VP-5 history with Neptunes.

 

Jun 1948: VP-ML-5 received the first P2V Neptune, and changed its nickname to the “Mad Foxes.”

Jun 1958: The squadron deployed to Argentia, Newfoundland. “Ice reccos” and shipping patrols were

flown without incident. “Ice reccos” were patrols over shipping lanes on the lookout for icebergs that might endanger surface vessels in the area. In July, half of the squadron deployed to Rota, Spain, to become the first patrol squadron based there.

Apr 1959: VP-5 deployed to Keflavik, Iceland. Two other squadrons were stationed there during this period, participating in exercises with the fleet. A Soviet submarine was tracked for 24 hours at one point in the exercise, but finally surfaced and proceeded on its way after failing to shake the trackers.

Jul 1960: The squadron was scheduled for a five month deployment to Rota, Spain, for duties with the Sixth Fleet, but in September the deployment was rescheduled. VP-5 became the first full squadron to be deployed to Sigonella, Sicily, after the base became operational.

Apr–May 1961: VP-5 participated in exercises in the Caribbean as well as aiding in the recovery of America’s first astronaut, Commander Alan B. Shepard, Jr., on 5 May 1961.

Jul 1961: As part of the Project Mercury recovery team, VP-5 aided in the recovery of Captain Virgil I. Grissom, USAF.

1 Sep 1962: The squadron was again called upon to assist in the recovery of astronauts, participating in the spotting of Commander Wally M. Shirra after his famous flight on 3 October 1962, orbiting six times around the earth.

Oct 1962: The squadron was one of the first called up for the Cuban Quarantine during the Cuban Missile Crisis. VP-5 staged patrols from Jacksonville, Fla.; Roosevelt Roads, P.R.; and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. It was the first squadron to spot and photograph a Soviet ship, Bucharest, carrying missiles, and later the first to locate and track the first Soviet ship departing Cuba with dismantled missiles aboard.

1 Jul 1966: VP-5 received its first three P-3A Orions. The squadron was the last fleet operational unit to fly the SP-2E. 

 

Neptune variants assigned.

P2V-1 Jun 1948

P2V-3 1951

P2V-5 1952

SP-2E 1964 - 1 Jul 1966

 

Major overseas deployments

Date of departure

Date of Return

Wing

Base of Operations

Aircraft

Area of operations

Aug 1950

Jul 1953

Oct 1954

Nov 1955

Mar 1957

Mar 1957

Jun 1958

Jul 1958

Apr 1959

Jul 1960

Sep 1960

Dec 1961

Dec 1961

Jul 1963

1 Dec 1964

15 Jan 1965

Jan 1951

Dec 1953

Mar 1955

Jun 1956

1 Sep 1957

Oct 1957

Oct 1958

Oct 1958

Jun 1959

Sep 1960

Dec 1960

1 Sep 1962

Jul 1962

Nov 1963

15 Jan 1965

Jun 1965

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FAW-11

FAW-11

FAW-11

FAW-11

FAW-11

FAW-11

FAW-11

FAW-11

FAW-11

FAW-11

FAW-11

FAW-11

FAW-11

FAW-11

FAW-11

Argentia

Keflavik

Argentia

Port Layu ety

Keflavik

Port Layu ety

Argentia

Rota

Keflavik

Rota

Sigonella

Rota

Keflavik

Sigonella

Guantanam o

Sigonella

P2V-3

P2V-5

P2V-5

P2V-5

P2V-5

P2V-5

P2V-5

P2V-5

P2V-5

P2V-5

P2V-5

P2V-5

P2V-5

P2V-5

SP-2E

SP-2E

NorLant

NorLant

NorLant

Med

Norlant

Med

NorLant

Med

NorLant

Med

Med

Med

NorLant

Med

Carib

Med