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Circa 2017

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-8 History "...VP-8 Deploys Aircraft to Search for Missing Republic of Korea Crew... 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-8 History "...VP-8 “Fighting Tigers” Hold Change of Command... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2017: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [25MAY2017]
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Circa 2016

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-8 History "...VP-8 Aids in Rescue of Tropical Storm Survivors... 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-8 History "...VP-8 Tops Off Successful Deployment with Jacksonville Homecoming... 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-8 History "...VP-8 plays role in CARAT 2016... 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-8 History "...VP-8 Participates in Exercise with Republic of Korea Navy... 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-8 History "...SECDEF and Singapore’s Minister of Defense Tour P-8A Poseidon... 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-8 History "...VP-8 Builds Interoperability with Royal Malaysian Air Force... 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-8 History "...VP-8 Participates Reaches Out to Students in the Philippines... 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-8 History "...VP-8 Participates in Exercise with JMSDF... 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-8 History "...‘Fighting Tigers’ Participate in Malabar 2016... 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-8 History "...VP-8 Participate in Exercise with Royal Thai Navy... 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-8 History "...‘Fighting Tigers’ 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-8 History "...VP-8 Deploys to Okinawa... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2016: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [30APR2016]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-8 History "...VP-8 Introduces P-8A to JMSDF... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2016: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [30APR2016]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-8 History "...VP-8 Participates in Indonesian ‘KOMODO’ Exercise... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2016: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [30APR2016]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-8 History "...‘Fighting Tigers’ Welcome Members of Congress... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2016: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [30APR2016]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-8 History "...VP-8 Takes P-8 to ROTC Event... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2016: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [30APR2016]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-8 History "...VP-8 Participates in Joint Warrior... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2016: Issue 1..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [01FEB2016]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-8 History "...Maritime Theater Missile Defense At Sea Demonstration... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2016: Issue 1..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [01FEB2016]
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Circa 2015

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-8 History "...VP-5, VP-8 Complete Truman Strike Group Exercise... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2015: Issue 4..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [28OCT2015]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-8 History "...First P-8 Harpoon Live Missile During GUAMEX 2015... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2015: Issue 4..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [28OCT2015]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-8 History "...VP-8 Joins BALTOPS for International Exercise... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2015: Issue 3..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [29JUL2015]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-8 History "...Patrol Squadron Eight Holds Change of Command... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2015: Issue 3..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [29JUL2015]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-8 History "...VP-8 Attains ‘Safe for Flight’... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2015: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [02MAY2015]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-8 History "...‘Fighting Tigers’ display high munitions proficiency... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2015: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [02MAY2015]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-8 History "..."Fighting Tigers" Take Delivery of First Poseidon... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2015: Issue 1..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [06FEB2015]
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Circa 2014

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-8 History "...VP-8 Honors the P-2V Neptune... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2014: Issue 4..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [04NOV2014]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-8 History "...VP-8 Home Again... 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-8 History "...VP-8 Sailors Volunteer at a Bahrain Elementary School... 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-8 History "...VP-8 CSADD Takes Part in Cultural Exchange... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2014: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [01MAY2014]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140411-N-TN528-003 "...COOPERATIVE SECURITY LOCATION COMALAPA, El Salvador (April 11, 2014) Cmdr. Odin Klug, commanding officer of Cooperative Security Location Comalapa, and Lt. Cmdr. Charles Dennison, officer in charge of Patrol Squadron (VP) 8, lead Lt. Gen. Kenneth Tovo, military deputy commander of U.S. Southern Command, away from the flight line after a tour of a P-3C Orion. (U.S. Navy photo by Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Camille Perez /Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [30APR2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-8 CSADD Takes Part in Cultural Exchange By MC2 Clay Whaley - VP-8 Public Affairs - Posted: March 5, 2014 - 6:27pm..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/ [07MAR2014]

Twenty-two Sailors from VP-8's chapter of the Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) were invited to tour the Ahmed Al-Fateh Islamic Center Feb. 21. The complex is the national mosque for the Kingdom of Bahrain and symbolizes Bahrain's religious identity.

"I think this was a great opportunity to take time out of our busy schedules to learn about the religious and cultural identity of Bahrain" said ATAN Nicholas Monastiero. "I had a great time with my fellow "Fighting Tigers" CSADD members and look forward to more cultural enrichment opportunities in the future" he added.

The mosque offers tours for Bahrain's non-Muslim residents and visiting military forces to promote the Kingdom of Bahrain as a modern and tolerant Muslim country. Construction of the mosque began Dec. 17, 1984 and was complete on June 2, 1988. The Grand Mosque occupies 69,965 square feet and the entire Ahmed Al-Fateh Islamic Center complex is more than 37 acres in size. The facility can accommodate in excess of 7,000 worshipers during prayers.

VP-8 is deployed to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility conducting maritime security operations and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. The VP-8 Fighting Tigers are home based at NAS Jacksonville, Florida.

Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/military/jax-air-news/2014-03-05/story/vp-8-csadd-takes-part-cultural-exchange#ixzz2vG2VNxq7

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-8 History "...VP-8 sailors volunteer at a Bahrain elementary school - Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Clay Whaley..." WebSite: DVIDS http://www.dvidshub.net/news/119437/vp-8-sailors-volunteer-bahrain-elementary-school#.Ut-iOhAo7Z4 [22JAN2014]

BAHRAIN – Sailors assigned to the "Fighting Tigers" of VP-8, participated in a community relations project at the RIA-Institute in Bahrain.

During the COMREL, sailors read books, played games and colored pictures with the children, putting smiles on all the children's faces.

"There's nothing better than dedicating your time to another person, and the children absolutely love it when service members visit," said student director Christine Gordon. "We really hope to continue this partnership because service members bring pride, professionalism, and know how to behave around the children, plus the children always enjoy the visits," she added.

With the mission statement of "Education for All," the RIA-Institute caters to the needs of mainstream learners, as well as students with physical and intellectual disabilities that require special educational programs.

"This is the most fun I've had on a COMREL in quite a while" said Aircrew Survival Equipmentman 3rd Class Adetolani Adeosun. "I definitely plan to volunteer here again because I had a great time and all of the children seemed to have had a great time as well," he added.

For more information on VP-8, visit our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Patrol-Squadron-EIGHT-VP-8/335177721864?ref=hl

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-8 History "...VP-8 participates in CSL Comalapa's 10-year anniversary By Lt. j.g. Torrey Plum VP-8 - Posted: January 8, 2014 - 5:54pm..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/ [09JAN2014]

The "Fighting Tigers" of VP-8 recently participated in Cooperative Security Location (CSL) Comalapa, El Salvador's, 10-year anniversary celebration. The celebration featured aircraft static displays from VP-8, the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agency and the El Salvador Air Force.

VP-8 Training Officer Lt. Cmdr. Jared Tharp said, "The anniversary celebration provided a great opportunity for VP-8 Sailors to meet their El Salvador counterparts and to enjoy some local food and entertainment."

CSL Comalapa provides critical logistics and infrastructure to support forward deployed U.S. military units participating in Joint Interagency Task

Force South (JIATF-S). JIATF-S supports counter-illicit trafficking operations, as well as humanitarian, and search and rescue missions.

The VP-8 Fighting Tigers are currently deployed to El Salvador supporting JIATF-S and U.S. Southern Command.

Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/military/jax-air-news/2014-01-08/story/vp-8-participates-csl-comalapa-s-10-year-anniversary#ixzz2pthyJ100

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Circa 2013

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-8 History "...VP-8 ‘Fighting Tigers' begin dual-site deployment By Lt. j.g. Torrey Plum - VP-8 Public Affairs - Posted: November 26, 2013 - 2:49pm..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/ [14DEC2013]

The VP-8 "Fighting Tigers" depart NAS Jacksonville at the end of November for a dual-site, seven-month deployment to NSA Bahrain, Oman and El Salvador.

VP-8 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Todd Libby stated, "through a focus on pride, people, and professionalism, all 350 Fighting Tigers are ready to deploy in what is scheduled to be our last P-3C Orion deployment prior to transitioning to the P-8 Poseidon."

The squadron's mission will focus on maritime surveillance and reconnaissance. VP-8 will relieve the "Screaming Eagles" of VP-1 in NSA Bahrain, Oman and the "Golden Swordsmen" of VP-47 in El Salvador.

Cmdr. Derek Adametz, VP-8's executive officer commented,"VP-8 Fighting Tigers continue to set the standard for maritime patrol aviation. They are both ready and excited to deploy."

Prior to deployment, VP-8's inter-deployment readiness cycle consisted of supporting carrier strike group exercises, anti-submarine warfare training, individual and command qualifications and certifications. These included: operational readiness evaluation, Fleet Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization evaluations, weapons inspections, overseas deployment training requirements, and Middle-East/Central America cultural training.

"I am incredibly proud of all that the Fighting Tigers have accomplished during the past 12 months, from supporting the fleet to supporting the community. The men and women of VP-8 have made a positive difference" said Libby.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-8 History "..."Fighting Tigers" Earn Record Score on Weapons Proficiency... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2013: Issue 4..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [30OCT2013]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-8 History "...VP-8 Hosts ACS Children... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2013: Issue 4..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [30OCT2013]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera130726-N-CW427-038 "...JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (July 26, 2013) Sailors assigned to the Fighting Tigers of VP-8 cut and install soffit during a Clay County Habitat for Humanity volunteer construction project. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Clay M. Whaley/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [18AUG2013]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-8 History "...VP-8 'Fighting Tigers' Help in Habitat for Humanity Project... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2013: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [01MAY2013]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera130326-N-ZA795-029 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (March 26, 2013) "...Senior Chief Naval Aircrewman (Operator) Terra McCartney, leading chief petty officer of the operations department of VP-8, inspects Naval Aircrewman (Operator) 2nd Class Charles Seacrist's cover during a dress whites inspection. VP-8 conducted a uniform inspection to ensure Sailors have their uniforms ready for the April 1 South East Region uniform shift. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Pedro A. Rodriguez/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [07APR2013]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-8 History "...VP-8 volunteer at the Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary..." WebSite: DVIDS http://www.dvidshub.net/ [15MAR2013]

Photograph Caption: Chief Naval Aircreman (Operator) Adrian Vaughn and Naval Aircrewman (Mechanic) 2nd Class Nicolas Mascaro assigned to the Fighting Tigers of VP-8 help build a new safety fence at the Catty Shack Ranch Wild Life Santuary. VP-8 volunteers built and repainted a fence and fertilize a lawn portion of the ranch as part of a community relations project. (U.S. Navy photo by Naval Aircrewman (Operator) 2nd Class Amanda Sullivan/Released)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The "Fighting Tigers" of VP-8 worked alongside tigers and other big cats during a community relations project at the Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary, March, 5.

Started in 1982, the Catty Shack Ranch is North Florida's longest operating sanctuary. A non-profit organization, its mission is to provide a safe, loving, forever home for endangered big cats, and to educate the public about their plight in the wild and captivity. Current residents include tigers, lions, cougars, leopards, bobcats, arctic foxes, and coatimundis.

"It is so important to have volunteer groups help us at the ranch, because there is so much work to be done," said Kim Kyle assistant director/volunteer coordinator & handler. "We are an all volunteer organization with no paid employees, so we appreciate any outside help."

VP-8 volunteers helped build up and repaint a safety fence and laid down fertilizer at a lawn area.

"We are not professionals, but as sailors, we always find a way to get the job done when necessary," said Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Pedro A. Rodríguez, VP-8 command photographer.

"I had a lot of fun doing the work we did, just because it is something I don't do every day, and it made me remember some of the things I used to do before I joined the Navy 10 years ago," said the Guánica, Puerto Rico native.

The new fence will serve as a second boundary to protect people from reaching into the cats' cages.

"We always have several projects ongoing, from building new enclosures/habitats for new rescues, to repairing fencing, building feed platforms, den boxes, kitty cabins, painting, landscaping and fundraising, among others," said Kyle. "This group was amazing and we so hope they can come back on a regular basis and help us. We so appreciate these members' service to our country and our organization."

The Jacksonville, Fla., based "Fighting Tigers" are undergoing deployment readiness workups, in preparation for their upcoming deployment.

For more news from VP-8, visit http://www.public.navy.mil/airfor/vp8/Pages/default.aspx or check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Patrol-Squadron-EIGHT-VP-8/335177721864?ref=hl

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-8 History "...Fighting Tigers Help in Habitat for Humanity Project..." WebSite: DVIDS http://www.dvidshub.net/ [27FEB2013]

Photograph Caption: VP-8 members pose for a group photo after finishing a Clay County Habitat for Humanity project. Eleven VP-8 members volunteered to helped build a home for a low-income family in the Middleburg area. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Pedro A. Rodriguez/Released)

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. - The "Fighting Tigers" of VP-8 participated in a Clay County Habitat for Humanity community relations project (COMREL), Feb. 21.

According to their website, Habitat for Humanity International was founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller. Today, Habitat for Humanity is a true world leader in addressing the issues of poverty housing. Through the work of Habitat, thousands of low-income families have found new hope in the form of affordable housing. Churches, community groups and others have joined together to successfully tackle a significant social problem--decent housing for all.

Eleven sailors volunteered to help the entity build a three bedroom home, lying down tar paper and roof panels. The volunteers started early in the morning working as a team to get the job done.

"It feels great and rewarding knowing you are part of a project that is going to benefit and make a difference in a family in need," said Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Walter Murillo a native of Miami. "It also helps me appreciate and value more the things that I have."

According to the Clay County Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Coordinator Pamela Portridge the military assistance to the organization is essential to their success. Almost 80 percent of their volunteers come from the military.

The home will be assigned for sale with no interest rate to make the payments affordable for qualifying family.

This is the first of several COMREL projects VP-8 plans to participate in since coming back from deployment last December, leading to a series of future events with different non-profit entities.

"In my opinion, we, in the military are an extremely blessed group of people. Not only is working for others humbling, but also part of our ethos as service members," said Naval Aircrewman (Avionics) 2nd Class Mark Willard.

"Furthermore, we should strive to be an example for those around us, as we are highly esteemed by the public, youth in particular," added the Mount Vernon Ind. native.

The Jacksonville, Fla., based "Fighting Tigers" are undergoing deployment readiness workups, in preparation for their upcoming deployment.

