Introducing the P-8A Poseidon to thousands of aviation enthusiasts around the world, the Golden Eagles of Patrol Squadron Nine (VP-9) recently had the opportunity to participate in the Farnborough International Airshow 2022 (FIA 2022) on July 18 to July 22 Renowned globally for unveiling cutting-edge aerospace technologies in the civil and defense sectors, Farnborough attracted a lot of attention at its first in-person show since 2018. With the delegation of Combat Air Crew 8 (CAC- 8) sent by VP-9, more than 80,000 visitors from 96 different countries attended this year’s exhibition. Farnborough, located about 30 miles southwest of London in the UK, also hosted more than 1,500 total exhibitors and 79 of the world’s top 100 aerospace companies at the 2018 show. Alongside the P-8A brought by VP-9, the Ministry of Defense was well represented by several aircraft, including the F-15, two F-16s, F-35, C-130, CH-47 and AH-64.
Acting as ambassadors for the P-8A and the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force (MPRF), VP-9 has hosted delegations from various nations and companies while offering them a tour and an insider’s perspective on the P-8A. Among the various dignitaries welcomed aboard the P-8A by VP-9 were Ambassador Mrs. Jane Hartley (United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom), Lieutenant-Brigadier Carlos de Almeida Baptista Junior (Commander of the Army of Brazilian Air Force), Major General Nancy Tremblay (Chief of Materiel Programs for the Royal Canadian Air Force), Mr. Euisun Chung (President of Hyundai Motors), Ms. Kelli Seybolt (Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army of Air for International Affairs), Mr. James Hursch (Defense Security Cooperation Director), and Rear Admiral Anthony Rossi (Navy International Programs Director), former VP-9 pilot.
Of particular interest to VP-9 and the entire MPRF, Brazil and Canada, longtime U.S. partners and allies, are considering purchasing the Boeing P-8A, making this interaction with VP- 9 all the more crucial. The P-8A would replace Canada’s venerable but aging CP-140 Aurora and give Canada the world’s first anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft. Boeing said, “The P-8A offers a mature, proven and cost-effective solution to quickly deliver the capability to secure Canada’s maritime and northern approaches and provide tactical and logistical interoperability for NATO, Allies and Coalition. For Brazil, that would mean supplementing its fleet of P-3 Orion aircraft with the versatility and mission effectiveness of the P-8A. Air shows, such as Farnborough, allow VP-9 and the US MPRF to act as representatives of the Navy and the United States as a whole, while showing their partners the agility and reliability of the P -8A.
CAC-8 Lt. (jg) David Jurbala said of the event, “Having the opportunity to show our aircraft to industry professionals, our military partners and the public reminded us of the importance of what we do every day. ”
Commanded by Cmdr. James J. Donchez, and based out of NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, the 279 Sailors assigned to Patrol Squadron Nine (VP-9) are currently deployed to AOR Sixth Fleet and operate P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft.
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