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                                                                                   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
                                                       ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○                in mind as you go forward with your
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 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, 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
         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
                 VP-205 Plankowner

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.
                                         Jim Means

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
rangements.                                                  6322.
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
                       ○ ○ ○ ○ ○
                                                                    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,
                        ○ ○ ○ ○ ○                      RPG’s, vehicle accidents, falls, etc.
                                                           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


                    Restored PBM-5A

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
                                                                                    Navigator Station
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
VP-45 ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER                                  5                                            AUG 2006
To:                                  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
                         ○ ○ ○ ○ ○
                                                              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 <>
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. (
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
Hi Pat,
    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.
                                       Sally Eaton

Steve,                                                            Left Front
The Tillamook “AIR MUSEUM” hangar has 7.25 acres
of floor space. This picture was taken from at least 1/4

                                                                 Right Side
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.
                                  Roger Ferguson

                                                                 Cockpit Panel

                    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
                                                      VP-45 PAO

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!
                                        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,
                                                                                                VP-45 PAO
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
towards MMA.
     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
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                    Sailor’s Creed                            TREASURER’S REPORT               (June 30, 2006)
    I am a United States Sailor. I will support and           BANK OF PENSACOLA
   defend the Constitution of the United States of            Beginning Balance (01/01/06) -      $4,704.45
  America and I will obey the orders of my superi-            Income:
  ors. I represent the fighting spirit of the Navy and               Dues          1,225.00
   all who have gone before me to defend freedom                                                  $5,929.45
  and democracy around the world. I proudly serve             Expenses:
    my country’s Navy combat team with Honor,                       Del St Tax         25.00
   Commitment and Courage. I am committed to                        Printing          823.08
         excellence and the fair treatment of all.                  Postage           343.80
                                                                    Website            95.40
T     he Sailor’s Creed was written by a “Blue Ribbon
      Recruit Training Panel” in 1993 at the direction
of Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Frank Kelso,

who personally participated in the final edit of the          Ending Balance (06/30/06) -         $4,642.17
working group’s proposal. Admiral Kelso then directed
that every recruit be given a copy and required to com-
mit it to memory. In 1994, Chief of Naval Operations          SMITH BARNEY MONEY MARKET
Admiral Jeremy Boorda approved a minor change                 Beginning Balance (01/01/06) - $16,212.55
which made the creed inclusively descriptive of all           Interest Income:       344.61
hands. The change involved replacing the word                 Service Charge:       -100.00
“bluejacket” with “Navy,” which describes the lowest
enlisted rate, E-1, through the highest officer rank, O-      Ending Balance (06/30/06) -         $16,457.16
10. In today’s Navy, the Sailor’s Creed is memorized
by all personnel in boot camp and has been incorpo-
rated in officer training as well.                            TOTAL BANK OF PENSACOLA             $ 4,642.17
    All of the personnel in the uniform of Naval Ser-         TOTAL SMITH BARNEY                   16,457.16
vice are Sailors first and in addition, they are officers,    TOTAL CAPITAL AS OF 6/30/06         $21,099.33
chiefs, petty officers - aviators, seabees, surface war-
riors and submariners. This is an important point im-         Patrick J. Imhof, Treasurer
pacting unity and esprit de corps.                            Statement prepared on July 10,2006

                      P-8A MMA
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                                President               Gene Graham
                                Vice President          Jim Means
                                Treasurer               Patrick Imhof
                                Secretary/Editor        Steve Riddle

Dues are $10 per year 1/1 to 12/31, $45 for five years or $200 for life and are payable to Mr. P. J.
Imhof, Treasurer; VP-45 Association; 3204 E. Moreno Street; Pensacola, FL 32503-6529. Please
inform the editor if you change your address.

VP-45 ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER                       20                                      AUG 2006

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