NEWS | April 13, 2019

Patrol Squadron 9 Begins Inaugural P-8A Poseidon Deployment

By Lt. j. g. Benjamin Coats VP-9 Public Affairs Officer

Service members assigned to Patrol Squadron Nine (VP-9) began their inaugural P-8A Poseidon deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR), April 12, 2019.

The Golden Eagles of VP-9 completed a 12-month Inter-Deployment Readiness Cycle and spent the months after transition preparing for deployment to Naval Air Station Sigonella, where they are operating under commander, Task Force 67 (CTF-67) as the first post-transition maritime patrol squadron to deploy to the U.S. 6th Fleet.

“The Golden Eagles are an exceptionally professional and capable team of Sailors,” said Cmdr. Hamish Kirkland, commanding officer of VP-9. “We have spent the past 18 months preparing for this deployment, and we are fully trained and ready to face every challenge and meet every task in the 6th Fleet AOR. It is impossible to overstate how proud I am of the entire Golden Eagle family.”

VP-9 operates the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, capable of conducting Anti-Submarine Warfare, maritime domain awareness, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, Anti-Surface Warfare, and search and rescue missions.  

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.

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