The RAF has taken provide of the primary of 9 new maritime patrol airplane.
The quick of P-8A Poseidons are to be stationed at RAF Lossiemouth on the Moray high-tail.
Boeing is growing the P-8As within the US and the primary of the completed planes was formally handed over to the RAF in a ceremony in Seattle.
An RAF crew will quickly provoke teaching in using the airplane at Naval Air Contrivance Jacksonville in Florida sooner than it’s flown to Lossiemouth subsequent yr.
The RAF’s 120 Squadron will use the airplane in a submarine hunter function.
A brand new facility for the P-8As is being constructed at Lossiemouth at a worth of £132m.
The UK’s ultimate devoted maritime patrol planes flew out of RAF Kinloss, about 14 miles (22km) from Lossiemouth, in 2010.
In 2015, Canadian and French maritime patrol airplane crews assisted the RAF and Royal Navy in searches off Scotland’s north high-tail after stories of a Russian submarine being observed.