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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-9 History "...VP-9 and the Royal Thai Navy Enhance Interoperability During Exercise... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2017: Issue 3..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [10AUG2017]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-9 History "...VP-9 Works with Local Love and Hope Children’s Home in El Salvador... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2017: Issue 3..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [10AUG2017]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-9 History "...VP-9 and the JMSDF Strengthen Partnership during Training Exercise... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2017: Issue 3..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [10AUG2017]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-9 History "...Patrol Squadron NINE Holds In-Flight Change of Command... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2017: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [25MAY2017]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera151001-N-MV308-144 SIGONELLA, Sicily (Oct. 1, 2015) "...Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Sabrina Rios, assigned to the Golden Eagles of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9, safety wires tire components on a P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft at Naval Air Station Sigonella. VP-9 is forward deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility and is assigned to CTF 67, responsible for tactical control of deployed maritime patrol and reconnaissance squadrons throughout the European and African areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amber Porter/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [07OCT2015]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera150928-N-MV308-109 SIGONELLA, Sicily (Sept. 28, 2015) "...Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Nana Piccione, left, and Aviation Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Henry Kessler, both assigned to the Golden Eagles of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9, launch a P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft at Naval Air Station Sigonella. VP-9 is forward deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility and is assigned to CTF 67, responsible for tactical control of deployed maritime patrol and reconnaissance squadrons throughout the European and African areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amber Porter/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [07OCT2015]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera150908-N-MV308-002 SIGONELLA, Italy (Sept. 8, 2015) "...Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Leonardo Reyna, assigned to the Golden Eagles of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9, walks the wing of a P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft in preparation for launch at Naval Air Station Sigonella. VP-9 is forward deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility and is currently assigned to Commander, Task Force 67, responsible for tactical control of deployed maritime patrol and reconnaissance squadrons throughout the European and African areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amber Porter/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [07OCT2015]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera150714-N-MV308-184 KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (July 14, 2015) "...Lt. Christopher Malherek, assigned to the Golden Eagles of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9, pilots a P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft during a routine training flight for the squadron's advanced readiness program. VP-9 is involved in preparations for their inter-deployment readiness cycle, conducting exercises, and maintenance to maximize operational performance and efficiency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amber Porter/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [07OCT2015]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera150714-N-MV308-001 KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (July 14, 2015) "...Lt. Christopher Malherek, assigned to the Golden Eagles of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9, prepares to land a P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft during a routine training flight for the squadron's advanced readiness program. VP-9 is involved in preparations for their inter-deployment readiness cycle, conducting exercises, and maintenance to maximize operational performance and efficiency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amber Porter/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [07OCT2015]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera150709-N-MV308-137 KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (July 9, 2015) "...Aviation Machinist's Mate Airman Alex Cowen, left, and Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Tamatha Shulmerich, both assigned to the Golden Eagles of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9, troubleshoot engine four on a P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft after a faulty start. Aviation Machinist's Mates conduct daily maintenance, as well as emergency troubleshooting, to ensure mission readiness. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amber Porter/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [07OCT2015]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera150609-N-MV308-060 KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (June 9, 2015) "...Aviation Electrician's Mate 2nd Class Morgan Williams, assigned to the Golden Eagles of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9, checks the wiring of the main load center on a P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft as part of the squadron's advanced readiness program. VP-9 is starting preparations for their inter-deployment readiness cycle, conducting training and maintenance to maximize operational performance readiness and efficiency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amber Porter/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [07OCT2015]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera150610-N-MV308-012 KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (June 10, 2015) "...Aviation Machinist's Mate Airman Danielle Weakley, assigned to the Golden Eagles of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9, inspects engine three from a P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft as part of the squadron's advanced readiness program. VP-9 is starting preparations for their inter-deployment readiness cycle, conducting training and maintenance to maximize operational performance readiness and efficiency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amber Porter/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [07OCT2015]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-9 History "...VP-9 Changes Command... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2015: Issue 3..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [29JUL2015]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera150408-N-ZI300-156 "...U.S. FIFTH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (April 8, 2015) The flight crew aboard a P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 26 taxi the aircraft after returning from a maritime surveillance patrol. VP-26 is on their final active duty deployment from the East Coast using the P-3. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steve Smith/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [08JUN2015]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera150528-N-MV308-103 "...KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (May 28, 2015) Capt. Stephen L. Newlund, left, commanding officer of Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing (CPRW) 2, Naval Air Crewman (Mechanical) 2nd Class Tracy McAllister, and Lt. Cmdr. Keith Buckingham adjust landing controls on a P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft belonging to the Golden Eagles of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9 during a routine training flight. Naval air crewman and pilots are required to maintain a certain amount of flight hours per quarter to continue mission readiness and performance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amber Porter/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [08JUN2015]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera150528-N-MV308-091 "...KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (May 28, 2015) Capt. Stephen L. Newlund, left, commanding officer of Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing (CPRW) 2, and Lt. Cmdr. Keith Buckingham, assigned to the Golden Eagles of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9, adjust controls for landing during a routine training flight. Naval pilots are required to maintain a certain amount of flight hours per quarter to continue mission readiness and performance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amber Porter/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [08JUN2015]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera150327-N-MV308-180 "...PACIFIC OCEAN (March 27, 2015) Sailors assigned to the Golden Eagles of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9 watch the sunrise on Aircraft 916, a P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft, during its last flight before retiring to the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (309 AMARG) at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz. 309 AMARG is responsible for the storage and maintenance of aircraft for future redeployment, parts, or proper disposal following retirement by the military. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amber Porter/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [08JUN2015]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera150328-N-MV308-781 "...DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. (March 28, 2015) Chief Aviation Structural Mechanic Eddie Carranza, from San Diego, signs aircraft 916, a P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft from the Golden Eagles of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9, before it goes into retirement at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (309 AMARG) at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona. The 309 AMARG is responsible for the storage and maintenance of aircraft for future redeployment, parts, or proper disposal following retirement by the military. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amber Porter/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [08JUN2015]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera150429-N-MV308-042 "...KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (April 29, 2015) Cmdr. Gonzalo Partida renders honors while passing through the sideboys as part of the change of command ceremony for Patrol Squadron (VP) 9. Partida relieved Cmdr. Katrina Hill as commanding officer of VP-9 in the ceremony held at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amber Porter/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [08JUN2015]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera150429-N-MV308-255 "...KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (April 29, 2015) Cmdr. Gonzalo Partida and his family watch as the commanding officer name plaque is lowered during a change of command ceremony for Patrol Squadron (VP) 9. Partida relieved Cmdr. Katrina Hill as commanding officer of VP-9. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amber Porter/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [08JUN2015]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVP-9 History "...Patrol Squadron NINE celebrates 64th birthday... 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-9 History "...Patrol Squadron (VP) 9 Earns 2014 Battle “E” and Golden Wrench Award... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2015: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [02MAY2015]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera150304-N-MV308-033 "...KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (March 4, 2015) Naval Aircrewman (Mechanical) 2nd Class George Berschneider, assigned to the Golden Eagles of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9, calculates the weight and balance of a P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft before a routine training exercise. VP-9 was recently notified that they had earned the 2014 Commander Naval Air Forces, Pacific Battle "E" award, the Navy's top performance award presented to the commands that achieve the highest standards of performance readiness and efficiency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amber Porter/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [29MAR2015]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera150304-N-MV308-222 "...KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (March 4, 2015) Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Apprentice Cecilia Clifford, assigned to the Golden Eagles of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9, unloads sonobuoys from a P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft before a routine training exercise. VP-9 was recently notified that they had earned the 2014 Commander Naval Air Forces, Pacific Battle "E" award, the Navy's top performance award presented to the commands that achieve the highest standards of performance readiness and efficiency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amber Porter/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [29MAR2015]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera150306-N-MV308-115 "...KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (March 6, 2015) Lt. j.g Jameson Gay, assigned to the Golden Eagles of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9, explains components of a MK-54 recoverable exercise torpedo as part of his tactical coordinator position before a torpedo exercise for the squadron's advanced readiness program. VP-9 was recently notified that they had earned the 2014 Commander Naval Air Forces, Pacific Battle "E" award, the Navy's top performance award presented to the commands that achieve the highest standards of performance readiness and efficiency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amber Porter/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [29MAR2015]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera150306-N-MV308-255 "...KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (March 6, 2015) Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Patrick Speights, assigned to the Golden Eagles of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9, checks the release mechanism of a MK-54 recoverable exercise torpedo loaded onto a P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft for a torpedo exercise as part of the squadron's advanced readiness program. VP-9 was recently notified that they had earned the 2014 Commander Naval Air Forces, Pacific Battle "E" award, the Navy's top performance award presented to the commands that achieve the highest standards of performance readiness and efficiency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amber Porter/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [29MAR2015]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera150306-N-MV308-282 "...KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (March 6, 2015) Lt. j.g. Eugene Soto, assigned to the Golden Eagles of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9, conducts mission planning as the navigation communicator during a torpedo exercise as part of the squadron's advanced readiness program. VP-9 was recently notified that they had earned the 2014 Commander Naval Air Forces, Pacific Battle "E" award, the Navy's top performance award presented to the commands that achieve the highest standards of performance readiness and efficiency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amber Porter/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [29MAR2015]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera150306-N-MV308-432 "...KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (March 6, 2015) Naval Aircrewman (Avionics) 3rd Class Patrick Schwarz, assigned to the Golden Eagles of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9, checks sonobuoys on a P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft during a torpedo exercise as part of the squadron's advanced readiness program. VP-9 was recently notified that they had earned the 2014 Commander Naval Air Forces, Pacific Battle "E" award, the Navy's top performance award presented to the commands that achieve the highest standards of performance readiness and efficiency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amber Porter/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [29MAR2015]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera150306-N-MV308-550 "...KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (March 6, 2015) A MK-54 recoverable exercise torpedo is dropped from a P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft from the Golden Eagles of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9 during a torpedo exercise as part of the squadron's advanced readiness program. VP-9 was recently notified that they had earned the 2014 Commander Naval Air Forces, Pacific Battle "E" award, the Navy's top performance award presented to the commands that achieve the highest standards of performance readiness and efficiency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amber Porter/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [29MAR2015]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera150306-N-MV308-605 "...KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (March 6, 2015) Lt. Emily Cordle, assigned to the Golden Eagles of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9, writes down communications frequencies during a torpedo exercise as part of the squadron's advanced readiness program. VP-9 was recently notified that they had earned the 2014 Commander Naval Air Forces, Pacific Battle "E" award, the Navy's top performance award presented to the commands that achieve the highest standards of performance readiness and efficiency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amber Porter/Released)..." WebSite: NavyMil http://www.navy.mil/ [29MAR2015]


