US Commander Joins South China Sea Surveillance Flight During Philippines Trip

The new U.S. commander of the Pacific Fleet participated in a surveillance flight over the disputed South China Sea in an American spy plane as part of his inaugural trip to the Asia-Pacific. Admiral Scott Swift, who assumed command of the Fleet in May, joined a seven-hour maritime surveillance mission on board a P-8A Poseidon plane this weekend.

According to the U.S. Pacific Command, he took part “to witness firsthand the full range of the Poseidon’s capabilities.” The P-8A Poseidon is designed for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance missions as well as long-range anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare. [READ MORE]