VP-23 Seahawks Plaque
Proudly display your aviation lineage with this 14 inch Mahogany VP-23 Seahawks Plaque.
Established as VP-10S on 1 July 1930, and subsequently redesignated VP-10F on 17 July 1933, VP-10 on 1 October 1937, VP-25 on 1 July 1939, and as VP-23 on 1 August 1941. It became VPB-23 on 1 October 1944, and was disestablished on 25 January 1946.
1946 to 1995
PB4Y-2 “Privateer” of VP-23
The squadron was re-established as Weather Reconnaissance Squadron Three (VPW-3) on 17 May 1946, but was redesignated as Meteorology Squadron Three (VPM-3) on 15 November. It was redesignated Heavy Patrol Squadron (Landplane) Three (VP-HL-3) on 8 December 1947 (as the second squadron to be assigned the VP-HL-3 designation), and to Patrol Squadron Twenty Three (VP-23) on 1 September 1948 (the third squadron to be assigned the VP-23 designation). The squadron was finally disestablished on 28 February 1995.
19 May 1952: VP-23 deployed to Argentia, Newfoundland, for three months of advanced base training in cold weather operations, relieving VP-24.
January 1953: VP-23 deployed to the Spanish Air Base at Reus, Tarragona, Spain, for one week of training with Spanish Air Force personnel. At the end of the week the squadron flew to Port Lyautey, French Morocco.
June 1953: VP-23 deployed to Argentia, Newfoundland, with a detachment at Thule AFB, Greenland.
April 1955: VP-23 deployed to Bermuda with new jet-assisted A/C. A three-aircraft detachment was maintained at Lajes, Azores.
July 1962 – January 1963: After successfully locating and tracking the Columbian pirate ship Anzoátegui in February 1963, VP-23 maintained a three aircraft detachment at Leeward Point in Guantanamo, Cuba, after the Cuban Missile Crisis began in September of that year and maintained surveillance of the approaches to Cuba for the next several years. October 1970 – March 1971: VP-23 was deployed to Suda Bay, Crete; Sigonella, Sicily, Rota, Spain, and Lajes, Azores.
13 June – 14 November 1974: Naval Station Rota, Spain, and NAF Lajes (Lajes Field), Azores.
2 July – 17 December 1975: Naval Air Station Bermuda, Bermuda, and (Lajes Field), Azores.
1 December 1976 – 5 May 1977 at Naval Station Rota, Spain, and NAF Lajes (Lajes Field), Azores.
1978: March – September, Naval Station Rota, Spain, and NAF Lajes (Lajes Field), Azores.
September 1979 – March 1980: Naval Air Station Keflavik, Iceland. In February 1980 split deployment to Diego Garcia, Indian Ocean in response to the 1980 Iran Hostage Crisis.
15 February – 29 July 1981: Naval Air Station Keflavik, Iceland.
1982: Naval Station Rota, Spain, and NAF Lajes (Lajes Field), Azores.
1983: Naval Air Station Bermuda.
1984: Naval Air Station Sigonella, Sicily.
1986: Naval Station Rota, Spain/Lajes Field, Azores.
1987: Naval Air Station Keflavik, Iceland.
1988 – 1989: Naval Station Rota, Spain, and NAF Lajes (Lajes Field), Azores.
1990: Naval Air Station, Bermuda; UNITAS: Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brazil.
1992 – 1993: Naval Air Station Sigonella, Sicily, and Operations Desert Shield and Southern Watch.