Circa 2014

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera141002-N-MV308-130 "...PEARL HARBOR (Oct. 2, 2014) Col. Randall Huiss, 15th Wing commander, tours a P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft assigned to the Golden Eagles of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, Hawaii. Patrol squadron units will be operating out of Hickam Airfield during a two-month renovation of Marine Corps Base Hawaii spaces, requiring coordination and cooperation between Navy and Air Force commands to ensure successful missions. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amber L. Porter/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [23NOV2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140709-N-GO855-077 "...PACIFIC OCEAN (July 9, 2014) Lt. j.g. Ellen Roesberry, assigned to Maritime Patrol Squadron (VP) 26, verifies her position using the central navigation system while flying an antisubmarine warfare mission as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 26 to August 1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Charles E. White/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [09AUG2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140709-N-GO855-050 "...PACIFIC OCEAN (July 9, 2014) Naval Aircrewman 3rd Class Tiffany Hurrell, assigned to Maritime Patrol Squadron (VP) 26, fastens cartridge-actuating devices to sonobuoys while flying an antisubmarine warfare mission as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 26 to August 1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Charles E. White/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [09AUG2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140629-N-MV308-175 "...KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (June 29, 2014) Chief Aviation Structural Mechanic Kekoe Alip, from Hawaii and assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 9, receives a homecoming lei as the squadron returns to its home station at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. VP-9 returned after a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility, where the squadron was assigned to CTF 67, responsible for tactical control of deployed maritime patrol and reconnaissance squadrons throughout the European and African areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amber Porter/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [09AUG2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140629-N-MV308-179 "...KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (June 29, 2014) Sailors assigned to the Golden Eagles of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9 unload a P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft as the squadron returns to its home station at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. VP-9 returned after a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility, where the squadron was assigned to Commander, Task Force (CTF) 67, responsible for tactical control of deployed maritime patrol and reconnaissance squadrons throughout the European and African areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amber Porter/released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [09AUG2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140628-N-MV308-142 "...JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (June 28, 2014) Naval Aircrewman (Operator) 2nd Class Kris Lackey, assigned to the Golden Eagles of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9, hugs family members during the homecoming of the squadron at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. VP-9 returned after a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility, where the squadron was assigned to CTF-67, responsible for tactical control of deployed maritime patrol and reconnaissance squadrons throughout the European and African areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amber Porter/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [09AUG2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140629-N-MV308-155 "...KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (June 29, 2014) Lt. Evan Sisung, assigned to the Golden Eagles of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9, is greeted during the homecoming of VP-9 as the squadron returns to its home station at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. VP-9 returned after a nine-month deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility, where the squadron was assigned to CTF 67, responsible for tactical control of deployed maritime patrol and reconnaissance squadrons throughout the European and African areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amber Porter/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [09AUG2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140605-N-MV308-261 "...MARI AIR BASE, Estonia (June 5, 2014) Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Mark Everett, assigned to the Golden Eagles of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9, marks sonobuoys to be used for Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2014. In its 42nd year, exercise BALTOPS is a multinational naval exercise led by U.S. Naval Forces Europe/U.S. 6th Fleet, based in Naples, Italy. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amber Porter/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [02JUL2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140604-N-MV308-139 "...BALTIC SEA (June 4, 2014) Aviation Machinist's Mate Chief Kekoa Alip, assigned to the Golden Eagles of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9, rides in a C-130T Hercules aircraft loaded with sonobuoys to be used for Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2014. In its 42nd year, BALTOPS is a multinational naval exercise led by U.S. Naval Forces Europe/U.S. 6th Fleet, based in Naples, Italy. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amber Porter/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [02JUL2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140601-N-MV308-039 "...SIGONELLA, Sicily (June 1, 2014) Lt. Cmdr. Christos Adrianoupolitis , far right, and Lt. Cmdr. Christos Kontos, both tactical coordinators for Hellenic Air Force's 353 Maritime Patrol Squadron, observe Lt. j.g. Mark Knorr, tactical coordinator for Patrol Squadron (VP) 9 during a flight in support of Exercise Phoenix Express 2014. Phoenix Express is a maritime security exercise designed to improve cooperation among participating nations, with an end goal of improving maritime safety and security in the Mediterranean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amber Porter/Released)..." WebSite: NAVY.MIL http://www.navy.mil/ [02JUL2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140501-N-MV308-237 "...SIGONELLA, Sicily (May 01, 2014) - Sailors assigned to the 'Golden Eagles' of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9 perform a farewell song during a Change of Command Ceremony for Commander Brian Weiss (far right) at Naval Air Station Sigonella. VP-9 is forward deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility and is currently assigned to CTF 67, responsible for tactical control of deployed maritime patrol and reconnaissance squadrons throughout the European and African areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Amber Porter/ released)..." Contributed by ENSIGN Zachary Gorevin zachary.gorevin@eu.navy.mil [06MAY2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140501-N-MV308-225 "...SIGONELLA, Sicily (May 01, 2014) - Commander Brian Weiss (right), Commanding Officer of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9 and Master Chief Kenneth Parker, Maintenance Master Chief Petty Officer of VP-9, hold up the Commanding Officer plaque from the squadron's P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft during a Change of Command Ceremony at Naval Air Station Sigonella. VP-9 is forward deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility and is currently assigned to CTF 67, responsible for tactical control of deployed maritime patrol and reconnaissance squadrons throughout the European and African areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Amber Porter/ released)..." Contributed by ENSIGN Zachary Gorevin zachary.gorevin@eu.navy.mil [06MAY2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140501-N-MV308-212 "...SIGONELLA, Sicily (May 01, 2014) - Commander Brian Weiss (right), Commanding Officer of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9 and Master Chief Robert Tyo, Command Master Chief of VP-9, hold up a farewell poster during a Change of Command Ceremony at Naval Air Station Sigonella. VP-9 is forward deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility and is currently assigned to CTF 67, responsible for tactical control of deployed maritime patrol and reconnaissance squadrons throughout the European and African areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Amber Porter/ released)..." Contributed by ENSIGN Zachary Gorevin zachary.gorevin@eu.navy.mil [06MAY2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140502-N-MV308-1675 "...SIGONELLA, Sicily (May 02, 2014) - Commander Katrina Hill, Commanding Officer of the 'Golden Eagles' of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9, delivers a speech after her Change of Command at Naval Air Station Sigonella. VP-9 is forward deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility and is currently assigned to CTF 67, responsible for tactical control of deployed maritime patrol and reconnaissance squadrons throughout the European and African areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Amber Porter/ released)..." Contributed by ENSIGN Zachary Gorevin zachary.gorevin@eu.navy.mil [06MAY2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140502-N-MV308-445 "...SIGONELLA, Sicily (May 02, 2014) - Commander Katrina Hill (far left) , incoming commander of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9, listens as Commander Brian Weiss, commanding officer of VP-9, conducts a pre-flight brief during his Change of Command flight at Naval Air Station Sigonella. VP-9 is forward deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility and is currently assigned to CTF 67, responsible for tactical control of deployed maritime patrol and reconnaissance squadrons throughout the European and African areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Amber Porter/ released)..." Contributed by ENSIGN Zachary Gorevin zachary.gorevin@eu.navy.mil [06MAY2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140501-N-MV308-275 "...SIGONELLA, Sicily (May 01, 2014) - Commander Katrina Hill (right), incoming commander of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9, and Commander Brian Weiss cut a celebration cake during a Change of Command Ceremony at Naval Air Station Sigonella. VP-9 is forward deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility and is currently assigned to CTF 67, responsible for tactical control of deployed maritime patrol and reconnaissance squadrons throughout the European and African areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Amber Porter/ released)..." Contributed by ENSIGN Zachary Gorevin zachary.gorevin@eu.navy.mil [06MAY2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140503-N-ZZ999-5001 "...SIGONELLA, Sicily (May 03, 2014) - A P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft belonging to the 'Golden Eagles' of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9 is sprayed by fire trucks during a Change of Command Ceremony at Naval Air Station Sigonella. VP-9 is forward deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility and is currently assigned to CTF 67, responsible for tactical control of deployed maritime patrol and reconnaissance squadrons throughout the European and African areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Personnel Specialist Seaman Richardo Nazaire/ released)..." Contributed by ENSIGN Zachary Gorevin zachary.gorevin@eu.navy.mil [06MAY2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140425-N-MV308-458 "...SIGONELLA, Sicily (April 24, 2014) First Class Petty Officer Association Sailors assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 9 participate in a community service project at the Targa Florio Museum. VP-9 is forward deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility and is assigned to Command Task Force 67, responsible for tactical control of deployed maritime patrol and reconnaissance squadrons throughout the European and African areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Amber Porter/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [30APR2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140422-N-MV308-179 "...SIGONELLA, Sicily (April 22, 2014) Italian officers from Naval Air Station Sigonella prepare to board a P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft assigned to the Golden Eagles of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9 during a visit with the squadron. VP-9 is forward deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility and is assigned to Command Task Force 67, responsible for tactical control of deployed maritime patrol and reconnaissance squadrons throughout the European and African areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Amber Porter/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [30APR2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140422-N-MV308-038 "...SIGONELLA, Sicily (April 22, 2014) Lt. Cmdr. Patrick Gegg, assigned to the Golden Eagles of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9, answers questions from visiting Italian officers from Naval Air Station Sigonella during an introduction to the squadron's P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft. VP-9 is forward deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility and is assigned to Command Task Force 67, responsible for tactical control of deployed maritime patrol and reconnaissance squadrons throughout the European and African areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Amber Porter/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [30APR2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140417-N-MV308-118 "...SIGONELLA, Sicily (April 17, 2014) Vice Adm. Phil Davidson, commander of U.S. 6th Fleet, center, tours a P-3C Orion from Patrol Squadron (VP) 9 at Naval Air Station Sigonella. VP-9 is forward deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility and is assigned to CTF 67, responsible for tactical control of deployed maritime patrol and reconnaissance squadrons throughout the European and African areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Amber Porter/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [30APR2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140414-N-MV308-113 "...SIGONELLA, Sicily (April 14, 2014) Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Lajacia Crawford, left, and Aviation Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Morgan Williams, both assigned to the 'Golden Eagles' of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9, prepare to launch a P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft at Naval Air Station Sigonella. VP-9 is forward deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility and is assigned to CTF 67, responsible for tactical control of deployed maritime patrol and reconnaissance squadrons throughout the European and African areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Amber Porter/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [30APR2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140425-N-MV308-633 "...SIGONELLA, Sicily (April 24, 2014) First Class Petty Officer Association Sailors assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 9 receive thanks and recognition during a community service project at the Targa Florio Museum. VP-9 is forward deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility and is assigned to Command Task Force 67, responsible for tactical control of deployed maritime patrol and reconnaissance squadrons throughout the European and African areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Amber Porter/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [30APR2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-9's Upcoming Change-of-Command..." Contributed by ENSIGN Zachary Gorevin zachary.gorevin@eu.navy.mil [10APR2014]

Cmdr. Katrina L. Hill assumed command of Patrol Squadron Nine (VP-9) from Cmdr. Brian D. Weiss in a ceremony which was held inflight on May 2nd, 2014. Hill became the 65th VP-9 skipper since the squadron's establishment in 1951.

