A Royal Air Force P-8 Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft completed its first operational mission this week shadowing a Russian warship in the North Sea near to UK waters.
On Monday morning, a P-8A Poseidon from 120 Squadron based at Kinloss Barracks completed a prolonged overwatch of the Russian warship, Vasily Bykov, as it passed through the North Sea.
It did so with support from Typhoon Fighters, based at RAF Lossiemouth and the VIP Voyager refuelling aircraft, stationed at RAF Brize Norton.
Minister of State for Defence, Baroness Goldie said:
“In an increasingly unstable world of persistent challenge and competition, it is important that the UK Armed Forces possess cutting edge technology to meet threats wherever they emerge. The sight of our new Poseidon aircraft, working in concert with the Royal Navy has showcased the UK’s readiness to defend its waters from any incursion.”
Air Vice Marshal Ian Duguid, Air Officer Commanding 11 Group, was quoted as saying:
“The RAF continues to evolve and develop as the Next Generation RAF becomes a reality. The Poseidon aircraft is a key part of that development and evidence of the hard work performed by all those involved. This mission by the Poseidon, to monitor Russian naval activity, shows how the RAF will now be able to contribute to Maritime Security alongside the Royal Navy and our NATO allies, to secure the seas and skies.”