A S S O C I A T I O N
August 2006 Newsletter #38
From the President........ get in touch with one additional From the Secretary...........
THE ONLY THING REMAIN- shipmate who does not plan to at-
ING IS TO PACK MY BAGS!!!!!! tend and to convince him to come. T he fall newsletter is usually pub-
lished in September but has
y reservations are made at the I ask each of you who are planning been moved up a month this year to
M hotel, I have picked out the on attending to do the same. The
events I will be attending, I am quickest way to make this reunion
make sure members have the latest
reunion news and deadlines.
dreaming of all the “great Mexican the best ever is to increase the par- Our reunion planner has set a
food” I plan to eat, I am excited ticipation of all “Pelicans”. deadline of September 11th for re-
about seeing everyone again; BUT, SEE YOU IN SAN ANTONIO! union event reservations and the ho-
most important, I am thinking up tel will only hold our room block
GENE GRAHAM until October 4th. Keep these dates
ways to embellish (lie) all my old sea
stories so that you will think of them
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as new. From the Vice President.... plans.
Make your reunion event reser-
The officers, along with the help
of Military Reunion Planners, are
putting the finishing touches to our
T ime is getting by us and it will
soon be time to hit the trail to vations online at www.military
TEXAS. Check out the things that reunionplanners.com/patron45 or
plan for a great reunion. This is a we will be doing, and if you haven’t mail in the reservation form that was
wonderful time to renew old friend- done so, get signed up. We are go- included in the March 06 newslet-
ships and make new ones. For those ing to have a great time ... all we need ter. Let me know if you need another
of you who have not made your is YOU. reservation form and I’ll get it to you
plans yet, I urge you to do so. For right away.
SEE YOU IN TEXAS!
those of you who have never at- Call the hotel at 210-366-2424
JIM MEANS to make your room reservations.
tended a reunion or visited San An-
tonio, this is a once in a lifetime Our rate is $89 per night plus tax.
chance. Reunions are fun and San RESERVATIONS FOR Make sure you mention that you are
Antonio is a great destination. REUNION EVENTS a member of the VP-45 Association.
I do have at least one other thing MUST BE MADE BY If you need help, please contact
to accomplish and I want to chal- SEPTEMBER 11TH me at firstname.lastname@example.org, PO Box
lenge each of you to do the same. 2006 123045, Fort Worth TX 76121-
The last task I have remaining is to 3045 or 817-244-2703.
VP-45 ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER 1 AUG 2006
COME TO SAN ANTONIO!
DON’T FORGET YOUR
PICTURES AND OTHER
YOUR MEMORIES WITH
STEVE RIDDLE DOUBLETREE AIRPORT HOTEL (AT THE STAR)
NORTH SIDE AT 37 NE LOOP 410
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REUNION REGISTRANTS Last First Years Rate/Rank
(as of 7/23/06) Massenburg Walter 71-76 & 83-86 0-9
Means Jim 69-72 CDR
Last First Years Rate/Rank
Myers William 54-56 ATCS
Ahlstrand Donald 72-75 LT
Oberlander Clifford 62-65 LT/USN
Barkell Dane 52-55 AT3
Olson Morten 57-59 LTJG
Barski Edward 63-67 AT2
Piccioni Jerry 71-73 LCDR
Boyd John 68-71 CDR
Riddle Steve 59-62 AT2
Christensen Merle 73-76 LT
Rodriguez Carolyn 61-63 n/a
Clabby James 71-74 CAPT
Rogers Gary 73-76 LT
Cox Richard 73-76 LT
Sabol David 58-60 E-5
Creamer George 58-60 AT1
Shaffer Clarence (Bud) 60-63 DAR1/CWO4
Doyle Thomas 60-63 LCDR
Sherman Gloria 62-64 LT (KIA)
Eckhouse Mort 63-65 CDR
Spotts James 60-63 AT2 Aircrew
Fischer Halsey 73-76 LT
Gold Ken 54-56 AT-Crew ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○
Graham Gene 72-75 LCDR
Green R. Gerald 53-56 AT2 “The world is a dan-
Hall Robert 75-78 Flight Lt. gerous place to live—
Hembree Sam 54-56 Captain not because of the
Hummel Robert 52-54 AT3 people who are evil,
Johnson David 56-59 LCDR but because of the
Kennedy Frank 60-62 ADR2 people who don’t do
Koschak Karl 70-73 CAPT anything about it.”
Lackey Ed 71-74 LT
Loria Paul 54-57 AO3 —Albert Einstein
Marr Douglas 55-58 AM2
VP-45 ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER 2 AUG 2006
Pray for Our Troops
Rudy Kaestner ‘43 -’46
Eleanor (spouse of Robert White) ‘42 -’43
It is with great sorrow that I pass the word that our
shipmate LEE OLDEN ( VP 45 TACCO 67-69)
passed on a few weeks ago. There will be a memorial
service for him on 8 Apr. at 1 PM at the American
Legion in ST. AUGUSTINE FL. For more info con-
tact Albre Nix 904-282-4289.
Published on June 12, 2006.
Harold W. Maxey
Harold W. Maxey, 67 of Pensacola, died Friday, June
9, 2006 at Asbury ACLF, Pensacola. He was born in
Bowling Green, KY. He retired from the U.S. Navy
after 22 years and retired from Naval Air Rework Fa-
cility at Pensacola Naval Air Station. He was a dea-
con at the Bellview Church of Christ.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Elaine; sons,
Darrell W. of New Port Richey, FL and Warren J. of
Pace, FL; sisters, Anna Ruth Barnett of Collinsville, RETIREMENT ORDERS FOR VADM
IL, Rolena Greathouse of Bowling Green, KY, Darla WALTER B. MASSENBURG, USN//
Fay Biggs of Indianapolis, IN, and Alice Mustang of FM CNO WASHINGTON DC//N00F//
Madison, IN; six grandchildren and many nieces and UNCLAS //N01321//
nephews. YOUR REQUEST TO BE TRANSFERRED TO
Visitation will be from 4 - 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 13, THE RETIRED LIST HAS BEEN APPROVED BY
2006 at Oak Lawn Funeral Home. THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY. EFFECTIVE
01 FEBRUARY 2007 YOU WILL BE TRANS-
Funeral services will take place at 1:30 p.m., Wednes-
FERRED TO THE RETIRED LIST IN THE
day, June 14, 2006 at Oak Lawn Funeral Home.
