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PATRON FORTY-FOUR
THE CHRONOLOGY, LINEAGE AND EVOLUTION 

The first VP-44 evolved from VP-20, which was commissioned prior to 1939.

Redesignated Patrol Squadron FORTY FOUR (VP-44) 1 July 1939.
Redesignated VP 61 in November 1940; subsequently redesignated VP-82, VB 125, and finally VPB-125.
Decommissioned on 8 June 1945.

The second VP-44 of record, Patrol Bombing Squadron 44 was commissioned 3 June 1941 (originally designated VP-44, but changed to VPB 44 in October1943) - "temporarily decommissioned" 8 May 1945.

Established as Patrol Squadron TWO HUNDRED FOUR  (VP-204) on 15 October 1942.
Redesignated Patrol Bombing Squadron TWO HUNDRED FOUR (VPB 204) on 1 October 1944.
Redesignated Patrol Squadron TWO HUNDRED FOUR (VP 204) on 15 May 1946.
Redesignated Medium Patrol Squadron (Seaplane) FOUR (VP-MS-4) on 15 November 1946.

The third VP-44 of record

Redesignated Patrol Squadron FORTY FOUR (VP-44) on 1 September 1948.
Disestablished on 20 January 1950.

The forth VP-44 of record

Commissioned Patrol Squadron FORTY-FOUR (VP-44) on 31 January 1951.
Decommissioned 28 June 1991. 

HOME PORT ASSIGNMENTS 

BASE Date of Assignment
NAS San Diego  3 June 1941
NAS Norfolk   15 October 1942
NS San Juan, PR   27 December 1942
NAS Seattle, WA.    1 July 1939
Key West, Fl.   27 November 1944
NAS Coco Solo, CZ   24 May 1945
NAS Norfolk, Va. 29 January 1951
NAS Patuxent River, Md.  1 April 1962
NAS Brunswick, Me. 10 July 1970
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