A P-8A Poseidon Maritime patrol aircraft from the U.S. Navy Patrol Squadron (VP) 10 began participation in exercise Sea Shield 2018, May 9, 2018, in the Black Sea.
Sea Shield is an annual Romania-led multinational exercise in the Black Sea designed to improve interoperability and combat proficiency of participating units.
The U.S. participation in this exercise demonstrates our commitment to deploying leading technology and combat capability in support of our allies and partners and collective defense of the Black Sea region.
“The Red Lancers of VP-10 are committed to continuing the legacy of maritime patrol aviation as they operate the P-8A Poseidon in the region. Our participation will further strengthen the interoperability of naval aviation with our regional allies and partners and we are excited to showcase the talented men and women who maintain and operate the P-8A.C, said Cmdr. Michael Albus, Commanding Officer, VP-10.
VP-10, based out of Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida, and operating out of Naval Air Station Sigonella, Sicily, entered the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations on April 8, 2018, to begin its regularly scheduled deployment.
The P-8A Poseidon’s state-of-the-art open architecture mission system coupled with next-generation sensors will dramatically improve the fleet’s ability to efficiently conduct anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions.
Maritime forces from Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States and Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 will be participating in Sea Shield.
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.