By Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, U.S. Navy (Retired)
Patrol Squadron Nine (VP-9) was established at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, on 15 March 1951. Equipped with the P4Y-2 Privateer (below), VP-9 deployed to Kodiak, Alaska, only four months later. By 1952, the squadron was home-based at NAS Alameda, California.
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