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Circa 2017

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-4 History "...VP-4 Declared Safe for Flight... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2017: Issue 3..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [10AUG2017]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-4 History "...VP-4 Skinny Dragons Help Restore Local Camp... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2017: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [25MAY2017]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-4 History "...VP-4 Begins P-8A Poseidon Training Missions... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2017: Issue 1..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [03FEB2017]
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Circa 2016

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-4 History "...‘Skinny Dragons” of VP-4 began arriving home to NAS Whidbey Island... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2016: Issue 4..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [01NOV2016]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-4 History "...Patrol Squadron FOUR Returns from Aloha Deployment... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2016: Issue 4..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [01NOV2016]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-4 History "...A Skinny Dragon Kind of Day... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2016: Issue 3..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [30JUL2016]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-4 History "...VP-4 Participates in BALTOPS ‘16... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2016: Issue 3..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [30JUL2016]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-4 History "...Patrol Squadron FOUR Change of Command... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2016: Issue 3..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [30JUL2016]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-4 History "...Patrol Squadron Four Begins ‘Aloha’ Deployment... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2016: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [30APR2016]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Patrol Squadron Four Begins 'Aloha' Deployment - Story Number: NNS160322-19 Release Date: 3/22/2016 4:03:00 PM - By L(jg) Matthew Johnston - Public Affairs Officer, VP-4..." Forwarded by LARSON, LCDR John Retired oriondriver1975@yahoo.com [14APR2016]

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII (NNS) -- P-3C Orion planes from Patrol Squadron (VP) Four, departed Kaneohe from Marine Corps Base Hawaii for the last time, March 18. The Skinny Dragons of VP-4 began a challenging tri-site deployment to three different areas of responsibility (AORs).

The theme, 'Aloha Deployment,' was adopted by VP-4 and its meaning is two-fold. VP-4 says Aloha and Mahalo to their Hawaii home and will be saying Aloha to the P-3C in favor of the P-8A Poseidon.br>
Since 1964, VP-4 has a long and decorated history as a permanent fixture in Hawaii, so leaving is certainly bittersweet.

Upon return from deployment, VP-4 will execute a permanent duty station change to Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Washington, and transition to the P-8A. The Skinny Dragons began flying the Orion 50 years ago, and the transition to the Poseidon is the next step in ensuring they remain the Navy's premier maritime squadron.

"This deployment is an exciting time for our squadron and our families," said VP-4 Commanding Officer Cdr. Jon Spore. "Between the move to Whidbey Island and the upcoming transition to the P-8A Poseidon, we have a lot to look forward to, but remain focused on our immediate goal of completing our last P-3C Orion deployment. That being said, our time in Hawaii was very special and we look forward to making new memories in a new location and with a new aircraft."

Patrol Squadron Four is the first of three Hawaii-based squadrons to make the move to Whidbey Island and transition to the P-8A, and they will continue their standard of excellence in the new aircraft. The Skinny Dragons are motivated to face that challenge, however, their focus is currently on the deployment and executing the mission.

"VP-4 has enjoyed great success for many years in Hawaii. Our Sailors from today and years gone by have fantastic memories of serving in the Aloha State," remarked VP-4 Executive Officer Cdr. Christopher Smith. "While it's bittersweet to leave, we look forward to starting our next chapter in our new home after this deployment. We fondly say Mahalo to this wonderful community for all the great memories."

After flying the P-3 for 50 years, the Skinny Dragons are committed to ensuring this last Orion 'Aloha Deployment' is a resounding success that sees them all return home safely.

For more news from Commander, Naval Air Forces, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/airpac/.


Circa 2015

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera150612-N-AL293-027 KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (June 12, 2015) "...P-3C Orion aircraft attached to Patrol Squadron (VP) 4 takes off from Marine Corps Base Hawaii Kaneohe Bay to conduct anti-submarine warfare qualifications in support of their inter-deployment readiness cycle. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Devin Menhardt/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [07OCT2015]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-4 History "...Patrol Squadron FOUR Change of Command 2015... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2015: Issue 3..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [29JUL2015]
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Circa 2014

