P-3s Remain Frontline Combatants

Reade, David
September 2003
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Sep2003, Vol. 129 Issue 9, p36
Conference Proceeding
For the U.S. Navy's maritime patrol community, the halcyon days of hunting Soviet submarines are gone. Over the past several years, however, P-3 Orions and their crews have become indispensable parts of the war on terrorism and U.S. military operations on land as well as at sea. From flying missions in 'Operation Iraqi Freedom' to nighttime surveillance over Afghanistan, P-3s demonstrate they remain frontline combatants. The U.S. Navy's P-3 Orion has been impressing operational commanders since the conflict in Balkans, but the aircraft has emerged from the anti-terrorist operations in Afghanistan and the overthrow of Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq as an indispensable intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance asset and as the platform of choice for ground commanders throughout the Persian Gulf area of operations. INSET: Employment of Maritime Patrol Aircraft in Southwest Asia.


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