The latest P-8 Poseidon, seven of nine, is due to be delivered to the Royal Air Force in Scotland after being named (the name isn’t Annika Hansen).
The aircraft was recently named ‘William Barker VC’. According to the Royal Air Force here:
“The UK’s seventh Poseidon MRA Mk1 Maritime Patrol Aircraft will be known as ‘William Barker VC’ in honour of the Canadian pilot awarded a Victoria Cross whilst serving with 201 Squadron in the First World War.
In October 1918, Major Barker was flying a Sopwith Snipe overhead the Western Front when he became embroiled in a dogfight with 15 enemy aircraft. Despite being wounded three times in the legs and having his left elbow blown away, he managed to control his biplane and disable three enemy aircraft before making a forced landing.”
Left Washington & will be flying over to RAF Lossiemouth for delivery in the next few days. pic.twitter.com/Xfq0aGf8dy
— Intel Air & Sea (@air_intel) October 18, 2021
Seven of the nine aircraft have also now been named.
- ZP801 “Pride of Moray”
- ZP802 “City of Elgin”
- ZP803 “Terence Bulloch DSO*DFC”
- ZP804 “Spirit of Reykjavik”
- ZP805 “Fulmar”
- ZP806 “Guernsey’s Reply”
- ZP807 “William Barker VC”
201 Squadron operates the Poseidon in the anti-submarine warfare role from RAF Lossiemouth on the Moray Firth in Scotland. The RAF Poseidon fleet, which will total nine aircraft, is already providing maritime patrol capabilities working side-by-side with the Royal Navy and other Allies to secure the seas around the UK and abroad.