THE United States deployed an air contingent for bilateral training missions with their counterparts from the Philippine military for improved interoperability and enhanced security cooperation.
The US sent two C-130 Hercules aircraft and 100 Airmen from the 374th Air Wing at Yokota Air Base, Japan, and the 36th Contingency Response Group from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, to Mactan-Benito Ebuen Air Base, Lapu-Lapu City.
Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) airmen also participated in the first rotation of an Air Contingent at Clark Air Base in April 2016, following a joint announcement by then Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter that highlighted several initiatives aimed to reinforce the ties between the two countries.
The two-week Air Contingent in April consisted of A-l0C Thunderbolt IIs, HH-60G Pave Hawks, and approximately 200 personnel from multiple PACAF units. The second iteration of the Air Contingent on June 15, 2016, was comprised of EA-18G Growlers and Navy personnel.