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Patrol Squadron (VP) 5 “Mad Foxes”

Founded: 1937
Based: Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida
Current Commanding Officer: Cmdr. Alan M. D’Jock
Mission: Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW), Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR).
Brief History: For over 75 years, VP-5 has served as a valuable member of the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aviation (MPRA) community. Originally known as the VP-17 “Blind Foxes,” hinting at the ability to fly blindly into adverse weather conditions, the squadron became VP-5 in 1948 and renamed “Mad Foxes” for the Magnetic Anomaly Detection (MAD)-equipped P2V Neptune that could detect large objects underwater. The Navy’s second VP squadron played a role in several historically significant events including providing support for the recovery of Cmdr. Alan Shepard’s Freedom 7 space capsule, monitoring Russian forces during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and employing weapons in the collective defense of a merchant vessel during the Libyan turmoil of 2011. In July 2014, the Mad Foxes deployed to Kadena Airbase in Okinawa, Japan, the squadron’s inaugural deployment with the P-8A Poseidon. The Mad Foxes executed over 20 detachments to countries and territories including Australia, Malaysia, Diego Garcia, Bangladesh, Guam, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and the Republic of Korea. VP-5 continues to be known as one of the premier MPRA squadrons while embodying their motto, “No Fox Like a Mad Fox!”

Aircraft Flown: P-8A Poseidon

Number of People in Unit: 300 military personnel

Significant Accomplishments:

  • Provided air support in recovery of astronauts from Mercury missions
  • Tracked Russian forces during Cuban Missile Crisis
  • Supported early stages of Operation Enduring Freedom in Iraq
  • First MPRA asset to successfully employ the AGM-65F Maverick missile
  • Completed MPRA’s second P-8A deployment to 7th Fleet in 2015