Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Sailors mark end of era with last P-3 engine test run

September 13, 2018 – Though it may lack the pizzazz of the GTO’s 389 from The Beach Boys’ famous song, the T-56 turbo-prop engine that powered the venerable P-3 Orion for decades was a stalwart of the U.S. Navy for more than half a century. As the P-3 gives way to the new P-8A Poseidon, Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Detachment Jacksonville marked a milestone Sept. 11 as the unit tested its last T-56 engine. “With a four-engine plane, you can imagine how many engines we were running in its heyday,”…

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VP-9 Transitions from Orion to Poseidon

With a new year comes unique challenges and pioneering opportunities. For the Golden Eagles of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9, 2018 brings a new aircraft, a new home, and a new beginning. After 54 years of relentless dedication and service in the P-3 Orion, VP-9 started their new year with the transition to the P-8 Poseidon. The P-8 Poseidon will be the fourth distinguished aircraft flown by VP-9 since its commissioning in 1951. Preceding aircraft included the P4Y-2 Privateer, P2V Neptune, and all variants of the P-3 Orion (A/B/C/UII/UIII/ and AIP).…

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