Searching for submarines aboard Navy air station

  • Petty Officer Mike Loan Courtesy of U.S. Navy

Monitor staff
Sunday, May 15, 2016

Petty Officer 3rd Class Mike Loan, a naval air crewman from Barnstead, is serving with Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11 in the U.S. Navy.

The Prospect Mountain graduate is aboard the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Fla., which is the largest base in the Southeast Region and third largest in the nation.

As a naval air crewman, he is responsible for tracking submarines.

“I operate the radar, cameras, and other systems to identify submarines and surface ships,” Loan said in a statement. “Flying has to be the best part of my job, especially flying at low altitudes over water.”

Wing 11 was commissioned in 1942 and has been used to fly combat missions in support of ground troops and deliver information. Throughout the decades, Wing 11 has continued to fly combat missions in direct support of the troops on the ground and delivered traditional maritime capabilities, real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

“The U.S. Navy sometimes asks the impossible of our people. It is sailors that make the impossible possible,” said Capt. Anthony Corapi, commodore of Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11, in a statement. “Petty Officer Loan is one example of a selfless servant of our nation. These heroes ask for very little recognition and perform their daily job with pride and professionalism defending freedom and our way of life around the world. Each member of the Navy’s combat team is crucial to our success. I am very proud to have Petty Officer Loan on our team.”

Loan is part of a crew that is transitioning to the P-8A Poseidon, a modified Boeing aircraft designed for anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, and he is preparing for deployment in the future.