Beating the Cousins at their Own Game

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Fleet Challenge 2014 wrapped up its annual anti-submarine warfare competition April 10 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. This year’s winners were the allied P-8A Poseidon aircrew from the Pro’s Nest of Patrol Squadron (VP) 30, followed closely in second place by VP-4 Skinny Dragons flying the P-3C, and third place taken by a VP-5 Mad Fox crew in a P-8A. “Fleet Challenge was a great, challenging experience and a superb opportunity to fly together as a British crew on a real submarine target,” said Royal Air Force Master Aircrewman Mark Utting from VP-30.

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(April 7, 2014) Royal Air Force Flight Lieutenant Ian Tuff, assigned to the Pro’s Nest of Patrol Squadron (VP) 30, tracks a submarine from a P-8A Poseidon during Fleet Challenge 2014. The allied crew won the annual anti-submarine warfare competition, which put seven of the Navy’s best aircrews against each other in a simulator scenario and flight operations locating and tracking a submarine.
(April 7, 2014) Royal Air Force Flight Lieutenant Ian Tuff, assigned to the Pro’s Nest of Patrol Squadron (VP) 30, tracks a submarine from a P-8A Poseidon during Fleet Challenge 2014. The allied crew won the annual anti-submarine warfare competition, which put seven of the Navy’s best aircrews against each other in a simulator scenario and flight operations locating and tracking a submarine.

Lets just all forget we are bumming a ride :)

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JM Garrick
JM Garrick
April 11, 2014 10:27 pm

Given the demise of the UK airborne ASW capability, i.e., the Nimrods out of Kinloss, I find it interesting that the RAF is still able to assign people to exchange postings to keep at least some specialist knowledge and capability. Given their success in this recent competition, they appear to have maintained a very high standard indeed. Long may this continue. I have pleasant memories of working with RAF crews flying from NAS Jax when I was on the staff of ComPatWing 11 and later in VP 5.
Cdr JM Garrick (USN, Ret)

Martin
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April 12, 2014 1:17 am

http://www.defensenews.com/article/20140407/DEFREG01/304070018/UK-Team-Train-Triton-Government-Ponders-Purchase

Interesting to note that the seed corn initiative is now being expanded to cover operation of the triton UAV. Could be an indication we are headed down the P8 Triton path in 2015.

Oscar Zulu
Oscar Zulu
April 12, 2014 2:04 am

Although not operating in an ASW role. UK and Canadian aircrew have been embedded in RAAF AP3C Orion SAR flights in the ongoing search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.

http://videos.viostream.com/1563_164515_39801_mp4hd.mp4

http://www.defence.gov.au/Operations/southernindianocean/

Mercator
Mercator
April 12, 2014 2:29 am

And dozens more have come over and joined the RAAF permanently. You could more or less raise your own crew. Maybe two.

TED
TED
April 12, 2014 10:34 am

Hi

Really need to see the answers for 4th April regarding that.

Anyone know where I can find them?

Cheers

Raffles, the Gentleman Thug
Raffles, the Gentleman Thug
April 12, 2014 3:12 pm

A small post by someone over at MPN seems to suggest (with some credibility) that the favoured option in the RAF at the moment is a buy of 6 + 4 P-8s over six years with the option for 6 more. They claim their source has a good track record when it comes to things like this.

It’d certainly make sense for the MoD to buy P-8 OTS when we have a number of allies using a design with good life left in it and crews that are so proficient in its operation.