Military Capabilities

Philippines deploys trainer aircraft for maritime patrols in South China Sea

26 February 2020

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has deployed three SIAI‐Marchetti S.211 trainer aircraft for maritime patrol duties over the South China Sea.

The deployments are to support wider operations undertaken by the Armed Forces of the Philippines' (AFP's) Western Command (WESCOM) over the body of water body that Manila refers to as the 'West Philippine Sea'.

For the patrols, which began on 24 February, the aircraft will operate out of the Antonio Bautista Air Base on the island of Palawan.

Images released via an official social media channel of PAF's Tactical Operations Wing West on the same day suggest that at least two of the aircraft have been equipped with auxiliary fuel tanks as part of the operations.

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