For more news from VP-8, visit http://www.public.navy.mil/airfor/vp8/Pages/default.aspx or check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Patrol-Squadron-EIGHT-VP-8/335177721864?ref=hl

Read more: http://www.dvidshub.net/news/102550/fighting-tigers-help-habitat-humanity-project#.US2r91eyK_5#ixzz2M506xDWJ

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-8 History "...VP-8 Home from Dual-Site Deployment... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2013: Issue 1..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [25JAN2013]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-8 History "...Fighting Tigers Demonstrate Naval Career Opportunities to New England Educators..." WebSite: DVIDS http://www.dvidshub.net/ [17JAN2013]

Photograph Caption: Lt. Erin Butler-Ricketts demonstrates the sonobouy launch tubes of the P-3C Orion to educators and counselors from the New England region during a visit to VP-8 hanagar spaces. (U.S. Navy photo by Intelligence Specialists 3rd Class Derek Toland/Released) Petty Officer 2nd Class Pedro Rodriguez

NAVAL AIR STATION JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The "Fighting Tigers" of VP-8 welcomed a group of high school educators from the New England area to their work spaces Jan. 9.

The group, including both high school teachers and career counselors, was visiting NAS Jacksonville to familiarize themselves with the opportunities available for high school students interested in pursuing a career in the Navy.

The visit provided the opportunity to speak with many different Navy personnel about the career paths available both as an officer and an enlisted sailor to high school students.

The group was sponsored by Mr. Jim Tighe, educational specialist for the New England Navy Recruiting District. Each year, Mr. Tighe brings down groups of educators to expose them to life in the Navy.

"We love doing the trip because it provides a great public relations opportunity for the Navy as well as allow the teachers to be able to talk about the Navy in a positive way," said Mr. Tighe.

During a static display on the aircraft, sensor operators spoke about their specific jobs and how they affect the mission of the P-3C Orion. "I am glad to see people getting out and seeing what the Navy is really about so they can better provide students with information about a career in the Navy," said Naval Aircrewman (Operator) 2nd Class Michelle Workman, a native of Pensacola, Fla.

"I have learned so much! I did not realize the Navy provided so many opportunities to high school students even in this tough job market. I will be able to take what I've learned here and better present the Navy as a great career opportunity," said a high school counselor from New Berlin, New York.

The Florida-based "Fighting Tigers" recently completed a deployment to the 4th and 7th Fleet AORs. Back home in Jacksonville, Fla., VP-8 is conducting an Inter-Deployment Readiness Cycle in preparation of their next deployment.

For more news from VP-8, visit http://www.public.navy.mil/airfor/vp8/Pages/default.aspx or check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Patrol-Squadron-EIGHT-VP-8/335177721864?ref=hl


Circa 2012

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Dictionary of American Naval Aviation SquadronsVP-8 History "...VP-8 and Japanese VP-2 Squadrons Conduct Data-Link Training... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2012: Issue 3..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [06JAN2013]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-8 History "...VP-8 Hosts Japanese... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2012: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [05JAN2013]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera121208-N-ZA795-057 NAVAL AIR STATION JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Dec. 8, 2012) "...Cmdr. Michael Marston, commanding officer of VP-8, reunites with his children after returning from a six-month deployment. The Florida-based Fighting Tigers returned from a scheduled six-months deployment in support of the U.S. 4th and 7th Fleets areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Pedro A. Rodriguez/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [23DEC2012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera121208-N-ZA795-017 NAVAL AIR STATION JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Dec. 8, 2012) "...A P-3C Orion aircraft assigned to the Fighting Tigers of VP-8 passes under a water arch upon arrival at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. The Florida-based Fighting Tigers returned from a scheduled six-months deployment in support of the U.S. 4th and 7th Fleets areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Pedro A. Rodriguez/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [23DEC2012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera121208-N-ZA795-037 NAVAL AIR STATION JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Dec. 8, 2012) "...Lt. Cmdr. Jared Tharp , command services officer for VP-8, embraces his family after returning from a six-month deployment. The Florida-based Fighting Tigers returned from a scheduled six-months deployment in support of the U.S. 4th and 7th Fleets areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Pedro A. Rodriguez/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [23DEC2012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera121107-N-ZA795-045 NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (Nov. 7, 2012) "...Aviation Electronic Technician Airman John Verran, left, donates money during a fundraiser organized by VP-8's 1st Class Petty Officers Association to benefit those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The funds collected, will be donated to the Red Cross disaster relief fund. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Pedro A. Rodriguez/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [10DEC2012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Fighting Tigers and Winged Warriors Exchange Knowledge with Army - Date Taken:11.21.2012 - Date Posted:11.26.2012 17:42 - Location:SOTO CANO, SV..." WebSite: DVIDS http://www.dvidshub.net/ [27NOV2012]

SOTO CANO AIR BASE, Honduras – While on detachment to Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, the "Fighting Tigers" of Patrol Squadron EIGHT (VP-8) took part in a joint cooperative learning program with the Army's 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment, Nov. 19 and 20.

Nineteen VP-8 sailors were able to experience an UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter static display and aircraft familiarization flight around the mountainous local area.

"It was a great way to see the beautiful landscape in which we have been living," said Lt. Erin Buttler-Ricketts of VP-8.

In return for the unique experience, the "Fighting Tigers" invited the "Winged Warriors" on board the P-3C Orion for an aircraft tour. The "Winged Warriors" Executive Officer Maj. Christopher McNutt was present for the tour and drew some parallels between the aging UH-60A and P-3C platforms. Applauding the maintenance professionals who take great pride in the preservation of these aging aircraft.

"Great maintenance is how we keep these aircraft flying for 50 years," said McNutt.

Being the only continuously forward deployed rotary-wing aviation asset in the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility, the "Winged Warriors" mission set includes counter drug operations, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, air movement of people, equipment, and supplies, aero-medical evacuation, and search and rescue.

VP-8 is currently deployed in support of U.S. 4th Fleet. The similarity in mission sets and pride in their people and platform have helped build a strong relationship between the "Winged Warriors" and "Fighting Tigers" teams.

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera121031-N-ZA795-004 NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (Oct. 31, 2012) "...Naval Aircrewman (Operator) 3rd Class Samuel Woolard, top, assigned to the Fighting Tigers of VP-8, simulates sweeping snow during an aircraft deicing drill. VP-8 is on a six-month deployment to northern Japan in support of the U.S. 7th Fleet. The U.S. Navy is reliable, flexible, and ready to respond worldwide on, above, and below the sea. Join the conversation on social media using #warfighting. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Pedro A. Rodriguez/Released) ..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [02NOV2012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-8 History "...Fighting Tigers Prepare for Winter Season in Northern Japan. Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Pedro Rodriguez Cladio - 10.31.2012 18:53 - MISAWA, AOMORI..." WebSite: DVIDS http://www.dvidshub.net/ [01NOV2012]

Photograph Caption: Naval Aircrewman (Mechanical) 1st Class Eugine Williams from Polk County, Fla., assigned to the "Fighting Tigers" of VP-8, directs a GL-1800 Global Deicer truck during a deicing training drill. VP-8 is on a scheduled six-month deployment to northern Japan in support of U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Pedro A. Rodriguez/Released)

NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan – With winter weather right around the corner in northern Japan, the Fighting Tigers of VP-8 are preparing themselves to conduct cold-weather operations.

To the Fighting Tigers, who are used to operating in the warm weather of their homeport ofNAS Jacksonville, Florida, conducting de-icing training is an important necessity to ensure the safety of the aircrew flying the aircraft, and the maintainers who work on the flight-line. VP-8 recently conducted a de-icing drill to train and prepare their maintenance personnel and flight crews for inclement winter weather. Maintenance personnel gained the skills necessary to operate deicing equipment ensuring they are capable of safely and effectively removing any ice buildup and snow on the aircraft's fuselage, wings, and control surfaces.

