This from the Maritime Patrol Association by way of Denny Hackathorn:
On September 4, 2015 the Tridents of VP-26 will mark the end of an era in Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance operations when they return home from deployment as the last U.S. Navy active duty East Coast P-3C Squadron and begin their transition to the P-8A Poseidon. Please join us to celebrate this significant milestone in the history of the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Community and U.S. Navy.
MPA would like to invite all of our members to take part in this celebration. The final aircraft is due to land at 1600 onboard Cecil Airport, Hanger 915. Plan to arrive around 1545 and follow the signs to Hangar 915, where you can join MPA leadership in welcoming home Jacksonville's last active duty P-3C deployers.
We look forward to seeing everyone there.
Published in SEAPOWER July 17, 2015 12:07 PM
Navy Shift of Hawaii-Based Patrol Squadrons to Whidbey Island Set for 2016
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy has set in motion its plan to shift its patrol squadrons based in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, to Whidbey Island, Wash., as they make the transition to the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft.
Patrol Squadron Four (VP-4) is scheduled to change duty stations on Oct. 1, 2016, from Marine Corps Air Facility Kaneohe Bay to Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island. The squadron will go through transition from the P-3C Orion to the P-8A at NAS Jacksonville, Fla.
VP-4 will begin the transition as the last of six active-duty VP squadrons based at Jacksonville completes transition to the P-8A. VP-4 will join three VP squadrons at Whidbey Island and will be followed in succession by the other two VP squadrons based at Kaneohe Bay, VP-9 and VP-47.
The Navy’s strategic laydown plan calls for 12 active-duty VP squadrons and two Reserve VP squadrons divided between Jacksonville and Whidbey Island. When completed, it will end more than 80 years of permanent basing of patrol squadrons in Hawaii.