VP-6 mascot restored by LT Dold
by LT Frederick W. “Buzz” Steiner
A hallowed piece of squadron history was recently re-bestowed upon the Blue Sharks in the form of a newly refurbished squadron mascot: The VP-6 Blue Shark. A reiteration of recent events is in order.
When VP-6 pulled chocks for NAS Cubi Point last May, the squadron
mascot (a 4 1/2 foot wall-mounted shark statue) was absconded by some persons of unknown character, who vandalized the shark such that it was considered a total loss by most. Enter Blue Shark, LT Mark Dold.
When VP-6 returned from deployment, LT Dold, along with the rest of the squadron, looked at the shark with frustration (as well as some rather fixed views of the perpetrators). While the rest of the squadron wrote off the shark, however, LT Dold had a plan. Unbeknownst to anyone in the command, LT Dold set about a complete restoration of the VP-6 mascot. Already renowned as a skilled handyman, LT Dold outdid himself, and his efforts brought about an incredible transformation in the statue's
appearance. When unveiled to a massively surprised wardroom at VP-6's annual International Night, it was apparent for all to see: The VP-6 Blue Shark is back and it's looking better than ever!
"The SHARK is now installed on the duty office wall" LT Dold stated, "and I made sure it's going to stay there; it's going to take someone with more than one nostril to rip it of again, unlike last year." Squadron morale, never low, was made even higher by the restoration and while all who see the mascot are impressed with Dold's handiwork, they're even more impressed with its renewed ferocity.