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Circa 1988

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "00JUN88--In June 1988, the Squadron returned from the difficult Rota/Lajes theater, the sight of many past successes. As the "Gatekeepers to the Mediterranean," the Tigers continued to show their "excellence through professionalism" by being awarded the "Hook 'em" award by Commander Sixth Fleet for tenacious on-station ASW operations...." Contributed by Beth Perry (E-Mail Removed By Request) NEWSLETTER: "VP-8 Alumni Association" World War II Stories, and more!!!

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "00JUL88-00APR89--The July 1988 through April 1989 home cycle at NAS Brunswick, Maine was another rigorous training and maintenance cycle. While in Brunswick, the squadron averaged approximately 300 dedicated flying hours a month to the training and upgrading of personnel. They also conducted operational missions for Patrol Wing Five. After returning from Keflavik, Iceland deployment, the squadron began an extremely successful home cycle in Brunswick. The Tigers were kept busy with inspections such as the Material Condition Inspection (MCI), Command Inspection (CI) and the Operational Readiness Exam (ORE). The squadron also practiced formation mining, a first in the P3C...." Contributed by Beth Perry (E-Mail Removed By Request) NEWSLETTER: "VP-8 Alumni Association" World War II Stories, and more!!!


Circa 1987

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation September-October 1987 "...Editors Notebook - Page 1 - Naval Aviation News - September-October 1987..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1980s/1987/so87.pdf [20OCT2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation January-February 1987 "...Tracing Squadron Lineage - Page 22 to 26 - Naval Aviation News - January-February 1987..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1980s/1987/jf87.pdf [20OCT2004]

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Circa 1986

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "00NOV86--In November 1986, Patrol Squadron EIGHT returned from a highly successful Keflavik deployment. After facing the Soviet's front line submarines and participating in Exercise "Northern Wedding," the Tiger team came home to its fourth Arnold Jay Isbell Award; the third in ten years...." Contributed by Beth Perry (E-Mail Removed By Request) NEWSLETTER: "VP-8 Alumni Association" World War II Stories, and more!!!

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Squadron ThumbnailCameraVP-8 Logo "...1986 VP-8 NAS Keflavik, Iceland deployment patch..." Contributed by Tom Grannis grannis1@earthlink.net [19MAY2003]


Circa 1985

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation November-December 1985 "...Reserves - Change-Of-Command - Page 27 to 29 - Naval Aviation News - November-December 1985..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1980s/1985/nd85.pdf [18OCT2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation March-April 1985 "...VP-8 - Page 9 - Naval Aviation News - March-April 1985..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1980s/1985/ma85.pdf [18OCT2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "08FEB85--On 8 February 1985, Patrol Squadron EIGHT deployed to Rota, Spain; and Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal. Again the "Tigers" set high standards and broke old records...." Contributed by Beth Perry (E-Mail Removed By Request) NEWSLETTER: "VP-8 Alumni Association" World War II Stories, and more!!!


Circa 1984

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation November-December 1984 "...History - Change-Of-Command - Page 1, 11 and 30 - Naval Aviation News - November-December 1984..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1980s/1984/nd84.pdf [17OCT2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "00JUN84--In June 1984, the Tigers embarked upon UNITAS 25, an exercise involving combined ASW operations with the navies of South America..." Contributed by Beth Perry (E-Mail Removed By Request) NEWSLETTER: "VP-8 Alumni Association" World War II Stories, and more!!!


Circa 1983

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraID: DNSN8505677 "...A P-3 Orion aircraft from Patrol Squadron 8 (VP-8) takes off on a Naval Air Training and Operating Standarization (NATOPS) evaluation flight. Location: NAS Whidbey Island, Washington (WA) UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (USA) - Camera Operator: JOCS KIRBY HARRISON Date Shot: 15 May 1983..." WebSite: Defense Visual Information Center http://www.dodmedia.osd.mil/ [07FEB2006]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation July-August 1983 "...Awards - Page 30 and 32 - Naval Aviation News - July-August 1983..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1980s/1983/ja83.pdf [17OCT2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "05OCT83--On 5 October 1983, Patrol Squadron EIGHT deployed to Sigonella, Sicily with detachments to Rota, Spain; Souda Bay, Crete; and Nimes-Garon, France. The Tigers completed their record breaking deployment in March 1984 and subsequently were awarded the Navy Expeditionary Medal..." Contributed by Beth Perry (E-Mail Removed By Request) NEWSLETTER: "VP-8 Alumni Association" World War II Stories, and more!!!

