According to Navy Times.
Patrol Squadron 16 returned to Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., after a seven-month deployment to Kadena Air Base on Okinawa, Japan. The squadron’s last P-8A touched down at NAS Jacksonville on July 16, signaling the beginning of the end for the venerable P-3C Orion, which will phased out over the rest of the decade.
“The P-8 Poseidon either met or exceeded any expectations I had for that aircraft,” Cmdr. Daniel Papp, VP-16’s commanding officer, told Navy Times.
According to Boeing:
The P-8A Poseidon is a long-range anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft. It possesses an advanced mission system that ensures maximum interoperability in the future battle space. Capable of broad-area maritime, and littoral operations, the P-8A will influence how the U.S. Navy’s maritime patrol and reconnaissance forces train, operate and deploy.
Navy Times reported that the P-8A Poseidon “is the first new maritime patrol aircraft to enter Navy service in more than 50 years.”