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera141115-N-IY142-304 "...MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Nov. 15, 2014) A U.S. Navy P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft from to the Skinny Dragons of Patrol Squadron (VP) 4 conducts a fly-by with the guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67). Cole is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class John Herman/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [23NOV2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-4 History "...Hanks Relives Thompson at VP-4 Change Of Command Ceremony... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2014: Issue 3..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [29JUL2014]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-4 History "...Skinny Dragons Make Dreams Come True... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2014: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [01MAY2014]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-4 History "...2014 Fleet Challenge Winners Announced... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2014: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [01MAY2014]
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Circa 2013

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-4 History "...The Life and Times of YD-5/YD-10 BUNO: 153426... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2013: Issue 4..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [30OCT2013]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Patrol Squadron 4 defeats Installation Personnel Administration Center in close game, 30-28 By Lance Cpl. Suzanna Knotts | Marine Corps Base Hawaii | August 09, 2013 - Marine Corps Base Hawaii..." WebSite: Marine Corps Base Hawaii http://www.mcbhawaii.marines.mil/ [15DEC2013]

Patrol Squadron 4 won the 101 Days of Summer Flag Football Tournament by defeating Installation Personnel Administration Center in a close championship game at Pollock Field Aug. 5, 30-28.

The game could have gone to either team as VP-4 and IPAC were neck and neck throughout the night. The battle added to the suspense of the significant championship game.

The game was an intense two halves, and points racked up quickly as the night wore on. The game was tied early, 6-6 in the beginning of the first half. Both teams struggled with incomplete passes, but the defensive performances on each team were solid, making the game extremely competitive with pulled flags and many passionate words.

Maleek Ferguson, corner and safety for the IPAC team, said the close game was heated.

“The whole game had a good, up tempo,” Ferguson said. “It just came down to the last team’s possession taking the game, which was VP-4.”

With two minutes left in the first half, IPAC‘s quarterback threw two incomplete passes in the end zone. During VP-4’s possession, the quarterback threw a Hail Mary pass on third down, which resulted in a touchdown. However, the two-point conversion was unsuccessful since the IPAC defense pulled the VP-4 player’s flag, ending the first half with the score 12-8.

The IPAC team’s beginning possession of the second half looked promising with successful plays down the field, alternating running and throwing the ball. Their quarterback ran the ball in for a touchdown, bringing his team in the lead, 16-12.

The squadron’s quarterback answered with a throw the length of the football field and his receiver caught the ball in the red zone. Their next play was a touchdown, 18-16, reclaiming the lead. With seven minutes left in the game, IPAC brought the score to 22-18, but VP-4 denied the two-point conversion. VP-4’s quarterback ran the ball on third down and got his flag taken.

IPAC then brought the game to 28-24 with approximately one minute left in the game, and the heat turned up. Flags flew and the competitive spirits were at an all-time high. A VP-4 player ran out of bounds after a complete pass to stop the clock at 38 seconds. The VP-4 team called their last time out after an IPAC player slapped the ball in the air, denying a possession.

However, VP-4 completed its last play for a touchdown at the last second. The touchdown was controversial because IPAC players believed the runner’s flag was taken. The referees didn’t agree and called the game 30-28, with VP-4 winning the championship.

Ferguson said regardless of his team’s loss he was happy with their overall performance since most of them played injured.

“We played well,” Ferguson said. “We just need a little more practice. I’m definitely not ashamed of this loss. If we just work on team chemistry, we will be unstoppable.”

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera130429-N-AL293-001 SIGONELLA, Sicily (April 29, 2013) "...Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Ana Gonzalez, assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 4, signals to the pilots of a P-3C Orion as the plane taxis after participating in a search and rescue mission off the coast of Greece. VP-4 is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Devin Menhardt/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [20MAY2013]