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-8 Patch Thumbnail "... NAS Sigonella, Sicily Deployment 1983-1984 'One More Minor Adjustment - Shock Oscillation - TRON VP-8 Shop'..." Contributed by Anthony Panariello Ajpanarie@aol.com [05APR2001]


Circa 1982

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation October 1982 "...History - Change-Of-Command - Page 2, 44 and 46 - Naval Aviation News - October 1982..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1980s/1982/oct82.pdf [16OCT2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation August 1982 "...It's Always Winter Somewhere - Page 9 to 13 - Naval Aviation News - August 1982..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1980s/1982/aug82.pdf [15OCT2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation August 1982 "...P-3 Orion Twenty Years Young - Page 14 to 18 - Naval Aviation News - August 1982..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1980s/1982/aug82.pdf [15OCT2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation August 1982 "...The Long Distance Flyer's - Page 18 to 25 - Naval Aviation News - August 1982..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1980s/1982/aug82.pdf [15OCT2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "09AUG82--On 9 August 1982, Patrol Squadron EIGHT deployed to the island of Bermuda with numerous detachments throughout the Atlantic including: Lajes, Azores, Keflavik, Iceland, and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR . In March 1983, Patrol Squadron EIGHT was presented the 1982 COMNAVAIRLANT Battle Efficiency Award and the 1982 CINCLANTFLT Golden Anchor Award for retention excellence...." Contributed by Beth Perry (E-Mail Removed By Request) NEWSLETTER: "VP-8 Alumni Association" World War II Stories, and more!!!

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-8 Patch Thumbnail "...This patch was worn on my yellow vest from 82- 84 (I was an ABH-2). so that is why it is a bit tattered. There were only about 24 or so made so it is rare indeed. This was NOT an official patch of the squadron but one made by members of the VP-8 line branch. Also, as the history of the squadron will show you, we did not make a "word tour" but a deployment to NAS Bermuda. The world tour refers to the many dets we ran from NAS Bermuda. (I got reassigned for a couple weeks before I even unpacked my sea bag !) ..." Contributed by DESCHENES, ABH2 Ronnie Abh2vp8@aol.com [20SEP2001]


Circa 1981

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation July 1981 "...History - Change-Of-Command - Page 42, 44, and 45 - Naval Aviation News - July 1981..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1980s/1981/jul81.pdf [14OCT2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "00AUG81--In August 1981, the Tigers began the transition from the P3B to the P3C Update II aircraft. Following the arrival of the first P3C Update II in January 1982, VP-8 was awarded the Arnold Jay Isbell Award for excellence in Airborne ASW and celebrated 20 years of operations with the P3 Orion..." Contributed by Beth Perry (E-Mail Removed By Request) NEWSLETTER: "VP-8 Alumni Association" World War II Stories, and more!!!


Circa 1980

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation October 1980 "...Change-Of-Command - Page 31 - Naval Aviation News - October 1980..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1980s/1980/oct80.pdf [12OCT2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "01NOV80--On 1 November 1980, VP-8 again deployed to Rota/Lajes. The Tigers were the last squadron to use the Bravo aircraft in service. The successful completion of this deployment led to the awarding of the Sixth Fleet Hook 'Em Award, in recognition of exceptional ASW operations..." Contributed by Beth Perry (E-Mail Removed By Request) NEWSLETTER: "VP-8 Alumni Association" World War II Stories, and more!!!

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-8 Patch ThumbnailCamera "...VP-8 patch given to me during a visit to Brunswick in Feb 1980..." Contributed by Paul Warrener [E-Mail Removed By Request Of Shipmate - 07OCT2001] WEBSITE: Link Removed By Request [10OCT2002]


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