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Circa 1979

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation July 1979 "...Awards - Rescues - Change-Of-Command - Page 5, 33 and 35 - Naval Aviation News - July 1979..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1979/jul79.pdf [10OCT2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation April 1979 "... Rescues and Change-Of-Command - Page 24 and 25 - Naval Aviation News - April 1979..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1979/apr79.pdf [10OCT2004]

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Circa 1978

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation March 1978 "...History and Change-Of-Command - Page 16 and 19 - Naval Aviation News - March 1978..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1978/mar78.pdf [09OCT2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Bermuda 78-79 Cruisebook VP-10 Bermuda 1978-1979 CruiseBook [22MAR2000]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Patrol Squadron TEN Bermuda Deployment August 1978 through February 1979 Cruisebook [21MAR2000]

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Patrol Squadron TEN is considered to be one of the original Patrol Squadrons in Aviation History. The earliest confirmed mention of VP-10 is found on JULY 1ST 1930 with the Commissioning of Patrol Bombing Squadron 10S. VP-10 was commissioned as a derivative of VS-15, (which can be traced back as far as 1921). Other patrol squadrons active today can trace their heritage to once having been detachments or otherwise associated with VP-10 in the early days of World War II. Patrol Squadron TEN was a forerunner in the development of long-range patrol operations. It has been involved in the initial establishment of visual search and scouting missions to long-range bombing and ultimately as part of the world's most sophisticated and successful airborne antisubmarine organization.

In February of 1935 VP-10 set a new world record for non-stop formation transpacific flight, in a 24 hour transit from San Francisco to Hawaii. After its arrival in Hawaii, VP-10 served throughout the Pacific for the next 7 years. On December 7, 1941, eight of the squadron's 12 aircraft were destroyed or damaged in the Pearl Harbor Attack and from that time VP-10 remained in the Pacific theatre of operations throughout World War II. In June of 1942, VP-10 aircraft were the first to alert U.S. Forces of the enemy movement which lead to the Battle of Midway. VP-10 continued to serve throughout World War II with distinction. With the wars end the squadron was decommissioned on 25 January 1946.

Following recommissioning in March 1951, Patrol Squadron TEN began flying the P-2V Neptune aircraft and was stationed in Jacksonville, Florida. VP-10 soon moved to

Brunswick, Maine where it is homeported today. 1965 brought two years of transition, when the P-3A Orion aircraft was delivered, a year later, the P-3B arrived, which has continued to serve this squadron to the present day. Both aircraft have marked significant advancements in the fast developing field of antisubmarine warfare. In the decade since its arrival, the squadron has flown these aircraft to numerous deployment sites throughout the Atlantic and Mediterranean; these included successful deployments to Keflavik, Iceland; Bermuda; Lajes Field, Azores; Argentia, Newfoundland; Rota, Spain; Panama Canal Zone, Puerto Rico and others.

During its long history, VP-10 has been mindful of its past and in keeping with that tradition, the squadron held a four day Reunion in June of 1974 to commemorate its 44th anniversary. It was the first such reunion in Patrol Squadron History, and is well remembered by the more than 1500 past members who attended.

Since reactivation in 1951, the squadron has been awarded the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation on four occasions for its continued excellence in antisubmarine warfare. VP-10 has I been awarded the coveted Navy "E" on three occasions for efficiency in operational performance. Additional awards include the Arnold J. lsbell Trophy for excellence in ASW, Three CNO Safety Awards, the Commander Sixth Fleet "Hook Em" award and two "Top Bloodhound" awards. On 14 November 1978, COMMANDER K.D. SULLIVAN assumed COMMAND OF PATROL SQUADRON TEN during a highly successful deployment to Naval Air Station Bermuda.[21MAR2000]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-10 Misc Thumbnail "...VP-10 First Class Mess dated 1978 - 1980..." Contributed by Jim Retzer jcretzer@softcom.net [10MAY2000]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-10 Logo ThumbnailCamera "Soda Train Control - COMNAVFORCARIB Opcon Det - 1978 - VP-10 Det One - NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba" Contributed by Dale Skerl skerl@nm.picker.com

Circa 1976

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation February 1976 "...Change-Of-Command - Page 25 - Naval Aviation News - February 1975..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1976/feb76.pdf [05OCT2004]

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Circa 1975

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation January 1975 "...VP-10 - Page 38 - Naval Aviation News - January 1975..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1975/jan75.pdf [02OCT2004]

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Circa 1971

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation August 1971 "...On Patrol - Page 34 - Naval Aviation News - August 1971..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1971/aug71.pdf [23SEP2004]

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Circa 1970

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation April 1970 "...Fleet Air 'E' Awards Announced - Page 3 - Naval Aviation News - April 1970..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1970s/1970/apr70.pdf [17SEP2004]

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