VP-9 celebrates 62nd birthday

Cmdr. Craig T. Mattingly, VP-9 commanding officer, and Aviation Maintenance Administrator Airman Apprentice Alexandria. T. Galosi, the youngest member of the squadron, cut the squadron birthday cake. Lt. j. g. Becky Shaw U.S. Navy photo

Cmdr. Craig T. Mattingly, VP-9 commanding officer, and Aviation Maintenance Administrator Airman Apprentice Alexandria. T. Galosi, the youngest member of the squadron, cut the squadron birthday cake. Lt. j. g. Becky Shaw U.S. Navy photo

Lt. j. g. Becky Shaw

Patrol Squadron Nine Public Affairs

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII, Kaneohe Bay – Patrol Squadron Nine (VP-9) recently celebrated its 62nd birthday. Cmdr Craig T. Mattingly, VP-9 commanding officer, led the cake cutting ceremony along with the squadron’s youngest member, Aviation Maintenance Administrator Airman Apprentice Alexandria Galosi, in accordance with U.S. Navy tradition.

During the celebration, Mattingly praised the squadron, including accolades for a successful U.S. 6th Fleet deployment and accomplishments for the current inter-deployment readiness cycle.

“Execu-ting over 5,600 hours on our most recent deployment was no ordinary task,” Mattingly said.

“When asked how we made it happen, it boiled down to one thing-the Sailors, they made it happen.”

VP-9 was commissioned at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash. on March 15, 1951 under the command of Cmdr. M. B. Bailey. The maiden flight of the newly formed squadron was flown in a P-4Y2 Privateer. Shortly after commissioning, the Golden Eagles embarked upon their first deployment to Naval Station Kodiak, Alaska.

In the 1950s and 1960s, VP-9 participated in numerous deployed operations throughout Asia and the northern Pacific, including joint night operations with Marine Corps fighter aircraft. Utilizing flares, VP-9 aircraft illuminated significant North Korean targets to assist the attacking aircraft.

With the advent of the computerized P-3C Update I, VP-9 began a new era. In early 1977, the “Golden Eagles” completed a successful deployment to Kadena Air Base Japan. For its demonstrated anti-submarine warfare excellence, the squadron was awarded the distinguished Capt. Arnold J. Isbell Trophy.

In the 1980s and 1990s, Patrol Squadron Nine became the first squadron to deploy to the western Pacific with the APS-137 inverse synthetic aperture radar. After their successful initial deployment to U.S. 5th and U.S. 7th Fleets with the newly received upgraded AIP P-3C aircraft, VP-9 again made history with the launch of a standoff land attack missile.

The first launch, using in-flight target reprogramming, occurred during Fleet Battle Experiment ECHO at Naval Air Station Point Mugu, Calif. In 2012, VP-9 deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility for the first time in squadron history.

Patrol Squadron Nine currently operates the P-3C Orion at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay. Surpassing 196,804 mishap-free flight hours, representing 34 years of dynamic deployments and aggressivly tackling inter-deployment readiness cycles.

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