The P-3's are sold to Germany and Portugal. Some flights will take place this year, mainly to train new crews from both countries.
The sale of the P-3 weren't easy for the Dutch Ministry Of Defense. The minister wanted to get rid of the planes because there weren't any submarines left to hunt. However, the tasks of the P-3's wasn't submarine hunting anymore for years. It was mainly deployed for coast guard duties, but also saw duty for anti-drugs flights in the Caribbean and as a patrol plane in armed conflicts around the world.
The tasks will be taken over by two Fokker 60's, which are currently being modified at Woensdrecht.
13 Orions were operated from 1982, two of them permantly based on Curacao and another on Iceland.
Sad news. I flew the plane once and I really liked them! Nothing more than 4 smoking props!
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