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VP-10 Participates in Exercise Mavi Balina 2018
A P-8A Poseidon assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 10 participated in the Turkish-led maritime exercise Mavi Balina 2018, Sept. 28–Oct. 7, in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.
The exercise was designed to improve combined combat capability, increase operational capacity, and strengthen relationships among exercise participants in the area of anti-submarine warfare. Participating nations include Pakistan, Romania, Turkey, and the United States. NATO Maritime Group 2 also participated.
The “Red Lancers” of VP-10 detached one aircrew and a maintenance team to Dalaman, Turkey, from Sept. 27-Oct.3. VP-10 attended pre-sail meetings at Aksaz Naval Base where they were able to coordinate with surface officers from the Netherlands, Romania, Spain and Turkey as well as aircrew from Turkey and Pakistan. A Turkish navy Type-209 crew provided the Red Lancers a tour of their submarine following the pre-sail. The Red Lancers welcomed Turkish navy riders on two P-8A exercise flights originating from Dalaman.
Pakistani, Turkish, and U.S. maritime patrol aircrews continued to foster goodwill and expand interoperability through professional and social interactions at Dalaman. In-depth mission planning provided the opportunity for the crews to develop the foundation for coordinated anti-submarine warfare.
"We're glad to be a part of this important exercise and work side-by-side with our allies and partners to enhance our interoperability. This type of operation builds capability with our allies," noted Lt. Jordan Spivey, patrol plane commander for VP-10.
The Red Lancers of VP-10, is based out of Jacksonville, Florida, and is conducting operations from Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, as part of a rotational deployment. This is the second year the P-8A has operated from Dalaman Air Base, Turkey.
U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.