"Snow and ice can be very dangerous during flight," said VP-8 Safety/NATOPS Officer Lt. Cmdr. Leroy Shoesmith. "Too much ice on the wings will decrease the amount of lift needed for the aircraft to safely fly. In the air we have systems that help us with ice removal, but on the ground these systems are ineffective. During pre-flight snow and ice buildup needs to be removed manually by aircrew and our maintenance team. Special equipment which applies a liquid anti-ice mixture to the aircraft is then used to prevent any additional buildup prior to takeoff," added the Poconos, Pa. native.

The drill consisted of a simulated preflight performed by VP-8 aircrew who called for a maintenance deicing crew. With the GL-1800 Global Deicing truck on scene VP-8 Sailors conducted the necessary training to de-ice and ready an aircraft to go flying in winter conditions.

Aircrew got to experience the amount of time and manpower it takes to properly deice an aircraft. VP-8 aircrews have not routinely operated in cold, icy environment since late 2008.

"There are very few individuals in the squadron that have ever operated in and around snow. Training and preparation ensures we are ready to execute our duties in all conditions without sacrifice to safety or proper procedure," said Shoesmith. "Everyone got a front row view of what should happen. Maintenance personnel who attended the training got the opportunity to participate in operating the equipment, and all aircrew got to see just how the process will work. I know that everyone is significantly more aware of the processes and safety concerns involved in this evolution."

The Fla.-based Fighting Tigers are on a six-month scheduled deployment in support of U.S. 7th Fleet.

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-8 History "...VP-8 Conducts Exercise With Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) VP-3..." WebSite: DVIDS http://www.dvidshub.net/ [23OCT2012]

Photograph Caption: Sailors and maintainers assigned to the "Fighting Tigers" of VP-8, pose for a group photo after a friendly soccer game. VP-8 completed an anti-surface warfare bilateral exercise with Japan Maritime Self Defense Force's VP-3 onboard NAS Atsugi, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class Michael Mitchell)

NAVAL AIR FACILITY ATSUGI, Japan – While on detachment, Combat Aircrew 3 from VP-8 "Fighting Tigers" took part in a bilateral exercise with the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) VP-3 "Sea Eagles," Oct. 16-18.

The exercise focused on improving tactical communication and coordination between the squadrons and consisted of a static aircraft display where both squadrons were invited onboard to tour the aircraft followed by a coordinated anti-submarine warfare flight.

"I've been fortunate to have worked with VP-2 'Odin' during an exercise in Misawa and now the 'Sea Eagles' in NAS Atsugi, Japan. Both experiences have been great. The squadrons have tremendous knowledge and skill, and provide valuable training experiences for our aircrew," said Lt. Daniel Kuriluk, VP-8 plane commander, who had worked with the JMSDF before and was again impressed with their skill and professionalism.

The "Sea Eagles" hosted a number of social events during CAC 3's detachment including a soccer match and cookout. The soccer match was held Oct. 17 and due to the large turnout, four teams were formed and a tournament ensued. Teams were divided evenly and consisted of both Japanese and U.S. members. Afterward the "Sea Eagles" presented the winning team with a certificate and sticker from their NAS Atsugi, Japan Soccer Club.

"The soccer matches were a lot of fun," said Naval Aircrewman (Operator) 2nd Class Amanda Sullivan. "The Japanese are such good hosts and a lot of fun to be around."

Following the conclusion of the soccer matches the "Sea Eagles" invited the "Fighting Tigers" to a cookout. Hot dogs and hamburgers were served, while members of both squadrons exchanged patches, hats, and other gifts while having the chance to interact prior to the exercise.

"It was great being able to interact with the 'Sea Eagles' on both a personal and then a professional level," said Naval Aircrewman (Avionics) 2nd Class Daniel D'Orsi. "You could tell friendships had been formed over just a few days which made working together during the exercise a lot more enjoyable."

On the last day of the detachment prior to the final flight both squadrons had one last opportunity to send crewmembers to tour the other squadron's aircraft. Crewmembers enjoyed learning about the similarities and differences between the two aircraft.

"I would like to thank VP-8 for their participation in this exercise," said Lt. Sato, JMSDF plane commander. "It is great to have the opportunity to work together and accomplish a common goal."

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraAMS1 Dane Alred from Redmond "...Navy Misawa and VP-8 Team Up to Help Japanese Community..." WebSite: DVIDS http://www.dvidshub.net/ [22OCT2012]

Photograph Caption: Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Dane Alred from Redmond, Utah, and assigned to the Fighting Tigers of VP-8 carry weeds to a pile at a farm during a community relations project. Alred volunteered for an overnight community relations project to help with the cleanup of the area affected by the 2011 tsunami that struck the northern Japan region.

MINAMISANRIKUCHO, Japan — More than 20 sailors from Naval Air Facility Misawa and VP-8 took an overnight trip to Miyagi Prefecture, Oct. 19-20, 2012, to help the victims of the March 2011 tsunami that struck northeastern Japan.

On a chilly 40-degree morning, sailors gathered and loaded their bus for a six-hour ride down south to Minamisanrikucho. Upon arriving to their destination, they immediately disembarked their bus and headed out to work.

The community relations project consisted of cleaning up a local farm – roughly 5,000 square yards in size.

"We are helping them help themselves recover from the devastation the tsunami caused in the area," said Chief Aviation Machinist's Mate Roy Cedeño, a native of San Jose, Costa Rica. "I think the local population depends on the farms to subsist, and we are honored to have the opportunity to come out here and help our host nation in whatever way they need us."

After a long day of work, sailors spent the night in a local common house, and woke up early to continue the work they started. By mid afternoon, the job was done and the fields were ready for planting.

"It was a lot of work, but we were happy to make a difference in this hard-hit area," said Information Systems Technician 1st Class Lydale Hyde, originally from Columbus, Ga. "I think it's important that our Japanese brothers and sisters know they can count on us to lend a helping hand whenever it's needed."

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

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera121002-N-ZA795-036 NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (Oct. 2, 2012) "...Sailors direct a P-3C Orion from the Fighting Tigers of VP-8 on the flight line. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Pedro A. Rodriguez/Released)..." WebSite: Navy NewsStand http://www.navy.mil/ [12OCT2012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera120926-N-ZA795-024 NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (Sept. 26, 2012) "...Hospital Corpsman Patrick Purcell, from Dover, Del., administers a flu mist inoculation to Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Spencer Berg, from St. Petersburg, Fla. Purcell and Berg are assigned to VP-8 which is on a six-month deployment to northern Japan in support of U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Pedro A. Rodriguez/Released)..." WebSite: Navy NewsStand http://www.navy.mil/ [12OCT2012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-8 Participates in Hachinohe 55th Air Memorial..." WebSite: DVIDS http://www.dvidshub.net/ [01OCT2012]

NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan – The "Fighting Tigers" of VP-8 participated in the Fleet Air Wing 2 55th Air Memorial Event with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Squadron, VP-2 "Odin" at Hachinohe Air Base, Sept. 23.

This was the first time in the event's history that a U.S. aircraft was involved. VP-8 flew a P-3C Orion to Hachinohe Air Base and joined into loose trail formation with three VP-2 aircraft to conduct a fly-by over the event.

"It was an honor to be able to be a part of an event that celebrates such a rich history of JMDSF aviation," said Lt. William Flynn, a native of Boston, and VP-8's combat aircrew 1 Patrol Plane Pilot. "The JMSDF has a historical foundation built upon exceptionally professional aviators and today's event was a celebration of that fact."

