Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing One (CPRW-1)
Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force Fifth Fleet (CTF-57)
Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-72)
Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing One headquarters located at NSF Kamiseya, Japan, is comprised of 26 officers and 73 enlisted men and women. Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing One was formerly known as Patrol Wing One until its name was officially changed June 1. Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing One was commissioned in March 1953 as the U. S. Taiwan Patrol Force with its headquarters located in Naha, Okinawa, Japan. In 1973, the command was moved to Kamiseya, Japan, and its five detachments were created.
The primary missions of Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing ONE are to train and maintain the operational readiness of two forward deployed patrol squadrons and to operate three Tactical Support Centers located at Kadena, Air Base Okinawa, Japan; Misawa Air Base Japan; and Naval Station Facility Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory. Tactical Support Center sare manned by three Patral Wmg ONE Detachments, each comprised of approximately 10 officers and 50 enlisted men and women employing sophisticated command control and communications equipment to provide briefings, debriefing, analysis arid operational planning support for deployed patrol squadrons.
CPRW-1/CTF-57/CTF-72's P-3 Orions are an unobtrusive force who provides a valuable service to the operational commanders throughout both AOR's. P-3s are the over-the-horizon eyes and ears for the operational commanders. The P-3s are usually the first to arrive and the last to leave during an operation. CPRW-1/CTF-57/CTF-72 is an integral part of new developments in technology, air warfare and future political military relationships throughout Seventh and Fifth Fleets.
CPRW-1/CTF-57/CTF-72 the only Task Force in Seventh Fleet not commanded by a Flag Officer interacts on a daily basis with nations throughout the Pacific Rim and Indian Ocean. Of course, some of the command's closest ties are with its host nation of Japan and with South Korea. The US, Japanese and South Korean forces are an important part of the effort to ensure security for the region. In addition, CPRW-1/CTF-57/CTF-72 conducts approximately 114 exercises with over 20 nations and territories throughout the Pacific Rim and Indian Ocean. These nations and territories include: Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brunei, China, Djibouti, Egypt, England, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, La Reunion, Malaysia, Maldives, Oman, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, and Yemen.
Also known as Task Force SEVEN TWO, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force SEVENTH Fleet's Area of Responsibility area of responsibility (AOR) encompasses over 56 million square miles, extending from the Northern Pacific Ocean, bordering Russia, to the South China Sea and westward covering the entire Indian Ocean from the southern tip of Africa to the Gulf of Aden. Task Fare SEVEN TWO is comprised of two patrol squadrons, totaling 13 Lockheed P-3 Onion aircraft, together with SEVENTH Fleet special squadron detachments and assigned surface ships. Over 1,500 personnel are assigned to Task Force SEVEN TWO. Major task groups under the operational control a Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force SEVENTH Fleet are: the Okinawa Air Patrol Group (Task Group 72.2) consistin of a detachment of P-3 Orion aircraft deployed to Kadena Ai; Base, Okinawa, Japan; the Japan Air Patrol Group (Task Groupl 72.4) consisting of one rotational P-3 Orion squadron deployed to Naval Air Facility Misawa, Japan and Fleet Air Recorinaissance Squadron ONE (Task Group 72.5/VQ-1) Detachment Misawa Japan; and the Indian Ocean Patrol Group (Task Group 72.8) consisting of one rotational P-3 Orion squadron deployed to Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory.
Deployed patrol squadrons fly Lockheed P-3C Onion aircraft, equipped with sophisticated electronic detection communication and navigational equipment to provide Undersea Warfare (USW), Surface Warfare (SUW) and surveillance support for SEVENTH Fleet. In addition, units participate in joint and bilateral training exercises with allies countries, and conduct search and rescue operations and other missions as required. Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron ONE (VQ-1) flies land-based Lockheed EP-3 Aries II aircraft, providing reconnaissance support for SEVENTH Fleet.
Task Force 57's area of responsibility includes the Arabian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman and North Arabian Sea. Task Force FIVE SEVEN is comprised of three detachments totaling six Lockheed P-3 Orion and Aries II aircraft, together witl FIFTH Fleet special squadron detachments. Over 400 personnel are assigned to Task Force FIVE SEVEN. Major task groups under the operational control a Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force FIFTH Fleet are: The Indian Ocean Air Patrol Group (Task Group 57.2; consisting of a P-3 Orion aircraft squadron deployed to Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia with detachments in Masirah, Oman and Manama, Bahrain; Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron ONE (Task Group 57.1) Detachment Manama, Bahrain and other detachments as may be necessary.
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