Ministry of Defence
First Operation for RAF Poseidon tracking Russian Warship
A P-8 Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft shadowed a Russian warship in the North Sea near to UK waters.
A Royal Air Force (RAF) P-8 Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) completed its first operational mission this week shadowing a Russian warship in the North Sea near to UK waters.
On Monday morning, a P-8A Poseidon from 120 Squadron based at Kinloss Barracks demonstrated its speed and readiness by completing a prolonged overwatch of the Russian warship, Vasily Bykov, as it passed through the North Sea. It did so with support from Typhoon Fighters, based at RAF Lossiemouth and the VIP Voyager refuelling aircraft, stationed at RAF Brize Norton.
Minister of State for Defence, Baroness Goldie recently said:
In an increasingly unstable world of persistent challenge and competition, it is important that the UK Armed Forces possess cutting edge technology to meet threats wherever they emerge.
The sight of our new Poseidon aircraft, working in concert with the Royal Navy has showcased the UK’s readiness to defend its waters from any incursion.
The Poseidon’s operational debut follows shortly after the Prime Minister’s visit to Kinloss Barracks last month and heralds a significant development in the UK’s Maritime offensive and defensive capabilities. The P-8 offers a potent blend of tracking options and associated weapons able to find surface and sub-surface vessels, once more allowing the RAF to complete effective joint maritime operations with the Royal Navy.
Air Vice Marshal Ian Duguid, Air Officer Commanding 11 Group, recently said:
The RAF continues to evolve and develop as the Next Generation RAF becomes a reality. The Poseidon aircraft is a key part of that development and evidence of the hard work performed by all those involved. This mission by the Poseidon, to monitor Russian naval activity, shows how the RAF will now be able to contribute to Maritime Security alongside the Royal Navy and our NATO allies, to secure the seas and skies.
Monitoring and tracking all activity in the airspace and seas around the United Kingdom is paramount to our security, with aircraft from the RAF and vessels from the RN ensuring our skies and seas are constantly patrolled and defended.
Working with the aerospace and construction industries £470M is being invested by the UK Government at RAF Lossiemouth to provide a state of the art home for the Fleet of 9 aircraft in Scotland.
Latest News from
Ministry of Defence
Royal Marines accommodation in Lympstone reaches milestone17/09/2020 15:15:15
The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) project to build new accommodation for personnel at the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines (CTCRM) in Devon has celebrated a major milestone.
UK Space Agency: Government backs UK companies tackling dangerous 'space junk'17/09/2020 11:24:00
Seven UK companies have been awarded a share of over £1 million to help track debris in space.
RAF looks to the future on Battle of Britain Day16/09/2020 13:15:00
On the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain a special day of events was hosted at RAF Waddington, the home of the RAF’s intelligence gathering assets, showcasing how the RAF are ready to meet the challenges of today, and the emerging threats of tomorrow.
Innovation call for urban drone technology15/09/2020 13:25:00
The Ministry of Defence is seeking new ways to assist military drone operators in urban environments in a new funding competition.
Defence Secretary announces investment in strategic Omani port14/09/2020 12:15:00
The Defence Secretary has announced a further £23.8 million investment in the UK logistics hub at Duqm port
Chief of Defence Intelligence comments on threats the UK will face in coming decades14/09/2020 11:10:00
Lieutenant-General Jim Hockenhull looks to the future, outlining the changing character of the threat and the role of UK Defence
UK leads multi-national task group of warships above the Arctic Circle in demonstration of freedom of navigation11/09/2020 10:15:00
The Royal Navy has led a multi-national task group of warships and aircraft into the High North for the first time in more than twenty years on an operation to demonstrate freedom of navigation above the Arctic Circle.
DIO awards new cost price analysis contract10/09/2020 13:15:00
DIO has awarded the Cost Price Analytical Capability (CPAC) contract. The contract will make DIO a more intelligent customer when costing infrastructure programmes.