During his tenure, Cmdr. Weiss led VP-9 through an intensive Interdeployment Readiness Cycle (IDRC) and 5 months of a split site deployment, with detachments operating successfully across 3 sites in the 6th Fleet AOR. Under Weiss' leadership, the Golden Eagles were recognized with the U.S. Pacific Fleet Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy, the Jay Arnold Isbell Trophy for ASW and ASUW excellence, and surpassed a milestone 35 years and 200,000 hours of mishap free flying. Weiss' next assignment is as N5/7J/8, Commander Task Force 72.

"It has been a privilege and an honor to work with the nation's finest Sailors everyday at VP-9. The "Golden Eagles" have answered every challenge, met every goal and earned a well-deserved reputation as the finest maritime patrol squadron in the Navy" said Weiss.

This is Hill's first tour in Hawaii. She previously served with the VP-40 "Fighting Marlins" as a division officer from 2000-2003 and later joined the "Grey Knights" of VP-46 where she was a department head during 2009.

"I would proudly follow Skipper Weiss anywhere, but following him as commanding officer is a daunting task. He is the best Skipper I have ever served under and I am incredibly fortunate to assume command of a squadron that has benefitted from his leadership over the past two years" said Hill.

Hill said her main objective as commanding officer of VP-9 is to continue the "Golden Eagle" tradition of leadership, excellence and safety, successfully executing the remainder of the command's 6th Fleet deployment.

"I am incredibly proud of all we have accomplished on deployment," said Hill. "We will continue to focus on our mission here on the front lines, protecting our nation and get better at our job every day. Golden Eagles accept nothing less."

Assuming the duties of executive officer will be Cmdr. Gonzalo Partida of Los Angeles, CA. He is joining VP-9 from a tour at the Joint Staff, Nuclear Command and Control Directorate. This is Partida's second tour in Hawaii; he previously served in VP-9 as a division officer from 1999-2003.

VP-9 is assigned to CPRW-2, MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. The squadron consists of 71 officers and 276 enlisted personnel who maintain and operate eight P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft. The squadron is forward deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility and is currently assigned to CTF 67, responsible for tactical control of deployed maritime patrol and reconnaissance squadrons throughout the European and African areas of responsibility.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140320-N-MV308-053 "...SIGONELLA, Sicily (March 20, 2014) Naval Aircrewman (Mechanical) 3rd Class Christopher Stanley, assigned to the Golden Eagles of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9, checks the intake on a P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft during a pre-turn inspection at Naval Air Station Sigonella. VP-9 is forward deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility and is assigned to Commander, Task Force 67, responsible for tactical control of deployed maritime patrol and reconnaissance squadrons throughout the U.S. European and Africa Command areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Amber Porter/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [01APR2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140313-N-MV308-040 "...SIGONELLA, Sicily (March 13, 2014) Naval Aircrewman (Mechanical) 1st Class Micah Siegfried, left, and Lt. Nathan Durham, assigned to the Golden Eagles of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9, discuss pre-flight coordinates on a P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft. VP-9 is forward deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Amber Porter/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [25MAR2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140306-N-MV308-106 "...SIGONELLA, Italy (March 6, 2014) Aircrew Survival Equipmentman Airman Taylor Minton, assigned to the "Golden Eagles" of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9, demonstrates the use of personal protection equipment to visiting Catania students and faculty at Naval Air Station Sigonella. VP-9 is forward deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility and is assigned to Commander, Task Force 67, responsible for tactical control of deployed maritime patrol and reconnaissance squadrons throughout the European and African areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Amber Porter/Released..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [19MAR2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140312-N-MV308-078 "...SIGONELLA, Sicily (March 12, 2014) Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Brittany Lawless, assigned to the "Golden Eagles" of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9, installs a blank-off plate on the exterior of a P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft at Naval Air Station Sigonella. VP-9 is forward deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility and is currently assigned to Commander, Task Force 67, responsible for tactical control of deployed maritime patrol and reconnaissance squadrons throughout the European and African areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Amber Porter/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [19MAR2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera140312-N-MV308-303 "...SIGONELLA, Sicily (March 12, 2014) Aviation Electrician's Mate Airman Paul Nguyen, assigned to the "Golden Eagles" of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9, taxies a P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft at Naval Air Station Sigonella. VP-9 is forward deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility and is currently assigned to Commander, Task Force 67, responsible for tactical control of deployed maritime patrol and reconnaissance squadrons throughout the European and African areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Amber Porter/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [19MAR2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraMOTTA SANT'ANASTASIA, Sicily (Jan. 31, 2014) "...The "Golden Eagles" of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9, based at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, First Class Petty Officer Association (FCPOA) volunteered to paint D'Annunzio Middle School, a local Sicilian school, in support of the Motta's 'Let's Paint the School' program. (Photo by Aviation Structural Mechanic First Class Carl Lesaca/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [09FEB2014]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraMOTTA SANT'ANASTASIA, Sicily (Jan. 31, 2014) "...The "Golden Eagles" of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9, based at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, First Class Petty Officer Association (FCPOA) volunteered to paint D'Annunzio Middle School, a local Sicilian school, in support of the Motta's 'Let's Paint the School' program. (Photo by Aviation Structural Mechanic First Class Carl Lesaca/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [09FEB2014]


Circa 2012

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-9 Celebrates 62nd Birthday - Hookelenews 4/27/13 12:29 AM | Naval Air Station North Island - Google News..." [27APR2013]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-9's "King of the Hill" 5K Race Makes Strides - Patrol Squadron Nine Public Affairs Officer - LT(jg) Ryan Jones..." Contributed by LT(jg) Ryan Jones ryan.n.jones@navy.mil [28JAN2012]

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII, KANEOHE BAY - More than 145 competitors assembled at Dewey field, Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH), to run the fifth annual King of the Hill 5K on Jan. 21.

Sponsored by Patrol Squadron Nine (VP-9), the event attracted men, women and children from around the island to challenge themselves, and each other, on the rigorous course.

"The number of participants is more than ever before. This demonstrates a growth in the event's popularity, with a 40 percent increase in runner turn out over last year's King of the Hill," said Cmdr. Rich Prest, VP-9's commanding officer and race participant. "It's great to see Sailors, Marines and families enjoying some healthy competition".

The race is the first event of the 2012 Commanding Officers' fitness series. The five-kilometer course tests even the strongest competitors with distracting ocean views and the infamous climb up "Radar Hill".

VP-9's own Lt. Susan Richardson finished first in the women's overall with a time of 23:28. Finishing first in the men's division was Tyler Hubbard at 20:57.

"It's such a challenging course, but it has to be the most picturesque 5K you can run on Oahu," said Richardson. "If you can remember to look around at the top, you'll see what I mean. The views are stunning."

Runners took pictures of the scenic bay and surrounding mountains as children in strollers grinned when they whizzed up and down the streets. Friends and family paced each other and enjoyed the spirit of the competition as they headed towards the finish.

More than 25 volunteers met early Saturday morning to register racers, and provide them with packets, timing chips and t-shirts. Manned aid stations were located along the course to provide guidance and motivation as runners of all ages conquered the terrain.

"A special thanks go out to all the men and women who volunteered, as well as the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Center which provided assistance. This event could not have happened without all the support," said Prest.

Official results will be posted soon at: http://www.mccshawaii.com/cgfit.shtml.