GRADE OF VADM (PAY GRADE O-9), PURSU-
OAK LAWN FUNERAL HOME is in charge of ar- ANT TO PROVISIONS OF 10 USC 1370 AND
VP-45 ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER 3 AUG 2006
Email, Messages, Letters & Notes
Dear Steve, Gene, Jim and Steve,
I received your emails and the hard copy of the ros- The man that came up with the following helmet
ter and the newsletter. Thank you for remembering upgrade is Dr. Bob Meaders, Capt. USN Ret. Dr
me. I try to keep in touch with the NAVY through the Meaders was the Flight Surgeon during my time in VP-
organizations which my husband belonged to. He loved 45.
the NAVY so much. Hope the reunion is a big success. He’s a good man and I want y’all to think about a
I am sorry that I cannot travel that distance, but maybe donation to his cause from the vp45 association, which
when it is closer I can get my son to go with me. I’m sure you’ll find worthwhile.
Bob, (my husband) also loved reunions and the vis- I have just made contact with him, after seeing him
its he had with his “buddies”. on one of the major news channels.
Keep in touch, I have leaned on him pretty hard about joining our
Anna H. Haskell organization. However, I didn’t mention a possible do-
nation. That’s not my style !! PJ
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This topic may ome up for discussion at the next
Dear Steve, business meeting. Looks worthwhile to me. ED
‘A BOAT FROM THE SKY’ article in the last
newsletter much appreciated. Is it possible to send cop-
ies to Dr. Harris and Jim Humphreys? Ken Henneberger
will have received his.
LT James A. Humphreys, USNR
‘Hopewell’ Paget Bermuda Mission - OPERATION HELMET provides helmet
Jim has shown great interest in the U. S. Navy upgrade kits free of charge to troops in Iraq and Af-
Room. He is a widower and I know he will appreciate ghanistan, as well as to those ordered to deploy in the
receiving a copy from HQ. Dr. Harris has also been near future. These helmet upgrades do three primary
most cooperative. things:
Watching the scope for Pelicans visiting Bermuda. Comfort - If it is more comfortable, it will stay on troop’s
Tel....295-0850. head longer and more often.
Andy Sinclair 1946-48 Stability - Keeps the helmet firmly on the head and out
of the eyes.
Copies of the newsletter sent to both Dr. Harris
Protection - Shock-absorbing pads keep the helmet from
& Jim Humphreys. Their support to the US
Navy Room at the Bermuda Maritime Museum slapping the skull when hit with blast forces, fragments,
is appreciated. ED or being tumbled along the ground or inside a vehicle.
This decreases the chance of brain injury from bombs,
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As a secondary benefit, the pads make the helmet
Dear Steve: actually float in water.
Kindly change my address to: 8 Seagrass Lane, Isle We are an all-volunteer, nonpartisan, charitable or-
of Palms, SC 29451. Please add a summer address (July ganization headquartered in Houston, Texas with vol-
- Sep) P. O. Box 8342, Incline Village, NV 89452,(775) unteer operations around the country. 100% of all con-
833-0419. tributions are used to send upgrade kits to our troops!
Don Florko and I are two of the “Plank Owners” We have zero overhead - it is a labor of love. Operation
in the Navy room at the Bermuda Maritime Museum Helmet, Inc. is a 501-C-3 charity. Our EIN is 20-
that was mentioned in the last Pelican Post. 1756585. Donations are tax-deductible. Regardless of
If anyone has pictures of the P5Ms in Bermuda the how one feels about the war, we all want the troops
Museum needs them. home alive and well. Politics has no place in supporting
William King the troops!
VP-45 ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER 4 AUG 2006
I’m sending a montage of pictures to use as you
wish in the VP-45 NL. I have over 400 pictures mostly
digital. I can furnish you any stage of restoration you
want. These last pictures are as of last week. It is note-
worthy that PASM now is scheduling construction of
the new display hanger which will include the PBM-
5A. It is out for bids in March, review in April, let con-
tract in May and ground breaking in June 2006. I’m
not cheering yet as I have heard the same story for 6
years. Hope it’s real this time as the plane is deteriorat-
ing outside and will require some rework. Hope these
pictures are useful. I can send any one you want as an
attachment if it would work better. Your NL’s are great.
Flight Engineer Station
Keep it up.
Dan Cain VP-45, MMA
P.S. The first 4 pictures were made by our friend Ed
Cullen who does work for the museum. The PASM
Radio Station web page is www.pimaair.org.
VP-45 ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER 5 AUG 2006
To: email@example.com PBM type aircraft and deployed to Trinidad and then
Subject: Disney insignia designs to the Pacific until the end of the war. It was redesig-
Sirs: nated VPB-205, then back to VP-205 then VP-MS-5
I read in the latest Military Officer magazine and finally VP-45 in September 1945. The second VP-
(March 2006) that the museum has an exhibit of Disney 45 that evolved from VP-205 is the one with the Peli-
WWII insignia. can insignia. I was in that squadron in 1954-57 and
If you don’t have the “Goofy” insignia of Navy Pa- was the Secretary/Newsletter Editor for the VP-45 As-
trol Squadron Forty-Five and would like to have a copy, sociation for twelve years. During that stint as Secre-
I would be happy to send a color copy to you via Email. tary, I was able to unearth the history of both insignia
I also have the history of the original design and the and verify with Disney that their artists finalized the
finished design by Disney. VP-45 flew PBY aircraft in design from a prototype sent to them by the squadron
the Aleutian campaign and was transferred to Belem, while it was in the Aleutians - and that there is no copy-
Brazil, later in the war. right to the design.
Thank you for a reply. The original Goofy design is in the custody of the
Charles Caldwell, CDR USN Ret. present Secretary/Editor but I’m not sure what you mean
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by the original artwork. The items in the Association
custody came directly from the Disney studios, I be-
CDR Caldwell, lieve, including the description of the original colors,
Thank you for your kind offer. Our Disney exhibit squadron designed original, etc.
has proven to be quite successful and based on public At any rate, if the exhibit does not have the design,
interest, we have extended it until October. We have I see no reason why the one in the Association custody
included all services in the exhibit to demonstrate the could/should not be added to the show if it is available
wide nature of Disney’s contributions during the war. to the exhibitors. A notation that the insignia is from
As we have only original artwork in the exhibit, we will the Association files might suffice as explanation.
pass on your kind offer of the hi-res copy of Patrol You can contact Steve Riddle at <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Squadron 45’s insignia. for further information and the artwork/data in the As-
As an aside, I thought that the insignia for the VP- sociation custody.
