First Norwegian Crew Completes P-3C Orion to P-8A Poseidon Transition Training

September 12, 2019 – Aircrew from the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) graduated from Patrol Squadron (VP) Thirty’s Category 2 school Sept. 11, becoming the first crew to transition from the P-3C Orion to the P-8A Poseidon. VP-30’s Foreign Military Sales Division facilitated the course with RNoAF’s No. 333 Squadron, which started in early March. “There is a need for close alliances and an importance for great power rivalry,” Col. Haavard Klevberg, Norway’s air and defense cooperation attache, said at the training graduation. “By continuing close operations with the U.S.…

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Navy Helicopter Squadrons in Florida Set to HURREVAC

August 31, 2019 – Commander, Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing Atlantic (CHSMWL) has ordered aircraft at Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville and Naval Station (NS) Mayport to set Sortie Condition Alpha and evacuate on Sept. 1 as Hurricane Dorian heads toward Florida’s Atlantic Coast. A total of seven squadrons assigned to Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic will begin hurricane evacuation (HURREVAC) to locations throughout Navy Regions Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Additionally, squadrons will move aircraft unable to evacuate inside hangars for the duration of the storm. Sortie Condition Alpha indicates destructive weather…

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Boeing Statement on Miami Air International Runway Excursion

May 4, 2019 — A 737-800 charter flight operated by Miami Air International skidded off a runway at Naval Air Station Jacksonville and went into the St. Johns River Friday evening. Boeing extends its well wishes to all those involved as 136 passengers and seven crew were reported on board. Boeing is providing technical assistance at the request and under the direction of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) as the agency conducts its investigation. In accordance with the protocol governing aviation accident investigations, all inquiries about the investigation…

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VP-16 Completes Deployment to US 6th Fleet

The “War Eagles” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 16 began their transition back to Naval Air Station Jacksonville in early October after a successful seven-month deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations, attached to Commander, Task Force 67. While the squadron primarily operated out of Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily, Italy, VP-16 also supported 43 detachments across 15 countries including Denmark, France, Greece, Germany, Iceland, Lithuania, Norway, Scotland, Spain, and Ukraine. VP-16 worked to improve interoperability with NATO allies and deter aggression across the AOO, as well as…

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Aussie Romeo flies through 10,000

Navy’s MH-60R Seahawk Romeo helicopters have passed the fleet milestone of 10,000 flying hours since the maturing capability began in December 2013 with 725 Squadron operating from Naval Air Station Jacksonville in the USA. Commodore Fleet Air Arm, Commodore Chris Smallhorn said the achievement was significant. “The fact that our Navy has achieved it in less than four years since commencing flying the type, while continuously accepting new aircraft, standing up new flights and progressing through the various transitions is a testament to the talent and professionalism of all involved…

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Navy Deploys P-8A Poseidon Aircraft to Search for Missing South Korean Sailors

April 7, 2017 – The U.S. Navy deployed a Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime aircraft to Galeo Air Force Base in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Apr. 6 to search for members assigned to a missing Republic of Korea vessel. The Republic of Korea ship, Stella Daisy, departed Brazil March 26, and is believed to have sunk in the South Atlantic with 22 crew members unaccounted for. An aircraft and crew from Patrol Squadron Eight (VP-8) deployed from Naval Air Station Jacksonville to conduct international search and rescue operations at the request…

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