NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (NNS) -- The "Screaming Eagles" of Patrol Squadron (VP) 1 landed, Dec. 1, and commenced a six-month deployment to this U.S. naval installation in northern Japan.
VP-1 is the first P-3 Orion squadron to deploy here since 2007. Their arrival heralds a return to normal operations for both Naval Air Facility Misawa (NAFM) and the P-3 community.
The number of assets available to deploy to 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR) has increased due to diminished tasking in support of operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom, along with more planes that have returned to a flying status after a "Red Stripe" overhaul.
VP-1 now arrives with approximately 200 Sailors who will call Misawa home during their deployment.
"My Sailors and I have been looking forward to this deployment," said VP-1 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Gregory Sleppy. "I'm excited for the opportunity that we have to expand maritime patrol and reconnaissance in the 7th Fleet AOR."
Sleppy said the top-notch service provided at NAFM makes it an ideal location to deploy.
"The support that we've been receiving so far from Naval Air Facility Misawa, the 35th Fighter Wing, and Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Force 72 has been superb," said Sleppy. "They are fantastic hosts and I think they will help us overcome any challenges we may face during our time here."
As snow continues to fall throughout the day, one of those challenges will be to conduct normal operations under Misawa's harsh winter conditions. VP-1's Command Master Chief Jesse A. Robles said his Sailors are motivated and ready to fly.
"My Sailors are looking forward to tackling the task at hand," said Robles. "There will always be challenges during a deployment, but so far everything is coming along well."
NAFM is an associate command of Misawa Air Base and is tasked with providing aviation and ground logistic support and services to all permanent and transient Navy and Marine Corps forces in Northern Japan.
VP-1 is homeported at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., and flies the P-3 Orion aircraft. P-3 Orion's are four-engine turboprop anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft developed for the United States Navy and introduced in the 1960s.
For more information about Naval Air Facility Misawa, visit https://www.cnic.navy.mil/misawa/index.htm or www.facebook.com/nafmisawa.
For more information about Patrol Squadron 1, visit https://community.apan.org/vp1.
For more news from U.S. Naval Air Facility Misawa, Japan, visit www.navy.mil/local/nafmisawa/.