Navy sends Growlers to Philippines amid continuing sea tensions
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Four Navy E/A-18G Growler aircraft and 120 personnel arrived at Clark Air Base on Wednesday to help the Philippines patrol its sea borders amid heightened tensions over territorial rights in the South China Sea.
The detachment will train Philippine military pilots and “support routine operations that assure access to the air and maritime domains in accordance with international law,” a 7th Fleet statement said Thursday.
The VAQ-138 expeditionary squadron detachment from Whidbey Island, Wash., is at least the second temporary group to assist the Philippines since Pacific Command approved a new U.S. air contingent program in April.
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