There is an interesting tidbit toward the end of a Jax Air News article about VP-16 participating in an exercise with Philippines Navy P-3. After their current deployment to Okinawa, they are scheduled to transition to the P-8A Poseidon (VP-30, the fleet readiness squadron at NAS Jax already has one P-8A):
VP-16 is home based at NAS Jacksonville, where it will transition to the new P-8A Poseidon upon returning from deployment. The War Eagles are currently forward-deployed to Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan and fly in support of Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet.
“The first P-8A transition squadron to be trained at VP-30 will be the VP-16 ‘War Eagles’ beginning in July of 2012. When VP-16 returns from deployment, they’ll say goodbye their P-3s and send their combat aircrews and maintainers to the Pro’s Nest for six months of P-8 training.The P-8A Fleet Introduction Team (FIT) recently moved into the ITC from VP-30. Lt. Cmdr. Joe Opp, officer in charge of the FIT, explained, “After completing commercial B-737 type rating school in Seattle, our FIT pilots are now training in the four P-8 test aircraft assigned to VX-20 at Pax River. The FIT will train VP-16 personnel to assure that the P-8 stays on track to IOC in 2013. The P-8A IOC is defined as one squadron composed of six aircraft with personnel who are trained and certified to deploy.”“When VP-16 shows up for training in 2012, we’ll have a maintenance team ready to support them. Once the War Eagles become NATOPS qualified, they’ll return to Hangar 511 and begin their 12-month IDRC (Inter-Deployment Readiness Cycle) to become combat-certified by Wing 11,” he added.