The VP-8 aircrew that executed the fly-by was accompanied for the event by two VP-2 pilots, Lt.j.g. Tatsuya Ochiai and Lt. Cmdr. Tadahisa Shida. "Today's flight was a very memorable experience for me as a P-3C pilot; to see the systems in the flight station of the U.S. P-3C were wonderful. This was the first time for me to ride on another country's P-3C." said Ochiai.

VP-8 and VP-2 have an enduring history of working together. The squadrons have interacted together throughout VP-8's six-month deployment in support of U.S. 7th Fleet.

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

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-8 History "... Takes Part in 2012 Misawa Special Olympics..." WebSite: DVIDS http://www.dvidshub.net/ [18SEP2012]

Photograph Caption: Yeaoman 3rd Class James Hughes, a native of San Angelo, Texas, and assigned to the "Fighting Tigers" of VP-8, throws a football to Special Olympian Yuuki Nakagawara, during the 2012 Misawa Special Olympics. The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Photograph by: Petty Officer 2nd Class Pedro Rodriguez Cladio

NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan – The "Fighting Tigers" of VP-8 once again took time out of their busy schedules, volunteering to help the Misawa community by participating in the 2012 Misawa Special Olympics, Sept. 15.

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Thirteen Fighting Tigers volunteered to help with different tasks including serving food, organizing activities, escorting Special Olympians, and tearing down equipment.

"It's been a great experience to be able to work and meet such wonderful people," said Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Apprentice Samatha Taylor. "I've worked with individuals with special needs before and it is always a blast, I'd love to do it again," added Taylor who is originally from Dallas, Texas.

More than 60 athletes from three different schools in the local community participated in the 23rd annual event held on Misawa Air Base.

Sailors from VP-8 teamed up in pairs to escort a Special Olympian through various events, ensuring each athlete had a special day that they will remember for years to come. Events included basketball, tee ball, football throwing, running sprints and face painting. Additionally, participants and volunteers were treated to burgers and hotdogs for lunch, and a Taiko Drum demonstration for entertainment.

"The kids got to run around, throw basketballs, hit baseballs, throw footballs and get their faces painted, it's been a really awesome time," said Aviation Electronics Technician Airman Allison Arroyo, who hails from Fresno, Calif. "Just seeing them walking around with smiles on their faces, you knew today was a chance for them to get to have some fun. I think they really enjoyed themselves today, this has been a really good day and I'm glad I was able to be a part of the event."

The NAS Jacksonville, Florida-based Fighting Tigers are on a scheduled six-month deployment in support of U.S. 7th Fleet.

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-8 History "...VP-8 'Fighting Tigers' host JMSDF FAW-2 Aviation Officer Candidates..." WebSite: DVIDS http://www.dvidshub.net/ [14SEP2012]

Photograph Caption: Members of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force FAW-2 'Odin" Aviation Officer Candidates board a U.S. Navy P-3C Orion aircraft assigned to the "Fighting Tigers" of VP-8 during a tour. VP-8 is on a six-month scheduled deployment in support of U.S. 7th Fleet.

NAF Misawa, Japan– The "Fighting Tigers" of Patrol Squadron EIGHT (VP-8) hosted 15 Aviation Officer Candidates from the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) Fleet Air Wing Two (FAW-2) "Odin" squadron at Naval Air Facility Misawa on Aug. 31, 2012.

The Fighting Tigers provided a static display of a P-3C Orion aircraft, briefed the candidates on the squadron's history and primary missions, and discussed the typical career path for United States Navy Aviators and Naval Flight Officers. The visit concluded with a tour of Tactical Operations Center Misawa and lunch with the candidates.

All personnel involved in the visit noted the benefit of interacting with their counterparts.

"I enjoyed discussing my career path from flight school to today," said VP-8's Lt. Brandon Clark, who led the visit for VP-8. "The candidates were very interested in how we became P-3C pilots and Naval Flight Officers and how U.S. Navy officers end up in other platforms."

Lt.j.g. Patrick Frailey assisted with the static display and found the candidates were most impressed by the plane's Advanced Imaging Multispectral Sensor camera.

VP-8 have interacted with their FAW-2 counterparts on several occasions this deployment, both in-flight and on deck to advance bilateral training and partnerships.

The Fighting Tigers are based out of NAS Jacksonville, Florida, and are currently on a six-month deployment in support of U.S. 7th Fleet.

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

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera120810-N-ZA795-017 ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam (Aug. 10, 2012) "...Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Donald Brooks, from Hartland, Vt., assigned to the Fighting Tigers of VP-8 download buoys off a P-3C Orion as part of aircraft post flight procedures. VP-8 and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense force are participating in the bilateral exercise GUAMEX in the vicinity of Guam. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Pedro A. Rodriguez/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [17AUG2012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-8 History "...VP-8 and JMSDF Conduct Data-Link Training - Naval Air Facility Misawa - 08.07.2012 02:21 - HACHINOHE, AOMORI, JP..." WebSite: DVIDS http://www.dvidshub.net/news/ [08AUG2012]

Photograph Caption: Aircrewmen assigned to the "Fighting Tigers" of U.S Navy, VP-8 and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force, VP-2 "Odin," gather for a group photo prior to start preflight as part of an expendable mobile anti-submarine warfare training. VP-8 is on a schedule six-month deployment in support of U.S. 7th Fleet.

NAF Misawa, Japan– The "Fighting Tigers" of VP-8 participated in bilateral training with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force squadron, VP-2 "Odin" at Hachinohe Air Base, Aug. 2.

VP-8 flew a P-3C Orion aircraft to Hachinohe Air Base and met with VP-2 to conduct training with an expendable mobile anti-submarine warfare training target and data link-11 training. Ultimately weather prevented EMATT training, but the link-11 training was highly successful.

"The navigator/communicators aboard each aircraft worked to establish secure voice and data communications between the two aircraft," said Lt.j.g. Michael Marschall, a native of Philadelphia and VP-8 combat aircrew 9 navigator/communicator. "Having both operating concurrently greatly improves communication between allies and helps to combat any language barrier."

After completing their training, Japanese and U.S. sailors gathered at a social event hosted by the JMSDF in which Capt. Seto, VP-2 commanding officer, presented a framed photograph to Capt. Gregory Cozad, a native of Las Vegas and deputy commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force U.S. 7th Fleet, to commemorate the improvements between the JMSDF and U.S. Navy P-3 forces during his tenure.

Capt. Cozad thanked Capt. Seto for his gift and acknowledged the improved communication and teamwork between the two organizations, most notably in humanitarian assistance/disaster relief missions during Operation Tomodachi in 2011.

VP-8 and VP-2 have a strong history of working together. The squadrons trained together when VP-8 was deployed to Japan in 2004/2005 and most recently in a highly successful EMATT Exercise in June 2012.

The NAS Jacksonville, Florida-based "Fighting Tigers" are on a scheduled six-month deployment in support of U.S. 7th Fleet.

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

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera120622-N-ZA795-036 NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (June 22, 2012) "...Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Matt Larkin, a native of Highlands Ranch, Colo., replaces seals of a P-3C Orion aircraft wing as part of an integrated maintenance concept inspection. Larkin, attached to the "Fighting Tigers" of VP-8, is on a six month deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Pedro A. Rodriguez/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [29JUN2012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-8 History "...VP-8 'Fighting Tigers' Host JMSDF Squadron - By MC2 Pedro Rodriguez - NAF Misawa, Japan Public Affairs..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/ [21JUN2012]

The "Fighting Tigers" of VP-8 took part in a bilateral exercise with the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) June 14 at NAF Misawa, Japan.