Circa 2012

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera120714-N-VD564-001 KANEOHE, Hawaii (July 14, 2012) "...Petty officers Jordan Lockhart, left, Sean Wawrzyniec and Manuel Agular, all assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 4 keep their wait to preflight their P-3C Orion aircraft. The Naval aircrewmen are part of a backup crew scheduled to conduct a maverick missile strike exercise mission on a target at sea. VP-4'Äôs P-3C Orions and more than 200 aircraft from various squadrons and countries are participating in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in the biennial RIMPAC exercise from June 29 to Aug. 3. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2012 is the 23rd exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Keith W. DeVinney/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [07AUG2012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera120714-N-VD564-048 KANEOHE, Hawaii (July 14, 2012) "...Crewmembers assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 4 take part in a preflight safety check of a Maverick Missile mounted on the wing of a P-3C Orion aircraft. The crew is scheduled to conduct a maverick missile strike exercise mission on a target at sea during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in the biennial RIMPAC exercise from June 29 to Aug. 3. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2012 is the 23rd exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Keith W. DeVinney/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [07AUG2012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera120714-N-VD564-126 KANEOHE, Hawaii (July 14, 2012) "...A P-3C Orion aircraft assigned to Patrol Squadron Four (VP) 4 takes off from Marine Corps Base Hawaii to conduct a maverick missile strike exercise mission on a target at sea during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in the biennial RIMPAC exercise from June 29 to Aug. 3. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2012 is the 23rd exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Keith W. DeVinney/Released) ..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [07AUG2012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera120714-N-VD564-122 KANEOHE, Hawaii (July 14, 2012) "...A P-3C Orion aircraft assigned to Patrol Squadron Four (VP) 4 takes off from Marine Corps Base Hawaii to conduct a maverick missile strike exercise mission on a target at sea during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in the biennial RIMPAC exercise from June 29 to Aug. 3. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2012 is the 23rd exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Keith W. DeVinney/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [07AUG2012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera120714-N-VD564-182 KANEOHE, Hawaii (July 14, 2012) "...An air-to-ground AGM-65 Maverick tactical missile is mounted on the wing of a P-3C Orion aircraft assigned to Patrol Squadron Four (VP) 4 before a scheduled missile strike exercise mission on a target at sea during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in the biennial RIMPAC exercise from June 29 to Aug. 3. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2012 is the 23rd exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Keith W. DeVinney/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [07AUG2012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera120714-N-VD564-035 KANEOHE, Hawaii (July 14, 2012) "...Lt David Sullivan (left) and Lt. j.g. Mike Dixon assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 4 conduct preflight checks on a P-3C Orion aircraft. VP-4 is participating in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012 exercise in and around the Hawaiian Islands. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in the biennial RIMPAC exercise from June 29 to Aug. 3. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2012 is the 23rd exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Keith W. DeVinney/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [19JUL2012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera120229-N-AT895-023 KAILUA, Hawaii (Feb. 29, 2012) "...Cmdr. Kevin Long, commanding officer of the "Skinny Dragons" of Patrol Squadron (VP) 4, speaks to students during a career day at Aikahi Elementary School. VP-4 sponsors Aikahi through the Partnership in Education (PIE) program, a community-outreach initiative that partners a Navy command with a local public school. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathan Laird/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [05MAR2012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-10 Flight Engineer AWF1 Gordon Richards... "...2011 Aviation Battle 'E' Winners Announced From CNAF Atlantic Public Affairs - VP-4, VP-10 and VPU-1 - Posted: February 22, 2012 - 8:01pm..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/ [04MAR2012]

Photograph Caption: Photo by Kaylee LaRocque - VP-10 Flight Engineer AWF1 Gordon Richards waves the American flag as his P-3C Orion arrives home at NAS Jacksonville Dec. 2 after a six-month deployment to Bahrain, Qatar and Djibouti, Africa. The "Red Lancers" won the 2011 Battle "E" for the Atlantic maritime patrol category.

Commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF) announced the winners of the 2011Aviation Battle Efficiency (Battle "E") awards Feb. 10.

The aviation Battle "E" is the Navy’s top performance award presented to the aircraft carrier and aviation squadron in each competitive category that achieves the highest standards of performance readiness and efficiency. The award recognizes a unit’s training and operational achievements while including a balance that incentivizes efficiency.

USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) was the Battle "E" winner of the aircraft carrier category for the West Coast while the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) won for the East Coast.

"The warfighting excellence shown by these squadrons and the Vinson and the Bush proves them to be the best of the best. I am incredibly proud of their accomplishments," said Vice Adm. Al Myers, CNAF commander. "In a time of increased demand and a constrained fiscal environment, these Sailors, Officers and Aviators continue to deliver combat effectiveness and to display the professionalism and pride that is the hallmark of naval aviation."

In the aviation squadron competitions, each aviation Type-Commander selects a winner in every category, while CNAF selects the Navy-wide winners, resulting in three sets of recipients.