History ThumbnailCameraVP-9 History KANEOHE BAY, HAWAII (Jan. 21, 2012) Runners jog past the finish for the Fifth Annual Patrol Squadron NINE King of the Hill 5K run. The event, held Jan. 21, attracted more than 145 runners. U.S. Navy photo by Aircraft Machinist Mate 2nd Class Jeremy Hacker (Released

History ThumbnailCameraVP-9 History KANEOHE BAY, HAWAII (Jan. 21, 2012) Patrol Squadron Nine's commanding officer Cmdr. Richard Prest presents the fifth annual King of the Hill men's first place trophy to Tyler Hubbard, Jan. 21, U.S. Navy photo by Aircraft Machinist Mate 2nd Class Jeremy Hacker (Released)

History ThumbnailCameraVP-9 History KANEOHE BAY, HAWAII (Jan. 21, 2012) First place winner Tyler Hubbard, and finalists Sean Sullivan and John Miles (right to left), show their winners shirts after completing the fifth annual King of the Hill 5K on Jan. 21. U.S. Navy photo by Aircraft Machinist Mate 2nd Class Jeremy Hacker (Released)

History ThumbnailCameraVP-9 History KANEOHE BAY, HAWAII (Jan. 21, 2012) Patrol Squadron Nine's fifth annual King of the Hill competitors and volunteers pose for a photo. The event, held Jan. 21, attracted more than 145 runners. U.S. Navy photo by Aircraft Machinist Mate 2nd Class Jeremy Hacker (Released)


Circa 2011

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-9 Attends CONA Celebrations by LT(jg) Jacob Clark - VP-9 (PAO)..." Contributed by LT(jg) Jacob Clark jacob.z.clark@navy.mil [11AUG2011]

The Golden Eagles of Patrol Squadron NINE (VP-9) had the privilege of participating in two air shows as part of Centennial of Naval Aviation (CONA) celebration. VP-9 attended these shows in a special, retro P-3C Orion aircraft. Over the past 100 years, distinctive paint schemes that telegraph an aircraft's role, type, and era have contributed to the lore and lure of Naval Aviation. This specific aircraft is painted in a retro scheme recognizing the Blue Sharks of Patrol Squadron SIX (VP-6), who were decommissioned in 1993. The Navy initiated the Heritage Paint Project in effort to create living history by raising public awareness of the Navy's appreciation for its own heritage while recognizing the historic 100 year anniversary of Naval Aviation.

The Golden Eagles first attended the Thunder Over Michigan air show in Ypsilanti, Michigan from July 22nd to July 24th. Then they participated at Oshkosh, Wisconsin for the Experimental Aircraft Association's Airventure 2011 from July 25th to July 31st. The Oshkosh air show is touted as the world's largest aviation celebration where over 10,000 aircraft fly in and over 400,000 people are in attendance.

History ThumbnailCameraVP-9 History AWF1 Christopher Fowler and AD1 Archie Flores, both of VP-9, talk to air show visitors in Osh Kosh, WI. Over 400,000 people came to Osh Kosh for Airventure 2011. Personal photo by LT Shelley Mayer.

The Golden Eagle crew set up the aircraft as a static display where people could learn about the history of the aircraft and the squadron. Members of the crew had the unique opportunity to explain the different P-3C mission sets to many who have not been afforded the opportunity to experience military aviation.

Former members of the Navy's Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance community in attendance also commented on how nice it was to see a P-3C at an air show and how proud they were the aircraft was still in service.

The crew's Mission Commander, LCDR Jason Gaudette had this to say about the experience. "This has been a dream of mine over the past 20 years and to attend the Oshkosh air show during the Centennial of Naval Aviation makes it even that much more special. I thought initially just the coordination of seeing over 10,000 aircraft fly into such a small airfield was going to be the highlight, but it was actually all of the people I had a chance to meet and talk to that made it such an incredible event. I can't even begin to count how many people approached us who had some sort of affiliation with the Navy and specifically the P-3s. Everyone from former maintainers and aircrew to family members and just aviation enthusiasts made me realize how fortunate we are to still be in an operational squadron."

History ThumbnailCameraVP-9 History LT Mike Garcia of VP-9 shows his nephew some of the features of the P-3C Orion at Airventure 2011. Airventure is touted as the world's largest aviation celebration. Personal photo by LT Shelley Mayer.

One of the highlights for the crew was the rare opportunity of hearing General Chuck Yeager speak about his historic flight in the X-1 aircraft where he was the first human to break the sound barrier in 1947. General Yeager conveyed to the crowd the importance of hard work in a military career and the joy he had in flying during his time in the Air Force.

Other special events at Airventure 2011 included tours of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, a B-29 Superfortress, and concerts by REO Speedwagon and the Lt. Dan Band. Other Navy CONA aircraft at the show included a P-3C from VP-26, an F-18F Super hornet, a T-34 Turbomentor, and a SH-60S Seahawk.

The Golden Eagles also sent a small contingent of maintenance personnel to share their different areas of expertise at the air shows. "Attending these air shows was an amazing experience," said AME2 Saul Arroyo. "From seeing the old war birds and the last flying B-29, to sharing sea stories with retired VP Sailors, I really feel like the knowledge I acquired will stay with me throughout my career."

Pictures of VP-6 Heritage CONA aircraft and more information about the Patrol Squadron NINE, can be found on Facebook, under VP-9 Golden Eagles.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-9 History "...VP-9 hosts Royal New Zealand Air Force - On June 22, the U. S. Navy's Patrol Squadron NINE (VP-9) of Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH) Kaneohe Bay hosted members of the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) No. 5 Squadron (shown above), based out of RNZAF Base Auckland. Wing Commander Nick Olney, Commanding Officer of No. 5 squadron, along with an 18 member aircrew, visited MCBH as a segment of the Navigation Training Syllabus for upgrading operators. The No. 5 Squadron flies the P-3B Orion aircraft, a similar variant flown by VP-9. U.S. Navy photo..." Official Squadron Release [02JUL2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Patrol Squadron 9 Changes Commanders - Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay - By LT(jg) Caitlyn M. Harrington..." WebSite: DVIDS http://www.dvidshub.net/ [24MAY2011]

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII - Cmdr. Richard W. Prest relieved Cmdr. David G. Whitehead as commanding officer of Patrol Squadron 9 during a ceremony held in Hangar 104 here, May 12.

Whitehead departed after serving as commanding officer since May 2010.

Under his leadership, the squadron enjoyed a successful deployment to 5th and 7th Fleets, where they earned several accolades, including the 2010 Arnold Jay Isbell Trophy for Anti-Submarine Warfare Excellence, and the 2010 Retention Excellence Award.

His leadership was the catalyst for furthering fleet security cooperation efforts through the completion of fifteen detachments supporting key regional partners. Additionally, VP-9 supported prosecutions on a multitude of high priority sub-surface targets and participated in the establishment of expeditionary maritime patrol and reconnaissance operations at Sheik Isa Air Base, Bahrain. His leadership also played a vital role in continuing the squadron's safety record of 188,000 mishap-free hours over 32 years.

He successfully led his aircrew and maintenance departments thorough numerous missions and detachments, enabling them to attain a 92 percent mission completion rate for over 500 sorties. Whitehead is slated to take up duties at the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Millington, Tennessee.

Prest assumed command of VP-9 after serving as squadron executive officer for the past year. He began his career upon graduation from the United States Naval Academy in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics, and earned his "wings of gold" in April 1995 at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas.

Prest completed a tour at the Pentagon, serving in the J-3 Operations Directorate of the Joint Staff, before reporting to VP-9 as the squadron executive officer.

