Sangley Pt. 1970
Key West 1992
Misawa, Japan 1980
From July 1980 to December 1983, the "Fighting Marlins" completed a
serious of three highly successful six-month deployments to NAF Misawa,
Japan conducting operations throughout the Pacific and Indian Oceans and
the Arabian Sea. In addition, personnel were detached to bases in
Africa, the Middle East, Thailand, Australia, and Diego Garcia. During
this period, VP-40 received the coveted COMPATWINGSPAC "Golden Orion"
Award for Retention Excellence for both 1981 and 1982, as well as the
CNO Aviation Safety Award for 1982.
The deployment to Misawa from June to December 1983 was highlighted
by participation in search and rescue operations following the Soviet
downing of Korean Airlines Flight 007 in the Sea of Japan in September
1983, In recognition for its outstanding performance during these
operations, the squadron was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation
and 84 "Marlins" received personal awards from the Commander, U.S. Fifth
Air Force for their participation.