The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has deployed one of its Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft to the Middle East in support of the International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC) aimed at assuring the safety and protection of maritime navigation in the Gulf region.
Australian Defence Minister Linda Reynolds announced in an 18 October statement that the aircraft's advanced patrol surveillance capabilities will be used to support the safe transit of naval and merchant vessels, and thus provide "a modest but meaningful contribution" to the mission.
The P-8A is expected to remain in the region until the end of November.
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