P-8A Poseidon Enables the Fleet


10/09/2013:The P-8 is a key element of the build out of the USN in the 21st century. 

The range and speed of the P-8 allow it to operate over a wider operational area than legacy systems. 

And it is a system which the Indian Navy has purchased concurrently with the USN which allows the two navies to work together in shaping concepts of operations over the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

  • In the first photo, Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Nicholas Hoover and Airman Kevin N. Scott, both assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 16, prepare the weapons bay on a P-8A Poseidon aircraft before loading a MK-54 torpedo.
  •  In the second photo, a P-8A Poseidon sits on the flightline at Naval Air Station Jacksonville.

The Navy’s replacement platform for the P-3C, the P-8A Poseidon, is designed to secure the Navy’s future in long-range maritime patrol capability, while transforming how the Navy’s maritime patrol and reconnaissance force will man, train, operate and deploy.

The P-8A provides more combat capability from a smaller force and less infrastructure while focusing on worldwide responsiveness and interoperability with traditional manned forces and evolving unmanned sensors

  •  In the third photo, Lt. Stephen Bruner, assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 30, right, shows Rear Adm. Mark Leavitt, Chief of Naval Air Training, some of the navigation features in the new P-8A Poseidon.

The Poseidon is one of newest additions to Navy’s inventory and will replace the P-3C Orion.

  •  In the fourth photo, a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft assigned to Patrol Squadron 30 flies above the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), not pictured, in the Atlantic Ocean, Oct. 16, 2012.
  • In the final photo, Patrol Squadron (VP) 16 prepares to launch the command’s first P-8A Poseidon 430 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville as a P-3C Orion passes overhead. (January 14, 2013).

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Credit:Navy Media Content Services:7/31/13

For a look at the P-3 to P-8 transition see the following: