UK’s Seedcorn MPA project renewed for a further three years

Flightglobal – The UK has renewed its Seedcorn maritime patrol project that sees it integrated with allied forces for another three years, maintaining the capability it lost with the cancelled BAE Systems Nimrod MRA4 until a replacement is sought. Royal Air Force crews will continue operating at the same rate in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA, maintaining an anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare capability and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance skills.

US Pacific commander joins 7-hour surveillance of South China Sea, in move likely to irk China

AP – In a move likely to irk China, the new U.S. commander of the Pacific Fleet joined a seven-hour surveillance flight over the disputed South China Sea over the weekend on board one of America’s newest spy planes. Adm. Scott Swift joined the surveillance mission on board a P-8A Poseidon plane on Saturday to witness the aircraft’s full range of capabilities, the U.S. Pacific Fleet said Sunday.

The Navy’s P-8 Poseidon Spotted Packing Mysterious New Pod

Foxtrot Alpha – The P-8 Poseidon is quickly becoming the Pentagon’s super-adaptable multi-role surveillance platform of choice. We know it can pack one of the most advanced radar systems in the world, slung under its belly in a huge canoe-like enclosure. Now, another previously unknown external ‘plug and play’ capability for the P-8 appears to be in testing.

“We passed ship the first time”

New Strait Times – It was a combination of dogged Aussie persistence and blind luck that resulted in the discovery of MT Orkim Harmony. The crew members of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) P-3C Orion (call sign “Sealion”) from 92 Wing that caught the much-needed break in the search for the hijacked tanker sat down with the New Straits Times at the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) base here moments before sortieing back to their home base at RAAF Edinburgh in Adelaide at the end of their deployment here.