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Patrol Squadron 92 (VP-92)

Patrol Squadron 92 was commissioned on 14 November 1970 to provide a fully manned and equipped patrol squadron flying the Lockheed P-2V "NEPTUNE".

The squadron, known as the "MINUTEMEN," and operating by its motto "Forever Vigilant," flew the P-2V until 1974, when its aircraft were replaced by the Lockheed P3A "ORION," resulting in a significant increase in platform capability. In 1984, VP-92 transitioned to the P3B TACNAVMOD, an updated version of the P3A that greatly increased anti-submarine warfare capabilities and navigation accuracy.

The squadron completed transition to the P3C Update II in 1993 and to the P3C Update II.5 in 1996. In 1999 VP-92 completed its transition to the P-3C Update III dramatically improving on-board technology and ability to support fleet operations.

For the first 25 years of its existence, the squadron was based at Naval Air Station, South Weymouth, Massachusetts. Pursuant to the order of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission, in 1996 VP-92 completed the first homeport change of any reserve P3 squadron and relocated to Naval Air Station, Brunswick, Maine.

Present day tasking includes: Anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, surface surveillance/ intelligence, counter-narcotics operations, mining, and search and rescue. With recent Defense Department drawdowns, VP-92 has assumed ever expanding missions in support of the U.S. fleet, NATO and U.N. efforts for world peace.

The "MINUTEMEN" perform training and annual active duty operations from bases throughout the United States, Europe, South America and the Caribbean. To hone their skills, each Reservist must drill a minimum of one weekend per month and perform two weeks of Annual Training per year. VP-92 deployment locations since commissioning have included:

  • NS Rota, Spain (71,78,87,88,89,90,93)
  • NAS Jacksonville, FL (72,73,81)
  • NAS Patuxent River, MD (74)
  • NAS JRB Willow Grove, PA (76,77,84)
  • NAS Bermuda (76,77,84)
  • NAS Lajes, Azores (79,80,82,83,85,86)
  • UNITAS (89,90,92,94)
  • NAS Sigonella, Sicily (93,94,95,97)
  • NS Roosevelt Roads (94,95,96,97,98,99,00)
  • NAS Keflavik, Iceland (96,97)

The "MINUTEMEN" are particularly proud of the safety record maintained during these operations and training missions. The squadron celebrated the passage of 20 years and over 72,000 accident free flight hours...a true milestone in a challenging flight environment. The "MINUTEMEN" won the Chief of Naval Operations Aviation Safety Award in 1976, 1977, 1994, 1998 and 1999

During twenty-five plus years of outstanding service, VP-92 has been frequently recognized for excellence. In 1977, VP-92 was awarded the prestigious Meritorious Unit Commendation by the Secretary of the Navy for excellence in anti-submarine warfare operations. Additionally, the Commander Reserve Patrol Wing "GOLDEN HELM" Retention Excellence Award in 1982, 1988, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999; the Commander Reserve Patrol Wing Admin Excellence Award in 1992, 1998 and 1999; the Commander Reserve Patrol Wing "Bloodhound" Award for torpedo delivery excellence in 1994 and 1995; the AVCM Donald M. Neal "GOLDEN WRENCH" Maintenance Award in 1987 and, in an extraordinary period of sustained maintenance superiority, in 1993, 1995, 1996, and 1997; and finally, VP-92 was awarded the prestigious Battle "E" by the Chief of Naval Operations for 1998.




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