The 2011 Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic squadrons selected as Battle "E" winners are:

Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15, for the VFA-C category
Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 136, for the VFA-E/F category
Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141, for the VAQ CVW category
Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124, for the VAW category
Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 9, for the HS/HSC category
Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 42, for the HSL EXP category
Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, for the HSC EXP category
VP-10 for the VP category

The 2011 Commander, Naval Air Forces Pacific Fleet squadrons selected as Battle "E" winners are:

Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151 for the VFA-C category
Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2, for the VFA-E/F category
Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 131, for the VAQ CVW category
Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113, for the VAW category
Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4, for the HS/HSC category
Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 37, for the HSL EXP category
Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23, for the HSC EXP category
VP-4 for the VP category

The 2011 CNAF squadrons selected as Battle "E" winners are:

Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 for the VAQ EXP category
Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77, for the HSM category
Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 15 for the HM category
VQ-2 for the VQ EW category
VQ-4, for the VQ TACAMO category
VPU-1 for the VPU category
Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30, for the VRC category

One of the most coveted awards in the fleet, the Battle "E" competition is conducted to strengthen individual command performance, overall force readiness, and to recognize outstanding performance within the naval aviation force.

Grading metrics for attaining the Battle "E" award include: operational achievement, training, inspection accomplishments, material and personnel readiness, aviation safety, weapon systems and tactics development, and contributions to the aviation community.

Each member attached to a winning ship or squadron earns the right to wear the Battle "E" ribbon on their uniform, or if they already possess that ribbon, they can add an additional "E" device to the ribbon.

Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/military/jax-air-news/2012-02-22/story/2011-aviation-battle-e-winners-announced#ixzz1o3bid4lT


Circa 2011

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera110322-N-MU720-009 NORTHERN JAPAN (March 22, 2011) "...Lt. Jae Kim, from San Diego, assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 4, reviews aerial images of northeast Japan aboard a P-3 aircraft during an aerial survey of the region. The squadron provides communication and real-time capabilities, which allows the Navy to determine where to provide vital humanitarian and relief support to tsunami stricken areas of Japan. VP-4 has repositioned to Naval Air Facility Misawa in support of Operation Tomodachi. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Devon Dow/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [30APR2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Japan: VP-4 Wrapping Up Business In Misawa By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jose Lopez, U.S. Naval Air Facility Misawa, Japan Public Affairs - Thursday, March 31, 2011..." WebSite: War On Terror News http://waronterrornews.typepad.com/ [01APR2011]

MISAWA, Japan (NNS) -- Patrol Squadron (VP) 4 departed Naval Air Facility Misawa, Japan, March 30, after completing their mission in support of Operation Tomodachi.

VP-4 will return to Kadena Air Base, Japan, where they are currently on a six-month deployment from Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. The squadron arrived March 12 to assist after a 9.0-magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami that devastated northeast Japan.

"We were supporting the search-and-rescue operations and providing real time data on the damage caused by the earthquake and tsunami," said Lt. j.g. Hector Robles, a navigator-communicator with VP-4. "We surveyed the area and provided images and video to the USS Essex (LHD 2) and USS Ronald Regan (CVN 76)."

While assigned to NAF Misawa, two VP-4 aircraft flew 17 sorties, surveying various locations in the northeast coast of Japan. The four-propeller P-3C Orion had varying flight times, with some missions as short as three hours.

"The flight times vary," said Robles, a native of Fajardo, Puerto Rico. "Some missions can keep a plane on station for up to ten hours."

While the aircrafts were not performing their traditional role while in Misawa, Robles said he was proud of the work he and his crewmates performed on a daily basis.

"We are normally a tactical aircraft," said Robles about the P-3C's intended mission. "But when you do missions like these to assist people, it feels very rewarding."

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Patrol Squadron 4 Conducts Survey of Tsunami Damage - Posted March 24th, 2011 by USNavySeals..." WebSite: USNavySeals http://blog.usnavyseals.com/ [24MAR2011]

On March 22, Patrol Squadron 4 (VP-4) conducted an 8-hour field survey of ports in northern Japan, according to a feature on the Navy website. The squadron took off from Naval Air Facility Misawa (NAFM). They are gathering information regarding the status of ports, roads and infrastructure in earthquake- and tsunami-stricken cities along the eastern coastline of Japan.

The communication and real-time capabilities of the P-3 squadron will provide the Navy with more knowledge as to where they will be able to give humanitarian and relief assistance, in support of Operation Tomodachi. The 8-hour flight missions are an effort to increase the effectiveness of the squadron, as they are able to utilize sunlight to gather better on-site imagery.

