It happens everyday around the United States. The men in charge of protecting this nation practice their profession. Pilots need to keep proficient and be ready for the day they are needed. Today, I just happened to have my camera and be in the right place at the right time.
A Navy P-3C Orion, flying from Whidbey Island NAS, made some touch and goes this morning. My daughter and I were fortunate that our location and schedule permitted us to watch him make a few passes.
After a quick perusal of the NAS Whidbey Island site, I suspect this one is from VP-40, the Fighting Marlins. Of course, the military is notoriously tight-lipped about such things, so getting a straight answer is unlikely. Believe me, I tried calling. I'm not certain what good that kind of information could do anyone with bad intentions, but I would not want to put any fighting men/women at risk, so I'll leave it at that.
As a patrol aircraft, it's duty is to go for long flights over vast distances. Why they train over land is beyond me, but I am certain it has something to do with availability of runways. Who knows?