US Navy plane nears Taiwan airspace

A US P-3C Orion flew near southwestern Taiwan marking 12th similar incident this month

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/04/25
By: Kelvin Chen, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

U.S. Navy P-3C Orion

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A U.S. Navy P-3C Orion anti-submarine aircraft flew near the southern waters of Taiwan on Saturday (April 25) morning, marking the 12th time a U.S. military aircraft entered Taiwanese airspace this month.

At the Ministry of Defense’s (MND) "Goodwill Fleet" epidemic investigation press conference on Friday, MND Spokesman Major General Shih Shun-wen (史順文) said the nation’s military was fully in control of the situation. He also emphasized that though the situation in the Taiwan Strait continues to be precarious, the nation’s military stays prepared.

“Aircraft Spots,” a Twitter account dedicated to tracking aircraft movement, showed a U.S. Navy P-3C Orion aircraft was in the southern waters of Taiwan, traveling from northeast to southwest toward the South China Sea, CNA reported. According to information publicly disclosed by the MND and “Aircraft Spots,” Saturday’s incident was the 12th U.S. military aircraft had flown near Taiwan this month.

The MND stated Thursday the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Liaoning aircraft carrier and its strike group entered the South China Sea via the Bashi Strait on April 12, and crossed it again on April 22 after training in the disputed waters. The MND also announced for the first time that aerial photos of the Liaoning were taken.    [FULL  STORY]

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