"Orion's Game" An Original Oil Painting by Peter Wenman
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This is the official website of the PATRON FOUR FIVE Association, an incorporated organization whose membership is open to all former members of Navy squadrons VP-45, VP-205, VP-MS-5, VP-45(PBY), current Patrol Squadron Forty-Five active-duty members and others with various connections to the squadron. While this website is NOT officially associated with the active duty squadron, VP-45, it is for the general benefit of current and future association members and any others who might be interested in the "World Famous Pelicans" of Patrol Squadron FORTY-FIVE.
To provide a wealth of information about arguably the most outstanding U.S. Navy Patrol Squadron in history and to allow an avenue for former shipmates to reconnect and re-establish friendships. Additionally, the Association will publish a biannual newsletter, preserve a written squadron history, provide association members (who have as a common bond active duty or interest in VP-45) a means to promote camaraderie by holding biennial reunions for members and will, lastly, perform other functions as defined by the Association's elected officers. All site visitors are cordially invited to peruse the various sections of this website using the panel of blue and red navigation links on the left side of this page.
Open to anyone who has served in the above mentioned squadrons or is currently serving in Patrol Squadron FORTY-FIVE. (Associate memberships are available for other interested parties). Dues for membership are $10 for 1 year, $40 for 5 years, or $200 for life - payable by 31 December on year dues expire.
With the record breaking 2014 Reunion in the books, we are looking forward to the next reunion with great anticipation. At the last reunion's business meeting, attendees nominated the following locations: San Diego, San Antonio, Charleston, Branson, Nashville, Washington DC, and Norfolk. The round green "2016 Reunion" button just to the upper left WAS a working "link" that you could click on to vote for the location. The voting period expired on June 30th. Votes were tallied and Charleston was a landslide winner. Detailed results were announced in the September 2015 Newsletter.
LOOK: For detailed information about the reunion, associated activities and registration, click here: Info and Registration
Please Note: In order to get a better room rate at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Charleston, the reunion dates have been moved to one week later than originally announced in the most recent Newsletter. The NOW FIRM dates for the reunion are October 19 - 23, 2016.
The newsletter linked below is the previous (September 2015) edition of the "Pelican Post," in the all new digital format. If you are a current member, you should have already received, or will soon receive, the March 2016 Newsletter either as a PDF file attached to an email or (if you do not have an email address) as a printed black & white copy via regular mail. To view and/or download the previous edition online, click on the word "Newsletter" in red print just below. Only current members have access the most recent newsletter.
We have just received word that the squadron's change of command ceremony this year will be held a month earlier than usual. The change of command, at which the Skipper, CDR John W. Weidner, will be reileved by the XO, CDR Jason J. Williamson, will be held April 21st at NAS Jacksonville, Florida.
To send questions, comments or suggestions regarding this website click here: vp45association.org
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Last updated: 4/01/2016