - Release Date: 11/19/2002 9:31:00 AM - ...http://www.news.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=4606..." WebSite: Navy NewsStand http://www.news.navy.mil/ [22FEB2003]

    VP-47 Frocks 80 Petty Officers
    Story Number: NNS021119-13
    Release Date: 11/19/2002 9:31:00 AM
    By Lt. j.g. Deanna Christensen, VP-47 Public Affairs

    PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- Since the beginning of deployment in June 2002, Patrol Squadron Forty-Seven (VP-47) has promoted or frocked more than 80 "Golden Swordsmen." On Oct. 30, Commanding Officer Cmdr. Gerral K. David proudly frocked 43 new petty officers.

    Navywide promotions are at an all time high. However, VP-47 continues to support the training and professional development necessary to advance personnel at an even greater rate.

    The Golden Swordsmen held the bar higher, with personnel advancing to E-4, E-5 and E-6 at 53 percent, 35 percent and 26 percent, respectively, far exceeding the Navywide average for each rank. With advancement comes increased responsibility, and the newly-frocked petty officers look forward to fulfilling their new duties with pride and confidence. The overall sentiment from the frockees is a sense of accomplishment, knowing they are in a position with more responsibility and respect.

    Brand new Aviation Machinist Mate 3rd Class Dario Malcolm said he feels proud of his accomplishment, and that he likes challenges and conquering them. He studied on his own, with his fellow shipmates in his shop, and received on-the-job training. All of this provided him the opportunity to pass his exam with confidence. He added he likes the Navy, because he is independent from his parents and enjoys the challenge of new things, not to mention the crow "makes me look good."

    Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Serkan Yilmaz said that becoming a petty officer means being more responsible and being an example to those Sailors junior to him. Since he has earned petty officer third class, he is already working on his second stripe and well on his way to making the next grade. He believes in striving for the best, "do the most you can do, not the least you can do."

    Personnelman 2nd Class Courtney Awe was considering separation in order to go to school, but said that with the increase in pay, responsibility and respect, she intends to reenlist. Upon giving her snappy salute to the commanding officer, she responded, "I'm so proud."

    Aviation Warfare Systems Operator 2nd Class Kenneth Jaynes considers himself a leader now and is looking for an instructor billet for his shore duty. Like Awe, if he did not advance, he was considering separation from the Navy but now sees himself as a career man.

    Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class Bob Doyle finds becoming a first class as having special meaning for him, in that you not only get more respect from junior enlisted, but you also get respect from senior enlisted. He attributed passing the exam to the Navy bibliography provided on Chief of Naval Education and Training's advancement website, "If you're not studying the bibliography, you're wasting your time."

    Mess Management Specialist 1st Class Jun Jimenez said it feels great to be advanced, especially considering his rate advances only 10 percent. He believes his success in his advancement was due to answered prayers and the bibliography. He was determined to pass his exam from the moment he found out he didn't make the last one. He spent every night studying for an hour or two and made a disciplined decision not to go out so he would make rate.

    Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 1st Class Daniel Maine, recently selected for the seaman to admiral program, said that making petty officer first class puts him in a better position to "take care of his people." He commented that the Navy has provided him avenues to develop his leadership skills, and he enjoys motivating and inspiring others.

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-47 History ThumbnailCamera020919-N-8726C-002 Naval Air Facility Misawa, Japan (Sep. 19, 2002) "...Lt. j.g. Byers, assigned to Patrol Squadron Four Seven (VP-47), conducts a pre-flight check on the aircraft's naval communications station (NAVCOM) onboard a P-3C "Orion" aircraft. The P-3C is a land-based, long-range, anti-submarine warfare (ASW) patrol aircraft. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class John Collins. (RELEASED)..." WebSite: Navy NewsStand http://newshome.news.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=2717 [09MAR2005]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-47 History ThumbnailCamera020919-N-8726C-001 Naval Air Facility Misawa, Japan (Sep. 19, 2002) "...Lt. j.g. Byers, assigned to Patrol Squadron Four Seven (VP-47), conducts a pre-flight check on the aircraft's naval communications station (NAVCOM) onboard a P-3C "Orion" aircraft. The P-3C is a land-based, long-range, anti-submarine warfare (ASW) patrol aircraft. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class John Collins. (RELEASED)..." WebSite: Navy NewsStand http://www.news.navy.mil/ [22FEB2003]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-47 History ThumbnailCamera020916-N-8726C-001 Naval Air Facility Misawa, Japan (Sep. 16, 2002) "...Sailors from Patrol Squadron Four Seven (VP-47) use a spot light to conduct a night repair and maintenance for a P-3C "Orion" aircraft. The P-3C is a land-based, long-range, anti-submarine warfare (ASW) patrol aircraft. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class John Collins. (RELEASED)..." WebSite: Navy NewsStand http://www.news.navy.mil/ [22FEB2003]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-47 History ThumbnailCamera020916-N-8726C-002 Naval Air Facility Misawa, Japan (Sep. 16, 2002) "...Sailors from Patrol Squadron Four Seven (VP-47) use a spot light to conduct a night repair and maintenance for a P-3C "Orion" aircraft. The P-3C is a land-based, long-range, anti-submarine warfare (ASW) patrol aircraft. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class John Collins. (RELEASED)..." WebSite: Navy NewsStand http://www.news.navy.mil/ [22FEB2003]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Mishap-Free Milestones...Approach June 2002..." Naval Safety Center WebSite: http://www.safetycenter.navy.mil/media/approach/issues/jun02/mishapfree.htm [03JUN2005]

