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Poseidon fleet complete

The fourth and final P-8A Poseidon aircraft has joined No. 5 Squadron’s whānau, just as the fleet becomes operational.

20 July, 2023

Getting the fleet mission-ready just seven months after the first aircraft landed at RNZAF Base Ohakea is a testament to the extraordinary work put in by the squadron and it’s fitting the new era comes as the Matariki stars appear.

The fourth and final P-8A touched down at Ohakea on 17 July, after a flight from the Boeing Company’s workshop in the United States.

The first aircraft arrived at Ohakea on 12 December and the fleet (three at the time) became operational on 1 July.