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US in deal with UK and Norway to form P-8 Poseidon partnership

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Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States have signed a statement of intent for a trilateral partnership with P-8 Poseidon aircraft to address the ‘changing security environment’ in the North Atlantic.

While the statement is relatively vague, the move is seen as part of an effort to coordinate the deployment of the maritime patrol aircraft. This is a move that has been described by us earlier in the year as essential, due to the relatively small fleet sizes the UK and Norway are to possess.

A statement read:

“Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States signed a statement of intent to lay out guiding principles for a trilateral partnership with P-8A aircraft to address the changing security environment in the North Atlantic.

As the United States, the United Kingdom, and Norway continue to work to advance trilateral maritime security cooperation, this agreement establishes a framework for further cooperation in areas such as readiness, enhancing defence capability, and interoperability.

The United States, the United Kingdom, and Norway will continue to work together and with other NATO allies to improve North Atlantic security efforts.”

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Mike Saul
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Mike Saul

This is the way forwards, not some EU politically driven project that ignores the USA.

Steve
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Steve

Absolutely correct

Dan
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Dan

We should do both surely? They’re not mutually exclusive!

Steven Jones
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Steven Jones

So the US is having to supplement the UK and Norway because their fleets are inadequate/insufficient, SMH.

Peter Crisp
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Peter Crisp

Nobody is forcing the US to do anything and I’m unsure how the UK or Norway could even if we wanted to. The US has a strategic interest in the area covered by this agreement and will get savings as well by using the same bases and repair facilities.

Mattis 2016
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Mattis 2016

Doesn’t address the underlying issue of not replacing Nimrods 1 for 1. Let alone taking more than a decade of zero air surveillance capablity between scraping Nimrods and buying new P8s.

chris
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chris

I wondered when someone would mention that flying death trap waste of space Nimrod ….

Will
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Will

MR4A was 80% a new plane and not a death trap. The Boeing tactical command system was developed for the Nimrod so we are effectively paying twice for that. We basically scrapped £3 bn worth of perfectly good planes and are about to spend £2+ bn on US planes which are in some ways inferior while losing the skills of the aircrew in the intervening decade. That makes a lot of sense.

dadsarmy
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dadsarmy

Will, I agree.

Mr Bell
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Mr Bell

This is good news Poseidon is the go to NATO standard mpa now with Norway, Australia, UK, USA and soon Canada opting for the type.
what’s not to like. I guess until we follow up our 9 aircraft order with another 6 we will need some US Poseidon based in lossiemouth.

Mattis 2016
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Mattis 2016

Canada? Do they still have an armed forces?

dadsarmy
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dadsarmy

As well as the North Atlantic, I’d add Arctic. And yes, Canada would be a potential future addition.

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