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VP-10 Red Lancers P-8a Poseidon Model

VP-10 Red Lancers P-8a Poseidon

The use of naval aviation insignia is a modern form of heraldry that dates back to the early period of naval aviation in the 1920’s and captures many proud moments of its history. The practice fosters a sense of pride, unit cohesion and contributes to high morale, esprit de corps and professionalism within the community. It also serves as an effective means of preserving a command’s tradition, continuity of purpose and recognition, as traced through its lineage. The following rules are provided to ensure that all command insignia and slogans are in keeping with the highest traditions of the proud naval aviation heritage.


Patrol Squadron TEN (VP-10) is one of the original, and oldest, aviation squadrons in the U.S. Navy.  VP-10 was originally a derivative of VS-15, which formed in 1921.  The squadron traces its official heritage, however, to July 1, 1930, with the commissioning of Patrol Bombing Squadron 10S.

In February 1935, as VP-10F, the squadron established a world record for non-stop formation transpacific flight in a twenty-four hour transit from San Francisco to Hawaii.  After four years in Hawaii, VP-10 was redesignated as VP-25 in 1939.  The Squadron was again redesignated and became VP-23 in 1941.

On December 7, 1941, eight of twelve squadron aircraft were damaged or destroyed in the attack on Pearl Harbor.  On June 4, 1942, a squadron PBY-5A “Catalina” aircraft flown by LTJG Howard Ady and LT William Chase was the first to locate and report the positions of four large aircraft carriers of the Japanese Navy’s striking force on their way toward the Island of Midway.  This action helped begin the greatest victory in American naval history–the Battle of Midway.

The squadron went on to serve with distinction at the Gilbert and Marshall Islands, Guadalcanal, and the Solomon Islands during World War II.  The squadron was disestablished following the war on January 25, 1946.

Patrol Squadron TEN’s modern era begins with its reestablishment at NAS Jacksonville in March 1951, flying the PB-4Y “Privateer.”  In February 1952, VP-10 transitioned to the P-2V “Neptune” and moved to Brunswick, Maine.

Two years of transition began in 1965 when the P-3A Orion aircraft was delivered. It was around this time, the RED LANCER call sign and logo was adopted. One year later, the P-3B arrived and served the squadron until 1980 when transition to the P-3C Update II began.  These aircraft provided significant advancements in the rapidly developing field of anti-submarine warfare.

Transition to the P-3C Update III occurred in 1996 and delivered improvements in both the aircraft’s anti-submarine and anti-surface capabilities.  In 1998, VP-10 received the P-3C Update III Aircraft Improvement Program (AIP) aircraft.  The AIP aircraft brought upgrades in satellite communications, electronic surveillance, and computer systems.

Over the last four decades, the squadron has flown P-3 aircraft to numerous sites around the world.  The squadron deployed to Sigonella, Sicily, in 1991 and 1994, operating in support of Operations DESERT STORM, RESTORE HOPE, PROVIDE PROMISE, SHARP GUARD, and DENY FLIGHT.

From 1996-1998, VP-10 completed back-to-back multi-site deployments to Puerto Rico, Iceland, and Panama.  During this period, the squadron was credited with interdicting the flow of over $2 billion of illicit narcotics to the United States.  This unprecedented success was topped in 2000 when the squadron interdicted 34 metric tons of narcotics worth over $5 billion.

In February 1999, VP-10 began a six-month deployment to Sigonella, Italy.  This deployment saw the RED LANCERS become one of the first squadrons tasked with the operational employment of the AIP aircraft.  VP-10 was also the first squadron to operationally employ the Stand-Off Land Attack Missile during Operation ALLIED FORCE.

From 1999-2004, the squadron participated in Operations DELIBERATE FORGE, EAGLE EYE, ALLIED FORCE, NOBLE ANVIL, and ENDURING FREEDOM while on numerous worldwide deployments.  In December 2005, the RED LANCERS completed a challenging six-month, multi-site, EUCOM, CENTCOM, and SOUTHCOM deployment.  They achieved unparalleled mission accomplishment in Operations IRAQI FREEDOM, FREEDOM, JOINT GUARDIAN, DELIBERATE FORGE, CAPER FOCUS, CARIB SHIELD, HILGARD, and GWOT PAN SAHEL.

