The P-3B Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), recently re-introduced into Hellenic Air Force (HAF) service after being withdrawn in 2009, has been flying with mixed Greek-US crews. The HAF's 353 Maritime Patrol Squadron (MPS) was reformed as part of 112 Wing at Elefsis Air Base in June, with the first operational flight by an upgraded Greek Orion taking place on 27 June, with a mixed HAF, Hellenic Navy (HN), and US Navy (USN) crew on board.
The crew of the Orion, a former US Navy MPA, was made up of two pilots and a navigator from the HAF, an HN tactical co-ordinator, and two USN flight engineers.
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