Military Capabilities

US Navy ramps up surveillance off the Syrian coast

12 April 2018

Key Points

  • P-8A MPAs have ramped up the USN's surveillance of Russian and Syrian deployments in Syria
  • The operations come amid expectations that Trump will launch missile strikes to punish the Syrian regime for an apparent chemical weapon attack on Douma: the last rebel-held town in Syria's Eastern Ghouta region

US Navy (USN) Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft (MPAs) have begun flying near-continuous surveillance missions off the coast of Syria as tension rises in the Eastern Mediterranean.

The stepping up of the patrols by the aircraft, based at the USN’s Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella on the Italian island of Sicily, has been spotted by open-source monitoring of air traffic in the region.

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