45 was a pelican? Do you know how or when this lin- I might add as an aside that I visited the museum
eage/insignia may have changed? back in 1972 while Executive Officer of NAS Kingsville.
Also, do I understand that you have the original It was mostly in an open field behind an old hangar, as
Disney insignia artwork and related correspondence? I recall. Pictures I have seen since, show it vastly im-
Again, thank you for your offer and for the feed- proved!!!
back from the Military Officer magazine. The organi- Fair skies . . . Chuck.
zation does a great service to the retired military com- ○ ○ ○ ○ ○
munity. I’m quite happy to be a life member Steve,
Terry Aitken, Senior Curator I forgot to tell you in the previous messages about
○ ○ ○ ○ ○ my VP-45 visitors. Dennis Trampe, Buc Buchanan, and
Terry Aitken, Hank Ingber, all AT’s at Coco Solo in ’52 to ’55. That
In the Navy, squadrons are established and was the same time I was in the squadron. I gave them a
disestablished, whereas ships are commissioned and de- private tour of the PBM-5A and we had a great visit.
commissioned. One difference between the two is that You might suggest in the NL that if any squadron people
a squadron, once disestablished, has its own unique his- will be in the Tucson area, contact me and I can ar-
tory. Another squadron then can be established with range a private tour. As you know the plane is not and
the same nomenclature but be entirely different. Such will not in the future be open to the general public.
is the case with VP-45. The original VP-45 was estab- The PASM Web page has been redone and has some
lished in Seattle and deployed to the Aleutians and then great pictures. (www.pimaair.org)
sent to Belem, Brazil. It was then disestablished in 1945. Regards,
VP-205 was established in November 1942 with the Dan Cain
VP-45 ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER 6 AUG 2006
Many thanks for your call. Bill had a stroke six years
ago so we go day by day. He enjoyed VP-45 so very
much - in fact we all did. Our youngest was born in
Colon. We made so many wonderful friends and have
such great memories of the tour in Panama. Jack and
Joyce Barry are not too far from us here - it is a small
world. Our very best to all.
Steve, Left Front
The Tillamook “AIR MUSEUM” hangar has 7.25 acres
of floor space. This picture was taken from at least 1/4
mile distance. It was built to hold 9 blimps. N2172N is
airworthy and was formerly BuNo 46522. I flew this
PBY in both squadrons (VP-45 & VJ-16) with last flight
November 26, 1945.
Right Front Side
VP-45 ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER 7 AUG 2006
LN-10 (P5M-2) Approaching the Buoy - NS Bermuda
QE-10 (P5M-2) Taking Off - NAS San Diego
Note: QE-10 is located at the Naval Aviation Museum in
Pensacola. Some external restoration has occurred but internal
restoration & hangar parking are badly needed.
VP-45 ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER 8 AUG 2006
A Salute to Cold War Veterans heavily on my mind, as did, quite frankly, the survey
data and the opinions of wear testers. This wasn’t a popu-
T o all our friends who have gone before; but per
haps, equally as important to me, I think this day
should also be a moment to reflect on all those we have
larity contest by any stretch, but we would have been
foolish not to consider the opinions of the men and
known who also stood up to face the risks that each women who will wear these uniforms.”
and every one of you faced for one very worth while The BDU-style working uniform, designed to re-
period of your lives, wherever it might have been. You place seven different styles of current working uniforms,
should remember that you had what it took to put your is made of a near maintenance-free permanent press
name on the dotted line and accepted the hazards of a 50/50 nylon and cotton blend. Worn with a blue cot-
hard, dirty, dangerous way of life in the U.S. Navy. At a ton t-shirt, it will include an eight-point cover, a black
time when the world lived on the balance between hot web belt with closed buckle, and black smooth leather
and “cold” war, you might ponder whether or not your boots, with black suede no-shine boots for optional wear
very willingness to serve in ASW, and be at sea, may while assigned to non-shipboard commands.
have, at an unknown moment in time, kept the peace. “When I walk down the piers, I see a Sailors stand-
It is an old adage that “the submarine is the num- ing watch as a pier sentry in January and it’s 30 degrees
ber one weapon of the number two sea power”. His- and freezing rain,” Master Chief Petty Officer of the
tory will testify to that in two major world wars. And Navy (SS/AW) Terry Scott said. “You have to ask your-
forty years ago, and more, we knew who the number self, does the uniform that we currently issue protect
two seapower was. And they were not stupid. They saw us, and the answer is no.”
full and well what focused ASW had done to the last To meet the all-weather requirement, the new work-
challenger who suffered an 80% loss rate. ing uniform will include several cold weather options,
In the privacy of your hearts, give yourselves the such as a unisex pullover sweater, a fleece jacket, and a
credit you deserve for being willing to be where it may parka. It will also be made in three variants, all in a
have made a difference, at that unknown time and place, multi-color digital print pattern: predominately blue,
that kept the peace. with some gray, for the majority of Sailors and ship-
I salute you all! board use; and a woodland digital pattern and a desert
VS-35 Pilot Hugh Replogle digital pattern for Sailors serving in units requiring those
types of uniforms.
“The intent of TFU always has been to give our
New Navy Working Uniform and Service Sailors a uniform in which they can work comfortably
Uniform Concepts Approved everyday and is more appropriate for the joint environ-
By Chief Journalist Michael Foutch, Task Force ment in which we operate,” Scott said. “Even better,
Uniform Public Affairs we’ve created a uniform that’s also easier to maintain, is
O utfitting the Sailor of the future took another step
forward last week when Chief of Naval Opera-
tions Adm. Mike Mullen approved plans for a single
longer lasting, helps reduce the size of the sea bag, while
at the same time recognizing the tradition and heritage
of serving in the Navy.”
working uniform for all ranks and a year-round service The service uniform for E-6 and below is comprised
uniform for E-6 and below Sailors. of a short-sleeve khaki shirt for males and an over-blouse
Based on recommendations made during a com- for females, made from a wash and wear 75/25 polyes-
prehensive briefing by Task Force Uniform Feb. 24, ter and wool blend, with permanent military creases,
Mullen agreed to production of both a BDU-style black trousers for males with belt less slacks for females
working uniform for all Sailors E-1 to O-10 and a more and optional belt less skirt, and a black unisex garrison
practical, year-round service uniform to withstand day- cap. Silver anodized-metal rank insignia will be worn
to-day classroom and office-like environments where on shirt/blouse collars and cap. The service uniform
the service uniform is typically worn. will also include a black relaxed-fit Eisenhower-style
“These are good uniforms, designed to support the jacket with a knit stand-up collar and epaulets, on which
modern Sailor,” said Mullen. “Durability, safety, ease petty officers will wear large, silver anodized-metal rank
of wear and cleaning were all factors that weighed insignia. Those entitled to wear gold chevrons will con-
VP-45 ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER 9 AUG 2006
tinue to wear gold chevrons on the large metal rank to stitching. I am enormously proud of their effort, and
insignia on the jacket. every Sailor can be, too.”