VP-8 hosted a visit from the JMSDF's VP-2 "Odin" Squadron, stationed out of Hachinohe Air Base in northern Japan.

Their bilateral exercise focused on tactical communication and coordination, and consisted of four short tactical flights – two flown by the "Tigers" and two flown by VP-2 – from which crewmen of each squadron were aboard as observers.

"It was such a great opportunity to be able to work with such high quality forces," said Lt. Dan Kuriluk, a VP-8 pilot who participated as an observer on one of the Japanese flights. "I was extremely impressed with the crew's professionalism and skill. I highly encourage anyone who may have this opportunity in the future to participate."

Odin crew members were very pleased with their experience, expressing their desire to fly with American aircrews.

"It was a great event to participate in and a great learning experience for both crews," said Lt. Omura, a veteran Japanese plane commander with more than 3,800 flight hours.

After the exercise, both squadrons were invited to a reception on board NAF Misawa, Japan airbase, hosted by Commander, Task Force 72.4. This provided another opportunity for VP-8 crew members to interact with their bilateral counterparts.

"On behalf of Patrol Squadron 2, I would like to show my deepest appreciation for today's events," said Capy. Seto of JMSDF VP-2. "I also worked with VP-8 in 2002 and it is an honor to work with them again. This is a great chance to promote our relationship and we look forward to more opportunities in the future."

The Fighting Tigers of VP-8 are homebased at NAS Jacksonville, Florida and are currently on a six-month deployment from NAF Misawa, Japan.

Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/military/jax-air-news/2012-06-20/story/vp-8-fighting-tigers-host-jmsdf-squadron#ixzz1yPP52Prv

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera120226-N-YZ910-001 DAYTONA, Fla. (Feb. 26, 2012) "...Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Noami Stout, assigned to VP-8, holds the American flag NASCAR driver Carl Edwards during the National Anthem at the 54th running of the Daytona 500. Stouts rode a lap around the famed speedway with Edwards before the race. (U.S. Navy photo by Miriam S. Gallet/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [05MAR2012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-8 flight surgeon wins Navy Flight Surgeon of the Year Award - Posted: January 25, 2012 - 6:35pm - From VP-8 Public Affairs..." WebSite: JaxNews http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/ [29JAN2012]

History ThumbnailCameraPhoto by Kaylee LaRocque Lt. Jennifer Kruse, VP-8 flight surgeon, performs an exam on HM2(AW/SW) Joseph Pulliam in her office at VP-8. Kruse has been selected as 2011 Richard E. Luehrs Operational Flight Surgeon of the Year.

VP-8 Flight Surgeon Lt. Jennifer Kruse, accompanied by VP-8 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Chris Flaherty and VP-8 command master chief (CMDCM) Frank King, accepted the 2011 Richard E. Luehrs Operational Flight Surgeon of the Year Award in NAS Pensacola, Florida, Jan. 12.

The Luehrs Award is presented annually to recognize outstanding performance in operational aviation medicine by a first or second tour naval flight surgeon based on leadership qualities, dedication, initiative, resourcefulness, and industry in carrying out their duties with operational forces.

After winning the Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing Eleven Flight Surgeon of the Year Award, and earning the nomination of the Naval Air Forces Atlantic fleet, Kruse competed against three other nominees.

However, based on her impressive resume, Kruse beat out the Naval Air Forces Pacific, Naval Reserve, and Marine Corps nominees.

History ThumbnailCameraPhoto by Kaylee LaRocque VP-8 Flight Surgeon Lt. Jennifer Kruse goes over some reports at her desk. Kruse is responsible for ensuring the squadron members are healthy and are ready to fly.

Kruse truly embodies the spirit and qualities reflected in the award throughout her work over the past year as VP-8's flight surgeon.

For the first part of the year, during an arduous Fifth Fleet deployment, Kruse served as primary medical care provider for more than 1,250 combat forces while continuously shuttling between two expeditionary locations.

In addition to her regular duties, Kruse also established a permanent joint forces expeditionary medical clinic designed to serve over 2,500 military personnel.

Upon returning home, she has served thousands of personnel, directly contributing to enhanced medical readiness across the many commands of NAS Jacksonville, Florida, while also finding time to volunteer on weekends with Naval Hospital Jacksonville's Emergency Department.

When asked how she felt about winning the prestigious award, Kruse remarked, "Well when it comes to this kind of stuff, I am a woman of few words, but I can say that I felt truly honored just to be nominated for the award. To actually win it is an amazing feeling and really unexpected."

Although modest in person, Kruse has risen above and beyond the call of duty and demonstrated equally enviable amounts of compassion, professionalism, and expertise in her field.

VP-8 and NAS Jacksonville, Florida will have a giant hole to fill as Kruse moves on with her career to begin her residency this coming June.

Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/military/jax-air-news/2012-01-25/story/vp-8-flight-surgeon-wins-navy-flight-surgeon-year-award#ixzz1kop0Kuy4

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...'Fighting Tigers' Conduct Burial At Sea For WWII Veteran - Posted: January 4, 2012 - 2:56pm - By LT Daniel Kuriluk VP-8 - Public Affairs Officer..." WebSite: JaxNews http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/ [06JAN2012]

History ThumbnailCameraPhoto by MC2 Pedro Rodriguez VP-8 side boys render salute as Chaplain (Lt. Cmdr.) Alan Cameron and RP3 Chester Harden carry the cremains of World War II veteran Arthur Williams on board a P-3C Orion aircraft as part of a Dec. 19 aerial burial at sea ceremony.

An aircrew of the VP-8 "Fighting Tigers" and Chaplain (Lt. Cmdr.) Alan Cameron, of CPRW-11, flew over the Atlantic Ocean Dec. 19 to perform a burial at sea for the cremains of World War II veteran John Williams.

History ThumbnailCameraPhoto by MC2 Pedro Rodriguez Flying aboard a VP-8 "Fighting Tigers" P-3C Orion aircraft from NAS Jacksonville, Florida, CPRW-11 Chaplain (Lt. Cmdr.) Alan Cameron says a prayer prior to spreading the ashes of World War II Veteran Arthur Williams over the Atlantic Ocean as part of his aerial burial at sea.

The second in a line of four generations of naval servicemen, Williams dropped out of high school in order to enlist in the Navy after Pearl Harbor. He served in the Pacific theatre as a combat aircrewman aboard Martin PBM Mariner patrol-bomber seaplanes.

In addition to hunting enemy submarines, Williams bore witness to many pivotal events of the war. He was aboard one of the first aircraft to fly over Hiroshima and Nagasaki on atomic bomb damage assessment missions.

In addition, from the deck of the seaplane tender USS Hamlin (AV-15), Williams witnessed the historic surrender of Japanese forces to Admiral Nimitz aboard the USS Missouri (BB-63) in Tokyo Bay. After the war, Williams utilized the GI Bill to attend the University of California Berkeley.

The VP-8 crew of 11, along with Chaplain Cameron and RP3 Chester Harden, flew the cremains to a spot about 100 miles off of the coast of Jacksonville Beach. Led by Lt. Scott Miller, the crew performed a short ceremony commemorating Williams' life and accomplishments as a Sailor.

