Together with the UK Government, we're building a new strategic facility at RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland. Once completed, the facility will be the home of the UK’s P-8A Poseidon fleet of nine aircraft.

UK P-8A timeline:

  • July 2016: Long-term partnering initiative announced between UK Government and Boeing.
  • November 2018: Topping out ceremony to mark final beam on the main building at RAF Lossiemouth.
  • April 2019: Fuselage for the first UK P-8A arrives to Boeing’s factory in Renton, Washington.
  • June 2019: The livery of the first UK P-8A is revealed.
  • July 2019: The Pride of Moray – ZP801 – took its inaugural flight.
  • 4 February 2020: First P-8A arrived in UK.
  • 14 March 2020: City of Elgin – ZP802 – arrived in the UK.
  • 1 April 2020: The UK Poseidon fleet declared Initial Operating Capability.
  • 23 July 2020: Boeing hands over the strategic facility to Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S).

What’s being built?

The facility, with a steel structure 19 metres high, 165 metres long and 100 metres wide, is equal to 1.5 times the size of BT Murrayfield Stadium and is large enough to park 280 double decker buses. It will hold three aircraft, as well as maintenance space, planning rooms and office space. There will also be pilot simulators for training. Around 300 jobs have been created, with many of those working on the project local to the Moray area.

All nine P-8A Poseidon aircraft will operate from the base, where over 400 service and civilian personnel will operate and maintain the aircraft.

About P-8A Poseidon

The P-8A Poseidon will support maritime surveillance, anti-submarine warfare and anti-ship warfare for the UK. It will increase protection of the UK’s nuclear deterrent and Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers. There are 13 UK-based suppliers producing components for P-8A, making up 5% of every P-8A aircraft around the world.