Australia Deploys P-8A to IMSC in the Middle East

October 18, 2019 – A Royal Australian Air Force P-8A Poseidon aircraft has arrived in the Middle East in support of the International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC).

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the P-8A’s advanced surveillance capabilities will provide a modest but meaningful contribution.

“The P-8A will work alongside our coalition partners to ensure the safe passage of merchant vessels through the region, boost security and provide an advanced maritime patrol and surveillance capability,” Minister Reynolds said.

“This is the first time the P-8A aircraft has operated in the Middle East and its deployment will support freedom of navigation in the region, which is a fundamental right of all states under international law.

The P-8A Poseidon aircraft will provide an advanced maritime patrol and surveillance capability, to support the safe transit of naval and merchant vessels.

The maritime surveillance aircraft will be deployed for one month until the end of November 2019.

A small number of Australian Defence Force personnel are also serving in the IMSC’S Middle East headquarters.

An Anzac class frigate will deploy to the Middle East in January 2020 for approximately six months.