Sangley Pt. 1970
Key West 1992
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Okinawa, Japan 1986
In 1985-86, VP-40 transitioned to the P-3C Update III - the Navy's
newest ASW platform. During this period, Patrol Squadron FORTY received
several awards, among them: the Arnold J. Isbell Award for ASW
excellence, the Tactics Bowl for the most significant contribution to
the creation of new tactics employed by the P-3, and the Coastal Command
Trophy for being the "Premier ASW VP Squadron" in the Pacific. In
addition, Patrol Squadron FORTY served as hosts for the Japanese
Maritime Self-Defense Force Det 21 "Black Jacks" during RIMPAC '86
During 1986-1987 deployment cycle, the squadron deployed to Kadena,
Okinawa, marking the first operations deployment of the P-3 Update III.
During this deployment, the proud men and women of VP-40 proved
themselves and the new Update III aircraft to be a formidable ASW force,
resulting in BP-40 winning an unprecedented third consecutive Tactics
Bowl Award for best tactical expertise in Patrol Wings Pacific. In
addition, the squadron surpassed over 20 years and 145,000 mishap free
flying hours, the finest record of any Moffett Field based squadron.
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.