Devron Six License Plates
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According to the
World Factbook, the Antarctic Treaty signed December 1, 1959, prohibits any measures
of a military nature, such as the establishment of military bases and fortifications, the
carrying out of military maneuvers, or the testing of any type of weapon. It permits the
use of military military personnel or equipment for scientific research or for any
other peaceful purposes.
The Center for Astrophysical Research in Antarctica states, that from 1955 until 1999, the Navy (Antarctic Development Squadron Six (VXE-6)) flew various aircraft in support of the U.S. Antarctic Program (when the plates pictured here were used - author).
In 1998 at the Navy's request, the Air Force/Air National Guard took over command of the Department of Defense's support to the USAP (Operation Deep Freeze) from the Navy. VXE-6 continued to augment the Air National Guard with LC-130 flights until it was disestablished in March 1999. The New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing, which had augmented VXE-6 since 1988, became the sole USAP provider of LC-130 aircraft support, beginning with the 1999/2000 field season.