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First UK P-8 crews arrive in US to start training

16 January 2019
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Thirty eight UK Royal Air Force (RAF) personnel have arrived in the US to begin operational conversion training to operate Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, the service announced on 15 January.

Aircrew and maintainers from 120 Squadron travelled from RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland to Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville in Florida earlier this month. This is the first fully formed UK crew to undergo training in the US, with previous RAF personnel being trained at NAS Jacksonville as individuals seconded to US Navy (USN) units to gain experience under the Project Seedcorn programme.

Air Commodore Ian Gale, the senior RAF officer responsible for the P-8 programme, told Janeʼs the first UK Poseidon personnel would complete their training ahead of the delivery of the first aircraft to NAS Jacksonville in October after a UK-specific acceptance process.

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