VP-7 history with Neptunes.

 

25 Jul–Oct 1947: Transition to the P2V-2 aircraft commenced at MCAS Miramar with the arrival of the first aircraft and instructor crew. Crew training was completed just in time for relocation to a new home port at NAS Quonset Point, R.I. The first squadron air crew departed for NAS Quonset Point on 9 September FAW947, with the last arriving on 18 October 1947.  

Dec 1948: Four crews flew to Kitty Hawk, N.C., to participate in the Wright Brother’s Memorial Service and the anniversary of powered flight.

Apr 1950: The first of the new P2V-4 aircraft arrived and familiarization training was begun. Problems with the engines prevented the squadron from meeting its operational obligations for several months. The difficulties were not fully corrected until late 1951.

Jun 1953: VP-7 deployed to San Juan, P.R., to participate in Operation Springboard, the annual fleet training exercise.

Jun 1953–Jan 1954: The squadron redeployed to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, under the command of FAW-

FAW, for operations in support of United Nations action in Korea. VP-7 was called upon to fly reconnaissance and screening missions in support of Task Force 77. The squadron returned to NAS Quonset Point in January 1954.  

Jan 1959: The squadron conducted a split deployment to Rota, Spain, and Keflavik, Iceland. During the deployment in the North Atlantic excellent photographs were taken of a Soviet Zulu-class submarine located off the coast of Iceland. The photos were released to the international press.

Oct 1962: VP-7 deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to conduct surveillance operations against Soviet transports during the Cuban Quarantine. The squadron was relieved at the end of November

May 1963: VP-7 participated in the Project Mercury MA-9 operations in the Caribbean. Patrol squadrons and surface units were routinely stationed downrange some distance from the projected launch or impact point in the event of an overshoot by the Mercury capsules. On 16 May 1963, Kearsage (CVS 33) recovered Major L. Gordon Cooper, USAF, and his Faith 7 capsule 80 miles southeast of Midway, after his 22- orbit flight.  

Jun 1967: The squadron was called upon to provide shipping surveillance during the Arab-Israeli War in June 1967. VP-7 was deployed to NAF Sigonella, Sicily, to take part in exercises with NATO and the Sixth Fleet when the war broke out.

8 Oct 1969: VP-7 was disestablished.

Neptune variants assigned.

P2V-2 Aug 1947

P2V-3 Mar 1949

P2V-4 Apr 1950

P2V-5 1953

P2V-5F Jul 1955

SP-2H Dec 1965

 

Major overseas deployments

Date of departure

Date of Return

Wing

Base of Operations

Aircraft

Area of operations

1 Oct 1948

19 Feb 1949

29 Jul 1949

13 Feb 1952

1 Jul 1952

1 Jun 1953

28 Jun 1953

Feb 1955

21 Nov 1958

Jan 1959

Jan 1959

5 Aug 1960

Apr 1961

28 Feb 1962

23 Oct 1962

May 1963

4 May 1963

4 May 1963

1 Jan 1965 4

3 Dec 1965

8 May 1967

8 Oct 1968

12 Dec 1948

18 Mar 1949

Oct 1949

24 Mar 1952

1 Oct 1952

28 Jun 1953

Jan 1954

Jul 1955

Jan 1959

Jun 1959

Jun 1959

Jan 1961

Sep 1961

8 Aug 1962

Nov 1962

May 1963

Oct 1964

Oct 1964

Apr 1965

May 1966

1 Nov 1967

21 Feb 1969

FAW-5 

FAW-5 

FAW-3 

FAW-3 

FAW-3 

FAW-3 

FAW-6 

FAW-7 

FAW-3 

FAW-3 

FAW-3 

FAW-3 

FAW-3 

FAW-11

FAW-11

FAW-11

FAW-11

FAW-11

FAW-11

FAW-11

FAW-11

FAW-11

Argentia

Guantanamo

Argentia

Naples

Keflavik

San Juan

Iwakuni/Korea

Port Lyautey

Rota

Keflavik

Rota

Argentia

Argentia

 Sigonella

 Guantanamo

 Guantanamo

 Rota

 Keflavik

 Roosevelt Rd

 Sigonella

 Sigonella

 Sigonella

P2V-2

P2V-2

P2V-3

P2V-4

P2V-4

P2V-5

P2V-5

P2V-5

P2V-5F

P2V-5F

P2V-5F

P2V-5F

P2V-5F

SP-2E

SP-2E

SP-2E

SP-2E

SP-2E

SP-2E/H

SP-2H

SP-2H

SP-2H

NorLant

Carib

NorLant

Med

NorLant

Carib

WestPac

Med

Med

NorLant

Med

NorLant

NorLant

Med

Carib

Carib

Med

NorLant

Carib

Med

Med

Med