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VP-16 Participates in Swedish Exercise WASA III

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS170403-23
Release Date: 4/3/2017 10:50:00 AM

By Lt. Brian O'Bannon, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

RONNEBY, Sweden (NNS) -- A P-8A Poseidon, assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 16, detached to Ronneby, Sweden to participate in the Swedish-led anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercise "WASA III" in the littoral waters between the Swedish mainland and Gotland island.

From March 28-30, 2017, the P-8A conducted three ASW sorties against a Swedish Gotland-class submarine in coordination with four Swedish Visby-class corvettes. The scenarios built upon each other with increasing complexity leading up to a scenario including an unspotted submarine and simulated enemy surface force.

"During 'WASA III' we learned a lot working with our Swedish Navy partners by conducting anti-submarine warfare training in the littoral environment," said assistant mission commander Lt. Kenny Lovelady. "We look forward to continuing to develop interoperability between the P-8A and the Swedish Navy's corvette squadrons in the Baltic Sea."

- VP-16 is in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S national security interests in Europe and Africa.
- VP-16 is relieving VP-45, which concluded a seven month deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.
- VP-16 is based out of Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida.
- VP-16 is deployed to Naval Air Station Sigonella, Sicily.

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