Reserve Squadrons Won’t Get New Plane

The Navy has no plans to equip its two reserve patrol squadrons with the new P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, Seapower Magazine reported Aug. 23. Vice Adm. Michael Shoemaker, the commander of Naval Air Forces, told an audience at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., that the two reserve squadrons – Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla.-based VP-62 and NAS Whidbey Island, Wash.-based VP-69 – would continue to fly the aging P-3 Orion aircraft. Shoemaker said that providing reservists with the new platform would be desirable, but “We’re not in that position from a resource perspective”