WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Ander Crenshaw, member of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, today (12/2) issued the following statement regarding the Navy’s announcement that the P-8A Poseidon has achieved initial operational capability (IOC) with two aircraft deployed from Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax) on November 29:
“The deployment of two P-8A aircraft from the First Coast is welcome news in a steady progression of national security advancements that I have long fought for on Capitol Hill. With the ever-present threat of submarines from unfriendly countries and the aging P-3 nearing the end of its life cycle, the P-8A Poseidon underscores the Navy’s commitment to cutting-edge maritime surveillance and the future of NAS Jacksonville. The Navy and Boeing deserve praise for keeping production on cost and ahead of schedule.”
BACKGROUND: P-3 to P-8 transition is well underway at NAS Jacksonville. VP-16 is executing an Inter-Deployment Readiness Cycle and is on track to be the first P-8 squadron in the Navy to deploy. VP-5 has completed its P-8 transition, and VP-45 has commenced P-8 transition after returning from deployment this past summer. In addition to leading the fleet transition process, VP-30 is also producing P-8 qualified replacement personnel for direct accession into P-8 qualified squadrons. The Navy’s current plans call for the basing of up to six operational squadrons and one training squadron of P-8’s at NAS Jax.