"It was so rewarding to be part of this," said Miller. "We are losing many of our World War II veterans, and it is important to honor and pass on their memories to the ensuing generations. It means a lot to have a part in laying an honored veteran to rest."

The crew used GPS to mark the exact spot where Williams' remains were sent to sea, and will present the chart and flag to his surviving family members.

"VP-8 takes great pride in being able to fulfill the last wishes of a veteran for his family. Being part of a ceremony like this is very rewarding and is quite the honor," said Lt. Kristina Romero, VP-8 assistant training officer. "We go about our daily lives in the squadron and sometimes lose sight on what is really important. It is humbling to stop and pay tribute to a great American such as Mr. Williams. He is a true American hero."

The Navy Burial at Sea Program is a means of final disposition of remains that is performed on naval ships, submarines or aircraft. The commanding officer of the squadron or vessel assigned to perform the ceremony will make notification to the family of the date, time, latitude and longitude when the committal service is completed.

Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/military/jax-air-news/2012-01-04/story/fighting-tigers-conduct-burial-sea-wwii-veteran#ixzz1iey41Wb4


Circa 2011

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-8 'Tigers' Drill For Fire Safety By Clark Pierce Editor..." WebSite: JaxNews http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/ [06NOV2011]

Just as the squadron's award quarters was dismissed Oct. 26 at the VP-8 spaces in Hangar 1000, aircrewman AWV2 Daniel D'Orsi ran in from the flight line to report a fire on board P-3C Orion number 927. As the duty officer began setting emergency procedures in motion, VP-8 maintainers were already responding to the aircraft.

"As part of the squadron mishap plan, our duty office even made calls to the Naval Safety Center and Commander, U.S. Atlantic Fleet," explained Lt. Justin Caudle, VP-8 aviation safety officer.

He worked with NAS Jax Training Officer Jim Butters and VP-8 Safety/NATOPS Officer Lt. Cmdr. John Pianetta to create the realistic scenario that exercised both the squadron's mishap plan and the activation of it's CACO (Casualty Assistance Calls Officer) representatives.

"With permission and understanding from his wife, VP-8 Executive Officer Cmdr. Michael Marston volunteered to be a simulated casualty in the scenario – and the subject of a CACO visit to his home," said Caudle.

In the military services, notification to the next of kin of an individual who has been reported as a casualty will be accomplished in a timely, professional, dignified and understanding manner. Notification of death or missing cases is always accomplished in-person by a uniformed service representative.

"Squadron leadership was extremely impressed with the thoroughness and overall knowledge of the process displayed by CACO Officer Lt. Kristina Romero and her team," said Caudle.

Marston was pleased with the overall exercise. "This drill provided VP-8 with a great opportunity to conduct realistic joint training in cooperation with base emergency responders. Despite a problem with the simulated smoke generator, squadron personnel reacted quickly and professionally when notified of the simulated fire emergency. Maintenance personnel sprang into action until base emergency services arrived on the scene," said Marston.

"This met the goal of determining what types of response squadron personnel would react with. Valuable feedback was also provided by base crash crew concerning interactions with squadron personnel on the flight line."

Marston added, "Our squadron duty office executed the mishap plan with minimal errors and zero omissions. All notifications were made in a timely manner and meaningful training was accomplished because personnel were allowed to actually make the phone calls and provide required reports. We appreciate the assistance from emergency responders and base personnel who made this drill possible."

NAS Jax Occupational Safety and Health Specialist Gregg Gillette was an observer of the aircraft fire drill.

"I'm keeping an eye out for any real-life safety issues that may occur in the midst of carrying out this drill. We don't want any heroics when the 'injured crew members' are mannequins. Our goal is to train without the cost of a real-life injury – and that's exactly what happened today."

Caudle concluded, "The best way to build a safety culture is to exercise our plan and expose squadron personnel to safe, proven procedures should an accident occur. Like every Navy squadron, our goal is zero ground- or flight-related mishaps."

"By activating our response system today, we'll get a clearer picture of how our squadron and base first-responders will deal with emergency situations in the future," said Caudle.

In September, VP-8 celebrated 33 years and 196,000 hours of mishap-free flying.

History ThumbnailCameraPhoto by Clark Pierce "...As the aircrew of a P-3C assigned to VP-8 begins its preflight inspection Oct. 26 – someting goes wrong and the cabin is filled with thick smoke. One of the crew escapes and runs to Hangar 1000 to sound the alarm..."
History ThumbnailCameraPhoto by Clark Pierce "...Role player AWV2 Daniel D'Orsi runs from the aircraft to Hangar 1000 to sound the fire alarm..."
History ThumbnailCameraPhoto by Clark Pierce "...AME1 John McDuffie was one of dozen VP-8 maintainers who quickly responded to the fire alarm...."
History ThumbnailCameraPhoto by Clark Pierce "...VP-8 maintainers assess the situation as they secure a ground power unit before NAS Jax Crash Crew trucks arrive on the scene. (From left) AME1 John McDuffie, AM3 John Blood, AT1 Jeremy Lutheran, AD1 Luis Vegas and AM2 Travis Holloway..."
History ThumbnailCameraPhoto by Clark Pierce "...Crash crew and station firefighters don breathing apparratus as they prepare to enter the "smoke-filled" P-3C cabin..."
History ThumbnailCameraPhoto by Clark Pierce "...An NAS Jax Crash Crew member emerges from the starboard rescue hatch of the P-3C Orion during the VP-8 fire drill Oct. 26..."
History ThumbnailCameraPhoto by Clark Pierce "...Crash crew firefighters rescue the "executive officer mannequin" that suffered from burns and smoke inhalation in the VP-8 aircraft fire drill..."
History ThumbnailCameraPhoto by Clark Pierce "...NAS Jax firefighters disembark an injured crew mannequin through the P-3C Orion's main hatch..."
History ThumbnailCameraPhoto by Clark Pierce "...As the aircraft fire is extinguished, VP-8 Flight Surgeon Lt. Jennifer Kruse and HN William Meyers(left) stand by as paramedics prepare to transport casualties to Naval Hospital Jacksonville..."

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera110325-N-1467R-015 U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (March 25, 2011) "...Aviation Machinist's Mate Airman Matthew Miller removes a spinner from a P-3C Orion assigned to the Fighting Tigers of VP-8 as part of an aircraft prop balance and vibration analysis. VP-8 is on a scheduled six-month deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Pedro A. Rodriguez/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [30APR2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Wrenches are Golden at VP-8 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Pedro A. Rodriguez, VP-8 Public Affairs..." WebSite: Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet Public Affairs Office http://www.cusnc.navy.mil/ [24APR2011]

MANAMA, NSA Bahrain, Oman - The hard work and dedication of the "Fighting Tigers" of VP-8, was recently acknowledged when the command was notified that they had earned the 2010 AVCM Donald M. Neal Aircraft Maintenance Award, known as the "Golden Wrench" for patrol squadron (VP) East, March 26.

The maritime patrol squadron continued its standard of maintenance excellence and mission accomplishment in 2010, skillfully executing a dynamic operational inter-deployment readiness cycle and combat deployment to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) in support of Operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom. VP-8 deftly balanced resources and requirements to achieve a 87.8% mission completion rate and 58.0% aircraft mission capable rate while completing more than 600 sorties and 3,000 flight hours in the P-3 Orion aircraft.

