Seafarers hailed as “Mad Foxes” by families return to NAS Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Six months after the start of a foreign assignment, the “Mad Foxes” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 5 returned to Naval Air Station Jacksonville on Tuesday. There the seafarers were reunited with their families, who welcomed them with open arms.

During its deployment, VP-5 conducted patrol and reconnaissance operations with the Poseidon P-8A aircraft, missions and training exercises throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. The Mad Foxes were also involved in several search and rescue missions, including the recovery of a fishing vessel three days after it was reported missing.

In particular, the “Mad Foxes” were awarded the Captain Arnold Jay Isbell Trophy, which honors outstanding achievements in the anti-submarine mission. Other awards included Combat Aircrew 3 (CAC 3), which was recognized as the crew of the CTF-72 in Q1 2021 for its role in the squadron’s search and rescue missions.

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