US, Indonesian Navies Conduct Air Patrol Exercise in South China Sea

The Diplomat – The patrol involved 88 personnel overall. The United States committed a P-3C Orion fleet comprising four ships and 21 personnel. In terms of Indonesian hardware, the Indonesian navy committed CN-235 and NC-212 short take-off and landing (STOL) maritime patrol aircraft in addition to a BO-105 helicopter.

Watch VP-5 “Mad Foxes” Put Their New P-8A Poseidons To Work

Foxtrot Alpha – The Navy is settling into its new maritime patrol aircraft and increased deployments abroad are part of getting the P-8A Poseidon up to snuff. Last July, VP-5 ‘Mad Foxes’ took on their seven-month mission to Japan with gusto, with the P-8’s fresh capabilities continuing to be a big hit in the region. Here’s a video montage of the Mad Foxes’ historic deployment.

Russian Navy Carries Out Mock Attack on Nuclear Submarine

Newsweek – Russian naval units launched an air-and-sea practice offensive on a nuclear submarine today in the Barents Sea, which Russia shares with Norway. The drill is part of Russia’s massive snap military drills which are due to continue until 21 March. The ‘strike and search group’, as the Russian Ministry of Defence referred to it, from the navy’s Northern Fleet comprised of Tu-142 ‘Bear’ naval aviation reconnaissance bombers and Il-38 ‘Dolphin’ maritime patrol jets as well as two small anti-submarine ships and support vessels.

U.S. Navy Growing P-8 Poseidon Operations in the Western Pacific

USNI News – The U.S. Navy is cutting its teeth on the new Boeing P-8A Poseidon long range maritime Multi-Mission Aircraft with deployments to the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR), with the third rotation of the type currently ongoing at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan since the first one began at the end of 2013. A typical deployment to Kadena lasts between six to seven months, and currently consists of a single squadron of Lockheed Martin P-3C Orions and one of P-8As to demonstrate the ability of the two platforms to operate effectively in a high-tempo environment.

Hope for new RAF patrol planes to replace Moray Nimrods

Aberdeen Press and Journal – Fresh hopes have been raised that the UK Government is planning to finally replace the scrapped fleet of Moray-based Nimrod aircraft. Defence Minister Mark Francois has confirmed that the Seedcorn scheme which maintains the training of staff formerly based at RAF Kinloss has been extended.

IAI Introduces: a business Jet with stings

Defense Update – Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is introducing a new maritime surveillance, anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare aircraft at Aero India 2015. The platform is based on a specially modified Bombardier Global 5000 business jet, configured with the new generation ELI-3360 maritime warfare mission system. For the first time, the Global 5000 business jet will be configured for combat missions, carrying a wide range of internal and external stores, including lightweight anti-submarine torpedoes and anti-ship missiles.

Sounds of aircraft over Jacksonville hint at size of Navy training exercise off coast

Florida Times Union – “COMPTUEX is our graduation exercise before we deploy,” said Rear Adm. Andrew Lewis, commander of Carrier Strike Group 12, which includes the Roosevelt and all of its supporting elements. “We’ll finish this up in a couple weeks and then deploy shortly thereafter. “It’s where we put all the pieces of the strike group together and operate them in an integrated fashion.” One main focus of the exercise is to integrate the new P-8 Poseidon planes and UH-60R, or “Romeo,” helicopters into the mix.

Fifth P-8 Squadron Transition to Begin in March

SeaPower – The Navy will begin the transition of a fifth patrol squadron to the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft in March. Patrol Squadron 10 (VP-10), based at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., will retire its P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft following its deployment to the U.S. Fifth Fleet and begin training in the P-8A with the fleet replacement squadron, VP-30.