NOVEMBER 2, 2016, CONINGSBY, England (NNS) – A P-8A Poseidon from Patrol Squadron (VP) 45, participated in the Royal air force (RAF) Air Power Visit 2016, Oct. 24-26 in Coningsby, England.
The squadron’s participation in the event offered RAF leadership, who are currently replacing their existing Nimrod maritime reconnaissance aircraft with the P-8A Poseidon, a chance to have firsthand experience with the updated aircraft.
“Static displays that provide opportunities for our allies to learn about our capabilities are rare and invaluable. We don’t often get to both talk face-to-face while also being able to touch and see the aircraft.” – Cmdr. Ryan Lilley, Patrol Squadron 45 Executive Officer
This was the first time the new multi-mission surveillance aircraft has been a part of the event.
The P-8A Poseidon, the U.S. Navy’s replacement for the P-3C Orion aircraft, is capable of broad-area maritime and littoral operations. The P-8A Poseidon is a long-range, anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft capable of broad-area, maritime, and littoral operations.
The aircraft is one of seven that will be operating throughout the U.S. 6th Fleet theater, and represents U.S. 6th Fleet’s continued commitment to partners and allies in the region.
U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.