By Lt. j.g. Patrick Kaczka, VP-40 Public Affairs Officer U.S. Navy
The “Fighting Marlins” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 40 participated in the annual NATO exercise TIGER MEET operating out of Naval Station Rota, Spain. The exercise consisted of eight NATO countries and over 50 aircraft conducting coordinated maritime strike and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) operations. VP-40 conducted six dynamic missions enabling NATO forces to find, fix, and finish multi-domain targets of interest.
The NATO Tiger Meet exercise is a tactical-level live-fly event that has existed since 1961. Its role is to maximize lethality and integration among NATO participants. The host unit for the 2021 exercise was Squadron 301 “Jaguares” of the Portuguese Air Force. Fighting Marlins aircrews had the opportunity to hone their ASW skills against a Portuguese Tridente (Type 209PN) attack submarine while providing direct support to the Portuguese Frigate, NRP Alvares Cabral.
“Participation in NATO Tiger Meet 2021 was an honor,” Cmdr. Matthew Letcher, commanding Officer VP-40. “As NATO allies we share a common commitment to peace and stability in Europe and the Middle East. Multi-national training enhances interoperability, allowing us to maintain the vigilance necessary to promote a secure and prosperous region.”
VP-40 is currently assigned to commander, Task Force (CTF) 67 and is forward-deployed to the U.S. Sixth Fleet area of responsibility. CTF 67 is composed of land-based maritime patrol aircraft that operate over the waters of the Mediterranean in anti-submarine reconnaissance, surveillance, and mining roles.
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