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USN Retires the P-3

Old 20th Oct 2019, 20:27
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USN Retires the P-3

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OAK HARBOR, Wash. (Oct. 10, 2019) Navy Region Northwest Fire and Emergency Services Battalion Three sprays arches of water as a P-3C Orion taxis the flight line onboard Naval Air Station Whidbey Island during a homecoming ceremony for the "Fighting Marlins" of Patrol Squadron (VP) 40, Oct. 9, 2019. The "Fighting Marlins" homecoming return marks the final active duty deployment of the P-3C Orion with the transition to the P-8A Poseidon as it's replacement closing out more than 60 years of the P-3C Orion's operational history within the U.S. Navy.



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Old 21st Oct 2019, 16:22
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I believe the US Navy Reserves will still be flying the P-3 until @2023 out of Jacksonville and Whidbey Island. Not quite dead! but still a deserved retirement.
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Old 22nd Oct 2019, 08:39
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RAAF AP-3C's are all but retired and replaced by P-8's. Two EAP-3C's will remain in service until around 2022/23 when our Gulfstream MC-55A's arrive in the AISREW role. P-3's B's/C's/AP-C's have served the RAAF since 1968!
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Old 22nd Oct 2019, 09:56
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A fine career for the P-3.
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Old 22nd Oct 2019, 09:57
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not bad at all for what wasn't the most successful airliner of it's time
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Old 22nd Oct 2019, 10:32
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The RNZAF will continue to operate their P3’s until 2023
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Old 22nd Oct 2019, 15:49
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The USN EP-3E ARIES II SIGINT aircraft are not due to retire until 2025.
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Old 22nd Oct 2019, 15:51
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P-3s from Whitby Island still outside my window doing T&G's all day yesterday.
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Old 22nd Oct 2019, 19:52
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The Argentine Navy are looking to acquire some newer P-3s right now, if they can find the money, so I guess they'll be around quite a few years yet.
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Old 23rd Oct 2019, 07:33
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See if some soldier on in firefighting careers.
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Old 23rd Oct 2019, 22:40
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Several aircraft now in Museums here including one that is being kept airworthy with HARS Museum south of Sydney. Our P-3's were also used in A/Stan on an ISR role and as such the Australian War Memorial now hosts one of these.
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Old 24th Oct 2019, 10:14
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I believe NOAA or whoever still operate a couple of heavily modified P-3s as hurricane hunters.

Wikip entry on the type:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockhe...#Civilian_uses
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Old 24th Oct 2019, 11:43
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Korea, Japan, Germany, Greece, Brasil, Canada, Chile, Iran, Pakistan, Portugal, Taiwan, Thailand, Spain still fly them in the military..
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Old 24th Oct 2019, 20:30
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There are several nations till flying the F-4, and of course Iran still flys the F-14.

Doesn't change the fact the USN has retired it as a front line operational airframe. Used to be the Reserve/ANG would get hand-me-downs, increasingly, as with the P-8 and F-35, they also get the new kit.
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Old 24th Oct 2019, 21:12
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Originally Posted by TBM-Legend View Post
Korea, Japan, Germany, Greece, Brasil, Canada, Chile, Iran, Pakistan, Portugal, Taiwan, Thailand, Spain still fly them in the military..
And New Zealand!

How could your forget about your most important ally across the ditch!
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Old 25th Oct 2019, 01:16
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The RNZAF will continue to operate their P3ís until 2023
Covered above and by the way they have an ex-RAAF P-3B in their fleet. P-8's on the way...
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Old 25th Oct 2019, 03:27
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Still I don't know why Aussies get all tight about NZ defence?

We have a fit airframe on the line at least a couple of time a month - and sometimes a trained crew to fly them.



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