Philippine Navy Naval Air Group’s Beechcraft King Air TC-90 with tail number 390 has carried out a patrol mission over Bajo De Masinloc also known as Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal in West Philippine Sea morning of January 31, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) said.
TC-90 with tail number 390’s patrol mission over Bajo De Masinloc was its first in the area. The said aircraft is one of the two TC-90 aircraft donated by the Japanese government that were already turned over. Three more donated aircraft are scheduled to be delivered early this year.
“It has flown around the shoal for about 800 feet above sea level sighting four Filipino fishing boats, together with nine Chinese vessels comprising of four Chinese Coast Guard vessels, four unknown Chinese vessels and a Chinese fishing vessel. Moreover, the Filipino pilots heard no challenge from the Chinese Cost Guard,” said NOLCOM spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Isagani Nato.
“NOLCOM will continue to do its mandate that will be non-provocative strictly adhering to the International Law and in line with the directives and policies of the national government,” Lieutenant Colonel Nato said.
TC-90 with tail number 390 was activated on November 21, 2017 at Headquarters Naval Air Group, Naval Base Heracleo Alano, Sangley Point, Cavite City.
Sources: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/641708/9-chinese-vessels-found-in-panatag-shoal-nolcom/story/; http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1023572; https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2213779538647612&id=231970423495210