The Philippine Air Force joined the Northern Luzon Command in the commemoration of the 123rd Philippine Independence Day and the Celebration of the 5th Anniversary of the Renaming of Philippine Rise with the National Security Adviser and Chairperson of National Task Force-West Philippine Sea (NTF-WPS), Secretary Hermogenes C Esperon Jr, as Guest of Honor on June 12, 2021, in ceremonies at Clark Air Base, Pampanga.
The Philippine Air Force, through the Tactical Operations Wing Northern Luzon under BGEN ARISTOTLE D GONZALEZ PAF, took the lead in organizing the Solidarity Maritime Patrol over Philippine Rise.
The PAF C-295 aircraft was the primary aircraft for Secretary Esperon, LTGEN Arnulfo Burgos, and members of the NTF-WPS during the conduct of the solidarity maritime patrol.
The event was highlighted by the escort mission by two FA-50 Fighter jets led by the Commanding General, PAF, LTGEN ALLEN T PAREDES over sovereignty buoys or markers in the Philippine Rise.
Escort mission such as in Maritime Patrols builds confidence and assures the Filipino people that the Philippine Air Force will always be there to keep our airspace inviolable and safe for all of us.
The commemoration aims to promote marine conservation and to assert the country’s sovereign rights on the Philippine Rise formerly known as the Benham Rise. PAF.MIL.PH