Sangley Pt. 1970
Key West 1992
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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.
This site and its entire contents have been compiled and built by Norman Bernicky
(AT-2 VP-40 1978-1981) from his personal collection, submitted content and from
Source references are listed when available. All costs to maintain
this site are paid by Norm. This site is not endorsed or approved by the U.S.
The contents are solely intended to preserve the history and memory of
VP-40 and NAS Moffett Field, California.