U.S. Navy Patrol Squadron FIVE (VP-5) deployed an plane, aircrew, and upkeep personnel to Batam, Indonesia, in assist of Train Tremendous Garuda Defend 2022 from July 31 to August 6. The crew offered a P-8A static show for Gen. Andika Perkasa, commander of the Indonesian Nationwide Armed Forces (TNI), and his chiefs of workers, throughout which the crew showcased the superior capabilities of the Boeing P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol plane. Tremendous Garuda Defend, part of Operation Pathways, is a longstanding annual bilateral army train performed between the U.S. army and the Indonesian Nationwide Armed Forces. The train reinforces U.S. commitments to our allies and regional companions, joint readiness, and interoperability.

“Collaborating in Tremendous Garuda Defend was a rewarding expertise, permitting us to showcase the capabilities of the P-8A, in addition to enhance interoperability with a accomplice nation,” mentioned Naval Aircrewman (Operator) 2nd Class Collins C. Cummings.


“The chance to develop relationships with the TNI was invaluable throughout this time of worldwide strategic competitors, mentioned Lt. Bradley Bailey, officer answerable for the detachment. “Our skill to showcase the P-8A whereas executing coordinated joint operations with a international accomplice enhanced readiness and improved our joint capabilities. The squadron’s interactions with our TNI companions promoted a typical understanding between our cultures and strengthened our enduring relationship with an vital accomplice nation within the Indo-Pacific area.”

Lt. Bradley Bailey, a naval flight officer from Patrol Squadron (VP) 5, exchanges a present with Maj. Hendro Sukamdani and Col. Dedy Ilham S. Salam of the Indonesian Nationwide Armed Forces, throughout Train Tremendous Garuda Defend. (Photograph by U.S. Navy Patrol Squadron 5 )

The Boeing P-8 Poseidon is an American maritime patrol and reconnaissance plane developed and produced by Boeing Protection, House & Safety, modified from the 737-800ERX. It was developed for the U.S. Navy. The P-8 operates within the anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASUW), and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) roles. It’s armed with torpedoes, Harpoon anti-ship missiles, and different weapons, can drop and monitor sonobuoys, and might function along with different property, together with the Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton maritime surveillance unmanned aerial car (UAV). The P-8 is operated by the US Navy, the Indian Navy, the Royal Australian Air Power, and the UK’s Royal Air Power. It has additionally been ordered by the Royal Norwegian Air Power, the Royal New Zealand Air Power, the Republic of Korea Navy, and the German Navy.

The “Mad Foxes” of VP-5 performed two flights in assist of Tremendous Garuda Defend. Working alongside an Indonesian Air Power (IDAF) B737 Maritime Patrol reconnaissance Plane (MPRA) from 5 SQDN IDAF, VP-5 accomplished a search and rescue train, a maritime area consciousness occasion, and a photograph train with floor ships. The ‘Mad Foxes’ of VP-5 are based mostly out of Jacksonville, Florida, and are presently working from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. The squadron conducts maritime patrol and reconnaissance, in addition to theater outreach operations as a part of a rotational deployment to the U.S. seventh Fleet space of operations. The superior capabilities of the P-8A Poseidon allow the ‘Mad Foxes’ to carry out anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance, and search and rescue missions.