“In our research, we found the group most dissatis- The work of TFU will not stop. Next on the agenda
fied with their present uniforms were E-6 and below,” is to evaluate additional uniform options, such as reviv-
Scott said. ing the traditional Service Dress Khaki uniform for
The manner of wear for both of these new uniforms chiefs and officers, conducting research on the feasibil-
remains under development by TFU and will not be ity, cost and distribution of a service-wide physical train-
effective until guidelines on prescribed wear are incor- ing uniform, consider adoption of a ceremonial cutlass
porated in the Navy Uniform Regulations. for chiefs, and investigate adopting a more practical ser-
“There are a lot of concerns about the manner of vice-wide, all-weather coat that would provide a better
wear for the working and service uniforms that we need military appearance.
to address, so we have a smooth transition when the “The bottom line for me in making these decisions,”
time comes,” TFU Director CNO-Directed Command said the CNO, “is culture. Uniforms reflect our culture
Master Chief Robert Carroll said. — who we are — what we stand for. I’ve said all along
The working uniform and service uniform are not that no matter which way we go, I want Sailors to look
expected to be available for purchase and wear until like Sailors. I really believe these uniforms pass that test.”
late fall of 2007, after which they will be introduced to
Recruit Training Command and eventually distributed
to the rest of the fleet. Details on when the uniforms Boeing Unveils P-8A Multi-Mission Maritime
will be available for purchase and wear at specific geo- Aircraft Demonstration Trailer
graphic locations will be released at a future date. ST. LOUIS, July 05, 2006
Until the new uniforms are available for wear, all
existing uniform regulations will apply. During the ex-
pected two-year transition period, Sailors will be re-
B oeing [NYSE: BA] today unveiled its state-of-the-
art P-8A Multimission Maritime Aircraft (MMA)
mobile demonstration trailer in Renton, Wash. The
quired to maintain a complete inventory of sea bag items trailer will now embark on a nine-week cross-country
with each reflecting a professional appearance. tour during which Boeing will demonstrate the full spec-
“We want our Sailors to keep a professional appear- trum of P-8A capabilities to U.S. Navy personnel, team
ance,” Carroll said. “We don’t want people wearing members, sup-
worn-out uniforms because they’re waiting for the new pliers and em-
ones to hit the shelves.” ployees.
Once the working and service uniforms are adopted, The 53-
Sailors will receive a uniform maintenance allowance foot-long trailer
appropriate to support purchase and wear. houses a 737
The announcement of the new uniforms, Carroll commercial air-
said, is the culmination of a three-year project that be- plane cockpit
gan with the charter of Task Force Uniform to deliver a with out-the-
proposal to reflect the requirements of a 21st century window visuals
Navy. An analysis of a fleet-wide survey conducted dur- as well as functional P-8A operator workstations. Visi-
ing the summer of 2003 led to the creation of concepts tors will get an up-close look at the 21st century work-
for working and service uniforms for a wear test and stations and operational mission software, and can take
another fleet-wide survey last summer. the P-8A for a simulated test flight and experience the
“I just can’t say enough about how meticulous and performance qualities the aircraft will exhibit in a tacti-
thorough TFU Director Master Chief Rob Carroll and cal environment.
his team approached their work,” stressed Mullen. “The Additionally, high bandwidth satellite connectivity
process they established and maintained was rock solid enables distributed simulations and network centric
— measured and analytical. They looked at hundreds demonstrations with the trailer and Boeing Integration
of options, studied countless pattern and color designs, Centers across the country.
and fretted over every minor detail, from button style “This trailer gives us an opportunity to take our
VP-45 ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER 10 AUG 2006
advanced technology on the road and show people how the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.
much we’ve accomplished on the program to date,” said Contrary to Navy engineers’ predictions of a sink-
Jack Zerr, Boeing vice president and P-8A program man- ing lasting as long as five hours, the decommissioned
ager. “We will demonstrate how the P-8A provides the aircraft carrier Oriskany went down in just 36 minutes.
Navy with a huge leap forward in antisubmarine war- The dramatic conclusion came less than 48 hours after
fare technology. Visitors will be able to watch or par- the carrier was towed from its berth at Pensacola Naval
ticipate in realistic maritime patrol scenarios, see the
systems in work and also learn about the P-8A’s ad-
vanced open architecture mission system, weapon sys-
tem, worldwide commercial logistics, maintenance and
training among other things.”
The P-8A, a military derivative of the Next Gen-
eration 737-800 commercial aircraft, is the Navy’s re-
placement platform for the P-3C. Designed to operate
with current and future forces including unmanned sys-
tems, its primary mission is to provide persistent anti-
submarine warfare. The P-8A also will contribute to Air Station and then anchored on the site with its bow
anti-surface warfare and intelligence, surveillance and facing due south.
reconnaissance warfighting capabilities, as defined in Hundreds of veterans and onlookers watched the
the Sea Shield and FORCEnet elements of the Navy’s spectacle Wednesday morning from the decks of doz-
Sea Power 21 program. ens of charter boats and pleasure craft that trekked to
The Boeing-led P-8A team, which includes CFM the site of the sinking, about 24 miles south of Pensacola
International, Northrop Grumman [NYSE: NOC], and 212 feet deep.
Raytheon [NYSE: RTN] and Smiths Aerospace [LSE: The process began under blue skies and a bright
SMIN.L], will produce five test aircraft during the sun at approximately 10:25 a.m. when a blast from deep
program’s System Development and Demonstration
phase. The Navy plans to purchase up to 108 aircraft to
replace its aging fleet of P-3 aircraft.
