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205.1.1 State and explain the squadron mission statement.

Patrol Squadron FORTY is home ported at the U.S. Naval Air Station, Whidbey Island, Washington. Operational deployments to bases throughout the Western Pacific are normally made for six months out of every eighteen months. The primary mission of the squadron is to conduct all-weather Anti-submarine Warfare (ASW) operations. This missions includes searching and detecting, localizing, tracking, and (if required) destroying hostile submarines, independently or in conjunction with other Naval Forces; conducting anti-submarine escort of convoys and fleet units; patrolling sea and coastal areas against hostile submarine penetration and submarine-launched missile attack. In accordance with the current Required Operational Capability (ROC) statement, other primary squadron mission areas include; Command, Control, and Communications (CCC); Electronic Warfare (EW); Offensive Aerial Mining (MIW); Intelligence (INT); and Mobility (MOB). Secondary missions of the squadron are to conduct Anti-Surface Ship Warfare (ASUW), reconnaissance operations, Fleet Support (FSO), and assist with search and rescue operations. The mission and tasks of Patrol Squadron FORTY are subject to modification and amplification by higher authority.

205.1.2 State the command’s operational chain of command.

  1. Commander in Chief

  2. Secretary of Defense
  3. Joint Chiefs of Staff
  4. Commander in Chief, Pacific
  5. Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet
  6. Commander, THIRD Fleet
  7. Commander Patrol Wings, U.S. Pacific Fleet
  8. Commander, Patrol Wing TEN (ONE)
  9. Commanding Officer, Patrol Squadron FORTY

205.1.3 Define the term ASU.

Anti-Surface Warfare; the destruction or neutralization of enemy surface combatants and merchant ships.

205.1.4 Discuss the role of the P-3 on an ASU mission.

Employ the P-3 to effectively conduct OTH-Targeting and a coordinated strike with dissimiliar OTH strike platforms. P-3 crews must be familiar with participating unit’s tactical capabilities, as well as the proper communication procedures (Link 11, OTCIXS, SURPIC) necessary to provide tactical data to SAC, ASUWC, and CWC.

205.1.5 Discuss the sensors employed by a P-3 on an ASU mission.

Radar, IFF, ESM, IRDS, SASP (acoustics for BDA/tracking), AVX, or visual.

205.1.6 Discuss the weapons employed by a P-3 on an ASU mission.

Harpoon, Bombs, and Maverick.

205.1.7 Define the term ASW.

Anti-Submarine Warfare; the destruction or neutralization of enemy submarines.

205.1.8 Discuss the role of the P-3 on an ASW mission.

Employ the P-3 to effectively conduct an all sensor search of an assigned area to detect, localize, track and attack a diesel/nuclear submarine.

205.1.9 Discuss the sensors employed by a P-3 on an ASW mission.

SASP (acoustics), ESM, IRDS, MAD, IFF, and radar.

205.1.10 Discuss the weapons employed by a P-3 on an ASW mission.

MK-46/MK-50 torpedoes.

205.1.11 Define the term CCC.

Command, Control, and Communications; it provides the means of exercise of the authority and direction of naval forces in the accomplishment of their mission and it coordinates its operations with the national CCC system. The CCC system ensures the coordination of all warfare efforts.

205.1.12 Discuss the role of the P-3 on a CCC mission.

Employ the P-3 to effectively conduct a search of an assigned area via non-acoustic sensors to detect, localize and track surface targets, and effectively employ the survivability system to deter fire control and/or tracking radars.

205.1.13 Discuss the sensors employed by a P-3 on a CCC mission.

Radar, ESM, IFF, and IRDS.

205.1.14 Define the term EW.

Electronic Warfare; it ensures the effective use of the electromagnetic spectrum by friendly forces while determining, reducing, or preventing its use by an enemy and also assists in the detection and targeting of hostile forces while making detection and targeting of friendly forces more difficult for the enemy.

205.1.15 Discuss the role of the P-3 on an EW mission.

Employ the P-3 to effectively conduct passive/active detection of surface targets, airborne targets, and land targets. The collection, analyzation, and dessimination of electronic capabilities of each target is desired.

205.1.16 Discuss the sensors employed by a P-3 on an EW mission.

Radar, IFF, ESM, and IRDS.

205.1.17 Define the term INTEL.

Intelligence; the assessment and management of information obtained via surveillance, reconnaissance, and other means.

205.1.18 Discuss the role of the P-3 on an INTEL mission.

Employed to collect, analyze, and record pertinant data for information about enemy forces. Whether it be their capabilites, movements, etc.

205.1.19 Discuss the sensors employed by a P-3 on an INTEL mission.

Electro-optics, radar, IFF, ESM, IRDS, and SASP (acoustics).

205.1.20 Define the term MIW.

Mine Warfare; the use of mines and mine countermeasures to control sea or harbor areas.

205.1.21 Discuss the role of the P-3 on an MIW mission.

Employ the P-3 to effectively conduct aerial mine laying.

205.1.22Discuss the sensors employed by a P-3 on an MIW mission.

Visual and radar.

205.1.23 Discuss the weapons employed by a P-3 on an MIW mission.

MK-62, 63, 64 (Quick-kill mines), MK-60 (captor)

205.1.24 Define the term MOB.

Mobility; it ensures the ability of U.S. forces to deploy at any time, anywhere.

205.1.25 Discuss the role of the P-3 on an MOB mission.

 Logistical support ensures the resupply of combat consumables to combatant forces during operations. The P-3 can be deployed at any moment, anywhere in the world.

205.1.26 Discuss the sensors employed by a P-3 on an MOB mission.

All systems being available make the P-3 a valuable asset to any deploying force.