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Nov 1969–Jun 1970: The squadron received its first P-3B Orion, completing transition training on 15 June 1970. VP-23 was the last remaining active duty patrol squadron to fly the SP-2H, retiring its last Neptune on 20 February 1970. 13 Jun–Jul 1974: The Seahawks deployed to NS Rota, Spain, with a detachment maintained at NAF Lajes, Azores.
American Samoa has marked the 35th anniversary of a plane crash in 1980 that claimed the lives of eight people. The American Air Force P-3 Orion crashed during that year's Flag Day celebrations. It had clipped a tramway wire spanning Pago Pago harbour as it passed low over the Fagatogo malae.
US Navy and US Marine Corps BuNos Third Series (160007 to 163049) Last revised December 21, 2020
The second accident occurred about four months later on April 26, 1978, when another P-3 Orion, (Bu. No. 152724), of Patrol Squadron 23 out of Brunswick NAS crashed in the Atlantic Ocean about 20 miles northeast of the Azores. All seven men aboard were lost. The bodies of four of the missing crewmen were later recovered.
The Lockheed P-3 Orion is a four-engine long-range maritime patrol and anti-submarine aircraft produced by the US-American manufacturer Lockheed Corporation. The P-3 Orion is a development of the commercial airliner Lockheed L-188 Electra .
27 Apr 1971: Secretary of Defense, Mr. Melvin Laird released a photo of a Soviet Yankee class SSBN ballistic-missile submarine, taken by a VP-6 P-3 Orion. This was the first photograph ever obtained in either the Atlantic or the Pacific of a Soviet Yankee class nuclear submarine on patrol.
Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion Squadrons Since 1962 many USN and international squadrons, as well as civil operators, have operated P-3 Orions. Below we listed all those squadrons. The list is divided in two parts: "active P-3 operating squadrons" and "former P-3 operating squadrons and units".