Moffett Field


P-3 Orion



   Iwakuni 1969

   Sangley Pt. 1970

   Okinawa 1971

   Iwakuni 1972

   Iwakuni 1974

   Adak 1975

   Misawa 1977

   Okinawa 1978

   Adak 1979

   Misawa 1980

   Misawa 1981

   Misawa 1983

   Keflavik 1984

   Okinawa 1986

   Misawa 1988

   Okinawa 1989

   Misawa 1991

   Alaska,  Panama,
      Key West 1992

Misawa, Japan 1991

February 1991 saw Patrol Squadron FORTY deploy to Misawa, Japan and Diego Garcia to support Operation Desert Shield. During the deployment, the squadron participated in "TEAM SPIRIT '91" with South Korea forces, and played a part in the liberation of Kuwait. Patron FORTY also detached to Eilson AFB for UIT-91 and to Howard AFB in support of Joint Task Force FOUR. VP-40 received the Isbell award and the Golden Wrench award as the top ASW and maintenance squadron in the Pacific Fleet.

In 1992, the "Fighting Marlins" completed one of the most successful at-home training cycles in the history of patrol aviation which included record setting performances on the Mine Readiness Certification Inspection and Operational Readiness Evaluation. In November, the squadron began a six-month multi-site deployment to Alaska, Panama, and Key West. The squadron continued its stellar safety record with 25 years and 170,000 hours of mishap free flying.