Together with the UK Government, we've built a new strategic facility at RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland. The facility is the home of the RAF's P-8A Poseidon fleet.
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).
- 18 August 2020: The first P-8A training simulator is delivered.
- 13 October 2020: Poseidon moves from Kinloss Barracks to its permanent home at RAF Lossiemouth.
- 14 October 2020: Terence Bulloch DSO* DFC* – ZP803 – arrived at RAF Lossiemouth.
- 3 November 2020: Spirit of Reykjavik – ZP804 – arrived at RAF Lossiemouth.
- 18 December 2020: The RAF announced RAF Lossiemouth will be the new home of the UK's fleet of Wedgetail AEW Mk1 surveillance aircraft when it enters service in 2023.
- 2 February 2021: Fulmar – ZP805 – arrived at RAF Lossiemouth.
The strategic facility at RAF Lossiemouth
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 can hold three aircraft, as well as maintenance space, planning rooms and office space. There will also be pilot simulators for training. We expect to have more than 200 Boeing employees focused on maintenance, training and support at RAF Lossiemouth once the facility is fully operational.
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.