P-8A Poseidon achieves initial operating capability
- March 26, 2018
The Royal Australian Air Force’s P-8A Poseidon has achieved Initial Operating Capability (IOC), five months before schedule.
“The Poseidon fleet will improve the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)’s ability to conduct anti-submarine warfare, maritime patrol and surveillance of Australia’s maritime approaches.”
“Together the P-8A Poseidon and the future MQ-4C Triton aircraft will provide Australia with one of the world’s most advanced maritime patrol and surveillance capabilities. The P-8A is a very capable and effective successor to the AP-3C Orion, which will soon retire from the role after nearly 40 years of distinguished service,” Minister Payne said.
Six out of 12 P-8As have arrived in Australia and are being operated by Number 11 Squadron from RAAF Base Edinburgh in South Australia.