By Petty Officer 2nd Class Tyler Fraser
A P-8A Poseidon from Patrol Squadron (VP) 45, exhibited in the Royal Air Force (RAF) "Air Power Visit 2016," Oct. 24 - 26 in Coningsby, England.
The "Pelicans" participation in the event offered RAF leadership -- who are replacing their Nimrod maritime reconnaissance aircraft with the P-8A Poseidon -- an opportunity to gain firsthand experience with the new aircraft.
VP-45 Executive Officer Cmdr. Ryan Lilley said, "Static displays that provide opportunities for our allies to learn about our capabilities are rare and invaluable. We don't often get to talk face-to-face while also being able to touch and see the aircraft."
Quick Facts: This was the first time that the new P-8A multi-mission surveillance aircraft has been a part of the Coningsby event.
The P-8A Poseidon, the U.S. Navy's replacement for the P-3C Orion aircraft, is capable of broad-area maritime and littoral operations. The P-8A Poseidon is a long range anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft.
The aircraft is one of seven that will be operating throughout the U.S. 6th Fleet theater, and represents the U.S. 6th Fleet's continued commitment to partners and allies in the region.
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 - as well as security and stability in Europe and Africa.