Cmdr. Craig Mattingly joined VP-9 as the squadron's new executive officer. He arrived from a tour at the Naval Air Systems Command.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera110212-N-ZS026-133 SAN DIEGO (Feb. 12, 2011) "...Naval Aircrewman 1st Class Dave McGinty, assigned to the Golden Eagles of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9 explains the mission of the P-3 Orion long range anti-submarine warfare aircraft to a spectator during the Centennial of Naval Aviation Open House and Parade of Flight at Naval Air Station North Island. The Navy is observing the Centennial of Naval Aviation with a series of nationwide events celebrating 100 years of heritage, progress and achievement in naval aviation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Trevor Welsh/ Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [16FEB2011]


Circa 2010

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Golden Eagles Conclude Six-Month Deployment to 7th Fleet - By Lt. j.g. Stephen Floyd - Posted: December 2, 2010..." WebSite: Commander U.S. 7th Fleet http://www.c7f.navy.mil/ [10JAN2012]

OKINAWA, Japan – The Golden Eagles of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9 conclude a productive six-month deployment in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR), as the Skinny Dragons of Patrol Squadron (VP) 4 relieved the VP 9 as Commander, Task Group (CTG) 72.2/72.4 on Nov. 24.

While deployed to Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, VP 9's Commanding Officer Cmdr. Dave Whitehead assumed the role as the task group commander and provided direct support in transiting carrier and expeditionary strike groups, maintained a demanding, fast-paced tempo of maritime surveillance missions, supported four search and rescue efforts, and sent detachments throughout the AOR.

In the past six months VP 9 performed and operated in a variety of mission throughout the 7th Fleet AOR.

The squadron took part in the exercise Valiant Shield 2010, an integrated joint-training exercise is designed to enhance interoperability between U.S. forces. VP 9's maintenance team ran the P-3 maintenance effort for the entire exercise and achieved a completion rate that was recognized at the highest levels.

The Golden Eagle team also executed their primary mission sets of maritime patrol reconnaissance (MPR) and anti-submarine warfare (ASW), by providing timely and accurate intelligence for U.S. 7th Fleet, U.S. Pacific Command and the Office of Naval Intelligence

Aircraft, crews and maintainers assigned to the Golden Eagles supported 12 Theater Security Cooperation engagements, which is built upon old alliances and forging friendships with new partners.

The engagements consisted of extensive training through numerous exercises with Japanese and Republic of Korea allies, along with Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia and the Republic of the Philippines.

In October, when Typhoon Megi struck the Philippine Islands, the Golden Eagles U.S. responded within 24 hours as an U.S. asset in identifying the most heavily damaged areas. In addition to assessing the area hit hard by the typhoon, the CTG sent an aircraft and a detachment of maintainers with the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade's to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts on the ground and identify property damage, distressed persons, and possible landing zones for aid-bearing helicopters.

Combat Aircrew 8 Tactical Coordinator Lt Chris Cannon said, it was an honor to represent the Navy and nation in the Republic of the Philippines.

"We are specially equipped for surveillance, and to put our capability to use to save lives and property is tremendously rewarding," Cannon said.

After providing humanitarian aid support in the Philippine Islands, another detachment group participated in the final Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Cambodia exercise 2010 in late October.

This was the first P-3 Orion operated out of Cambodia.

Cmdr. Whitehead and several members of the aircrew delivered a series of briefs to high-ranking Cambodian officials and led a discussion on how MPRA can support humanitarian assistance & disaster relief (HADR) efforts and basic maritime domain awareness. The crew then hosted two Cambodian delegations aboard the aircraft and took their guests on two familiarization flights along the Cambodian coastline.

"Our ops with countries around the Pacific will certainly be the most memorable part of a great deployment: to be the face of America, interact with host nation militaries, and empower our partners to better secure their own maritime borders – this has been an awesome opportunity," said Lt. Cmdr. Ed Arnold, patrol plane mission commander.br>
The Golden Eagles of VP 9 is homeported at Kaneohe Marine Corps Base in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Anti-Submarine Warfare Exercise - By UNC,CFC,USFK Public Affairs - Posted: September 3, 2010..." WebSite: Commander U.S. 7th Fleet http://www.c7f.navy.mil/ [10JAN2012]

YONGSAN GARRISON, Seoul – Republic of Korea and the United States Forces will conduct an Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Exercise in the waters west of the Korean Peninsula beginning Sunday and continuing until Sept. 9.

This exercise is the second in a series of combined exercises that are defensive in nature, enhance interoperability, and are designed to send a clear message of deterrence to North Korea, while improving overall Alliance ASW capabilities.

Participating units from the U.S. Navy include the guided-missile destroyers USS Curtis D. Wilbur (DDG 54) and USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62); and the ocean surveillance ship USNS Victorious (T-AGOS 19). Assets also include a fast attack submarine and P-3C Orion aircraft from Patrol Squadron NINE (VP-9). USS Curtis Wilbur and USS Fitzgerald are forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan and VP-9 is homeported at Kaneohoe Marine Corps Base in Hawaii.

Participating units from the Republic of Korea Navy include two destroyers, a fast frigate, a patrol craft, P-3C aircraft from Carrier Air Wing Six (CAW-6) and a ROK submarine.

The ASW exercise will focus on anti-submarine warfare tactics, techniques, and procedures. The first exercise in this series, Combined Naval and Air Readiness Exercise "Invincible Spirit," was conducted in the seas east of the Korean Peninsula July 25-28, 2010.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: *...Marine Corps Base Hawaii's Rising 5K Run - Patrol Squadron Nine Public Affairs - LT(jg) Caitlyn Harrington, PAO - MC2 Scott A. Buchholz..." WebSite: VP-9 http://www.vp9.navy.mil/ [22JAN2011]

KANEOHE BAY, HAWAII (Jan. 15, 2010) - Over ninety competitors assembled in the cool air to run in the fourth annual King of the Hill 5K, Saturday, January 15. Patrol Squadron Nine hosts this event each year for the surrounding community as well as our friends and family in the Navy and Marine Corps. Men and women from around the island came to MCBH to enjoy the scenery and to challenge themselves and each other on the rigorous course.

More than twenty-five volunteers met early Saturday morning to setup the registration tent before the racers arrived to pick up their packets and timing chips. Cones were set out to mark the course, and t-shirts were given to the competitors. This year the event had over one hundred runners registered leading up to the race, with a final count of ninety-two competitors who completed the course start to finish.

The race is the first event of the Commanding Officers' Fitness Series for the 2011 year. The five-kilometer hilly course started at Dewey Square on Marine Corps Base Hawaii. It wound its way up Reed Street followed by the challenging "Radar Hill" to Kansas Tower, and then rolled back downhill to the finish in front of the parade field once again.

Aid stations were set up along the course to provide water stops and motivation as runners of all ages conquered the terrain. Children in strollers grinned as they raced up and down the streets tucked in their carriages. Runners took pictures of the scenic bay and surrounding mountains as the sun slipped up through the clouds turning parts of the land pink and purple. Friends paced each other and enjoyed the spirit of competition as they headed toward the finish. VP-9's Commanding Officer, Cdr. Dave Whitehead had a contender when his four year old son, Alex, was close on his heels charging up to Kansas Tower.

There were ten age groups recognized in the annual as well as overall medals for first, second and third places. Lt. Sean Ouimet, a member of the VP-9 team, came in first overall with an unofficial time of 20:30. Of the event he said, "It's such a challenging course, but it has to be the most picturesque 5K you can run on Oahu. If you can remember to look around at the top, you'll see what I mean." Official results are scheduled to be posted later this week on the MCCS website at: http://www.mccshawaii.com/cgfit.shtml.

