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LOOK: Air Force’s FA-50s join PH-US patrols in West Philippine Sea

Bea Cupin

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LOOK: Air Force’s FA-50s join PH-US patrols in West Philippine Sea

PH-US aircraft conduct their joint flight on November 21 as part of the Northern Luzon leg of the maritime cooperative activity.

Armed Forces of the Philippines

The three-day joint patrols began on November 21

MANILA, Philippines – Two of the Philippines’ FA-50 aircraft joined the days-long joint patrols of the Philippines and the United States in the vicinity of Batanes and the West Philippine Sea. 

The joint patrol, which involves units of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the US Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM), come at a time of heightened tensions between Manila and Beijing, particular over China’s harassment in the South China Sea. 

LOOK: Air Force’s FA-50s join PH-US patrols in West Philippine Sea

Chinese vessels have been harassing Filipino vessels and fishing boats in features in the West Philippine Sea, or areas in the South China Sea within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone. 

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Two PAF FA-50PH aircraft take part in the joint PH-US Maritime Cooperative Activity in the vicinity of Batanes and areas in the West Philippine Sea from November 21 to 23, 2023.
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PH-US aircraft conduct their joint flight on November 21 as part of the Northern Luzon leg of the maritime cooperative activity.
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Batanes, the northernmost province in the Philippines, is located less than 200 kilometers from democratically-run Taiwan, which China also claims as its own. 

In a statement on November 21, the AFP said the “maritime cooperative activity” will “[enhance] interoperability and [foster] regional cooperation between the long-standing allies.” 

Joint patrols will begin in the vicinity of Batanes and end in the West Philippine Sea, according to the AFP. 

The Philippines will be using two FA-50PH, an A-29B Super Tucano, and three Navy vessels, while the US is sending a P8-A Poseidon aircraft and a Littoral Combat Ship. 

The joint patrols run until November 23. – Rappler.com 

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Bea Cupin

Bea is a senior multimedia reporter who covers national politics. She's been a journalist since 2011 and has written about Congress, the national police, and the Liberal Party for Rappler.