Sinking of the Oriskany 17-May-2006
Published 18 May 2006
Larry Wheeler - Pensacola News Journal
A U.S. Navy warship whose service stretched from
the Korean to the Vietnam wars surrendered to the
sea Wednesday after explosive charges sent the vessel to
in the hull of the ship erupted through the open gaps
in the hangar bay.
Bright orange flames flashed, followed by a deep
boom that was heard and felt a mile away. Acrid brown
smoke obscured parts of the ship for several minutes.
Once the smoke cleared, it was obvious the old
flattop was going down far faster than expected.
Within 30 minutes, the ship listed hard to port, its fan-
tail already in the water and hurricane bow pointed sky-
In just a few dramatic moments, the vertical con-
VP-45 ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER 11 AUG 2006
trol tower submerged and then the tip of the bow slipped sports fishermen, Roberts said.
from sight. ‘Mighty O’s’ roots
Water around the vessel bubbled and frothed as air The Oriskany was named for a New York town that
continued to escape from the sinking ship. was the site of a bloody Revolutionary War battle. She
“It was an emotional moment,” said Bill Dickson, was the last of the World War II-era Essex class of car-
a retired Navy captain and Escambia County commis- riers. Completed in time to serve in the Korean War,
sioner who was instrumental in bringing the vessel to the Oriskany later underwent a series of upgrades to
Florida for reefing. make room for larger, faster jet fighters.
One era ends, another begins During the Vietnam War, the Oriskany outper-
The Oriskany is the first of what Navy officials hope formed larger and newer carriers by launching more
will be many obsolete ships turned over to coastal states sorties and dropping more bombs.
for reefing to enhance the marine environment and to In 1966, tragedy struck when 44 sailors and offic-
boost local economies through increased spending on ers were killed in a fire that started on the hanger deck.
sports fishing and recreational diving. By 1976, the Oriskany had become a relic and was de-
At 888 feet long, the ship is believed to be the world’s commissioned. An estimated 45,000 sailors served
largest man-made artificial reef. The sinking marked the aboard the vessel during her 26 years in the fleet.
first time the Navy intentionally scuttled such a large The Navy tried repeatedly to discard the ship. Three
vessel so close to shore to be a reef. attempts to scrap her failed. No one accepted an offer
Aircraft carriers are designed to be hard to sink, so to turn the ship into a museum, unlike her famous sis-
the effort to set the big ship down upright was no easy ters — Intrepid, Yorktown, Hornet and Lexington.
task. Finally, in what might have been the ultimate in-
Whether the effort was a success won’t be known dignity, experts at the Naval Historical Center excluded
for sure until later today when Navy divers check the the Oriskany from a list of Navy inactive ships eligible
ship and disarm any explosives that might not have for the National Register of Historic Places.
detonated. But the vessel dubbed by her crew as “Mighty O”
Robert Turpin, chief of Escambia County’s Marine may have had the last word. The Navy spent more than
Resources division, was optimistic about the Oriskany’s three years and $20 million preparing Oriskany to be-
position. “It looked like it did the right thing,” said come an artificial reef.
Turpin, shortly after returning from the site where the The project was repeatedly delayed to meet Envi-
Oriskany sank. Involved since the very beginning in ronmental Protection Agency concerns about removal
the unusual bid to reef an aircraft carrier here, Turpin of hazardous substances including oil, fuel, asbestos and
said he was surprised at the speed with which the PCBs — polychlorinated biphenyls, which are cancer-
Oriskany sunk. causing substances used throughout old ships in elec-
He said the bubble pattern and the presence of two trical equipment.
buoys that marked the positions of a documentary film Even then, for a while, it seemed as if the 56-year-
crew’s cameras signaled to him the carrier settled up- old flattop might never go down. She was towed be-
right on the bottom. “It leveled going down,” said tween Pensacola and Texas three times before the sink-
Turpin, who was within three-quarters of a mile as the ing was set.
ship sank. Navy officials insist the time and money were well-
As an artificial reef, the Oriskany is more valuable if spent to establish standards that will speed the reefing
it settled upright. That would make its vertical com- of other obsolete ships.
mand tower reachable for recreational divers. If the ship Not all of them will cost $20 million, deputy assis-
is leaning on the bottom, the tower is deeper and harder tant secretary of the Navy for Installations and Envi-
to reach. “We’re all hoping as it settled on the bottom, ronment said this week.
it flattened out,” said Edwin Roberts, who witnessed “The next one will be less,” Don Schregardus said.
the scuttling from aboard the Nyhaven, an 85-foot plea- “In fact, I would think it would be substantially less.”
sure yacht. Article provided by PJ Imhof
Either way, the wreck will be a huge attraction to
VP-45 ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER 12 AUG 2006
Strange, But True, P-3C Story We then pulled out our reduction gear box on fire.
“They Said It Would Never Happen: NATOPS flight manual commonly LCDR Radice called out to shut
A P-3C Ditches with Four Engines referred to as the “Big Blue Sleeping down the number four engine and
Out, All Survive!” 25 March 1995 Pill,” and read through the remain- discharge the fire extinguisher.
W hile going through the P3
FRS, newly winged aviators
have always asked the question:
ing steps of our procedure. Having
a prop pump light in itself was not a
big worry, but it could eventually
I was in the left seat, so I was
unable to see what was going on.
Trusting his judgment, I concurred
“Has a P-3 ever lost all four engines lead to bigger problems. Approach- with the decision to shut the engine
at the same time.” The answer was ing 80 miles east of Masirah, the down. The flight engineer shut
always: “No, it will never happen.” situation worsened. The second prop down the engine and discharged the
Well as Murphy’s Law applies, it can pump light on the number four en- fire extinguisher. LCDR Radice
- and we did. gine illuminated and the prop be- looked out at the engine and the fire
While on deployment and after gan to over speed. The crew went was still raging. AE1 White then
performing an antisubmarine war- through the over speed procedures, discharged the second fire bottle.
fare mission with the USS Constel- and we determined that the prop was Unfortunately, the fire kept burning.
lation (CV-64) battle group, which pitch locked. AE 1 White then called out that the
was located 200 miles east of Oman, This malfunction does not oc- number three engine’s rpm was
VP-47 combat aircrew nine was re- cur on a regular basis in the P-3 winding down.
