The US Seventh Fleet has deployed two P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft to Singapore on a rotational basis to support shared maritime security initiatives.

The P-8A, based on Boeing's next-generation 737-800 commercial airplane, is a long-range anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft.

This third rotational detachment of the P-8A Poseidon aircraft will provide an opportunity for the US and Singaporean personnel to operate together and share expertise and best practises.

"The aircraft will operate from Paya Lebar Air Base and are assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 5."

The aircraft is also scheduled to participate in the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) bilateral exercise with the Republic of Singapore Armed Forces.

Task Force 72 commander commodore Richard Prest said: "This rotational detachment reflects the maturity of our partnership with the Republic of Singapore Armed Forces and our shared commitment to maritime security and stability.

"We look forward to working alongside our Singaporean counterparts to further strengthen interoperability while enhancing our readiness to respond to contingencies."

The aircraft will operate from Paya Lebar Air Base and are assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 5 that is forward deployed to Japan.

The US Navy and the Singapore Armed Forces conduct routine operations in a bid to boost interoperability and maritime cooperation.

Operations include participation in bilateral and multilateral exercises, such as CARAT, SEACAT, and RIMPAC.

The US navy plans to use the P-8A to replace its ageing fleet of turbo-prop P-3 Orion aircraft.

Image : A P-8A Poseidon from VP5 flies over Philippine Sea. Photo: courtesy of US Navy/MC1 Joshua Hammond.