RAAF P-8A completes Middle East mission
The Royal Australian Air Force P-8A Poseidon aircraft that deployed to the Middle East in October has completed its mission successfully, the Australian Department of Defence announced on 25 November.
The aircraft took part in International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC) missions to ensure the safe passage of naval and merchant vessels through the region and boost maritime security.
On return to Australia, the P-8A Poseidon and its crew will contribute to maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance duties in its home region.
A small number of Australian Defence Force personnel will continue to provide liaison, planning and coordination support to the IMSC headquarters.
A Royal Australian Navy Anzac-class frigate will deploy to the Middle East in January 2020 for approximately six months, in support of Australia’s contribution to the IMSC and the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF). The CMF is the US-led maritime coalition against terrorism, piracy and drug smuggling in the Middle East.
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