SUBIC Bay, Olongapo City: An aircraft of the United States Navy that is involved in tracking submarines joined the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (Carat) with the Philippine Navy on Subic Bay in Zambales.
Lt. Cmdr. Matt Mckerring, mission commander and officer in charge of the P3C Orion, said the aircraft has 12 air crew and nine maintenance personnel, five of them women.
One of the latter, a Filipino-Japanese officer on the sub-marine, on Sunday tearfully met her relatives again after 20 years at the Subic Bay International Airport.
Lieutenant Elena Yoshimura, 27, tactical coordinator of P3C Orion, showed her grandparents around the aircraft that participated in the Carat exercise between the United States Navy and the Philippine Navy. P3C Orion is an anti-submarine warfare aircraft.
“The main focus of P3C Orion is anti-submarine warfare. We have censors on board, microphone system that can listen and track submarines, radar and cameras, among other [features],” Mckerring said.
On the Carat exercise, the officer added, they have flown with a Philippine Islander and performed maritime surveillance and simulation exercises.
“For us, it is about good relationship, friendship with our Filipino counterparts,” Mcker–ring said.