The squadron's maintenance department generated a 100% mission completion rate during Operation Unified Response in support of humanitarian assistance operations in Haiti, completing 15 sorties with a total of 148 flight hours. They also achieved every objective while forward detached for exercises Noble Manta in Sicily, UNITAS in Argentina, HALCYON in Canada, and RIMPAC in Hawaii.

The Tigers outstanding commitment to by-the-book maintenance led all contenders for the award with 40 of 41 graded aircraft maintenance inspection programs "on-track".

"VP-8 maintenance department set the standard for productivity, efficiency, and safety across the group," said Rear Adm. Michael W. Hewitt, commander, patrol reconnaissance group, via naval message.

The "Golden Wrench" award was established in 1965 by the Chief of Naval Operations and sponsored by Lockheed Martin to acknowledge maintenance performance that goes above and beyond the extraordinary effort that aircraft maintenance requires. The Golden Wrench is presented annually to a VP squadron in the categories of Atlantic, Pacific and Special Projects.

"Every Tiger showed unrelenting commitment to the organization and our mission," said Lt. Cmdr. Arnold Roper, VP-8 maintenance officer. "They want to make our command successful."

The maintenance department of VP-8 worked around the clock to have more than 10 aircraft ready to fly training missions during work ups on the last home cycle, before deploying to the 5th Fleet AOR.

"One of the biggest challenges we had during the home cycle was the high turnover due to the squadron's homeport change from Maine to Jacksonville," said Master Chief Aircraft Maintenanceman Daniel Fernandez, VP-8's maintenance master chief.

With the combined effort of maintainers and aircrew the "Fighting Tigers" flew more than 4,450 flight hours during its 957 flights.

"It is very exciting news to know VP-8 won the 2010 "Golden Wrench" Award for aircraft maintenance excellence," said Cmdr. Jiancarlo Villa, VP-8's commanding officer.

Our entire maintenance team has earned this prestigious award through tremendous hard work."

Villa also said, "The role of maintenance personnel was very important, they were continuously self-motivated. We are not an organization that waits to see if things are going to be ok, that is not the Tiger way. We are extremely good at self-evaluating ourselves, honestly and brutally. This allows us to fix things before they become a problem." They continued on to acknowledge that leaders like Master Chief Holden, previous maintenance master chief, Lt. Cmdr. Brinson, previous operations officer, Chief Benson, maintenance control chief, and Lt. Seymour, quality assurance officer ensured a rigorous process of self-evaluation was in place and being executed. Our program managers responded well and delivered," said Villa.

VP-8 is on a scheduled deployment to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility in support of operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom.


Circa 2010

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-4 Kicks Off 7th Fleet Deployment with Keen Sword 2011 By VP-4 Public Affairs - Posted: December 18, 2010. Squadron's Mentioned: VP-4, VP-5, VP-8, VP-46, VP-47..." WebSite: Commander U. S. 7th Fleet http://www.c7f.navy.mil/ [18DEC2010]

NAHA, Japan – A week after arriving in Okinawa, Japan Nov. 23 to start their six-month deployment in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility, the Skinny Dragons of VP-4 took part in the bilateral exercise Keen Sword 2011 Dec. 3 – 10.

VP-4 relieved VP-47 and throughout Keen Sword VP-4 alongside VP-8, VP-46 and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Patrol Squadron (VP) 5 aircrews exercised, evaluated and worked side-by-side to strengthen interactions amongst one another.

The Pegasus's of VP-4 stationed out of NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan Prefecture of Japan few aboard aircraft assigned to VP-4 to observe crew coordination and tactics utilized by the Navy. The cross training was conducted to improve both U.S. and Japanese understanding of our mutual capabilities and limitations.

"The exercise was a great way for our squadron to launch into deployment and we are excited about our continuing friendship with the JMSDF, and VP 5 in particular, during the months to come," said Cmdr. Steve Newlund, VP-4's commanding officer.

To close the exercise the aircrews of VP-4 and VP-5 took part in the photography exercise, a Navy and a JMSDF P-3C Orion flew together in formation over JMSDF and Navy ships lead by the aircraft carrier, USS George Washington (CVN 73).

The biennial Keen Sword brought together 34,000 Japanese troops and 10,000 U.S. service members, plus a combined 430 aircraft and 60 ships for missile-defense and other air, land and sea operations, as service members will practice responding to a wide range of situations, including the defense of the region and reacting to a simulated contingency situation affecting Japan, within a realistic training environment.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera100706-N-6855K-030 KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (July 5th) "...P-3C Orion aircraft VP-4, VP-5, VP-8, VP-40, VP-47, VP-62 and VP-69 line the Rainbow Fleet tarmac of Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010 exercise. RIMPAC is a biennial, multinational exercise designed to strengthen regional partnerships and improve interoperability. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Meagan E. Klein/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [11JUL2010]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-8 History "...CDR. Liedman On To Next Assignment - 4/21/2010 11:20:00 AM..." WebSite: The Tri-County News http://www.kimballarea.com/ [22APR2010]

In a brief ceremony that upholds one of the highest traditions of the United States Navy, Commander Jiancarlo Villa will assume command of the Patrol Squadron EIGHT "Fighting Tigers" from Commander Sean Liedman Friday, April 23. The ceremony will be held in Hangar 511 and include the distinguished guest speaker, Rear Admiral William F. Moran, commander of Patrol and Reconnaissance Group.

CDR. Liedman, a native of Kimball, graduated with distinction from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1991, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering. CDR. Liedman's tenure at Patrol Squadron EIGHT is best expressed by his description of leading its personnel. He commented, "It has been my deepest honor to serve the men and women of VP-8 as their Commanding Officer. The 'Fighting Tigers' and their families tackled the challenges of conducting a homeport change from NAS Brunswick, Maine to NAS Jacksonville, Florida, in conjunction with a six-month deployment to the Middle East and Horn of Africa, in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM - and they did it with a sense of pride and professionalism that added to VP-8's legacy of excellence." Additionally, the transition to NAS Jacksonville paved the way for the remaining NAS Brunswick, Maine squadrons relocating in the months ahead. CDR Liedman's next assignment is a Federal Executive Fellowship at the American Enterprise Institute located in Washington, D.C.

CDR Villa hails from Los Angeles, Calif., and attended Jacksonville University, where he earned his commission in May 1993. He assumed the duties as VP-8 Executive Officer in April 2009, and is looking forward to the challenge of leading the Fighting Tigers as their 62nd Commanding Officer as they complete the remainder of their training cycle and preparations for their planned six-month deployment in December 2010. CDR. Villa commended his predecessor for his hard work in setting the high standards which VP-8 has upheld. "Over the past 11 months, Skipper Liedman has led the Fighting Tigers to establish a reputation for operational excellence in Jacksonville following the completion of our recent deployment. I am humbled and honored to join the rich legacy of Patrol Squadron EIGHT Commanding Officers and I look forward to serving with our men and women in the preparation and execution of our upcoming deployment," he said.

Patrol Squadron EIGHT is ready to welcome Commander Christopher F. Flaherty as their new Executive Officer. CDR Flaherty hails from Cleveland, N.Y., is a graduate of Duke University, and most recently served as Deputy Requirements Officer for Maritime Patrol Aviation (P-3C/P-8A).

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraCPWR-11 History "...CPRW-11 Holds First ASW Competition - Thursday January 7, 2010...Squadrons Mentioned: VP-5, VP-8, VP-16 and VP-62..." WebSite: JaxNews http://www.jaxairnews.com/ [08JAN2010]


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