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RAF receives sixth Poseidon MMA

Guernsey's Reply is the sixth of nine P-8A Poseidon MMAs to be delivered to the RAF. (Crown Copyright)

The sixth of nine Boeing P-8A Poseidon MRA1 maritime multi-mission aircraft (MMA) for the Royal Air Force (RAF) arrived in the United Kingdom on 21 September.

Aircraft ZP806, named Guernsey's Reply after a 201 Squadron Supermarine Spitfire with the same name during the Second World War, flew into RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland to join the previously delivered ZP801 Pride of Moray, ZP802 City of Elgin, ZP803 Terence Bulloch DSO DFC, ZP804 Spirit of Reykjavik, and ZP805 Fulmar.

The RAF said the latest addition to its Poseidon fleet will play a crucial part in 201 Squadron's role as the ‘school house' and its mission to train the next generation of Poseidon aircrew and instructors. “It will also form part of the frontline fleet which will total nine aircraft by the end of the year,” the service added.

Besides 201 Sqn, the Poseidon fleet is being operated by 120 Squadron, with 54 Squadron serving as the operational conversion unit.

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