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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Airdrop Operation

The Philippine Air Force has a new capability that has been in the works for a very long time. On September 16 in a joint operation with a Philippine Navy aircraft at Jolo airfield, Philippine Air Force Forward Air Controllers controlled a lived drop zone where two bundles of humanitarian relief bundles were dropped in a Low Cost Low Altitude (LCLA) airdrop operation. Since June of 2009, the Philippine Air Force Liaison Coordination Element, an element of the Joint Special Operation Task Force-Philippines, has been advising the Philippine Navy in LCLA operations so that they would eventually have this ability to support their own ground troops as well as provide humanitarian relief to isolated locations. This operation was also the first inter-service (Philippine Navy and Philippine Air Force) airdrop operation of its kind at a forward deployed location.

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