Sangley Pt. 1970
Key West 1992
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Deployments Home Page
VP-40 accomplished 18 deployments (listed on the left
of this page) from 1967 thru 1993 while home based at Moffett Field. A
squadron deployment is an amazing movement of personnel, equipment and
aircraft. Everything the squadron uses for its day to day operations
including all tools, equipment, manuals and spare parts are packed and
shipped to the deployment site. All the squadron aircraft are flown to
the deployment site by aircrew while the maintenance and support personal
are flown by transport aircraft like the Flying Tigers. Deployments
typically lasted 6 months. Other squadrons from Moffett Field and other
bases would also deploy for 6 month periods to maintain a constant presents
at each deployment site. Deployments are a mix of very long hard work (12
hours on, 12 hours off) and R&R (rest and relaxation) trips to
interesting locations like the Philippines and Bangkok.
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Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS)
Detachments are remote locations where a small group of squadron
planes and personnel would go to for a shorter period of time either from
their home base or while on deployments.
NAF/NAS/NS Adak, Alaska—NAF Adak was established
on 21 November 1942 and re-designated NAS on 1 April 1943, with an auxiliary
airfield on Kiska, Aleutians, after the island had been retaken from the
Japanese on 11 September 1943. The airstrip was named Mitchell Field on 2
February 1944 in honor of Ensign Albert E. Mitchell, who lost his life in
the Aleutians earlier in the war. One of several islands in the Aleutian
chain that extends across the Bering Sea, Adak’s suitable deep-water bay was
the primary reason for its development as a major base during WWII.
advance seaplane base was established there by the tender Teal (AVP 5),
which put North Pacific forces within 250 miles of occupied Kiska and in a
position to maintain a close watch over enemy shipping lanes to that island
and to Attu. The tender Casco (AVP 12) was damaged at Nazan Bay by a torpedo
from RO-61and was beached while repairs were completed.
The air station was
placed in inactive status on 15 February1947. NAS Adak was re-designated an NAF on 16 June1948 and then re-designated an NS on 1 July 1950. NS Adak was
re-designated NAF on 1 July 1994 and finally disestablished on 18 February
||Diego Garcia, Indian Ocean
Rest & Relaxation?
R&R, Shopping Run, Gedunk. Whatever you call them,
they are short trips to fun and bazaar cities all around the far east. From
Mamasan chairs to carved ivory to shell lamps to other things we can't talk
about, these trips were a welcome distraction from the regular routine.
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