Second Pacific Squadron Receives P-8A Aircraft
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
ARLINGTON, Va. — The Pacific Fleet’s maritime patrol squadrons transition to the P-8A Poseidon aircraft is proceeding apace with a second squadron receiving its first P-8As.
Patrol Squadron 47 (VP-47) has received its first two aircraft as it proceeds with its transition from the P-3C Orion, according to sightings by the North American Military Aviation Research group. The squadron, based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., is the second squadron based there to make the transition, following VP-4.
VP-47 was based at Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. It departed for a deployment overseas and returned from deployment in March to its new home at Whidbey Island for the transition. It will be followed in transition by VP-9, which also is moved to Whidbey as it returned this month from its split deployment to Kadena Air Base, Japan, and Comalapa, El Salvador.