Squadron first commissioned - 3 January 1944
Ultimately disestablished - 31 March 1995
Final cruise book - Dodge, 1994
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1994 deployment photos
CAC-5 in Diego Garcia 1994.
Taken on the HMS Unicorn in Diego Garcia after completion of an exercise with her.
(L - R) Lt Clark (PPC), Lt Collins (TACCO), Lt Ormrod (2P), Lt Roulston (Nav), AO2 Cotter (Ord), AW2 Rosado (SS-3), AW1 Baustian (SS-2), AT3 Gartman (IFT), and AW1 Gonsalvez (SS-1)
CAC-5 in Diego Garcia 1994
(L - R) Back Row: AO2 Cotter (Ord), Lt Ormrod (2P), AT3 Gartman (IFT), Lt Clark (PPC), Lt Roulston (Nav), AW1 Gonsalvez (SS-1), AD2 Richards (FE)
Front Row: Lt Collins (TACCO), AW1 Baustian (SS-2), AW2 Rosado (SS-3)
Above photos of 1994 cruise book cover and CAC-5 courtesy of
21801 N. Shangri-La Dr. Suite F
Lexington Park, Md. 20653
Note: AW-1 Rosado was a SS-3 in VP-17 at the time of its disestablishment.
And here's the next to last cruise book
Misawa - 1992
Looking through this cruise book, produced some 20 years after our time in the squadron and two years before its decommissioning on 31 March 1995, is in many ways like going back in time. The obvious main difference is the number of women aboard in the 1990s. Perhaps it became a kinder, gentler outfit. Here are just a few representative photos. More to be added as time permits. Also, this cruise book will be available for viewing at the 2007 reunion.
CPA Mt. Fuji
Some corrosion control folks
Crew 3, The Flying Elvises
CAC 6 ("C.V. Air")
Is that a flashlight, or are you just happy to see me?
Couple or tight crew?
Homecoming from Misawa, Japan '93
And now available in Kindle format...