turning to Masirah, Oman. Orion, so needless to say, the flight LCDR Radice looked out at the
The flight station crew was com- crew’s concern and heart rate in- number three prop and called out
posed of LCDR Mark Radice, a creased as to what would happen to that the prop looked bad. It made
lieutenant commander and a former the prop when we fuel chopped the sense that during the explosion, the
P-3 FRS instructor who had just engine during our descent to land. number four engine probably took
checked into the squadron 19 days We flew back to the airfield at out the number three engine. We
earlier for his second tour; AE1 Ri- 16,000 feet and executed a slow, spi- then called out to shut down the
chard White, the flight engineer; raling descent to maintain our num- number three engine.
and me, a senior lieutenant in the ber four engines rpm at 100 percent. While the flight engineer was
squadron with about 273 aircraft Not knowing what would happen pulling the number three emergency
commander hours. when we fuel chopped the number shutdown handle, I simultaneously
Little did we know that we were four engine, the flight station went advanced the number one and num-
about to experience the beginning through the descent, approach and ber two engine power levers.
of what would eventually be one of three engine landing considerations Expecting to hear or feel a pitch
the worst P-3 mishaps ever. We had checklists. change in the prop and not getting
just restarted the number one en- Approaching 6,000 feet and one, you can imagine my reaction
gine, which was loitered on station nearing the engine’s limit power set- when I looked out and saw both
to conserve fuel, and climbed up to ting, we decided to circle the field props barely rotating.
an altitude of 16,000 feet for our one last time, extend out for a good Upon seeing this, I looked back
transit home. At about 130 miles downwind leg and fuel chop the inside the flight station to let the rest
east of the island of Masirah, Oman, engine in anticipation for our land- of the crew in on the secret, but AE1
the flight engineer noticed that the ing. Unfortunately, we would not get White beat me to it and called flame-
number one prop pump warning to land at the airfield. out on number one and two engines.
light on the number four engine was Passing 5,600 feet, we heard and All of a sudden the flight station
illuminated. I directed the flight felt a tremendous explosion. My went dark due to a total electrical
engineer to increase the number copilot, who was in the right seat, power loss. Shaking my head with
four power lever, which was the first looked out and saw a huge cloud of dismay, saying, “you’ve got to be kid-
step of our emergency procedure, black smoke. To his utter dismay, ding me,” we directed AE1 White
and it also ensured that we have a when the smoke cleared, he saw the to pull the hydraulic boost handles
good blade angle. number four prop missing and the and start the auxiliary power unit in
VP-45 ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER 13 AUG 2006
order to get electrical power back. quire the airfield. When I saw the several skips across the water and
At this time we were gust locked, airfield 90 degrees off of our left fighting to keep the nose of the air-
which is the same as when your car’s wing, we were at 2,000 feet and 6-7 craft up, the plane finally came to
steering column locks up and you miles away from land. A harsh real- rest.
can’t move it. To say the least, it was ity set in — we were going to have A P-3 ditch can best be de-
not a good feeling. to ditch the aircraft. scribed as being similar to a log ride
After the boost handles were Having never heard of or seen at an amusement park, but with
pulled, the flight engineer made sev- NATOPS procedures for a no en- more of a kick in the pants.
eral attempts to start the APU, but gine, no-flap, boost-out ditch, we The amazement of still being
it kept flaming out. At this point had to use gut instinct. We knew alive with the Orion still afloat
things were really looking bad for that if we flew too fast, it would be caught me off guard, but there was
VP-47’s crew. When the boost hard to pull the nose up upon water little time for celebration. The wa-
handles were pulled, the aircraft entry. If we flew to slow, the aircraft ter traversed through the tube of the
should have switched from a hydrau- would stall soon after leveling off aircraft and shot into the flight sta-
lic to a mechanical advantage. For above the water. tion like someone pointing a fire
some reason, this didn’t occur and We maintained our airspeed be- hose at us. My copilot and flight
we were unable to control the air- tween 175-180 knots, which gave us engineer evacuated the aircraft
craft. The aircraft rolled right into a a 1,000 fpm rate of descent. At this through the overhead escape hatch.
45-50 degree angle of bank and our time, as with all life threatening situ- I evacuated the aircraft through the
airspeed bled off from 260 to 210 ations, each crew 7 member’s side escape hatch located immedi-
knots. adrenaline system kicked in to its ately behind the pilot seat on the left
On the flight station we thought maximum. Fortunately, I had a great side.
that the aircraft was going to stall set of parents and a high school foot- After jumping into the water, I
and roll inverted. What a horrible ball coach who was a former Oak- soon realized that the plane was still
gut wrenching feeling it was to think land Raider all-pro football player drifting like a boat does without
that this was going to be the end for who taught me to never quit and power.
everyone. I was their aircraft com- find ways to win. To my chagrin, the number two
mander and was responsible for their At about 1,200 feet, we told the prop was coming right for me and
well-being. I could not get control rest of the crew to prepare for im- was going to plow right over me. All
of the aircraft and we did not have mediate ditching. At 200 feet ap- that I could do was to paddle back-
time to put on our parachutes to proaching water entry, both LCDR wards as fast as I could to avoid the
bailout. Radice and I started pulling back on prop, putting my hands on the prop
Even if we would have had time the yoke. The nose came up nicely. to push me out of its way. Fortu-
to don our parachutes, the main The two biggest items necessary nately, the aircraft came to a stop and
cabin door was facing the sky, which to perform a successful ditch is to I was able to swim to the leading
made bailing out impossible. maintain wings level and have a shal- edge of the wing between the num-
Up to this point, the entire evo- low rate of descent. At first, we were ber one and number two engines.
lution from engine explosion had able to keep our wings level and get I called out to LCDR Radice to
taken about 45 seconds. With my our rate of descent to about 300 feet see if the whole crew made it out of
heart pounding and wanting to save per minute. At 80 feet, the right the aircraft. I was covered from head
the rest of the crew, I said a quick wing started rolling as we slowed to toe with aircraft fuel and my eyes
prayer. down. were on fire. My flight gloves were
My prayers were answered. The LCDR Radice recognized the slippery from the fuel and this made
control column went boost out and problem, called for left full yoke and it difficult to climb on top of the
unlocked. Finally at about 2,500 the right wing came back up. Upon wing. After three tries, I was finally
feet, we were able to control the air- water entry, we were wings level, had able to climb on top of the wing and
craft. We leveled the wings, then a 200 feet per minute rate of descent reach my TACCO and in-flight
continued in a left hand turn to ac- and were right at 135 knots. After technician.
