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16,800 flight hours later

First flown in 1959, some 757 P-3 Orions were made by Lockheed and Kawasaki by 1990. The Royal Australian Air Force got into the P-3 biz in 1968, one of the first non-U.S. users, when No 11 Squadron started flying the type. In all, 10 P-3C Update II Orions replaced No 10 Squadron’s aging SP2H Neptunes in 1978 while 11 Squadron’s P-3Bs were in turn phased out by 10 P-3C Update II.5 Orions in 1984–85.

Nov. 1982: Australian, NZ and U.S. aircraft on a ramp during exercise Sandgroper ’82. Visible are seven Dassault Mirage IIIO and one Mirage IIID of No. 77 Squadron RAAF, two P-3C Orions of No. 10 Squadron RAAF, one Lockheed P-3B Orion of No. 5 Squadron RNZAF, and two P-3B (BuNos 152733 and 153418) of Patrol Squadron VP-1 Screaming Eagles, USN. The location is RAAF Base Pearce, north of Perth in Western Australia. DOD Photo DF-ST-83-07228

In 1997, 18 of the legacy P-3C models were upgraded to the country’s unique AP-3C Orion variants, which have continued to operate. In all, the type put in an impressive 50 years in Cold War ASW keeping tabs on Soviet subs, long-range SAR (two wrecked yachtsmen in the Vendee Globe race were located 1,200 miles from shore in 1996 by a P-3), and support missions all over the Pacific and the Indian Ocean.

The RAAF is replacing the type with 12 Boeing P-8 Poseidon (8 of which have been delivered) and as many as 8 MQ-4C Triton UAVs.

One survivor, AP-3C Orion #A9-659, is slated to be handed over to the Australian War Memorial in flying condition to preserve.

RAAF 659

Built in 1985, it took its final flight on 28 June 2018, having accumulated 16,800 flight hours. 659 spent three solid decades undertaking operations with the RAAF, including during the Cold War and in East Timor. In 2003 it was one of the first aircraft to deploy to Afghanistan as part of Operation Slipper.

It also conducted the first Australian P-3C operational combat mission over Iraq during Operation Falconer on 16 March 2003. The craft also took part in the 2014 search for Malaysian Airlines MH370, the largest and longest-range airborne maritime search operation ever conducted.

P-3s are still flown by Australia’s neighbor, New Zealand (who is set to fly them through 2025) as well as 15 other countries. The U.S. Navy continues to fly increasingly limited numbers of P-3C Baseline III Orions until Poseidon is fully fielded.

US and Japanese ASW community hug it out

US Navy Maritime Patrol community and the Japanese P-3 community have been chummier lately. With 50+ North Korean boats of questionable loyalty to the new regime of mini-me Kim Jong jr and the resurgent PLAN Navy’s sub force, it is of little wonder

Is that a Chinese Ming-class diesel in your fishbowl, or is it just me?

War Eagles’ Meet with Japanese Partners

Story Number: NNS111220-07 Release Date: 12/20/2011 10:57:00 AM 0 Comments Rate this story!
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By Lt. j.g. Michael Glynn, VP-16 Public Affairs

NAHA, Japan (NNS) — Sailors from the ‘War Eagles’ of Patrol Squadron (VP) 16 met with fellow maritime patrol professionals from the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) to strengthen their working relationship Dec. 16.

VP-16 Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Brad Rosen, met with the commanding officer of the JMSDF VP-5, Capt. Akira Ichida, exchanged gifts and sat down to familiarize themselves prior to the next few months of combined operations.

“The chance to sit down with our counterparts from VP-5 is valuable for both parties,” commented Rosen. “The JMSDF are extremely professional and it’s a pleasure to work with them. We’re proud to fly and work side-by-side.”

“We are very happy to continue our cooperation with VP-16. Strong coordination is important for future operations,” Ichida said to the group of U.S. naval officers.

Sailors from VP-5 operate the Japanese version of the P-3C Orion. The squadron is based at Naha airport in Okinawa and is very active in patrolling the waters around the southern Japanese islands. In accordance with Japan’s pacifist constitution, JMSDF forces observe the exclusive economic zone and conduct routine reconnaissance missions.

“It’s a pleasure to meet and work with our JMSDF partners,” said ‘War Eagle’ liaison officer, Lt. Phil Jenkins.

The ‘War Eagles’ of VP-16 and ‘Pegasus’ team of VP-5 are currently conducting maritime patrol operations in the western Pacific. VP-16 conducts security, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions in support of Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet and is currently deployed to Kadena Air Base in Okinawa from its homeport Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla.

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