By Lt. j.g. Mason Bailey
VP-26 Public Affairs Officer

P-8A Poseidon No. 857 and its crew of 19 "Tridents" from Patrol Squadron (VP) 26 conducted anti-submarine warfare (ASW) operations with other maritime patrol forces over the North Atlantic Ocean, July 22-25.

The Tridents were part of a group of 40 Sailors from VP-16 "War Eagles" and commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing (CPRW) 11. The detachment conducted extended-range anti-submarine warfare (ASW) operations flying out of L. F. Wade International Airport, Bermuda over the course of four days.

"As a group, we executed more than 24 hours of operational flying and extended the range of the P-8A Poseidon," said Lt. Cmdr. Joel Martinez, the assistant officer in charge of the Bermuda detachment. "Operation Steel Trident utilized additional assets of VP-45 "Pelicans" and VP-10 "Red Lancers" flying out of NAS Jacksonville over the two-day event."  

Martinez continued, "Operations in extended environments such as Bermuda, enhance and challenge a squadron's readiness - especially when it comes to communication, logistics support, and command and control. As a squadron, this was a perfect opportunity to put our training into execution. It was a great opportunity for each of the four P-8A squadrons to come together and conduct ASW operations flying from different locations."

The United States, United Kingdom and Bermuda are currently in discussions to establish an agreement for periodic U.S. Navy flights into and out of Bermuda.