By Lt. j.g. Mary Carter Jordan
VP-5 Public Affairs
The "Mad Foxes" of Patrol Squadron (VP) 5 hosted six members of the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Weapons School (MPRWS) at their current deployment site at Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella, Italy, Feb. 11.
The MPRWS spent one week at NAS Sigonella. During their visit, they presented several briefs on tactical innovations and technology advancements for the P-8A Poseidon and joined the Mad Foxes on operational flights.
The flights focused on routine maritime domain awareness in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. MPRWS also led several discussions based upon VP-5's lessons learned from their U.S. 6th Fleet deployment.
Stationed at NAS Jacksonville, the MPRWS mission is to develop and standardize postgraduate training for the maritime patrol and reconnaissance force (MPRF).
MPRWS members were eager to observe how VP-5 successfully conducts missions in a forward deployed environment and complimented VP-5's forward leaning tactical mindset with valuable knowledge that would elevate the entire MPRF.
"As the recognized community experts, it was a great to be able to engage with [MPRWS] in tactical discussion and provide them our lessons learned while operating in a dynamic area of responsibility," said VP-5's actics fficer Lt. Cmdr. Alexander Yu-Rank.
VP-5 also conducts operations in U.S. 4th Fleet area of operations from Comalapa, El Salvador.