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Circa 1978

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation July 1978 "...Sea Cadet Adventure - Page 32 to 33 - Naval Aviation News - July 1978..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1978/jul78.pdf [09OCT2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation January 1978 "...History and Change-Of-Command - Page 30 and 33 - Naval Aviation News - January 1978..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1978/jan78.pdf [09OCT2004]

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Circa 1975

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation February 1975 "...Squadron Insignia - Naval Aviation News - February 1975..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1975/feb75.pdf [02OCT2004]

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Circa 1974

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation February 1974 "...Awards - Page 19 - Naval Aviation News - February 1974..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1974/feb74.pdf [30SEP2004]

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Circa 1973

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation December 1973 "...The Selected Air Reserve - Page 22 - Naval Aviation News - December 1973..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1973/dec73.pdf [29SEP2004]

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Circa 1972

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation October 1972 "...The Selected Reservist - Page 32 to 34 - Naval Aviation News - October 1972..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1972/oct72.pdf [27SEP2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation July 1972 "...Joint Exercise - Page 18 - Naval Aviation News - July 1972..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1972/jul72.pdf [27SEP2004]

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Circa 1971

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-90 History "...P2V7 BUNO: 147962 at NS Rota, Spain Circa 1971. This is kind of a unique photo because everything that can be opened is open. The original was an 8x10 first scanned around 1986 The bird was attached to VP-90 and was going through Check at NS Rota, Spain in 1971. I remember having to do a ramp FOD walk down in dress whites after a personal inspection on a hot 1971 summer day..." Contributed by Raymond Voigt rayvoigt@prodigy.net [17JUN2007]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation January 1971 "...Selected Air Reserve - Page 32 to 33 - Naval Aviation News - January 1971..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1971/jan71.pdf [17SEP2004]

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Circa 1970

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Patrol Squadron Ninety (VP-90) is one of thirteen VP Naval Air Reserve Squadrons in the nation, whose primary mission is antisubmarine warfare (ASW). Aerial mining and antisurface warfare (ASUW) are secondary roles. VP-90 was commissioned in 1970, and utilized the SP-2H Neptune aircraft. In 1974, the squadron transitioned to the P-3A Orion. In 1975, VP-90 became one of six squadrons under the administrative and operational control of Commander, Reserve Patrol Wing Pacific at NAS Moffett Field, California. VP-90 transitioned to the P-3B Tactical Navigation Modified (TACNAVMOD) aircraft configuration in 1984. VP-90's annual active duty periods have taken its members to the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. The "Lions" have augmented fleet operations on both coasts of the United States. Detachments have been positioned in Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, Canada, Spain, Portugal, the Azores, Iceland, England, Bermuda, the Caribbean. Venezuela, Chile, Columbia, Peru, Tahiti, Australia. Malaysia, Thailand, Korea, the Philippines, and Japan. In 1993, VP-90 provided contributory fleet support during six separate detachments to Puerto Rico, Alaska, and twice to Okinawa and California. During the devastating floods of this year: the Lions organized and transported over 23,000 pounds of essential supplies to ravaged cities in Illinois and Iowa. VP-90 has a current record of 14 years and over 55,009 hours of accident-free operations. In 1982, Patrol Squadron Ninety won both the coveted Noel Davis "E" award for combat readiness and the Liberty Bell competition for ASW effectiveness. A Meritorious Unit Commendation was earned in 1987 fur successful tracking and intelligence gathering on multiple Soviet submarines during the active duty period al NAF Misawa, Japan. The Golden Anchor award was bestowed upon VP-90 in 1988, and again in 1992, for excellence in recruiting and retention. For calendar year 1989, VP-90 again won the Noel Davis "E" award and the Liberty Bell trophy, becoming the first RESPATWINGPAC squadron ever to win the: Liberty Bell competition twice. In 1993, Crew 11 (and the ordinance loading team) achieved a perfect weapons delivery score of six "bulls-eyes" during the annual Wing Mining Derby in California. The year culminated in the Lions' selection as the CNO Safety award winner, the Noel Davis "E" award nominee for COMRESPATWINGPAC, fin!.runner-up in the Donald Nral "Golden Wrench" award for maintenance excellence, and second consecutive "Golden Anchor" award for excellence in recruiting and retention. The 380 officers, chief petty officers, men and women of VP-90 are a combination of full-time active duty Navy personnel and drilling Reservists. The Reszrvists comprise 80% of squadron personnel and commute to NAS Glenview, Illinois from 14 states. These dedicated Navy professionals constitute a formidable team that can augment peacetime fleet operations under the "One Navyl concept, or assume full ASW combat operations in the event of mobilization. The "Lions" have vividly demonstrated the successful implementation of the Total Force concept. Unfailing in their commitment to the Maritime Patrol mission, these professionals can be proud of the knowledge that their efforts contributed to the end of the Cold War, and to the freedoms we enjoy today..." Contributed by John Larson LCDR(RET) oriondriver1975@yahoo.com

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...THE LAST OF THE PLANK OWNERS: ...The history of any squadron is filled with the personality of it's members. Patrol Squadron NINETY is no exception. Perhaps our most flamboyant personality is that of ADCS Robert "Skinny" Brown. A young kid in 1970, Skinny made the move from Minneapolis to Glenview and became the last remaining Plank Owner attached to VP-90. His antics are legend and his stories, though perhaps embelished with time, reveal the true nature of a cadre of professionals. "I came to Glenview as a qualified SP-2H plane captain. In those days, the fleet didn't consider us a viable fighting force, so when we deployed they would send us out to 'have fun'. Of course that changed when CDR Lambden took command of the squadron and pushed us to be the finest force in the fleet. We succeeded in making the P-2 a fighting machine. We were the first Reserve Squadron to fly complete ASW missions. Our expertise resulted in our selection to be, the first crew on station when the Kiev came through the Straits of Gibraltar. Fortunately. our pilot, Paul Yancy pulled up before we hit the superstructure during our photo run. We were also the first to drop supplies to a crippled Soviet submarine off the coast of Spain. Our skills were instrumental over Lake Superior as well. When the Edmund Fitzgerald foundered and @, we were the first on station. We located the vessel with MAD and marked the location for the Coast Guard, but they couldn't find it so we had to go back out and mark it again. When the Navy decided to make the first reserve deployment to NAF Misawa, Japan, VP-90 seemed the logical choice. Our climates were virtually the same. We got there and outperformed the active duty squadron on deployment. Our pilots, having more experience with foul weather flying with the airlines, would take off in zero-zero conditions when the Fleet boys secured to the 'Q. Master Chief Stungis and I were the first reservists to attend Flight Engineer School when the squadron transitioned to the P--3. 'Me two of us and one fleet sailor were the only ones of sixteen to graduate. I finished third of three. Things went down hill when Marty Black checked in. A fresh recruit, he didn't know much about the airplane at the time. In fact, on my first flight with him, we were cruising at altitude and he reached over and flipped the Water/Alcohol Injection switch. The asymmetric performance boost was pretty impressive! Every place we went VP-90 established the finest reputation imaginable. You know, it's like my family. The people here are the most professional in the Navy. I've had the time of my life. In fact I'd do it for free if they asked me. It's just sad being the last Plank Owner. But, the next generation is twice as smart as us old guys and they will serve their country well. I'm proud to have served with every one of them!...The Lion's Tale, Final Edition, VP-90 Publications, March 19, 1994, Circulation 500" Contributed by John Larson LCDR(RET) oriondriver1975@yahoo.com


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