VP-47 Attends LIMA Exhibition

March 30, 2019 – The “Golden Swordsmen” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 47 participated in the 2019 Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) Exhibition held in Langkawi, Malaysia. Approximately 1,400 U.S. Navy and Air Force personnel are participating in LIMA19. U.S. Navy aircraft on display include a P-8A Poseidon, EA-18G Growler, and MH-60R Seahawk. The 7th Fleet flagship, USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), and destroyer, USS Preble (DDG 88), participated in the maritime portion of the exhibition. “This detachment will be key in fostering relationships that will be critical in achieving…

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VP-47 Keeps Watch during FFA’s Operation Rai Balang in Pacific Islands

March 27, 2019 – The “Golden Swordsmen” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 47 flew multiple missions during Operation Rai Balang, a Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA)-led multi-lateral Monitoring Control & Surveillance operation with eight FFA members; Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Palau, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, Mar. 21-28. VP-47 surveillance missions during Operation Rai Balang supported FFA’s mission to detect, deter, report and/or apprehend potential illegal, unregulated or unreported fishing activity and to enhance Pacific Island Countries involvement and participation in maritime…

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VP-47 to participate in Avalon 2019 airshow, exhibition

February 25, 2019 – The “Golden Swordsmen” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 47 and the unit’s P-8 Poseidon will participate in the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition 2019 at Avalon Airport in Geelong, Victoria, Australia, beginning Feb. 26. The Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition is one of Australia’s premiere biennial aerospace exhibition, trade and airshows. “Our participation will strengthen our ties and working relationships with our Australian counterparts as well as our other partners within the Indo-Pacific,” said Senior Chief Aviation Structural Mechanic (Equipment) Ronald…

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VP-47 Conducts Joint Maritime Patrol Operations with JMSDF

January 31, 2019 – The “Golden Swordsmen” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 47 participated with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s (JMSDF) Fleet Air Wing (FAW) 5 in a coordinated maritime patrol operational procedures (CMPOP) exercise, Jan. 29. “This joint training was an exciting opportunity for VP-47 to work with the JMSDF to reinforce and to continue to build relations with our host nation’s military,” said Lt. Zach Alcairo, VP-47 Combat Aircrew (CAC) 9 mission commander. The exercise further demonstrates military-to-military coordination, while enhancing relations between the U.S. Navy and the JMSDF’s maritime…

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CTF-72 Participates in Keen Sword 2019

November 6, 2018 – Patrol Squadron (VP) 46, VP-16 and VP-47 are currently participating in exercise Keen Sword 2019 (KS19) within the U.S. 7th Fleet (C7F) area of operations Oct. 29 – Nov. 8. Keen Sword is a biennial exercise in a series of joint training exercises since 1986 designed to increase combat readiness and interoperability of U.S. forces and the Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) at military installations throughout Japan and surrounding waters. “This exercise will enhance our ability to work with the JMDSF (Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force) more effectively,”…

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