US Navy Poseidon fleet now up to 15

The 15th P-8A Poseidon, seen here at (Image © Boeing)
The 15th P-8A Poseidon, seen here at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. (Image © Boeing)

The US Navy’s Boeing P-8A Poseidon is now 15 aircraft strong, following the delivery by Boeing of the newest P-8A at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida, where it will help expand the U.S. Navy’s long-range maritime patrol capabilities. The aircraft has joined joined the other Poseidon aircraft being used to train Navy crews in preparation for deployment.

The delivery follows Patrol Squadron (VP) 16’s recent return home from the P-8A’s first operational deployment. The ‘War Eagles’ of VP-16 were deployed for seven months, operating out of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. They were recently replaced by the ‘Mad Foxes’ of Patrol Squadron (VP) 5.

Boeing is currently on contract to build and support 53 P-8A aircraft. The Navy plans to purchase 117 P-8As, which are based on the Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 platform. The versatile multi-mission aircraft provides anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities and will replace the Navy P-3 fleet.

The new kid on the block: the Boeing P-8 Poseidon of the US Navy at Fairford 2014 (Image © Elmer van Hest)
The Poseidon also starred at last month’s Air Tattoo at Fairford. (Image © Elmer van Hest)

Source: Boeing

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