VP-45 ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER 14 AUG 2006
The rest of the crew trol cable was cut. VP-47’s
evacuated out the star- crew nine flew under a lucky
board side escape hatch cloud that day. For so many
and entered their life things to go wrong and ev-
rafts. My in-flight techni- erything to work out per-
cian was pulling the ring fectly was a total surprise to
to inflate the life raft, but me. I have never questioned
the blasted thing would the reason we were spared,
not inflate. but I am glad that we were.
A pilot friend of mine (Author Unknown)
and his crew were waiting
to take off to pick up an
admiral in Bahrain when Airplane Humor
we hit the water. Shortly
after we got into the life
rafts, my buddy flew over
O ne day the pilot of a
Cherokee 180 was
told by the tower to hold
and the crew let out a big short of the runway while a
yell. Once things finally MD80 landed. The MD80
settled down, the crew looked each one that worked. On the fourth ra- landed, rolled out, turned around,
other over and checked for injuries. dio, he was finally able to talk to the and taxied back past the Cherokee.
To my surprise, not a single crew other crew to let them know that we Some quick-witted comedian in the
member was injured. The only per- were fine. MD80 crew got on the radio and
son with a problem was me. We were in the rafts for only 10 said, “What a cute little plane. Did
Up to this point I had controlled minutes before the SAR helicopter you make it all by yourself?”
my temper quite well, but this was arrived. The rescue was uneventful. Our hero the Cherokee pilot,
too much. After a few choice words The helicopter took seven crew not about to let the insult go by,
directed to the life raft, the only op- members on the first trip and four came back with: “I made it out of
tion left was to inflate our life vests crew members on the second trip. MD80 parts. Another landing like
and swim around to the other side. A month later, a barge and crane that and I’ll have enough parts for
Realizing our predicament, the crew raised the aircraft and we discovered another one.”
in the other life rafts began to paddle that the number four prop had
around the rear of the aircraft in or- thrown a blade. The imbalance of
der to meet us. The three of us joined only three blades caused the engine USS Ronald Reagan (CVN
the other crew members and to explode. The prop blade was 76) & Task Group
climbed into the rafts. thrown from right to left and cut
I had fuel in my eyes and they through the body of the aircraft, sev-
were burning like crazy. My sensor ering 35 of 44 engine and flight con-
one operator carried a little water trol cables. Four of the cables cut
bottle in his life vest. He pulled out went to the four engines. The cut-
the water bottle and began to pour ting action caused a pulling action
it in my eyes to flush out the fuel. which shut down all four engines si-
While he was taking care of me, my multaneously. The hydraulic boost
TACCO and second pilot were try- handle cables were cut and the APU
ing to contact the other P-3 crew on fuel line was cut. The nine intact
our PRC-90 radios to let them know cables were two aileron cables, two
of our status. This day was true to elevator cables, two elevator trim tab
form, because my TACCO went cables and two rudder trim tab
through three radios before he found cables. The copilots main flight con-
VP-45 ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER 15 AUG 2006
VP-45 CHANGE OF COMMAND
By Lt. j.g. Toby Hall
V P-45 held it’s change of com
mand ceremony in Hangar 116
May 5 as Cmdr. Mark Turner took
followed by his department head
tour at VP-47 in Barbers Point, Ha-
waii. After a successful department
in an unparalleled level of achieve-
ment. During his tour, the Pelicans
accomplished a milestone in the
command from Cmdr. William Zir- head tour, he reported to Washing- maritime patrol and reconnaissance
zow IV. Turner will lead the “Peli- ton, D.C. as the Chief of Naval Op- community becoming the first East
cans” during preparation for their erations P-3 assistant and Coast P-3 squadron to deploy to the
upcoming deployment in June Multimission Maritime Aircraft re- Central Command’s AOR since the
2007. Turner was born in Green- quirements officer followed by a tour Vietnam era. The squadron flew
wich, Ct. He graduated from Mar- with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Force missions in support of Operations
quette University with bachelor of Structure, Resources and Assessment Iraqi and Enduring Freedom provid-
arts degree in political science and Directorate (J- 8). In March 2005, ing real time intelligence to troops
received his commission in 1987 Turner reported to VP- 45 as the on the ground. The Pelicans of VP-
through the Reserve Officer Train- executive officer. The ceremony rec- 45 were awarded the 2005 CNAF
ing Corps. He was designated a na- ognized an extremely successful year Battle Efficiency award in recogni-
val flight officer in February 1989 for VP-45. Under Zirzow’s guidance, tion for their outstanding perfor-
and reported to the “Golden Peli- VP-45 effectively transitioned from mance. In his remarks, Zirzow spoke
cans” of VP-44 in September 1989. pre-deployment workups to a chal- of the many successes of the Pelican
He made subsequent tours to VP- lenging multi-site deployment op- family and praised the men and
11 and the Bureau of Naval Person- erating in the Central Command women of the Squadron for their
nel where he received his masters and Pacific Command Fleet areas of dedication, loyalty and profession-
degree in business administration responsibility (AOR) in support of alism. He spoke of his pride in be-
from Averett College. In May of the global war on terrorism, and ing part of the finest P- 3 squadron
1995 he reported to USS George back to a demanding inter- deploy- in the fleet and how honored he was
Washington (CVN 73) as the op- ment training cycle in preparation to have the opportunity to serve as
erations administration officer. for their next deployment in 2007. their commanding officer. He dis-
Upon completion of that tour he re- Zirzow’s outstanding leadership and cussed how VP-45’s successes were
ported for instructor duty at VP-30, keen operational foresight resulted a direct result of the dedication of
VP-45 ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER 16 AUG 2006
the wardroom, chief ’s mess and the of each and every Sailor. Command- VP-45 would like to congratu-
hardworking Sailors. He also ing Officer Bill Zirzow commented late the following Pelicans for their
thanked the spouses of VP-45 and after the official notification of the individual accomplishments. LT
recognized the many sacrifices they award. “I cannot be more proud of Frank Loethen was selected as the
made which enabled the Pelicans to the men and women of VP-45. The Association of Naval Aviation
accomplish their job. VP-45 also have excelled in every endeavor and RADM A.C. READ Navigator of
welcomed its new executive officer, risen to every challenge over the past the year. ADCS(AW) Toby
year.” Hutchens was awarded the Associa-
The VP Battle Efficiency Award is tion of Naval Aviation Outstanding
given annually to the Maritime Pa- Achievement Award for Outstand-
trol Squadron that displays the high- ing Chief Petty Officer. CDR (sel)
est level of efficiency and readiness Ronald L. White JR. was nominated
in the VP community. VP-45 met for the Captain Virgil “Virg”
all mission tasking head-on in 2005, Lemmon Award. LT Magdiel
culminating in a challenging multi- Rosario was nominated for the As-
site deployment to FIFTH and SEV- sociation of Naval Aviation U.S.
