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NAS Jax deploys new air recon unit

A P-8A Poseidon aircraft assigned to the Patrol Squadron SIXTEEN "War Eagles" flies over NAS Jacksonville during their inter-deployment readiness cycle in January 2013. (MC2 Gulianna Dunn)
A P-8A Poseidon aircraft assigned to the Patrol Squadron SIXTEEN "War Eagles" flies over NAS Jacksonville during their inter-deployment readiness cycle in January 2013. (MC2 Gulianna Dunn)
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Updated: 11/27/2013 5:49 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Naval Air Station Jacksonville will make history on Friday when the P-8A Poseidon is deployed for the first time. The squadron will head to the Western Pacific.

The Poseidon performs long-range anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. The Poseidon replaces the Orion aircraft.

The U.S. Navy says NAS Jacksonville Patrol Squadron Sixteen (VP-16) completed the transition to the P-8A in January 2013. Squadron members have spent the last year preparing for their upcoming deployment as the first squadron to take the P-8 into active duty.

Family members and friends of the "War Eagles" will be at the hangar to bid farewell to their loved ones during a ceremony on Friday.
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