Congratulations to the RAF. Seems a bit early to be declaring IOC when the RAF only has two aircraft but they state they are using them and have sufficient personnel to crew and maintain them so I guess ready to go. I expect the large numbers of RAF posted to US units over the last few years has significantly smoothed the transition. UK declares IOC for Poseidon MMA
https://www.janes.com/article/95340/uk- ... seidon-mma
The UK declared initial operating capability (IOC) for its Boeing P-8A Poseidon MRA1 maritime multimission aircraft (MMA) on 3 April.
With the first two of nine aircraft now located in Scotland, the Royal Air Force (RAF) announced that it is "now patrolling the seas, hunting hostile submarines, keeping the UK safe".
"We've just declared an initial operating capability for our Poseidon aircraft, on time on 1 April. We've still got a long way to go with introducing this next-generation capability into service, but Poseidon is a game-changer, not just for hunting submarines but for a range of other roles from anti-ship warfare, maritime reconnaissance, and long-range search and rescue tasks," Air Commodore Richard Barrow, Poseidon Senior Responsible Owner, was quoted by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) as saying.
Aircraft ZP801 Pride of Moray and ZP802 City of Elgin arrived at Kinloss Barracks on 4 February and 13 March respectively. Both of these aircraft and the remaining seven to be delivered will be operated from RAF Lossiemouth, a short distance away from Kinloss, when construction of new facilities is to be completed later in the year. Operations are set to commence during the fourth quarter, with the type being flown by 120 Squadron and 201 Squadron (to be stood-up later this year), with 54 Squadron serving as the training and Operational Conversion Unit (OCU).
The long-awaited arrival of the first RAF Poseidon does not just mark a major milestone for the UK, but also for NATO. In particular, the alliance is looking to use its latest MMA to more effectively monitor the GIUK-Gap that runs between Greenland, Iceland, and the UK, following a dramatic increase in Russian submarine activity in the North Atlantic over recent years.