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Circa 1995

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News Magazine "...Deployments, Change-Of-Command, Awards, Records, Etc. - Naval Aviation News - July - August 1995.." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1990s/1995/ja95.pdf [12NOV2004]

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Circa 1994

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP History ThumbnailCameraNAVAL INSTITUTE PHOTO ARCHIVE "...VP-49 By Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, U.S. Navy (Retired)..." WebSite: Naval Institute http://www.usni.org/proceedings/articles04/pro03lwf.htm [08APR2005]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News Magazine "...Awards, Major Deployments, Etc. - Naval Aviation News - July - August 1994.." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1990s/1994/ja94.pdf [12NOV2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News Magazine "...Change-Of-Command, Rcords, Etc. - Naval Aviation News - March - April 1994.." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1990s/1994/ma94.pdf [12NOV2004]

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Circa 1993

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News Magazine "...Change-Of-Command, Records, Etc. - Naval Aviation News - November - December 1993.." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1990s/1993/nd93.pdf [12NOV2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News Magazine "...VP Deployments, Change-Of-Command, Etc. - Naval Aviation News - July - August 1993.." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1990s/1993/ja93.pdf [12NOV2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News Magazine "...Records, History, Etc. - Naval Aviation News - May - June 1993.." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1990s/1993/mj93.pdf [12NOV2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "24JUN93--NNS498. VP-49 Breaks New Ground During BALTOPS '93 NAS Keflavik, Iceland (NNS) -- As part of exercise BALTOPS '93, the "World Famous Woodpeckers" of Patrol Squadron 49 (VP-49) have been breaking new ground by supporting goodwill missions to the three newly independent Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania... "It's been a great experience and certainly an adventure. Patrol Squadron 49 has transcended geopolitical boundaries in place since World War II," said LCDR Pat Mills, Officer-in-Charge for the squadron's participation in BALTOPS '93. LCDR Mills was on board the first front-line U.S. military aircraft in recent history to land in each of the three Baltic countries. During the first mission scheduled for the "Woodpeckers," the squadron piloted two P-3 Orion aircraft to the Netherlands, Finland, Estonia and Latvia, and transported distinguished visitors to Denmark, enabling them to ride U.S. and NATO ships for the at-sea phase of the exercise. "Flying in a U.S. military aircraft seemed to be an emotional experience for several of the guests," said LCDR Mills. "It was exciting flying with and hosting people who used to be part of the Soviet Union." Another P-3 was flown to Lithuania for a static display. The crew was met by U.S. Ambassador Darryl Johnson, his wife, and Commodore Batluksa, of the Lithuanian navy. "If anyone would have told me 10 years ago I would be enjoying liberty in Lithuania, I would have said they were crazy, said LCDR Jim Denmark. "The world has changed a great deal for the better in a very short time. These are exciting times for the P-3 community." For some sailors, the squadron's participation in BALTOPS '93 was an educational experience. "This was the first time that I had been on a mission like this," explained Aviation Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Spencer Howell. "The Latvians and Estonians seemed very interested in our aircraft and our gear -- they listened to every word as we demonstrated the use of survival gear. They had many questions and we all exchanged stickers and patches." "In my 14 years in the Navy I have had the opportunity to travel to many countries, but I've never seen anything like this before," said Chief Aviation Electronics Technician Mark Maverty. "I hope that we continue to do this kind of thing so that more people get to experience the cultures which have been restricted to us. It was worthwhile and I'd like to go back someday." The experience of traveling to a different country also gave some crew members a greater appreciation of the United States. According to LTJG Paul Hennigan, "The abundance of all that we have is taken for granted by many Americans. What our country offers is not always available somewhere else." He continued, "Even though there was a language barrier, I'll always remember the hospitality extended to us." According to CDR Mark Anthony, VP-49's Commanding Officer, the exercise is "a once in a lifetime opportunity for the squadron and its aircrews. BALTOPS '93 clearly demonstrates the importance of the global presence of maritime patrol and the United States Navy." Story by Iceland Defense Force Public Affairs ..." http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/news/navnews/nns93/nns93044.txt


Circa 1992

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News Magazine "...Change-Of-Command, Safe Flying, etc. - Naval Aviation News - July-August 1992.." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1990s/1992/ja92.pdf [11NOV2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News Magazine "...Squadron Deployments, Operations Desert Shield/Storm, Disestablishment, etc. - Naval Aviation News - July-August 1992.." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1990s/1992/ja92.pdf [11NOV2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News Magazine "...Change-Of-Command, Safe Flying, Etc. - Naval Aviation News - January-February 1992.." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1990s/1992/jf92.pdf [11NOV2004]

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Circa 1991

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation September-October 1991 "...History - Naval Aviation News - September-October 1991..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1990s/1991/so91.pdf [24OCT2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation July-August 1991 "...History - Naval Aviation News - July-August 1991..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1990s/1991/ja91.pdf [23OCT2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation July-August 1991 "...1990 Patrol Squadron Major Deployments - Page 19 - Naval Aviation News - July-August 1991..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1990s/1991/ja91.pdf [23OCT2004]

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Circa 1990

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation July-August 1990 "...History - Change-Of-Command - Page 4, 6 and 34 - Naval Aviation News - July-August 1990..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1990s/1990/ja90.pdf [22OCT2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...1990 - Change of Command - VP-49: CDR Robert P. Coonan relieved CDR Charles R. Sipe, Jr...." Naval Aviation News July-August 1990 Page 34 [10JUL2001]


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