P-8A Poseidon to Support Chilean-Led Search for C-130

December 11, 2019 – U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) directed U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command to deploy a P-8A Poseidon multi-mission maritime aircraft to Punta Arenas, Chile Dec. 10 to support the South American nation’s ongoing search for a Chilean Air Force C-130 Hercules that went missing in the Drake Passage while transporting 38 passengers and crew to the Antarctic. In…

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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…

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7th Fleet P-8A Poseidon Finds Missing Vessel in South Pacific

September 14, 2019 – A US Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft from Patrol Squadron (VP) 5, the “Mad Foxes” located a vessel Sep. 14 that had been missing nearly a week. U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam received a report of an overdue vessel Sep. 10 after a vessel carrying four adults and three children went missing from Lukunor Atoll Sep. 8.…

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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…

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New Zealand Updates P-8A Plans

June 12, 2019 – Defence Minister Ron Mark has detailed further progress on refreshing the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s aircraft fleets at Whenuapai Air Base today. This follows yesterday’s release of the Coalition Government’s Defence Capability Plan 2019, and the announcement of the C-130J-30 Super Hercules as the preferred option to replace the aging Hercules fleet. “Last year the…

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Russian SU-35 Intercept of a P-8A Over the Mediterranean Sea

June 4, 2019 – On June 4, 2019, a U.S. P-8A Poseidon aircraft flying in international airspace over the Mediterranean Sea was intercepted by a Russian SU-35 three times over the course of 175 minutes. The first and third interaction were deemed safe. The second interaction was determined to be unsafe due to the SU-35 conducting a high speed pass…

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VP-47 Keeps Watch during FFA’s Operation Rai Balang in Pacific Islands

March 27, 2019 – The “Golden Swordsmen” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 47 flew multiple missions during Operation Rai Balang, a Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA)-led multi-lateral Monitoring Control & Surveillance operation with eight FFA members; Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Palau, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, Mar. 21-28. VP-47 surveillance missions during…

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VP-47 to participate in Avalon 2019 airshow, exhibition

February 25, 2019 – The “Golden Swordsmen” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 47 and the unit’s P-8 Poseidon will participate in the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition 2019 at Avalon Airport in Geelong, Victoria, Australia, beginning Feb. 26. The Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition is one of Australia’s premiere biennial aerospace exhibition, trade and airshows.…

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U.S. Navy Aircraft Join Aero India 2019

February 19, 2019 – U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornets and P-8A Poseidon aircraft joined Aero India 2019 at Yelahanka Air Force Station in Bengaluru, India, Feb. 20. Held biennially since 1996, Aero India is India’s premier aerospace exhibition, trade and airshow. “Aero India offers an excellent opportunity to showcase the P-8A Poseidon to our regional partners throughout the Indo-Pacific,” said…

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Defence Secretary Announces First P-8A Deployment

February 18, 2019 – Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced that the UK’s new fleet of submarine hunting aircraft will take to the skies over the Arctic next year. While visiting Royal Marines and Royal Navy personnel on winter training in Norway, the Defence Secretary announced that as part of their first deployment next year the RAF P8 Maritime Patrol…

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UK Defense Minister Stuart Andrew Makes P-8A Announcement

January 31, 2019 – Defence Minister Stuart Andrew has announced the first fuel tanks supporting the UK’s new fleet of submarine hunting aircraft have rolled off the line in Cambridge. The major milestone comes after the first cohort of RAF aircrew commenced their training for the program earlier this month, marking the start of a vital enhancement of the UK’s…

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Raytheon Wins Contract for P-8A APY-10 Radar Repair

February 1, 2019 – Raytheon Company was awarded the following contract as announced by the Department of Defense on January 9, 2019: Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, was awarded $7,124,695 for firm-fixed-price delivery order N00383-19-F-G000 under previously awarded basic ordering agreement N00383-14-G-005D for the repair of the APY-10 radar system used in support of the P-8A aircraft. Naval Supply Systems Command…

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