By MC2 Tyler Fraser


Sailors from Patrol Squadron (VP) 45 flew a P-8A Poseidon to Naval Support Activity Naples Sept. 6 in support of a static display to highlight the aircraft and the improved capabilities it brings to the region.

During the static display, Sailors from the VP-45 "Pelicans" explained the capabilities of the P-8A to Italian media personnel and U.S. Sailors from the 6th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR).

"As we bring new technology into this theater, with the coordination and cooperation of our Italian partners, it's important that we cultivate our relationships. Engagements like this give us this opportunity," said Capt. Bill Ellis, commander, Task Force 67.

The P-8A Poseidon improves upon the capabilities of the P-3C Orion with an extended global reach, greater payload capacity, higher operating altitude and open systems architecture.

The P-8A will also allow fleet operators the added benefit of interfacing with unmanned aircraft systems when performing operational missions. This aircraft is one of seven that will be operating throughout the theater, providing continued support to U.S. allies and partners in the region.

The Pelicans are currently deployed to Sigonella, Sicily as part of its regularly scheduled deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. 

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.