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US, French, and Canadian MPA fly operations from UK

29 May 2019

US, Canadian, and French maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) have deployed to the United Kingdom on 80 occasions since 2015 as part of an expansion of NATO surveillance of Russian naval and submarine activity in the North Atlantic.

The extend of allied MPA deployments to Royal Air Force (RAF) Lossiemouth in northeast Scotland was revealed for the first time by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) in a Freedom of Information Act document posted online on 23 May.

The majority of the deployments were carried out by US Navy (USN) MPA visiting Lossiemouth for exercises, training, or maritime operations on 50 occasions, according to the document.

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