A BIT OF HISTORY: "...In early 1969 all three squadrons (VP-871, VP-872 & VP-873) concentrated into one hardware squadron ( VP-71). This effort culminated on 13 July 1969 when 12 SP2H were launched within a 55 minute period for transpac to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. This was an accomplishment recognized and lauded throughout the reserve command. In spite of less than optimum support for the SP2H aircraft, a total of 700 aircraft hours were flown and a significant increase in readiness accomplished. In August 27,1970 VP-71 was notified of disestablishment..." Contributed by Roger Busbee firstname.lastname@example.org [26OCT99]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-731, VP-732, VP-733, VP-734, VP-871, VP-872, VP-873, VP-874 and VP-875) - Naval Aeronautical Organization OPNAV NOTICE 05400 for Fiscal Year 1960 dated 1 February 1960 is: DECLASSIFIED per Office of Chief of Naval Operations on 1 February 1965 by Op-501 - Atlantic Fleet Support Stations..." WebSite: Naval Historical Center http://www.history.navy.mil/a-record/nao53-68/fy1960-feb60.pdf [12MAR2007]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Oakland Trains Near And Far- Page 28 - Naval Aviation News - March 1960..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1960/mar60.pdf [17AUG2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-19 NAS Kodiak, Alaska Deployment 1960 Cruisebook..." [21MAR2001]
CDR E. E. Wood assumed command in November 1958 with LCDR B. B. Smith assigned as Executive Officer. The training cycle was concluded after several over water training flights and anti-submarine tracks originating from NAS Alameda, California.
An early February morning saw Patrol Squadron Nineteen commencing their seventh deployment, destination NAS Iwakuni, Japan via: Hawaii, Kwajalin, and Guam.
During the seven month deployment, Patrol Squadron Nineteen crews flew a total of 5212.4 accident free hours of which 1908 consisted of actual instrument time. After returning to NAS Alameda, California to begin a new training cycle CDR B. B. Smith, USN, assumed command on December 30th with CDR R. E. Anglemyer, USN, as Executive Officer.
As the crews trained, over-all squadron proficiency progressed. The squadron made ready for administrative-material inspection. COMFAIRALAMEDA administered the inspection on April 12, 1960 with a final over-all grade of 84.46%, high excellent. On April 25 the ORI, with assistance of the officres of VP-9 was administered by COMFAIRALAMEDA. An over-all grade of 88.43%, good, was awarded the squadron as we prepared to depart for NAS Kodiak, Alaska for four months' deployment.
Patrol Squadron Nineteen relieved VP-2 May 14, 1960. A detachment ws maintained as NAS Adak, Alaska and several ice patrols were flown out of Ladd AFB in Fairbanks. A total of 3681 accident free hours of which 1500 hours consisted of actual instrument time was flown during the deployment.
Designed primarily for anti-submarine warfare, the squadron has carried on routine patrol duty over the Bering sea, the Aleutian islands, and particpated in bombing ice-covered Alaskan rivers to relieve flooded conditions.
VP-19 was relieved by VP-17 at NAS Kodiak, Alaska on August 18, 1960. After a non-stop flight to NAS Alameda, California, Patron Nineteen will begin a new training cycle to qualify new pilots and crew members.
"VP-871 History Summary Page"