Japan, PHL air forces hold first air-to-air bilateral training

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) and Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) has successfully completed a four-day bilateral training and increased mutual cooperation on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR).

The bilateral training was held at Clark Air Base on July 5-8, 2021.

“This is the first Air-to-Air bilateral training between the two air forces, marking a significant milestone for defense cooperation between Japan and the Philippines,” the Japanese Embassy in the Philippines said.

“As both Japan and the Philippines are natural disaster-prone countries, there is so much we can share and learn from each other on disaster relief operations for saving lives and alleviating the suffering of people in need,” the Japanese embassy said.

“The JASDF also offered their respects to the victims of the tragic plane crash in Sulu. Ahead of the joint training, Maj. MIZUNO Masaki expressed his condolences to all those who lost due to the tragic crash,” it added. “Japan, as a maritime state, recognizes the importance of maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific and commits itself to working with the Philippines and other partner countries for peace and stability in our regions and beyond.”