In December 2007, the RED LANCERS returned from the most widely distributed SEVENTH Fleet MPRA/PACOM Deployment in recent history as the RED LANCERS expertly planned and executed 30 operational detachments to 11 countries throughout PACOM traversing the Pacific and Indian Oceans.  Flying 5,500 operational flight hours, VP-10 had a 96.5 mission completion rate, the highest ASW aircraft RFT rate on record.  VP-10 successfully prosecuted six high-interest out-of-area submarines, while simultaneously flying overland combat missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The RED LANCERS spent 2008 conducting the Basic and Intermediate phases of the work-up cycle, building and preparing twelve Combat Aircrews for the upcoming CENTCOM deployment.  Throughout our work-ups, the RED LANCERS simultaneously surged as CTG 67.1 in support of EUCOM and AFRICOM and as CTG 47.1 to El Salvador conducting 4 months of counter-narcotics work in support of SOUTHCOM/JIATF as part of Operations CAPER FOCUS and CARIB SHIELD.

In June 2009, the RED LANCERS deployed from Brunswick for the last time as they headed downrange to assume CTG 57.2 for a CENTCOM deployment based out of Al Udeid AFB, Qatar and Camp Lemonier, Djibouti.

In December 2009, the RED LANCERS returned from their combined FIFTH and SIXTH fleet deployments.  While deployed, the squadron flew missions in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF), Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF), maritime security operations and anti-piracy missions to protect American’s maritime interests in the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean.  The squadron safely flew over 731 sorties amassing over 4,000 flight hours.  The RED LANCERS also accomplished a near 100% mission completion rate.  The RED LANCERS conducted multiple joint military operations and exercises, established course rules for coalition flight safety in Djibouti, combated piracy, and built diplomatic bridges to foster international relations.  The RED LANCERS multiple deployment successes were not unnoticed as the squadron received notification in February, 2010 that they were the Naval Air Forces Atlantic VP Battle “E” winner.

Throughout 2010, the RED LANCERS continued to excel on a global scale. Participating in USWEX in June of 2010, the RED LANCERS flew 230 hours off the coast of Japan participating in joint ASW missions. The RED LANCERS also flew in support of operations in Thule, Greenland alongside Canada’s Maritime Command and the Canadian Coast Guard.  Both nations performed joint ASW operations in conjunction with iceberg and ice field recognition to train for disaster and sovereignty patrols in the arctic.  The RED LANCERS again rose to the occasion with a stellar performance IN Operation VALIANT SHIELD. Operating out of Anderson, AFB Guam, the RED LANCERS focused on integrated joint training and interoperability among U.S. military forces.

In late May 2011, the RED LANCERS once again deployed for six months to the FIFTH Fleet Area of Responsibility in support of Operation NEW DAWN, OEF, and other joint exercises.  They flew an astounding 6,320 flight hours in over 900 sorties with a 99% mission completion rate.

In November 2012, the RED LANCERS deployed to the FOURTH and SEVENTH Fleet Areas of Responsibility beginning their tri-site deployment to Misawa and Kadena in Japan and Comalapa in El Salvador.  While deployed, the RED LANCERS flew 250 sorties and amassed over 2900 flight hours. The squadron supported US SEVENTH Fleet, JIATF-S, Operation MARTILLO, and participated in eight multinational exercises while operating out of six different countries. In March of 2013, the RED LANCERS surpassed the historic aviation benchmark of forty years and 242,000 mishap free flight hours.  Over the course of 102 sorties flown in support of JIATF-S, the LANCERS interdicted 23,199 kilos of illicit narcotics worth an estimated $1.6B dollar, leading to the arrest of 33 smugglers.

Since reactivating in 1951, Patrol Squadron TEN has won numerous awards and accolades.  The squadron has been awarded three Joint Meritorious Unit Commendations, eight Meritorious Unit Commendations, three Navy Unit Commendations, and four Navy Battle Efficiency “E” Awards.  VP-10 won nine Captain Arnold Jay Isbell trophies for air ASW excellence, most recently in 2007, and is the first squadron to win consecutive awards (‘83, ’84, ‘85, and ‘97, ‘98) since the trophy’s first presentation in 1958.  Patrol Squadron TEN was awarded the Atlantic Fleet Golden Wrench award in 2002, 2005 and in 2006.  The squadron was recently awarded its tenth Retention Excellence Award.  VP-10 has won nine CNO Aviation Safety Awards, the most recent being 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, and 2005.


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