    VP-5 24 years (146,000 hours)

    VT-86 25 years (330,000 hours)

    VAQ-142 5 years (7,291 hours)

    VAQ-133 6 years (8,049 hours)

    VP-47 29 years (176,000 hours)

    HMT-302 14 years (80,000 hours)


    Circa 2001

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...31AUG2001 - VP-47 participates in USWEX 01-1 - LTjg Todd Anderson - VP-47 Public Affairs..." http://www.hnn.navy.mil/archives/010831/vp47_083101.htm [09JUL2003]

    VP-47 and VP-4 recently conducted an undersea warfare (USW) exercise with the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Carrier Battle Group as it transited past the Hawaiian Islands on its ninth deployment to the Western Pacific. This USW exercise sought to test and improve the combined operations of maritime patrol aviation (MPA) within the carrier battle group structure.

    The key players of the carrier battle group were USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) with Carrier Air Wing Eleven embarked, USS Princeton (CG 59), USS Antietam (CG 54), USS O'Kane (DDG 77), USS Ingraham (FFG-61) and USS Olympia (SSN 717). USS Key West (SSN 722) and USS Michigan (SSBN 727) played the roles of enemy submarines for the exercise.

    USS O'Kane, USS Ingraham and USS Olympia comprised the battle group's primary organic USW protection. These assets, in conjunction with USS Princeton and USS Antietam, worked together to protect the carrier from air, surface and subsurface threats at close range.

    During the exercise, P-3C Orions from VP-47 and VP-4 provided around-the-clock, long-range USW for the battle group. The VP-47 tactics officer, Lt. Cmdr. Wayne Plager, was one of the individuals who helped coordinate the four-day exercise. "This event offered valuable training for both aircrew and maintenance personnel and exercised our ability to provide continuous USW support for the battle group movement," stated Lt. Cmdr. Plager.

    Eight combat air crews from VP-47 dropped almost 500 sonobouys and flew over 45 hours without missing a sortie. Lt. Chuck Grant, a P-3C tactical coordinator (TACCO) from VP-47 said, "Everybody was excited to put their USW knowledge and training to the test."

    Second class petty officers Tim Peters and Chris Hart, both aviation warfare systems operators, enjoyed the realism of the exercise. "The best training you can get in our platform is actively working with a battle group and learning how to handle real-world situations that could happen at any time," said AW2 Peters.

    AW2 Hart agreed, "It is definitely better than sitting in a simulator. Training with our fellow Sailors allows all of us to see how important are jobs are to each other.

    "If I were to fail in my duties as an acoustic operator, it can cause serious consequences affecting the entire battle group and possibly the safety of our country." AW2 Peters and AW2 Hart are responsible for providing acoustic information about submarines to the TACCO.

    Exercises such as USWEX 01-1 provide the opportunity to further improve the interaction of non-organic aircraft with the battle group by demonstrating the P-3C's tactical capabilities in a multi-threat, multi-mission environment.


    Circa 2000

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-47 'Golden Swordsmen' tell their hometown stories - By Lt. j.g. Michael Sanders VP-47 - April 7, 2000 Hawaii Navy News A-5..." WebSite: http://www.hnn.navy.mil/Archives/000407/A-5_0407.pdf [05DEC2005]

    The Sailors of VP-47, stationed at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, connected with their families not by letter or email or telephone recently. Instead Mobile Public Affairs Team (MOPAT) Detachment 220 San Diego arrived to interview and photograph aircraft maintenance workers, administration personnel, and aircrew.

    The det helped to send news stories of Sailors and Marines back to where it really counts, the family and mends of each individual's hometown. "This program is for them [the Sailors and Marines]," commented Yeoman Senior Chief Kim Sua, one of the members of MOP AT Det. 220. VP-47 hosted the public affairs team March 20 and 21.

    They were in Hawaii for two weeks touring various ships and bases to provide a "good deal" to the Sailors and Marines by writing hometown news stories.

    The hometown news program was started to inform family and mends at home about what is happening to their loved ones in the Navy.

    Normally, news releases are submitted when someone receives a promotion or an award. This news release tour is different because all service members were invited to participate, not just awardees.

    Aviation Warfare Systems Operator Tim Dunaway to Lt. Len Montilla stood in front of the camera and answered questions for their hometown newspaper to print their stories.

    The "Golden Swordsmen" are proud to participate and tell their stories to the world, whether it will be printed in a small town gazette or a large city newspaper.


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