ENTH Fleets AORs covering 16 Atlantic Fleet Pilot of the year.
countries including Iraq, Afghani- AME1 (AW/NAC) Jeffrey Adkins
stan, Bahrain, Djibouti, Qatar, was nominated for the Association
Oman, Japan, Diego Garcia, Thai- of Naval Aviation U.S. Atlantic Fleet
land, Philippines, Australia, Aircrewman of the year.
Singapore, Indonesia, Guam, and VP-45’s selection as the 2005 Battle
South Korea. For their efforts, the Efficiency Award winner reflects an
Cmdr. Thomas Thompson who ar- Pelicans achieved an outstanding impressive level of excellence in ev-
rives here after a tour with Com- 94% combat mission completion ery measurable category of opera-
mander, Patrol and Reconnaissance rate. tions. Congratulations to the men
Force Seventh/Fifth Fleet. VP-45 was the first East Coast and women of VP-45 who have
P-3 squadron to deploy to the CEN- dedicated so much of themselves to
TCOM AOR since the Vietnam Era make their squadron the best in the
and supported Operations IRAQI Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance
PELICANS Win Battle “E” and ENDURING Freedom. VP- Community in 2005.
By LTJG James Hall, 45 carried out a historical first by
VP-45 PAO standing up a Forward Operating
C ongratulations to the Proud
Pelicans of Patrol Squadron 45!
VP-45 is the COMNAVAIRLANT
Base in Ali Air Base, Iraq. On a daily
basis, VP-45 provided critical real
time intelligence to the Marines and
VP-45 ‘Pelicans’ host VIP
By Lt. j.g. Toby Hall,
Atlantic Fleet Patrol squadron Battle
Efficiency Award awardee for 2005.
Behind every VP-45 operational
Soldiers fighting on the ground. In
addition, VP-45 conducted an un-
precedented redeployment as they
T he “Pelicans” of VP-45 recently
conducted a two-hour P-3 ori-
entation flight for Assistant Secre-
flight hour, completed sortie and moved all operations from the Mari- tary of the Navy for Research, De-
squadron milestone, stands an ex- time Patrol and Reconnaissance velopment and Acquisition Dr.
ceptional Pelican, who is commit- Central Command hub located at Delores Etter.
ted to ensuring the success of the NSA Bahrain to Al Udeid Air Base, Distinguished visitors included
command. The squadron’s ability Qatar without missing a single op- Etter, Capt. David Norris (executive
to represent the Maritime Patrol and erational mission. VP-45 was also assistant to Etter), Deputy Assistant
Reconnaissance Community cannot nominated for the 2005 Arleigh Secretary of the Navy for Ship Pro-
be accomplished without the dedi- Burke Award, an award given to the grams Allison Stiller and Capt. Brian
cation, perseverance, and ingenuity most improved squadron. Antonio (executive assistant to
VP-45 ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER 17 AUG 2006
Stiller). experienced in my 14 year career,” stated AW1 (NAC)
The flight gave them an opportunity to experience Thomas George.
a typical day in the maritime patrol and reconnaissance All four distinguished visitors enjoyed hearing the
community. Several topics were discussed during the deployment overview directly from the squadron
flight including antisubmarine warfare, maritime sur- member’s perspective. The event concluded when VP-
veillance, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance, 45’s Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Mark Turner, pre-
crew training, Consolidated Maintenance program and sented Etter and Stiller with flags flown over Iraq in
a short discussion on the “bridge” to multi-mission support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, thanking them
maritime aircraft (MMA). The orientation began with for their efforts on behalf of CPRW-11 and the entire
an introduction of the acoustic operator station by AW1 P-3 community.
(NAC) Erika Carbone that included a short discussion
on the acoustic suite, highlighting the P-3’s core com- Global Hawk UAV
petency. Etter was captivated with Carbone’s descrip-
tion about the community’s Onboard Training Program
that gives real world contact experience to the upgrad-
ing operator while on the deck, reducing flight hour
The discussion migrated to MMA, where Lt. Cmdr.
Jiancarlo Villa described MMAs plans to take advan-
tage of upgraded simulators to enhance warfighter ca-
pabilities. Villa expressed how this investment would
ensure efficient use of flight hours and potentially re-
duce the overall number of airborne training events and
‘wear and tear’ on the new aircraft.
The Pelicans then walked the distinguished visitors
through the fusion of Antisurface Improvement Pro-
gram systems and the capability it brings to the com-
A picture of the Global Hawk UAV that returned
from the war zone under its own power. (Iraq to
Edwards AFB in CA) - Not transported via C5 or C17....
batant and fleet commanders. Systems discussed in- Notice the mission paintings on the fuselage. It’s actu-
cluded AIMS, infrared (IR), APS 137 radar, ICE, OA- ally over 250 missions.... (and I would suppose 25 air
SIS and satellite communications. Examples of this ca- medals).
pability were highlighted when AW2 (NAC) Francis That’s a long way for a remotely-piloted aircraft.
Enriquez gave Etter first hand experience by demon- Think of the technology (and the required quality of
strating the P-3’s Improved SSBN Recorder Outline the data link to fly it remotely). Not only that but the
System, search and rescue and IR capability with real pilot controlled it from a nice warm control panel at
time imaging of local places of interest. Edwards AFB.
An overview of the new consolidated maintenance
organization (CMO) was a hot topic highlighting how US Navy Blue Angels
the community is already taking risk reduction steps
The discussion was focused on how CMO will lead
to efficiencies in maintenance and enable MPR squad-
rons to focus on enhancing warfighting skills of the air-
Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing Eleven (CPRW-
11) is the first wing to implement the program.
The flight concluded with a 15-minute overview
about VP-45’s recent deployment. “This deployment
was the most exciting and rewarding time that I have
VP-45 ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER 18 AUG 2006
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PATRON FOUR-FIVE ASSOCIATION
President Gene Graham
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Treasurer Patrick Imhof
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