An American P-8 Posiedon successfully conducted a coordinated missile launch using two AGM-84D Harpoons against a target barge in Norway.
According to a U.S. Navy news release, the ‘Fighting Marlins’ of Patrol Squadron FOUR ZERO (VP-40) successfully conducted a coordinated missile launch with VP-4 using two Air to Surface Missile (AGM-84D) Harpoons against a target barge near Andøya Space Defense, Norway during exercise At-Sea Demo/Formidable Shield (ASD/FS), May 31, 2021.
“VP-40 and VP-4 worked as one unit to plan the coordination of flights, mission timeline, and launches. Plans for exercise safety and communications were developed in close cooperation with allies to enable the firing event.
The successful result reaffirmed the global reach of the P-8A and its capability to conduct Surface Warfare engagements when directed to provide offensive or defensive support to a maritime task group.”
“Sea control is maintained by the ability to employ kinetic effects,” said Cmdr. Matthew Letcher, VP-40 commanding officer.
“Our performance with partner units and allies in exercises like At-Sea Demonstration/Formidable Shield delivers confidence in an uncertain world and sends a message to friends and potential adversaries alike.
On this inaugural P-8A deployment for VP-40, the Fighting Marlins have already made significant contributions to the international maritime security picture while conducting sustained operations across Sixth Fleet.”