Tridents lead the way once again

- Florida Times-Union – Sailors of Patrol Squadron (VP) 26 will make history Jan. 22 as the last East Coast squadron to deploy in the P-3C Orion aircraft. For the squadron, this deployment will mark the sunset of an aircraft with a 50-year legacy of excellence and historic milestones which began with the acceptance of its first P-3B back in 1966.

Announcing the War Studies Primer 2015 Edition

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Charles de Gaulle to sail for Gulf, possible participation in Islamic State air strikes

- Janes’ – The French Navy’s nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle is deploying with its battlegroup to the Gulf, and is understood to be preparing to contribute to coalition air strikes against Islamic State.The strikes would take place under Operation ‘Chammal’, the French contribution to the multinational operation ‘Inherent Resolve’. ‘Chammal’ was launched in response to an official request for assistance from the Iraqi government. The operation currently involves 15 French Air Force combat aircraft, one Boeing E-3F Airborne Warning and Control (AWACS) aircraft, and one Boeing C-135FR tanker, as well as two French Navy Breguet Atlantique maritime patrol aircraft.

‘Begging’ for help: UK asks US to assist in search for Russian sub off Scotland

- RT – Britain’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has been forced to ask the American military for assistance in searching for a Russian submarine in its territorial waters due to budget cuts. Two American maritime patrol planes have been conducting searches off the Scottish coast since News Year’s Eve.

Seizing the ASUW Initiative with Land Based Patrol Aircraft

- CIMSEC – Missing from the discussion of future acquisitions and new weapons is how the USN can leverage existing land-based airpower to seize the offensive in ASuW. The P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft is deployed today, with the range, persistence, sensors, and network architecture to serve as a self-contained “kill chain.” It is able to disperse and operate in an expeditionary environment during peacetime or contingency operations. If equipped with more suitable long-range anti-ship weapons, this aircraft will provide greatly increased capability for the combatant commander. This will allow more flexibility for USN forces to operate in an A2/AD environment when a carrier is not nearby or in the interim until more capable surface-based ASuW weapons are fielded.

The Drive for Networked ASW Excellence: An Examination of Culture and Technology in the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force

- CDR Salamander – In an era of delayed and troubled defense programs, the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft has proved itself a model of acquisitions best practices. During its maiden deployment, the aircraft performed well during operations in the Western Pacific. However, this expensive and extremely capable platform has yet to achieve its full operational potential. The Navy’s newest aircraft is falling victim to institutional inertia.