VP-67 was a Patrol Squadron of the U.S. Navy Reserve. The squadron was established on 1 November 1970 at NAS Memphis, Tennessee, where it was based for its entire life. It was disestablished on 30 September 1994, after 24 years of service. The squadron's nickname was the Golden Hawks, also unofficially called the Thunder Chickens. Elements of the squadron made 23 major overseas deployments.
- 1 Nov 1970: VP-67 was established at NAS Memphis, Tennessee, as a land-based patrol squadron flying the SP-2H Neptune. The squadron was formed in 1970 from the assets of VP-17M1, VP-60M2, and VP- 68M3, which had been based at NAS Olathe, Kansas, and NAS Memphis. The new squadron came under the operational and administrative control of the Commander, Naval Air Reserve Forces, Pacific and Commander, Fleet Air Reserve Wings, Pacific. VP-66 was established as a result of a major reorganization of Naval Air Reserves that took place in 1970. Under the Reserve Force Squadron concept 12 land-based Naval Reserve patrol squadrons were formed and structured along the lines of regular Navy squadrons with nearly identical organization and manning levels. The reorganization plan was known as the 12/2/1 concept. There were 12 VP squadrons assigned to two major commands, COMFAIRESWINGLANT and COMFAIRESWINGPAC. These two major commands came under the control of one central authority, Commander Naval Air Reserve.
- Jul 1974: The Golden Hawks deployed to Naval Air Reserve Unit (NARU) Point Mugu, California, for two weeks of intensive ground and air training in SP-2H operation and maintenance.
- 1976: Active duty training was performed by the squadron at NARU Memphis, Tenn., with detachments at NAS Bermuda and NAS Key West, Florida.
- Jul 1977: The squadron’s faithful SP-2H aircraft were turned in for new P-3A Orion replacements. While transition training on the P-3A was taking place, VP-67 was tasked with providing transition training to Argentine navy pilots whose squadrons were receiving the SP-2H. Transition training for all of the squadron’s aircrews was completed by July 1979.
- 22 Jan 1990: The squadron’s official complement of aircraft was changed from nine P-3B MOD aircraft to eight aircraft.
- 1992: VP-67 conducted split deployments during 1992, with a three crew detachment to NAS Adak, Alaska, 26 February to 26 March; a two crew detachment to Goose Bay, Newfoundland, 13 to 21 August; and a three crew detachment to NAS Adak, Alaska, 24 April to 26 May. Despite the difficulties in conducting deployments at such a variety of sites, the squadron never missed a sortie due to maintenance or bad weather.
The squadron first received the following aircraft on the dates shown:
This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Aviation Squadrons.