A P-8A Poseidon from Patrol Squadron (VP) 45 conducted the first operational aerial refueling flight in the 7th Fleet area of operations April 26.

The flight was accomplished in coordination with 909th Air Refueling Squadron operating out of Kadena Air Base in Japan. Aerial refueling significantly increases the P-8A’s capability by increasing range and duration.

“This is a substantial milestone in the maritime community” said Cmdr. Mark Zematis, VP-45’s executive officer.

The VP-45 “Pelicans” are based out of Naval Air Station Jacksonville, and are currently on a six-month deployment in support of U.S 7th Fleet.