Jeanette Townsend, left, pins the command at sea pin on her husband, Jon Townsend, after he assumed command of Patrol Squadron Six Two on Feb. 23 in Jacksonville, Fla.
“We’re certainly very proud of all his accomplishments in the Navy,” Jon’s mother, Beth Townsend, a Cazenovia resident, told the Cazenovia Republican. “He taught at the Navy prep school in Rhode Island, was deployed to Italy, Puerto Rico and Miami, [but] he grew up here.”
In his final address as commanding officer, Dearie said, “Just a short 14 months ago I was sitting in the chair where the XO [Townsend] currently sits and thinking I had hit the lottery. I was not only get to do what I love to do, fly airplanes, track submarines, shoot missiles; but I was going to be the one who got to make all the decisions. Going to sleep that night I felt like a kid who got the keys to his dad’s Ferrari.”
Dearie spoke of the changes he had seen during the 11 years since he joined the squadron in 2002. As they prepare for an overseas deployment this summer, he said, “My greatest regret is that I will not be there with them.” He concluded, “XO you have the car keys now. Enjoy the ride, it’s fast, it’s exciting and you will enjoy every minute of it.”
During Dearie's tenure, VP-62 completed 40 missions and provided 232 hours of operational support for Joint Task Force USS Carl Vinson, Joint Task Force USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, Operations Caribshield, Pomeval and RIMPAC 2012.The Squadron demonstrated excellent weapons employment capability, highlighted by the successful deployment of an AGM-65 Maverick missile on target during RIMPAC 2012 exercises.
VP-62 continuously provided 77 current and qualified aircrewmen and a minimum of three Combat Aircrews trained and ready to conduct Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) in support of major combat operations and overseas contingency operations.