A Portuguese Maritime Patrol Plane (MPA) has offered worthwhile assist from the air to NATO’s maritime safety operations at sea from October 8 to November 4. The Lockheed P-3C CUP+ Orion MPA detachment was stationed in Sigonella, southern Italy. Thirty crew members deployed, together with intelligence, communications and upkeep specialists. The plane accomplished eleven sorties in assist of Operation Sea Guardian within the central Mediterranean Sea. It flew a complete distance of 17,255 nautical miles in 75 flying hours, masking an space of roughly 940,000 sq. miles.

Maritime Patrol Aircrafts are a worthwhile asset by way of surveillance and reconnaissance, increasing fairly significantly the realm lined by the floor models. The Maritime Patrol Aircrafts suite of sensors keep good maritime situational consciousness, which ends up in data superiority and higher determination making. These are crucial elements enabling well timed allied navy motion towards any particular and potential threats to maritime safety within the Mediterranean.


Portuguese Air Drive Lockheed P-3C CUP+ Orion Maritime Patrol Plane (MPA). (Photograph by NATO Maritime Command (MARCOM))

“We use the P-3C CUP+ to the most effective of its skills, our multirole missions are various however achieved by way of dedication of all my airmen.The P-3C CUP+ will likely be round for a very long time within the Portuguese Air Drive and we’ll proceed to function it with our max capabilities and assist it defend Portugal, NATO and the world’s land and waters,” Stated the detachment commander, Main Hélder Ferreira.

“I couldn’t be extra happy by the “Lobo’s” professionalism throughout their current detachment to Naval Air Station Sigonella. Their crew carried out brilliantly, offering the situational consciousness we have to make well timed and prudent choices in a dynamic surroundings,” stated Commander of NATO Maritime Air, Commodore Illias Raptis.

The Lockheed P-3C CUP+ Orion MPA belongs to the 601st Squadron positioned at Air Base 11, Beja, Portugal. Generally known as “Lobos” (Wolfs), this unit repeatedly operates within the Mediterranean and within the Baltic area. The squadron’s foremost mission is the maritime patrol, in addition to each the anti-submarine (ASW) and anti-surface warfare (ASuW). It additionally has assigned search and rescue (SAR), and mine laying as its secondary missions. Because the squadron’s activation it has additionally participated in quite a few different nationwide and worldwide workout routines, most notably: Ocean Safari, Dogfish, Robust Resolve, Linked Seas, Noble Manta, Sharkhunt, Grampus, and Actual Thaw.