By Lt. j.g. Michael Kratochvil
The "Fighting Tigers" of Patrol Squadron (VP) 8 participated in the 2017 Seoul International Air Show and Defense Exhibition (ADEX) in Seoul, South Korea, Oct. 17-22.
As the only U.S. Navy unit represented at the exhibition, VP-8 and its advanced P-8A Poseidon aircraft demonstrated the capabilities and readiness of American maritime forces to dozens of multinational partners and thousands of military and civilian participants.
ADEX is northeast Asia's largest aerospace and defense exhibition, and included representation from over 30 countries, with both aircraft and defense exhibits on display.
ADEX provides a unique opportunity to maintain and strengthen relationships with partners and allies throughout the Pacific theater in a dedicated forum.
VP-8 was able to provide an estimated quarter of a million exhibitors and civilians with an up-close look at the advanced technologies and mission sets the U.S. Navy maritime patrol forces are able to bring to a multinational force.
The VP-8 crew also welcomed two Republic of Korea (ROK) major generals and other distinguished visitors on board the P-8A Poseidon for an Orientation and Indoctrination flight, Oct. 18.
During the flight, the combat aircrew demonstrated the broad maritime and littoral capabilities of the P-8A, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions.
"The South Korean's were welcoming and gracious hosts throughout the entire ADEX," said Patrol Plane Commander Lt. Clark Ross.
"It was great to be able to repay that kindness by showing our ROK friends a platform that we believe helps strengthen the combined effectiveness of the U.S.-ROK alliance." 
The P-8A was on display all week for the public to learn about and interact with the Navy's newest and most technologically advanced maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft. Giving tours of the aircraft to Boeing representatives, ADEX attendees, and international media, the crew reached a wide variety of participants and stressed the capabilities and readiness this platform brings to the fight.
VP-8 is currently deployed to the 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting theater and national level tasking in support of 7th Fleet, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and U.S. Pacific Command.