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NEWS | June 7, 2024

U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon aircrew supports Berlin Airshow

By U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa/ U.S. Sixth Fleet Public Affairs

A U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft and 18 U.S. Navy personnel are participating in the 2024 Internationale Luft- und Raumfahrtausstellung (ILA) Berlin
Airshow being held at Berlin Brandenburg Airport from June 5 to June 9, 2024.

The aircraft and personnel are assigned to U.S. Sixth Fleet’s Commander, Task Force (CTF) 67 and Patrol Squadron (VP) 45.

The aircraft’s presence strengthens vital partnerships with NATO Allies and Partners and showcases the capability of the U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon, a primary maritime patrol and reconnaissance platform.

"The P-8 represents the cutting edge of maritime patrol technology," said Lt. Kyle Seniff, Officer in Charge of the detachment at the airshow. “Having one of our aircraft at ILA Berlin allows us to demonstrate the aircraft's capabilities to a global audience and foster collaboration with our international partners who share our commitment to a secure and stable maritime domain."

The P-8A Poseidon is a multi-mission aircraft renowned for its advanced capabilities in anti-submarine warfare, surface warfare, intelligence gathering, and search and rescue. Its innovative sensors and integrated systems allow the P-8A to provide a comprehensive picture of the maritime environment, making it a crucial asset for maintaining global security. Multiple nations, including Australia, India, New Zealand, Norway, and the United Kingdom fly variants of the P-8 airframe.

In addition to showcasing the plane’s capabilities, the U.S. Navy’s presence at ILA Berlin strengthens international relationships amongst various nations in attendance. The team of 18 personnel, comprised of pilots, mission systems operators, and maintenance technicians, were on hand throughout the airshow to engage with attendees, answer questions, and share their expertise on the P-8A and broader Navy operations.

“U.S. Navy participation in international airshows not only demonstrates our continued support to our allies and partners, but also helps to further strengthen strategic relationships that are fundamental to global cooperation and interoperability,” said Lt. Cmdr. Kenneth Fisher, CTF 67’s Plans and Exercises Officer. "These relationships are essential for maintaining peace, deterring aggression, and ensuring the freedom of navigation for all nations."

For more than 80 years, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-U.S. Naval Forces Africa (NAVEUR-NAVAF) has forged strategic relationships with our Allies and partners, leveraging a foundation of shared values to preserve security and stability.

Headquartered in Naples, Italy, NAVEUR-NAVAF operates U.S. naval forces in the U.S. European Command (USEUCOM) and U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM) areas of responsibility. U.S. Sixth Fleet is permanently assigned to NAVEUR-NAVAF, and employs maritime forces through the full spectrum of joint
and naval operations.