Lt. Peter Kennedy, patrol plane commander for Patrol Squadron 4, shared: “I think the mission has been going very well… As a P-3 Squadron we are able to adapt on short notice which has made our efforts here so successful. We are receiving great support from Commander, Task Force 72 staff and overall our team is providing a very good product.”

The squadron, which was based in Hawaii, moved from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, to NAFM. The move reduced the squadron’s transit time, and increased their time on-site, something that proved to be advantageous to the squadron, as shared by Lt. J.G. Hector Robles. Robles said: “While we had success flying out of Kadena, the location we are in today provides us with greater time on site… The work we have been doing here is very rewarding.”

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Patrol Squadron 4 Conducts Surveys Tsunami Damage in Japan By Petty Officer 2nd Class Devon Dow..." WebSite: Defense Video and Imagery Distruction System (DVIDS) http://www.dvidshub.net/ [23MAR2011]

NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan – Patrol Squadron 4 took to the air from Naval Air Facility Misawa March 22, to conduct an eight-hour field survey of ports in northern Japan.

Since their reposition to NAFM on March 16, the squadron is continuing its relief efforts by gathering information on the current status of ports, roads and infrastructure in cities along the eastern coastline that were affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami.

With the P-3 squadron’s communication and real-time capabilities, the Navy will gain more knowledge of where it can provide vital humanitarian and relief support in Operation Tomodachi.

"I think the mission has been going very well," said Lt. Peter Kennedy, a Klamath Falls, Ore., native who serves as a patrol plane commander assigned to Patrol Squadron 4. "As a P-3 Squadron we are able to adapt on short notice which has made our efforts here so successful. We are receiving great support from Commander, Task Force 72 staff and overall our team is providing a very good product."

The Hawaii-based squadron’s move to NAFM from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, has increased the squadron’s time on site and reduced their time in transit.

According to Lt. j.g. Hector Robles, assigned to VP-4 and originally from Fajardo, Puerto Rico, the move has been a big plus for them.

"While we had success flying out of Kadena, the location we are in today provides us with greater time on site," he said. "The work we have been doing here is very rewarding."

Another effort to increase their effectiveness is by conducting eight-hour flight missions from NAFM. This way the Squadron takes advantage of sunlight so they can gather better imagery on site.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Jeff Graham, naval air crewman (operational level), assigned to VP-4 and a native of Bakersfield, Calif., operates the Advanced Imagining Multi-spectrum Sensor aboard the aircraft. The sensor, located on the nose of the aircraft, takes detailed imagery and has streaming video capabilities.

Graham said some of the images he has seen have been hard to believe. However, he is confident that with help from the U.S. and the determination of the Japanese people, the "Land of the Rising Sun" will recover from the disaster.

"It will take a while," he said. "I do think the more resources and information that is provided to the Japanese people will help things continue to get better for the country."

For more news from Naval Air Facility Misawa, visit https://www.cnic.navy.mil/misawa or check out our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/nafmisawa.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...The Latest On Navy Support To Japan - Stars and Stripes - March 19, 2011..." WebSite: Stars and Strips http://www.stripes.com/ [20MAR2011]

Two P-3 Orion aircraft from Patrol Squadron Four conducted two aerial survey missions over ports and airfields in northern Honshu on Saturday. CTF-72 has embarked two liaison officers from Japan Maritime Self Defense Force on each mission. Aerial imagery captured on these missions is shared with Japan. VP-4 has established a detachment in Misawa with two aircraft and four aircrews.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Atsugi Helos Deploy to Misawa to Support Japan Relief Efforts - Stars and Stripes - March 18, 2011..." WebSite: Stars and Strips http://www.stripes.com/ [20MAR2011]

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan — The U.S. Navy has moved air assets from Tokyo and Okinawa to Misawa to support humanitarian relief efforts in earthquake and tsunami-ravaged northeastern Japan.

About 530 sailors belonging to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 14, Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (Light) 51, and Patrol Squadron 4 began arriving Friday.

A total of 13 aircraft, including SH-60 Seahawk helicopters, P-3 Orion planes, and C-2A Greyhound planes were expected by late Friday night, according to Naval Air Facility Misawa spokesman Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Bradley.

NAF Misawa, Japan is collocated with the Air Force on the air base.

Bradley said the squadrons will focus on search-and-rescue and resupply missions, and pilots had already started flying Friday afternoon.

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