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P-3C Orion loaded with Harpoon anti-ship missles

P-3C Orion loaded with Harpoon anti-ship missles

VP-40's P-3C Orions sit on the "hot side" in Misawa, Japan. When President Ronald Reagan took office in 1981, North Korea was showing it's aggressive hand toward South Korea. President Reagan got tired of their antics and ordered our squadron to go two DEFCONs higher and load the P-3C's with Harpoons and torpedos. It was an incredible sight and meant to send a message. Fully armed P-3s flyng along North Korea's coast had a chilling effect, resulting in North Korea sending all their ships back to port and all their aircraft stayed parked on the ramp. I really liked President Reagan's style!