The next race in the Commanding Officers' Fitness Series will be the Swamp Romp on Saturday, February 26 at 7:00am. Teams will be competing in an five-mile run through the mud and muck of the Nu'upia ponds and the sands of Ft. Hase Beach. The fun and obstacles of this race are open to the public and information can be found at the MCCS website.

History ThumbnailCameraVP-9 History KANEOHE BAY, HAWAII (Jan. 15, 2010) Yeoman 2nd Class Myra Fetzer and Aviation Electrition's Mate 2nd Class Danielle Weisner of Patrol Squadron Nine (VP-9) prepare refreshments for runners during the fourth annual King of the Hill 5K, Jan. 15, 2010 on MCBH Kaneohe Bay, HI. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Scott A. Buchholz (Released)

History ThumbnailCameraVP-9 History KANEOHE BAY, HAWAII (Jan. 15, 2010) Lt. Cmdr. Al Miller's wife, Kelli and daughter, Claire, finishing the fourth annual King of the Hill 5K, Jan. 15, 2010 on MCBH Kaneohe Bay, HI. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Scott A. Buchholz (Released)

History ThumbnailCameraVP-9 History KANEOHE BAY, HAWAII (Jan. 15, 2010) Cmdr. Dave Whitehead, commanding officer, Patrol Squadron Nine (VP-9), wife Jennifer, and son Alex complete the fourth annual King of the Hill 5K, Jan. 15, 2010 on MCBH Kaneohe Bay, HI. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Scott A. Buchholz (Released)

History ThumbnailCameraVP-9 History KANEOHE BAY, HAWAII (Jan. 15, 2010) Patrol Squadron Nine (VP-9) participants in front of "Radar Hill" following the fourth annual King of the Hill 5K, Jan. 15, 2010 on MCBH Kaneohe Bay, HI. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Scott A. Buchholz (Released)

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: *...Golden Eagles Conclude Six-Month Deployment to 7th Fleet - By Lt. j.g. Stephen Floyd - Posted: December 2, 2010..." WebSite: Commander 7th Fleet http://www.c7f.navy.mil/ [05DEC2010]

OKINAWA, Japan – The Golden Eagles of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9 conclude a productive six-month deployment in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR), as the Skinny Dragons of Patrol Squadron (VP) 4 relieved the VP-9 as Commander, Task Group (CTG) 72.2/72.4 on Nov. 24.

While deployed to Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, VP-9's Commanding Officer Cmdr. Dave Whitehead assumed the role as the task group commander and provided direct support in transiting carrier and expeditionary strike groups, maintained a demanding, fast-paced tempo of maritime surveillance missions, supported four search and rescue efforts, and sent detachments throughout the AOR.

In the past six months VP-9 performed and operated in a variety of mission throughout the 7th Fleet AOR.

The squadron took part in the exercise Valiant Shield 2010, an integrated joint-training exercise is designed to enhance interoperability between U.S. forces. VP-9's maintenance team ran the P-3 maintenance effort for the entire exercise and achieved a completion rate that was recognized at the highest levels.

The Golden Eagle team also executed their primary mission sets of maritime patrol reconnaissance (MPR) and anti-submarine warfare (ASW), by providing timely and accurate intelligence for U.S. 7th Fleet, U.S. Pacific Command and the Office of Naval Intelligence

Aircraft, crews and maintainers assigned to the Golden Eagles supported 12 Theater Security Cooperation engagements, which is built upon old alliances and forging friendships with new partners.

The engagements consisted of extensive training through numerous exercises with Japanese and Republic of Korea allies, along with Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia and the Republic of the Philippines.

In October, when Typhoon Megi struck the Philippine Islands, the Golden Eagles U.S. responded within 24 hours as an U.S. asset in identifying the most heavily damaged areas. In addition to assessing the area hit hard by the typhoon, the CTG sent an aircraft and a detachment of maintainers with the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade's to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts on the ground and identify property damage, distressed persons, and possible landing zones for aid-bearing helicopters.

Combat Aircrew 8 Tactical Coordinator Lt Chris Cannon said, it was an honor to represent the Navy and nation in the Republic of the Philippines.

"We are specially equipped for surveillance, and to put our capability to use to save lives and property is tremendously rewarding," Cannon said.

After providing humanitarian aid support in the Philippine Islands, another detachment group participated in the final Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Cambodia exercise 2010 in late October.

This was the first P-3 Orion operated out of Cambodia.

Cmdr. Whitehead and several members of the aircrew delivered a series of briefs to high-ranking Cambodian officials and led a discussion on how MPRA can support humanitarian assistance & disaster relief (HADR) efforts and basic maritime domain awareness. The crew then hosted two Cambodian delegations aboard the aircraft and took their guests on two familiarization flights along the Cambodian coastline.

"Our ops with countries around the Pacific will certainly be the most memorable part of a great deployment: to be the face of America, interact with host nation militaries, and empower our partners to better secure their own maritime borders – this has been an awesome opportunity," said Lt. Cmdr. Ed Arnold, patrol plane mission commander.

The Golden Eagles of VP-9 is homeported at Kaneohe Marine Corps Base in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera101028-N-8623S-118 MISAWA, Japan (Oct. 28, 2010) "...Naval Air Crewman (Avionics) 2nd Class Rolando Mireles, an in-flight technician assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 9, programs and loads sonobuoys onto the storage rack aboard a P-3 Orion at Misawa Air Base. VP-9 is on a deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Daniel Sanford/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [29OCT2010]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera101028-N-8623S-041 MISAWA, Japan (Oct. 28, 2010) "...Lt. Sean O'Neill, tactical coordinator of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9, performs a sonobuoy continuity check during a preflight inspection aboard a P-3 Orion aircraft at Misawa Air Base. VP-9 is on a deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Daniel Sanford/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [29OCT2010]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera101028-N-8623S-055 MISAWA, Japan (Oct. 28, 2010) "...Naval Air Crewman (Operation Level) 2nd Class Aaron Rody, assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 9, conducts preflight operations at his non-acoustic station aboard a P-3 Orion aircraft at Misawa Air Base. VP-9 is on a deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Daniel Sanford/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [29OCT2010]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera101028-N-8623S-019 MISAWA, Japan (Oct. 28, 2010) "...Naval Air Crewman (Mechanical) 2nd Class J.J. Schumacher, a P-3 Orion assistant flight engineer assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 9, calculates his aircraft's takeoff performance during preflight preparations at Misawa Air Base. VP-9 is on a deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Daniel Sanford/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [29OCT2010]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera101028-N-8623S-024 MISAWA, Japan (Oct. 28, 2010) "...Naval Air Crewman (Operational Level) 2nd Class Roberto Hernandez, assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 9, analyzes sonobuoy information during a preflight check aboard a P-3 Orion aircraft at Misawa Air Base. VP-9 is on a deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Daniel Sanford/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [29OCT2010]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera101013-N-6770T-235 SUBIC BAY, Philippines (Oct. 13, 2010) "...Lt. Sean O'Neill, a pilot assigned to Patrol Squadron Nine (VP) 9, explains maritime patrol procedures aboard a P-3C Orion to members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. VP-9 is participating in Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Philippines. CARAT is a series of bilateral exercises held annually in Southeast Asia designed to strengthen relationships and promote maritime security. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason Tross/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [16OCT2010]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera101013-N-6770T-237 SUBIC BAY, Philippines (Oct. 13, 2010) "...Navy Air Crewman 2nd Class Rollado Mireless, assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 9, explains sonobouys aboard a P-3C Orion. VP-9 is participating in Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Philippines. CARAT is a series of bilateral exercises held annually in Southeast Asia designed to strengthen relationships and promote maritime security. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason Tross/Released) ..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [16OCT2010]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Anti-sub warfare exercise begins off Korea - Staff report - Posted : Monday Sep 27, 2010 21:25:08 EDT..." WebSite: http://www.navytimes.com/ [29SEP2010]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...U.S., South Korea to Start anti-submarine Warfare Exercise Monday - By Ashley Rowland - Stars and Stripes - Published: September 24, 2010..." WebSite: Stars and Strips http://www.stripes.com/ [24SEP2010]

SEOUL — The United States and South Korea will hold an anti-submarine warfare exercise next week in the Yellow Sea, the second in a series of exercises prompted by the sinking of a South Korean ship six months ago.

