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120922-N-VE260-019 AYASE, Japan (Sept. 22, 2012) A P-8A Poseidon takes off from the flight line at Naval Air Facility Atsugi. The P-8A Poseidon is the Navy’s replacement platform for the P-3C, and is designed to secure the Navy’s future in long-range maritime patrol capability, while transforming how the Navy’s maritime patrol and reconnaissance force will man, train, operate and deploy. The P-8A provides more combat capability from a smaller force and less infrastructure while focusing on worldwide responsiveness and interoperability with traditional manned forces and evolving unmanned sensors. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Smelley/Released)