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Patrol & Reconnaissance Wing ELEVEN [CPW-11]

Homeported in Jacksonville, Fla., as of 1996 Patrol & Reconnaissance Wing ELEVEN was comprised of three operational squadrons [VP-5, VP-16 and VQ-45 as of 1999] with 38 maritime patrol aircraft. Deployed world-wide, Patrol & Reconnaissance Wing ELEVEN is constantly on the cutting edge of antisubmarine and antisurface warfare surveillance and intelligence gathering, coordinated battle group support, counter-narcotics detection and monitoring, mine insertion, and search and rescue.

Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing ELEVEN includes the Tactical Support Center, an ashore extension of the Joint Maritime Command Information System (JMCIS) which provides the Maritime Sector Commander (MSC) with the capability to plan, direct, and control tactical operations of forces under the commander's operational control in support of Naval Expeditionary Forces (NEF) and other assigned units within the commander's respective littoral and ocean areas of responsibility. These operations include all facets of expeditionary warfare: maritime and littoral surveillance, surface warfare; mine warfare; counter-drug; undersea warfare; search and rescue; and mission/warfare readiness training. TSC functions include mission planning; pre-flight and post-flight support of NEF aircraft; crew briefing/debriefing; on-station tactical direction and control of air and surface forces; information exchange with tactical forces of key ashore/afloat commanders; analysis, correlation and dissemination of intelligence, tactical and sensor data; resource management; and monitoring of operational readiness training and mobilization tasks.

Patrol Wing ELEVEN was commissioned on 15 August 1942, in Norfolk, Va. Five days later the Wing moved to San Juan, P.R., for operations under the Caribbean Sea Frontier. The 1997 International Maritime Patrol Aviation (MPA) Symposium was held 12 September 1997 in Jacksonville, FL. Commander Patrol Wing 11 hosted this third annual antisubmarine warfare symposium. U.S. East and West Coast Wings were represented by crews from NAS Brunswick, Maine; NAS Jacksonville, Fla.; NAS Whidbey Island, Wash.; and NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, as well as the MPA Fleet Replacement Squadron, Patrol Squadron 30.

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