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Circa 1968

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Re-designated: 1 July 1968 Nickname: None Listed Former Designation: None Listed Later Designation: VP-67B-1 Approved: 25 October 1962 Discontinued: None Listed Reason: None Listed Photo No: 131 Significance: Large arrow head pointing down at a submarine under the water with concentric circles radiating from the submarine This squadron is a component of the Naval Reserve Aviation stationed at NAS Atlanta, Georgia. Colors: Arrow - red; Sky - blue; Water - gray; submarine and concentric circles - black; Scroll - blue; Border of insignia, scroll and lettering - red. Record Location: Wash. Record Center Job No: None Listed File: VP-671 Box: None Listed..." Contributed by Mick Nussbaum (Insignia Historian) T45_nditech@yahoo.com

Circa 1965

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation November 1965 "...Atlantic Air Wings On Patrol - Page 26 to 27 - Naval Aviation News - November 1965..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1965/nov65.pdf [03SEP2004]

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Circa 1960

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-671 History "...VP-671 ( NAS Atlanta, Georgia) - Handwritten information on the back of the photo reads as follows: "Stationkeepers are: 2nd from left standing - Handel, Standing, extreme right - Led Norothy, Kneeling, extreme right - Dillard". Official U. S. Navy Photograph..." [11NOV2005]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-671 History "...VP-671 ( NAS Atlanta, Georgia) - HEAVE HO is the word for 'Operation Watermelon' as Robert J. Vann, member of Naval Air Reserve VP-671, Route 12, Birmingham, Ala. carries two watermelons to be delivered to children of a de Santa Maria school for the poor. Vann, along with other members of his squadron participated in two weeks annual training cruise at NS Rota, Spain. Attending weekend training drills at NAS Atlanta, Georgia, Vann returned to Atlanta Sunday, Aug. 21. Official U. S. Navy Photograph...." [11NOV2005]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-671 ( NAS Atlanta, Georgia) was the first reserve VP to go to NS Rota, Spain. We operated with host regular VP-5 out of NAS Jacksonville, Florida in August of 1960. We deployed to Sardenia with VP-5 for an ASW exercise and were assigned the inshore area to patrol since it apparently was the opinion of the VP-5 folks that no sub would try to sneek through in the shallows (maby 150M max depth). Well guess what? That is exactly what the sub skipper did and we caught him. We ignored every NATOPS instruction since we were just a bunch of dumb reserves. Our ECM remained tuned to the known sub X-band radar freq. and after several hours a blip appeared on the ECM scope, three sweeps and down. After about 15 minutes the same thing happed followered after another 15 minutes by a third. Now our NAV had a posative fix and we cranked the jets and dropped to 50 feet altitude (the aircraft was a P2V-5F). Soon we were on top of a awash radar antenna and we went into a MAD figure eight receiving MAD contacts. Next we dropped Sonarbouys and were soon receiving clear screw noises. The exercise CinC was notified that we had a definate sub contact and was maintaining it. A S2F was dispatched to confirm and after sucessfully passing over control to the regular Navy we departed to base. Our skipper received a Letter of Commendation for this mission..." Contributed by WILCHER, DPC Gordon Retired flashg@iwvisp.com [05APR2002]

Circa 1959

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News November 1959 "...VP-671 Delivers The Beans - Page 27 - Naval Aviation News - November 1959..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1959/nov59.pdf [16AUG2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News June 1959 "...NAS Atlanta Commissioned - Page 11 - Naval Aviation News - June 1959..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1959/jun59.pdf [15AUG2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News March 1959 "...VP-671 Played Santa's Helpers - Page 27 - Naval Aviation News - March 1959..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1959/mar59.pdf [15AUG2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...OPERATION BEANLIFT - ...OUR NAVY 15 Oct. 1959 Page 20..." [21FEB2002]

Cuba has recently come under the People-to-People program of relief through the activities of Reserve Squadron VP-671 of NAS Atlanta, Georgia. While VP-671 was in Key West on their summer cruise, the people of St. Louis collected material to off-set the deprivations caused by the recent revolution in Cuba. Dubbing the mission "Operation Beanlift," VP-671 sent two P2V_5Fs to St. Louis to pick up and deliver the supplies. Included were 5,000 pounds of dried beans, 1,200 pounds of clothing and a million vitamin tablets, which are being distributed by the Churd World Service, sponsors of the humanitarian program.

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