VP-11 Pegasus (1964) P2v-7 Model
Ride the Pegasus again with VP-11 in this hand craft P-2V7 model. Each model is carefully carved and painted to provide a piece you’ll love.
15 May 1952: VP-11 was established at NAS Quonset Point, R.I., with a complement of 12 P4Y-2 patrol aircraft (a redesignated Privateer PB4Y-2 bomber, with the B for bomber dropped in favor of its new patrol designation). Jan–Jun 1953: VP-11 conducted its ﬁrst deployment to Argentia, Newfoundland. Upon return, the squadron was assigned new Neptune P2V-5s as replacements for the WWII vintage Privateers.
The insignia of VP-11 was adopted from an earlier squadron with the same designation (VP-11, later VPB-11) that was disestablished on 20 June 1945. The central ﬁgure of the circular design was Pegasus, a ﬂying horse from Greek mythology. Like Pegasus, the patrol aircraft was a mighty winged creature capable of ﬂying great distances to carry out its mission. At the bottom of the design was a scroll with the squadron’s designation Patron Eleven. Colors: Pegasus, white with gold wings; background, navy blue; piping, gold; letters, gold. Nickname: Lovin’ Eleven, 1981. Pegasus, 1982–1997.
Nov 1960–Mar 1961: VP-11 participated in underwater sound tests (Project Breezeway) with the Office of Naval Research from November to December 1960. The squadron was again called upon to assist in tests of new sonobuoy equipment during January to March 1961. 8 Feb 1962: A detachment of VP-11 at NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, began ice reconnaissance ﬂights over the Gulf of St. Lawrence to aid in evaluating satellite readings of the ice formations transmitted by Tiros 4 which was put into orbit the same day.
24 Oct–14 Nov 1962: VP-11 deployed to Argentia, Newfoundland, on 12 hours’ notice during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Surveillance ﬂights totaling 1,065 ﬂying hours were conducted through 14 November 1962. 6 May–19 Aug 1965: VP-11 conducted around-theclock surveillance operations with nine aircraft operating out of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, during the Dominican Republic Crisis. Operations ceased on 3 June 1965 and all but four aircraft returned to NAS Brunswick. The remaining four aircraft and crews continued surveillance in the Caribbean until 19 August 1965.
12 Oct 1967: VP-11 deployed to NAF Keﬂavik, Iceland. The squadron was awarded a Navy Unit Commendation for its ASW activities during that period of operations. It was the ﬁrst time the award had been given to a patrol squadron not in a combat zone. 14–26 Sep 1969: Elements of VP-11 participated in a NATO exercise Operation Squeezeplay, conducted from St. Mawgan, England.
23 Jul 1972: VP-11 received emergency deployment orders to WestPac. The squadron departed NAS Brunswick for NAS Cubi Point, R.P., arriving 26 July. A small detachment was maintained at RTNB U-Tapao, Thailand. Upon arrival in the Philippines the squadron’s deployment was greatly impeded by a record rainfall of 74.4 inches. Despite the difficulties, the squadron was able to conduct assigned sector patrols of the South China Sea and Gulf of Tonkin. For its humanitarian efforts during disaster relief operations in the Philippines, the squadron was awarded a Philippine Presidential Unit Citation.
25 Oct 1973: The last P-3B DIFAR upgrade on the squadron’s aircraft was completed on this date. VP-11 was the last East Coast P-3 squadron to be ﬁtted with DIFAR, which replaced the 10-year-old JULIE system for detection and tracking of submarines. 14 Apr 1975: VP-11 conducted a split deployment to Rota, Spain, and Lajes, Azores. During the deployment the squadron hosted officers from Canada, Iran and Norway to familiarize them with the P-3 and it operational capabilities. 15 Oct 1977: VP-11 deployed to Rota, Spain, and Lajes, Azores. On 11 December 1977, one of the squadron’ P-3Bs, BuNo. 153428, crashed into a mountain on Hierro Island, Canary Islands; all 13 crew members were lost. 26 Jul 1978: Squadron detachments participated in UNITAS operations and visited seven South American countries during the excercises. 23 Jan 1979: VP-11 conducted a split deployment to Rota, Spain, and Lajes, Azores. During the deployment the opportunity was taken to run exercise simulations against the Soviet Kiev and Minsk battle groups present in the Mediterranean Sea. 24 Jul 1979: Commander G. T. Martinsen, the squadron’s commanding officer, died of a myocardial infarction during a squadron brieﬁng at NAS Brunswick, Maine. Commander J. M. Evans, executive officer, acceded to command.
2 Feb 1981: Phase I in the transition from the P-3B DIFAR to the P-3C UII began with the training of the ﬁrst increment of four VP-11 crews at NAS Jacksonville, Fla. VP-30 conducted the transition training for VP-11.
12 Nov 1981: VP-11 sent ﬁve crews to NS Roosevelt Roads to participate in READEX 1-82. During the exercise the squadron had its ﬁrst opportunity to ﬁre a “live” Harpoon missile, successfully hitting the target. 13 Dec 1985–24 May 1986: VP-11 deployed to NS Keﬂavik, Iceland, returning to NAS Brunswick on 24 May 1986. During the deployment the squadron collected environmental data on the Marginal Ice Zone, and tested the efficiency of ice-penetrating sonobouys.
9 Jun 1987: The squadron conducted a split deployment to Rota, Spain, and Lajes, Azores. During operations in the Mediterranean Sea the squadron had numerous practice attack simulations against Iowa battle group and the Soviet Kiev battle group—the former willingly, the latter unknowingly. 10 Nov 1988: VP-11 deployed to NAS Keﬂavik, Iceland. The ﬁrst two months of the deployment were during the worst weather conditions on record for over a decade; never-the-less, squadron P-3s performed all assigned missions. By the end of the deployment 744 sorties had been ﬂown, with 17 frontline Soviet submarines contacted. Jun 1989: A detachment of eight aircraft deployed to NAS Key West, Fla., to assist in anti-drug operations with Joint Task Force Four. The detachment ﬂew over 300 hours in support of task force operations, resulting in severe disruption of the drug smuggling routes into the U.S. 10 Jun 1990: VP-11 deployed to NAF Sigonella, Sicily. During the deployment the squadron ﬂew numerous missions in support of Operation Desert Shield, which began on 2 August 1990. Two detachments were maintained for Operation Desert Shield support, one at Souda Bay, Crete, the other at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
4 Jan 1992: VP-11 conducted a split deployment to NS Roosevelt Roads, P.R., and NAF Rota, Spain. The detachment at Roosevelt Roads ﬂew many missions in support of national drug control strategy. As the lead squadron, the detachment was responsible for the detection and monitoring of aerial and maritime transit of illegal drugs into the U.S. The detachment’s participation in the operation resulted in the seizure of 10,000 kilos of cocaine and 20 tons of marijuana. 1993: VP-11 conducted another split deployment with detachments at Sigonella, Sicily, and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The squadron ﬂew over 250-armed sorties in the Adriatic Sea in support of UN resolutions against the former Republic of Yugoslavia. The squadron was the ﬁrst to carry the new AGM-65 Maverick missile on patrol aircraft. 17 Jun 1994: VP-11 deployed to NS Roosevelt Roads, P.R. During the deployment the squadron ﬂew numerous missions in support of the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Customs Service. Operations resulted in 29 interdictions, 13 vessels seized and 77 narcotics traffickers arrested. A total of 12,000 kilos of cocaine and 45,000 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of over $1 billion was destroyed 15
Jan–2 Aug 1997: VP-11 was disestablished. The disestablishment ceremony was held at NAS Brunswick, Maine, on 2 August 1997