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U.S. Navy sends P-8A Poseidons to the Persian Gulf

The U.S. Navy published that it deployed “Fighting Tigers” of Patrol Squadron 8 (VP8)  to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.

“We have arrived fully trained and well prepared to sustain and advance our relationships with coalition partners and our intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities”

Cmdr. Jeremy N. Lyon, commanding officer of VP-8.

VP-8 operates the P-8A Poseidon multi-mission maritime aircraft in support of maritime patrol and reconnaissance missions.

“I could not be more proud of the Fighting Tiger team” “I look forward to leading these great Sailors through this dynamic deployment.

The P-8 operates in the anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASUW), and shipping interdiction roles.

It is armed with torpedoes, Harpoon anti-ship missiles, and other weapons, can drop and monitor sonobuoys, and can operate in conjunction with other assets, including the Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton maritime surveillance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

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