Boeing Delivers First P-8A Poseidon to New Zealand

  • The first of four P-8s ordered by New Zealand
  • New Zealand’s remaining P-8s to be delivered in 2023
  • Worldwide deliveries now total 155 P-8s to six global customers
Seattle December 7, 2022 Photo(s): By Boeing
New Zealand’s first P-8A Poseidon aircraft

New Zealand today received the first of four Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft in a ceremony at the Museum of Flight.

“As a maritime nation, delivery of the P-8A will ensure New Zealand maintains a patrol and response capability that will protect and support law enforcement in our Exclusive Economic Zone and Southern Ocean,” said Sarah Minson, acting Deputy Secretary Capability Delivery, New Zealand Ministry of Defence. “The P-8A will also assist our South Pacific neighbors and deliver long-range search and rescue capability.”

The milestone comes four years after the New Zealand Government entered into an agreement with the US Navy for the P-8A.

“The unmatched, multi-mission maritime patrol capabilities of the P-8 will provide New Zealand the ability to extend their reach into the Pacific and beyond,” said Philip June, vice president and program manager, P-8 Programs. “New Zealand joins eight other global customers including nearby Australia that have selected or already operate the P-8 and benefit greatly from its long-range maritime surveillance and warfare capabilities.”

To commemorate the delivery of the first P-8A Poseidon for New Zealand, the US Navy, New Zealand delegates and Boeing leaders cut the ribbon Wednesday in Seattle. Pictured (from left) are Sheena Vince Cruz, Boeing P-8 Asia-Pacific region program manager; Sarah Minson, acting Deputy Secretary Capability Delivery, New Zealand Ministry of Defence; Jeremy Clarke-Watson, New Zealand Consul General to Los Angeles; and Philip June, Boeing P-8 vice president and general manager; Rear Admiral Anthony E. Rossi, director, Navy International Programs Office.

Boeing Defence Australia will provide sustainment services for New Zealand’s fleet with the support of the P-8 International Program.

New Zealand’s three remaining P-8 aircraft are all in advanced stages of production and will be delivered in 2023. The aircraft will replace New Zealand’s current fleet of six P-3K2 Orions and will be based at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Ohakea.

To date, the global operating P-8 fleet has amassed more than 450,000 mishap-free flight hours. The P-8 is a long-range anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft capable of broad-area, maritime and littoral operations. In addition, the P-8 performs humanitarian and search and rescue missions around the globe.