Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work and Harriett Baldwin, U.K. minister for defense procurement, have signed an agreement that aims to strengthen the U.S.-U.K. defense partnership and collaboration in P-8A Poseidon aircraft operations.
The Defense Department said Wednesday the two countries will seek opportunities to share logistics and support bases for the P-8A maritime patrol aircraft.
“This cooperation agreement ensures and deepens our interoperability and maritime patrol capabilities,” Work said.
“Together, the U.S. and U.K. will continue to deter regional threats and maintain a robust military posture.”
Baldwin noted the declaration serves to drive the countries’ efforts to establish mutual security in the North Atlantic region.
DoD said the P-8A purchase is part of the U.K.’s 2015 Strategic Defense and Security Review that aims to build on the country’s surveillance, anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, intelligence gathering and search-and-rescue operations.
A British air force base in Scotland will host the aircraft, with the first delivery set in 2019.