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Patrol and Reconnaissance Squadron (VP) 8
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Congratulations on your orders to Patrol Squadron (VP) 8!
The Fighting Tigers of VP-8 are currently stationed in Jacksonville, Florida. Upon your arrival to VP-8, report in appropriate dress uniform for the season, dress blues or dress whites, and a regulation haircut to:

Hangar 511
VP-8 Duty Office
(904) 542-5745 

Officers e-mail:
Enlisted e-mail:

Note: Bring all records, orders, endorsements, travel-related receipts, new address, etc. After hours, please make sure you leave a good contact number (i.e., cell phone/relative/friend), in case we need to reach you prior to the next workday

Be the world’s preeminent Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) squadron.
1. Provide combat ready aircraft and aircrew on-station, on time, to carry out the tasking of our commanders.
2. Every Fighting Tiger is a leader – all are responsible for mentoring, developing, and training our Sailors.  

Guiding Principles

Integrity First – Honesty is a Precondition for Success 

  • Character, Moral Courage – Do the right thing when nobody is looking and have the courage to act in the face of adversity. 
  • Trust and Accountability – We must be able to trust our shipmates to know and do their job.  When we make mistakes, we admit and learn from them while seeking and speaking the truth. 

Leadership – Lead by Example 

  • Presence – Lead from the front and be a leader of consequence – put others’ interests before your own; define the day and don’t let it define you! 
  • Communicate – Communicate leadership plans and expectations down the chain and communicate problems and innovative solutions up the chain. 
  • Personal Responsibility – We are Fighting Tigers 24/7 – we must all make good choices, act responsibly, and take care of each other. 

Profession of Arms – Unrelenting Pursuit of Excellence 

  • People – Invest in the personal and professional success of every Fighting Tiger. Strive for work/life balance and sustain spiritual, mental, and physical resiliency.  
  • We are a Family – We value the opinions and contributions of all our shipmates up and down the flight line and are only as strong as those beside us. 
  • Be Brilliant at the Basics – Demand a high standard and be good at the small things; safe and professional execution are expected at all times. 
  • Aircraft – Execute by-the-book maintenance and inflight procedures.

T. J. Doran 
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