The 5th British P-8 Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft has rolled out of final assembly and we can reveal that the aircraft is named ‘Fulmar’ after a type of seabird.
The Uk is procuring 9 of the aircraft in total.
— Woodys Aeroimages (@AeroimagesChris) September 8, 2020
This comes not long after news that the P-8 Poseidon aircraft three and four are soon to be delivered to the UK, bringing the fleet up to 4 aircraft.
HMS Fulmar was the name of Lossiemouth when it was a naval air station. So probably a reference to that.
— Bing Chandler (@SkippyBing) September 8, 2020
— Royal Air Force (@RoyalAirForce) August 24, 2020
The official Twitter account of the P-8 force said:
“Very excited to see our next 2 Poseidon in the final stages of build. Thanks Boeing, keep up the great work.”
The British Poseidon MRA Mk1 fleet currently comprises of two aircraft with seven more to be delivered. According to the Royal Air Force, Poseidon will now be patrolling the seas, “hunting potentially hostile submarines and helping to defend our nuclear deterrent”.
In August, a Royal Air Force P-8 Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft completed its first operational mission shadowing a Russian warship in the North Sea near to UK waters.