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Circa 1970

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Circa 1970...Patrol Squadron 19 was formed in 1946 as a reserve unit designated VP-902 at NAAS Livermore, California, and moved to NAS Oakland in December, 1946. In March, 1951, the Squadron was called to active duty as VP-871 and assigned P4Y-2 type aircraft. On its first deployment to Japan in October 1951. VP-871 conducted shipping survelliance and night interdiction in support of Marine night fighter squadrons in Korea. The Squadron's flying experience has run the gamut of patrol and ASW type aircraft. During the period of 1946 to 1955. VP-19 transitioned through P2V-2, P4Y-2, and P2V-5 type aircraft. In June, 1963, the Squadron commenced transitioning to the P-3A Orion. With the new aircraft came a change in surroundings, as the Squadron officially moved from NAS Alameda, California to NAS Moffett Field, California on 1 September 1963..." Contributed by Jan Hartman [23MAY2000]


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