Patrol Squadron Diego Garcia
Deploying in six-month increments, VP Squadrons deployed to Diego Garcia provide anti-submarine and surveillance support to forward deployed battle groups.
Patrol Wing One Detachment Diego Garcia provides operational support for P-3 Orion aircraft flying ASW and reconnaissance missions over the Indian Ocean. During the year 2000, PATRECONWING ONE Det. Diego Garcia supported over 900 mission sorties including over 8000 flight hours, all while ensuring complete task force integration. The integration included support of five carrier battle groups, three amphibious ready groups, 20 multi-lateral exercises and the successful execution of over 170 mission sorties based in Masirah, Oman, providing critical escort and surveillance services, and more.
On 14 October 2000, Patrol Squadron FORTY's Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory, detachment site received word that a small sail boat somewhere in the Indian Ocean was in distress. The squadron did not hesitate to lend assistance. VP-40 sent Combat Air Crew Three (CAC-3) to assist in the search and rescue effort. CAC-3 proceeded to the suspected location of the sinking vessel. The crew-members knew they had found the stranded sailors when they observed a flare from the boat. Fortunately, the sailboat was still seaworthy, so the crew did not have to drop the SAR kit. Instead they closely monitored the position of the boat and coordinated the efforts of an Australian SAR team that was able to safely bring the two sailors back to Perth. After the long flight the P-3 did not have enough fuel to return to Diego Garcia, so it landed in the Cocos Islands. CAC 3 returned safely to Diego Garcia next day.
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