US aircraft, with PAF personnel on board, conducts recon flight off Luzon

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MANILA, -- A U.S. surveillance aircraft with Philippine Air Force (PAF) personnel on board conducted a maritime domain awareness (MDA) flight in the waters off Luzon, the United States Navy said Tuesday.

The flight, staged on June 19, enabled the U.S. Navy Patrol Squadron 45 (VP-45) to demonstrate to PAF personnel the advanced capabilities of its newest maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon.

“Members of VP-45’s Combat Aircrew Eight (CAC-8) detachment to Clark Air Base exercised forward presence and joint interoperability while fostering the longstanding relationship between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the U.S. Navy by demonstrating the operational capabilities of the P-8A Poseidon in a maritime capacity,” said Lt. j.g. Robert J. Valentich, VP-45 public affairs officer in a statement emailed to the Manila Bulletin.

The P-8A is the most advanced long range anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare aircraft in the world. A true multimission aircraft, it also provides superior maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability.

The Pelicans of Patrol Squadron (VP) 45 hosted members of the Philippine air force and navy aboard a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon for a familiarization flight to increase understanding and showcase the capabilities of the Navy’s newest maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft.

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