Patrol Squadron Misawa
Commander Task Group 72.4
Every six months a new squadron arrives in Misawa and assumes the title of Commander Task Group 72.4. These squadrons patrol the waters of the Western Pacific, Sea of Japan, and Sea of Okhotsk. Among their many missions are: search and rescue, patrol, reconnaissance, battle group support and bilateral/multinational exercises. Every six months, Misawa's Navy community simultaneously receives and loses 300-plus people. This large rotation of personnel is part of the Navy P-3 Orion crews and support personnel, who deploy here from their home port. These men and women are tasked with keeping a close watch on the Sea of Japan, the Tsugaru Strait and other waters surrounding Japan. The crews end their advanced aircraft work closely with other Seventh Fleet assets to ensure the safety of shipping in this part of the world. During the summer months, reserve units from various locations in the states frequently act as the force multiplier for the "VP" squadrons.
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