Accused Spy was Part of Highly Secretive Squadron

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Accused spy Lt. Cmdr. Edward Lin, a Taiwanese native, was part of one the nation’s most elite reconnaissance squadrons. Special Projects Patrol Squadron 2 (VPU-2) based out of Kaneohe, Hawaii, is one of two special flight squadrons who fly the  P-3 Orion and P-8A Poseidon. Both the aircraft and the squadron are shrouded in secrecy, according to Military Times.

“VPU guys are generally the top 25 percent of the program. They are specially screened…In the P-3 community they are known as ‘Jerry’s Kids’ because they are special. Basically what that means is that whatever the special projects guys need, they get.” Unnamed Aviation Officer

VPU squadrons are so secretive that they have access to money that doesn’t go through normal requisition channels.

Military Times reported,

The squadrons have been known to fly planes with high-tech electronic surveillance gear designed to look like standard maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare aircraft, according to a website dedicated to P-3 Orions and their missions.

That P-3 website reports,

“For well over a decade, the U.S. Navy has been operating two small squadrons of what appear to be innocuous P-3 patrol aircraft but in fact are state-of-the-art sentinels packed with a multitude of classified sensors.”

Lt. Cmdr Edward Lin was charge don Friday with espionage

Classified recon

All of that to say that Lt. Cmdr Lin had access to high level government secrets of reconnaissance and intelligence gathering capabilities. The programs are highly classified.

The Lt. Commander was born in Taiwan and came to the US when he was 14. He enlisted in the Navy in 1999, and became a naturalized citizen in 2008. He became part of the special projects squadron in 2014.

Lin is accused of spying for Taiwan or China,  or both. His Article 32 hearing was Friday, as we previously reported.

“I always dreamt about coming to America, the ‘promised land.’ I grew up believing that all the roads in America lead to Disneyland.” Edward Lin

It appears that his “Disneyland” dream has now become something else entirely.

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