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Patrol Squadron 16 arrives in Ronneby, Sweden

March 27, 2017 at 7:16 PM UTC
Lt. Brian F. O’Bannon, Commander Task Force 67 (CTF-67) Public Affairs Officer

RONNEBY, Sweden - Patrol Squadron (VP) 16 arrived in Ronneby, Sweden March 26, to participate in the Swedish-led “WASA III” exercise.

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“WASA III” is led by the 41st Corvette Squadron of the Swedish Navy and will focus on advanced anti-submarine warfare coordination between Swedish surface forces and United States fixed-wing maritime patrol aircraft operating in Swedish littoral waters. This detachment is led by Cmdr. Miguel Martinez, commanding officer of VP-16.

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“The War Eagles are extremely excited to begin our first P-8A deployment to the 6th Fleet area of responsibility with an opportunity to work with the Swedish Navy out of their country.We look forward to executing a highly successful exercise between our two nations that leads to even greater cooperation in the future.”

-Cmdr. Miguel Martinez, commanding officer, Patrol Squadron 16

Quick Facts: 
This detachment marks the first time a P-8A Poseidon has operated out of Sweden in an exercise.
VP-16 is beginning the second P-8A deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.
VP-16 is based out of Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida.
VP-16 was the first fleet U.S. maritime Patrol Squadron certified safe for flight to operate the P-8A Poseidon.
VP-16 is deployed to Naval Air Station Sigonella, Sicily under Commander Task Force 67.
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