RAAF P-8A Takes Part in Exercise Albatross Ausindo 21

In the spirit of strengthening partnerships, the RAAF last month participated with elements from the Indonesian Air Force in the annual bilateral maritime patrol training, Exercise Albatross Ausindo 21. The exercise wrapped up on September 22. A RAAF P-8A Poseidon aircraft and crew from No. 11 Squadron based at RAAF Base Edinburgh, near Adelaide, took part in the exercise held…

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WA Secures $20 Million Torpedo Support Contract

The maintenance of the Royal Australian Navy’s advanced lightweight anti-submarine torpedo will continue in WA after the Morrison Government awarded the $20 million contract to Thales Australia. Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said the contract to sustain the MU90 Light Weight Torpedo reflected the Government’s continued support for Australia’s defense industry. “This is yet another demonstration of the Morrison…

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Australian Poseidon Fleet Modifications Complete

A significant capability milestone has been achieved for Air Force’s P-8A Poseidon platform. Operated by units under the command of No. 92 Wing, the P-8A Poseidon fleet underwent extensive modifications over a period of 12 months to support future upgrades to the capability. The completion of the modification program was marked with the finalisation of works on P-8A Poseidon aircraft…

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Exercise in Cooperation for Air and Sea Power

March 16, 2021 – Air and maritime assets came together for integrated high-end warfighting training as part of Exercise Tasman Shield 21, from February 22 to March 12. HMAS Hobart worked closely with Air Force aircraft, as an integrated joint force, to enhance maritime air defense procedures and demonstrate interoperability through simulated air-maritime missions off the east coast of Australia.…

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Guam Hosts Partner Nations in Exercise Sea Dragon 2021

January 12, 2021 – Two P-8 Poseidon aircraft from Patrol Squadron (VP) 5, the “Mad Foxes,” joined several partner nations to kick off multinational anti-submarine warfare exercise Sea Dragon 2021, Jan. 12. The maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft (MPRA) with VP-5, traveled to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam to hone their skills with members of the Royal Australian Air…

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Australia Orders Another Pair of P-8A Poseidons

December 30, 2020 – Air Force’s maritime patrol capability will be boosted with Australia set to acquire two more P-8A Poseidon surveillance and response aircraft, bringing the total fleet size to 14. The Government has also approved sustainment funding for the current approved fleet of three MQ-4C Triton aircraft. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the…

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First Air-to-Air Refueling for Australian P-8As

October 20, 2020 – The RAAF P-8A Poseidon fleet has taken a step towards full operational capability with one of the surveillance aircraft completing the first air-to-air refueling with a KC-30A multi-role tanker transport. The two aircraft undertook seven refueling flights from September 22 to October 1, with the KC-30A leaving its home base of RAAF Amberley and meeting up…

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Boeing Delivers 100th P-8A Poseidon Built for the U.S. Navy

May 14, 2020 — The U.S. Navy received its 100th P-8A aircraft from Boeing today as the global fleet, which also includes the Indian navy and the Australian and U.K. air forces, approaches 300,000 flight hours of hunting submarines and providing aerial reconnaissance capabilities around the world. “We’re honored by the Navy’s faith and confidence in our employees and the…

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