US, PHL air forces strengthen fighter interoperability

The Philippines and United States air forces completed the 12-day Bilateral Air Contingent Exchange-Philippines (BACE-P) on February 1 at Cesar Basa Air Base.

According to US Air Force, this year’s iteration of BACE-P was unique for its incorporation of F-16 Fighting Falcons. 

“Having the F-16 fighter allowed us to interact with our partners along with their FA-50s and in turn helped to strengthen our interoperability and training with a key partner,” said Colonel Christopher Faurot, BACE-P 13th Expeditionary Air Squadron commander.

“Through this engagement, our bilateral forces increased their interoperability and our partners demonstrated that they are a disciplined, professional and highly motivated force,” he added.

Aside from interfly training between the F-16s and FA-50s, airmen conducted subject matter expert exchanges on topics to include crash recovery, communications, flightline, and maintenance back-shop operations, concluding with a large force exercise on the last day.