By Lt. j.g. Rhen Nathe
VP-5 Public Affairs
The "Mad Foxes" of Patrol Squadron (VP) 5 hosted the U.S. ambassador to Italy, the Honorable Lewis Eisenberg, during a recent training flight on the P-8A Poseidon at their current deployment site, Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella, Italy.
The P-8A departed Sigonella Feb. 7 and gave Eisenberg a look on how a combat aircrew operates as a team.
During the flight, Eisenberg observed the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) as it performed an underway replenishment with the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Patuxent (T-AO 201).
The ambassador also experienced a takeoff and landing from the flight deck.
"It was great being able to demonstrate the flying characteristics of the P-8A with the ambassador," said Lt. Shane Woodard, the flight's patrol plane commander.
At the conclusion of the flight, the Mad Foxes dropped the ambassador off in Rome. The trip provided valuable training for the pilots.
"We don't always get the opportunity to fly into unfamiliar airfields, so it really is a worthwhile experience to be able to operate with our Italian counterparts at their air bases," said the crew's co-pilot Lt.j.g. Rhen Nathe.
After the trip to Rome, the crew returned to back to NAS Sigonella.