Monday, August 1, 2011

P-3C Orion

A Navy P-3C “Orion” aircraft, assigned to the “War Eagles” of Patrol Squadron One Six (VP-16) lifts off to begin another patrol mission in the region. VP-16, a Jacksonville, Fla.-based squadron, is currently on a scheduled deployment to the Mediterranean theater in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The P-3C is a multi-mission aircraft providing Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and Anti-Surface Warfare (ASUW) capabilities. VP-16 utilizes a wide range of communications, detection, monitoring, reconnaissance and navigation systems to perform their mission. In addition to advanced electronics, the P-3C can deliver an impressive mix of torpedoes, bombs, and missiles along with pinpoint mine-laying capabilities. (U.S. Navy photo by Paul Farley)

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