Air Force continues patrol in West Philippine Sea amid COVID-19

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The Philippine Air Force (PAF) is continuing its maritime patrol in Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Command (WESCOM) Joint Area of Operations.

Aside from securing the land, air, and sea of Palawan and Malampaya Deep Water Gas to Power Project from threats emanating from terrorists, rebels, other lawless groups, and calamities, WESCOM is also responsible in preserving the country’s territorial integrity in the West Philippine Sea.

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“Amidst the urgent situation due to COVID-19, still the Philippine Air Force once again deployed two (2) s211 aircraft to continue the conduct of Maritime Air Patrol (MARPAT) in the Western Command’s Joint Area of Operations on 02 April 2020,” PAF Tactical Operations Wing (TOW) West said in a statement.

It noted that as pre-emptive protocols on COVID-19, disinfection to the pilots and crews and aircraft was conducted by the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) upon arrival at Antonio Bautista Air Base in Puerto Princesa City.