Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
First Coast

Video: 'Mad Foxes' Welcomed Home At NAS Jacksonville

Carlos Bouvier
The "Mad Foxes" of Patrol Squadron VP-5 were reunited with their families Wednesday at NAS Jacksonville.

The "Mad Foxes" of Patrol Squadron Five (VP-5) returned home to a big homecoming of famly and friends at Naval Air Station Jacksonville Wednesday, after completing a six-month P-8A Poseidon deployment to the U.S. 4th Fleet and U.S. 6th Fleet.

Operations included numerous counter-narcotics missions resulting in the seizure or disruption of over 33,000 kilograms of illegal narcotics with a street value of over $2 billion, according to NAS Jacksonville.

During this time, the "Mad Foxes" were also the first U.S. crew to respond to the multi-national search for the missing Argentine submarine, the ARA San Juan, in addition to flying humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions in the Caribbean in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

While in the sixth Fleet AOR, VP-5 operated out of 11 different countries across Europe and the Middle East from their primary base of operations in NAS Sigonella, Italy.

The VP-5 team had over 4,157.4 flight hours in support of the deployed operations including intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance flights and anti-submarine warfare missions, according to NAS Jacksonville.