The exercise, which kicks off Monday and wraps up Friday, is "designed to send a clear message of deterrence to North Korea," according to a U.S. Forces Korea news release. A South Korean-led investigation team found that a North Korean torpedo fired from a submarine sank the Cheonan on March 26 near the disputed maritime border between the two Koreas in the Yellow Sea, known as the West Sea by Koreans.

North Korea has denied involvement in the sinking.

The exercise was initially scheduled to be held Sept. 5-9, but it was delayed because of a tropical storm.

U.S. Navy units participating in the exercise include the guided-missile destroyers USS John S. McCain and the USS Fitzgerald, both forward-deployed to Yokosuka, Japan; the USNS Victorious, an ocean surveillance ship; a fast-attack submarine; and P-3C Orion aircraft from VP- home-ported at MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

Participating South Korean naval units include two destroyers, a fast frigate, a patrol craft, P-3C aircraft from Carrier Air Wing-Six, and a submarine.

The number of U.S. and South Korean troops participating in the exercise was not immediately available Friday.

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...U.S., South Korea Postpone Anti-submarine Exercise - By Ashley Rowland - Stars and Stripes - Published: September 4, 2010..." WebSite: Stars and Strips http://www.stripes.com/ [05SEP2010]

SEOUL — A tropical storm approaching the Yellow Sea has prompted the U.S. and South Korea to postpone a joint anti-submarine warfare exercise, according to U.S. Forces Korea spokesman David Oten.

The exercise, designed to "send a clear message of deterrence to North Korea," was to have started Sunday and run through Sept. 9, according to a USFK news release.

"There's just no way to do [the exercise] in that area," Oten said Saturday.

Tropical Storm Malou is expected to affect weather on the Korean Peninsula beginning late Sunday, according to South Korean media reports. The Korea Meteorological Administration's website projected the storm's path to take it into the Yellow Sea, west of the peninsula, which Koreans call the West Sea.

The exercise was to be the second in a series of U.S.-South Korean exercises meant to signal to North Korea the strength of the two nations' military alliance. South Korea and the U.S. have accused North Korea of sinking a South Korean patrol ship, the Cheonan, on March 26. A South Korean-led investigation team determined that a North Korean submarine torpedoed the Cheonan, killing 46 sailors.

The first exercise, "Invincible Spirit," took place in the Sea of Japan in late July, and involved some 8,000 U.S. and South Korean troops, 20 ships and 200 aircraft.

U.S. units that were scheduled to participate in this week's anti-submarine exercise included the guided missile destroyers USS Curtis D. Wilbur and USS Fitzgerald out of Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan; the USNS Victorious, an ocean surveillance ship; a fast-attack submarine; and P-3C Orion aircraft from VP-9, based at MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, according to a USFK news release.

South Korea's navy participation was to include two destroyers, a fast frigate, a submarine, a patrol craft, and P-3C aircraft from Carrier Air Wing 6, according to the release.

Oten said the vessels are leaving for other assignments and are not expected to be caught in Malou. He said a new date for the exercise has yet to scheduled.

China, which has protested the anti-submarine exercise, held live-ammunition drills in the Yellow Sea that were scheduled to conclude Saturday.

Tropical Storm Malou comes on the heels of Typhoon Kompasu, which hit the Korean Peninsula Thursday with winds of more than 75 mph.

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Navy Supports Island Chief 2010, Deters Illegal Fishing in Pacific - By Joint Region Marianas Public Affairs Office - Posted: August 26, 2010..." WebSite: Commander U. S. 7th Fleet http://www.c7f.navy.mil/ [28AUG2010]

PACIFIC OCEAN — The Golden Eagles of VP-9, currently deployed to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, participated in Operation Island Chief 2010 on Guam Aug. 15-22.

Island Chief is the largest annual multinational maritime security surveillance operation in the Pacific theater. Part of a Quadrilateral Defense Group (QUAD) including the United States, Australia, New Zealand and France, Island Chief aims to improve interoperability with Pacific island nations and increase maritime security awareness, enhancing the abilities of all parties involved to enforce laws in the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) of the Western and Central Pacific Ocean.

VP-9 service member assisted U.S. Coast Guard District 14, the U.S. Pacific commanders executive agent to the QUAD, during the exercise by providing increased maritime domain awareness of fishing vessels operating in the region.

"We get our tasks of what area to patrol, and then we go out and establish communications with the ship," said Lt. Luke Reed, VP-9 assistant operations officer. "We can go a lot further and faster than their ships can, so we give them a bigger maritime picture than they can see using Automatic Identification System (AIS) alone."

The U.S. Navy is committed to providing assistance to the Coast Guard and to the agencies to help mitigate threat to stability and prosperity. Illegal commercial fishing disrupts economic prosperity, which can destabilize many small countries dependent on the fishing industry as an important part of their economy.

"This mission is very important," said Lt. Cmdr. Ed Arnold, safety officer and pilot of the P-3 Orion used during the mission. "We work with other countries and show them how to protect their economic zones."

The specific operational areas of Island Chief are the EEZs of the Republic of Palau, Kirbati, Federal States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Nauru and Papua New Guinea, and the seas adjacent to these areas.

The P-3 Orion used to conduct the missions is a four-engine turboprop, anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft. Equipment used includes a camera that can zoom in and visually identify the vessels and hull numbers.

Additionally, VP-9 and the respective maritime law enforcement agencies use AIS to track illegal fishing vessels. AIS is an automated tracking system used on ships and by Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) for identifying and locating vessels by electronically exchanging data with other nearby ships and VTS stations. AIS information supplements marine radar, which continues to be the primary method of collision avoidance for water transport.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera100727-N-7280V-388 PELELIU, Republic of Palau (July 27, 2010) "...Lt. Andrew Branham, assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 9, embarked aboard the U.S. 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), examines a Palauan man at the Southern Community Health Center in Peleliu, Palau. Blue Ridge is in the Republic of Palau conducting medical and community service projects as part of Pacific Partnership 2010, the fifth in a series of annual U.S. Pacific Fleet endeavors aimed at strengthening regional relationships with host nations and partner nations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Viramontes/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [30JUL2010]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera100529-N-3446M-052 JUANDA NAVAL AIR BASE, Indonesia (May 29, 2010) "...Lt. j.g. Thomas Gallagher, a pilot assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 9, shows flight instruction books to Indonesian navy pilots. The exchange was designed to familiarize each group with the others' aircraft as part of Naval Engagement Activity (NEA) 2010. NEA is part of the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise series held annually in Southeast Asia to strengthen relationships and enhance force readiness. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kim McLendon/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNewsStand http://www.navy.mil/ [06JUN2010]


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