In order to align NAS Pensacola with security directives issued by the Secretary of the Navy, the air station commanding officer has directed that beginning February 1, 2016, all visitors to the National Naval Aviation Museum, Fort Barrancas and Pensacola Lighthouse who do not possess a Department of Defense identification card or are unescorted by the holder of a Department of Defense identification card, will be required to enter the installation via the West Gate located off Blue Angel Parkway. Click here for directions.

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P-3A Orion

Designed to replace the P-2 Neptune, Lockheed's P-3 Orion is a high-performance anti-submarine warfare (ASW) patrol aircraft with extensive detection gear and equipped to carry torpedoes, depth bombs, mines or nuclear weapons. Fifty years after its introduction, the P-3 continues to serve with the U.S. Navy and numerous foreign armed forces. The Museum's aircraft served initially with Patrol Squadron (VP) 46, flying coastal surveillance of Vietnam as part of Operation Market Time.

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