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Making its debut in RAF service at this year's Air Tattoo is the Poseidon MPA1. Currently replacing the P-3 Orion in US Navy service and officially the replacement for the Nimrod in the UK, the P-8A Poseidon is a long-range multi-mission maritime aircraft that in particular performs the anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare roles. It is based on the commercial Boeing 737-800 airframe, and Boeing leads the industry team that has developed the aircraft. Prior to the UK ordering 9 aircraft, RAF aircrew flew alongside their US Navy counterparts as part of Project Seedcorn in an effort to maintain core skills in the maritime arena following retirement of the Nimrod fleet. The Poseidon will perform a flypast with the Red Arrows to open the show on Friday and an example will also be on static on Saturday and Sunday.
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