Airlifters Fly AFP Delegates To Indonesia To Join Maritime Cooperation

17 July 2017

The F-27 aircrew of the 220th Airlift Wing ferried selected Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) participants to Manado, Indonesia in connection with the semi-annual "Coordinated Patrol Operations Philippines-Indonesia" held on July 11 to 14, 2017. The delegation was headed by Brigadier General Gilbert Gabay AFP, Deputy Commander of Eastern Mindanao Command.

This maritime cooperation between the two countries is designed to prevent fleeing insurgents to seek potential refugees in the region. This is a timely engagement considering the government troops' ongoing clearing operations in Marawi City where insurgents are believed to seek haven in nearby countries such as in Indonesia.

Apart from the AFP delegates, the aircrew led by its aircraft commander, Colonel Federico Enriquez PAF (GSC), and the aircraft's Pilots-in-Command, Major Geraldine Abegail Matienzo PAF and Major Randell Medina PAF, also participated in the combined maritime surveillance exercise together with the Indonesian Navy.

This joint exercise has become more valuable and necessary particularly in enhancing the skills and knowledge of the Philippine Air Force’s Fokker pilots in navigating the regional airspace. Just recently, a C-130 aircraft flew to Tuczon, Arizona spanning a distance of almost 14,000 nautical miles. Having said this, getting acquainted with other countries’ civil air regulations, airway routes, and radio phraseology will guide the PAF pilots in navigating the regional airspace since the Philippine’s airspace is completely different from that of the other countries.

It is no doubt that this kind of activity has broaden both countries’ engagements. More so, the PAF’s aircrew were also provided with proficiency and experience, all for better airlift services and renewed drive to become the premier airlift provider in the region.

Courtesy of 220th AW