"Orion's Game" An Original Oil Painting by Peter Wenman

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This is the official website of the PATRON FOUR FIVE Association, an incorporated organization whose membership is open to all former members of Navy squadrons VP-45, VP-205, VP-MS-5, VP-45(PBY), current Patrol Squadron Forty-Five active-duty members and others with various connections to the squadron. While this website is NOT officially associated with the active duty squadron, VP-45, it is for the general benefit of current and future association members and any others who might be interested in the "World Famous Pelicans" of Patrol Squadron FORTY-FIVE.

Our Mission:

To provide a wealth of information about arguably the most outstanding U.S. Navy Patrol Squadron in history and to allow an avenue for former shipmates to reconnect and re-establish friendships. Additionally, the Association will publish a biannual newsletter, preserve a written squadron history, provide association members (who have as a common bond active duty or interest in VP-45) a means to promote camaraderie by holding biennial reunions for members and will, lastly, perform other functions as defined by the Association's elected officers. All site visitors are cordially invited to peruse the various sections of this website using the panel of blue and red navigation links on the left side of this page.


Open to anyone who has served in the above mentioned squadrons or is currently serving in Patrol Squadron FORTY-FIVE. (Associate memberships are available for other interested parties). Dues for membership are $10 for 1 year, $40 for 5 years, or $200 for life - payable by 31 December on year dues expire. 


rreunion 2014 2016 Reunion


At the last reunion's business meeting, attendees nominated the following locations for the upcoming reunion: San Diego, San Antonio, Charleston, Branson, Nashville, Washington DC, and Norfolk. Votes were tallied and Charleston was a landslide winner. Detailed results were announced in the September 2015 Newsletter.

LOOK: For detailed information about the fast approaching reunion, associated activities and registration, click here: Info and Registration

Please Note: Our headquarters will be at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Charleston. Register for the reunion and make your hotel reservations NOW!!! Don't wait...you will forget!!

The dates for the reunion are October 19 - 23, 2016. Click on the "Info and Registration" link just above or, if you are already a member, see the March 2016 Newsletter.


The newsletter linked below is the previous (September 2015) edition of the "Pelican Post," in the all new digital format. If you are a current member, you should have already received the March 2016 Newsletter either as a PDF file attached to an email or (if you do not have an email address) as a printed black & white copy via regular mail. To view and/or download the previous edition online, click on the word "Newsletter" in red print just below. Only current members have access the most recent newsletter.



The Patrol Squadron FORTY-FIVE change of command ceremony, at which the Skipper, CDR John W. Weidner, was reileved by the XO, CDR Jason J. Williamson, was held April 21st at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Skipper Williamson's biography will be in the next Pelican Post Newsletter. CONGRATULATIONS CDR Williamson!!



To send questions, comments or suggestions regarding this website click here: vp45association.org
Last  updated: 7/25/2016

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