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U.S. Navy Plane Returns to Skies as China-Philippines Face Off in South China Sea

A US Navy plane was flying overhead as Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) rubber boats carrying journalists sped toward the BRP Sierra Madre in Ayungin (Second Thomas) Shoal in the West Philippine Sea during a resupply mission on November 10 2023. Image via @FMangosingINQ

A U.S. Navy plane circled the skies during the latest China-Philippines confrontation in the South China Sea, underscoring the seriousness of the situation and the amount of multinational military hardware in the region.

The U.S. Navy has previously deployed a P-8 Poseidon, a maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft made by Boeing, to help coordinate with Philippine efforts to resupply its outpost at Second Thomas Shoal.

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