Lest We Forget

By Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, U.S. Navy (Retired)

VP-8 deployed to Bermuda in June 1963, the first of many deployments to overseas bases in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea over the next three decades, performing vital Cold War antisubmarine and shipping surveillance missions. This pattern was interrupted in June 1966 with a deployment to Sangley Point in the Philippines, flying missions in support of interdiction efforts off Vietnam. In July 1971, VP-8 moved to its present home at NAS Brunswick, Maine, and in 1976, switched to the P-3B version of the Orion.

The last Atlantic Fleet operational squadron to operate the P-3B, VP-8 upgraded to the Update II.5 version of the P-3C in 1982. VP-8 participated in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm on embargo enforcement missions from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. In 1995, VP-8 acquired the P-3C Update III version, with which the Tigers patrolled the Adriatic Sea enforcing the arms embargo of the former Yugoslavia. 

 

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