PHILIPPINE AIR FORCE AND JAPAN AIR SELF-DEFENSE FORCE: STRENGTHENING BILATERAL TIES

Submitted by AFPAO on Thu, 06/18/2020 - 19:41

COLONEL JESUS VILLAMOR AIRBASE, PASAY CITY-- Despite the challenges COVID-19 has caused across the globe, the Philippine Air Force (PAF) Officers engaged their counterparts from the Koku-Jieitai or Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) in a Coordination Meeting to discuss future bilateral engagements and enhance their relationship on 16 June 2020.

COL ALVIN M HATE MNSA (PAF), the Assistant Chief of Air Staff for Plans, A-5 highlighted the growing bilateral cooperation between the Philippines and Japan and how military-to-military engagements are key to its continued success.

The Koku-Jieitai discussed with PAF the initiatives to better their readiness and effectiveness to respond to real-world challenges.

Due to health concerns and travel restrictions, both sides decide to conduct the meeting via virtual conference as an alternative to a traditional face-to-face meeting.

The two air forces plan to participate in goodwill visits and subject matter exchanges to increase Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief, Search and Rescue readiness.

This was the first video teleconference between the two air forces.

The PAF engages in a number of talks with partner air forces in the Indo-Pacific region to continue building bilateral ties.