VMFP-3

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Marine Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron 3
Marine Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron 3 insignia 1979.png
VMFP-3 insignia
Active1 July 1975 - 30 September 1990
CountryUnited States
AllegianceUnited States of America
BranchUnited States Marine Corps
Rolereconnaissance
Part ofinactive
Nickname(s)Eyes of the Corps
tail codeRF

Marine Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron 3 (VMFP-3) was an aviation unit of the United States Marine Corps active between 1975 and 1990.

Mission[edit]

Conduct aerial, multisensor imagery reconnaissance to include aerial photographic, infrared, and side looking airborne radar reconnaissance in support of Fleet Marine Force operations.

History[edit]

VMFP-3 was activated on 1 July 1975 as part of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, California (USA). The squadron was deactivated on 1 July 1990 ( See AlMar 24-1990).

Photo and electronic reconnaissance had previously been conducted by three Marine Composite Reconnaissance Squadrons (VMCJ-1, 2, 3) located at MCAS Iwakuni (Japan), MCAS Cherry Point, and MCAS El Toro, respectively. These squadrons, (each flying RF-4Bs and EA-6As) were consolidated into two squadrons- VMAQ-2 at MCAS Cherry Point operating all the EA-6s, and VMFP-3 operating all the RF-4Bs. Each squadron would deploy detachments to Iwakuni to fly missions previously flown by VMCJ-1.

Overseas detachments, in addition to supporting FMF operations, continued the 7th fleet support started by VMCJ-1 in 1974. RF-4Bs of VMFP-3 were permanently deployed aboard the aircraft carrier USS Midway (CV-41) from 1975 to 1984. A six-plane detachment operated as part of Carrier Air Wing Five, although retaining their own tail code "RF".

Two RF-4B Phantoms in flight

In 1990 Marine tactical reconnaissance was taken over by the Advanced Tactical Airborne Reconnaissance System carried by McDonnell Douglas F/A-18D Hornet aircraft of Marine fighter attack squadrons (VMFA). Consequently, all RF-4Bs were retired and VMFP-3 was disbanded.

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References[edit]

Notes
Bibliography
Web

This is a dead link These 2 sites are much better overall links for Data on VMFP -3 and its various deployments:

http://cv41.org/vmfp3hist.html

http://www.gonavy.jp/usmc07.html

External links[edit]

These are both dead links.