Sangley Pt. 1970
Key West 1992
Okinawa, Japan 1989
In 1989, VP-40 once again deployed to NAF Kadena, Okinawa. This
deployment lasted seven months with the squadron finally returning home
in February 1990. The high point of this deployment was PAC-EX '89 which
had the "Marlins" utilizing their "coordinated operations" expertise
with numerous U.S. surface combatants, the Japanese Maritime
Self-Defense Force, and the Republic of Korea Navy. Safety was once
again the squadron's number one priority as 22 years and 158,000 hours
of mishap free flying were celebrated.
FORTY's 1990 at-home cycle was an outstanding operational and
training period, setting new standards in many areas. In addition to
passing 23 years and 163,000 hours of flight without a mishap, "Marlin"
crews flew two near-perfect Mining Exercises, while flying a challenging
close proximity profile. Crews also refined single-pass rigging
techniques during a detachment to Panama in October.