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A-10's complete second USPACOM Air Contingent mission

Four U.S. Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft taxi down the runway at Clark Air Base, Philippines, after completing an air and maritime domain awareness mission in the vicinity of Scarborough Shoal April 21, 2016. These aircraft are part of U.S. Pacific Command’s l Air Contingent designed to promote interoperability and provide greater and more transparent air and maritime situational awareness to ensure safety for military and civilian activities in international waters and airspace. The AMDA missions the A-10C’s conduct enhances the ongoing maritime situational awareness missions that have been carried out by the U.S. Navy’s P-8 deployments to Clark for a number of years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington)

Four U.S. Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft taxi down the runway at Clark Air Base, Philippines, after completing an air and maritime domain awareness mission in the vicinity of Scarborough Shoal April 21, 2016. These aircraft are part of U.S. Pacific Command’s l Air Contingent designed to promote interoperability and provide greater and more transparent air and maritime situational awareness to ensure safety for military and civilian activities in international waters and airspace. The AMDA missions the A-10C’s conduct enhances the ongoing maritime situational awareness missions that have been carried out by the U.S. Navy’s P-8 deployments to Clark for a number of years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington)

Five A-10C Thunderbolt IIs sit on the flight line at Clark Air Base, Philippines, after flying a training mission April 20, 2016. The aircraft are part of U.S. Pacific Command’s first iteration of an Air Contingent at the base, which was stood up at the invitation of the Philippine government in order to strengthen cooperation and interoperability between the U.S. and Philippines. The Air Contingent provides forces capable of a variety of missions including force projection, air and maritime domain awareness, personnel recovery, combating piracy, assuring access to the air and maritime domains in accordance with international law and ensures safety and transparency of operations in international waters and airspace. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington)

Five A-10C Thunderbolt IIs sit on the flight line at Clark Air Base, Philippines, after flying a training mission April 20, 2016. The aircraft are part of U.S. Pacific Command’s first iteration of an Air Contingent at the base, which was stood up at the invitation of the Philippine government in order to strengthen cooperation and interoperability between the U.S. and Philippines. The Air Contingent provides forces capable of a variety of missions including force projection, air and maritime domain awareness, personnel recovery, combating piracy, assuring access to the air and maritime domains in accordance with international law and ensures safety and transparency of operations in international waters and airspace. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Chris Elmstedt, an A-10C Thunderbolt II pilot from the 25th Fighter Squadron, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, taxies the aircraft in preparation for takeoff at Clark Air Base, Philippines, April 21, 2016. The pilots and aircraft conducted a mission flying in the vicinity of Scarborough Shoal in order to provide greater and more transparent air and maritime situational awareness to ensure safety for military and civilian activities in international waters and airspace. Elmstedt is deployed along with five A-10Cs, three HH-60G Pave Hawks and approximately 200 Airmen from various Pacific Air Forces bases in support of U.S. Pacific Command’s first Air Contingent. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Chris Elmstedt, an A-10C Thunderbolt II pilot from the 25th Fighter Squadron, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, taxies the aircraft in preparation for takeoff at Clark Air Base, Philippines, April 21, 2016. The pilots and aircraft conducted a mission flying in the vicinity of Scarborough Shoal in order to provide greater and more transparent air and maritime situational awareness to ensure safety for military and civilian activities in international waters and airspace. Elmstedt is deployed along with five A-10Cs, three HH-60G Pave Hawks and approximately 200 Airmen from various Pacific Air Forces bases in support of U.S. Pacific Command’s first Air Contingent. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington)

U.S. Air Force pilots step to the A-10C Thunderbolt II before taking off from Clark Air Base, Philippines, on a maritime domain awareness mission in the vicinity of Scarborough Shoal April 21, 2016. The pilots are deployed along with five A-10Cs, three HH-60G Pave Hawks and 200 Airmen as part of U.S. Pacific Command’s first Air Contingent in order to promote interoperability with Philippine counterparts and provide transparent maritime situational awareness, ensuring safety of military and civilian operations in international waters and airspace. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington)

U.S. Air Force pilots step to the A-10C Thunderbolt II before taking off from Clark Air Base, Philippines, on a maritime domain awareness mission in the vicinity of Scarborough Shoal April 21, 2016. The pilots are deployed along with five A-10Cs, three HH-60G Pave Hawks and 200 Airmen as part of U.S. Pacific Command’s first Air Contingent in order to promote interoperability with Philippine counterparts and provide transparent maritime situational awareness, ensuring safety of military and civilian operations in international waters and airspace. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington)

A U.S. Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II sits the flight line at Clark Air Base, Philippines after flying a maritime domain awareness mission April 21, 2016.  The A-10C has a proven record operating out of short and varying airstrips, provide a flexible range of capabilities, and have a mission profile consistent with the air and maritime domain awareness operations the Air Contingent is conducting out of the air base. The A-10 is capable of loitering close to the surface for extended periods to allow for excellent visibility over land and sea domains. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington)

A U.S. Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II sits the flight line at Clark Air Base, Philippines after flying a maritime domain awareness mission April 21, 2016. The A-10C has a proven record operating out of short and varying airstrips, provide a flexible range of capabilities, and have a mission profile consistent with the air and maritime domain awareness operations the Air Contingent is conducting out of the air base. The A-10 is capable of loitering close to the surface for extended periods to allow for excellent visibility over land and sea domains. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Daniel Bates, an A-10C Thunderbolt II crew chief marshals Capt. John Meyers, before taking off from Clark Air Base, Philippines, on a maritime domain awareness mission in the vicinity of Scarborough Shoal April 21, 2016. Meyers and Bates are both deployed from Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, along with five A-10Cs, three HH-60G Pave Hawks and 200 Airmen as part of U.S. Pacific Command’s first Air Contingent, which was stood up at the invitation of the Philippines government in order to promote interoperability and provide credible combat forces to the Indo-Asia-Pacific capable of a variety of missions including force projection, air and maritime domain awareness, personnel recovery, combating piracy, and assuring access to the air and maritime domains in accordance with international law. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Daniel Bates, an A-10C Thunderbolt II crew chief marshals Capt. John Meyers, before taking off from Clark Air Base, Philippines, on a maritime domain awareness mission in the vicinity of Scarborough Shoal April 21, 2016. Meyers and Bates are both deployed from Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, along with five A-10Cs, three HH-60G Pave Hawks and 200 Airmen as part of U.S. Pacific Command’s first Air Contingent, which was stood up at the invitation of the Philippines government in order to promote interoperability and provide credible combat forces to the Indo-Asia-Pacific capable of a variety of missions including force projection, air and maritime domain awareness, personnel recovery, combating piracy, and assuring access to the air and maritime domains in accordance with international law. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington)

A U.S. Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft arrives at Clark Air Base, Philippines after conducting an air and maritime domain awareness mission April 21, 2016. The aircraft flew in the vicinity of Scarborough Shoal providing greater and more transparent air and maritime situational awareness to ensure safety for military and civilian activities in international waters and airspace. The A-10C has a mission profile consistent with the air and maritime domain awareness operations U.S. Pacific Command’s Air Contingent is conducting out of the air base, as it is capable of loitering close to the surface for extended periods to allow for excellent visibility over land and sea domains. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington)

A U.S. Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft arrives at Clark Air Base, Philippines after conducting an air and maritime domain awareness mission April 21, 2016. The aircraft flew in the vicinity of Scarborough Shoal providing greater and more transparent air and maritime situational awareness to ensure safety for military and civilian activities in international waters and airspace. The A-10C has a mission profile consistent with the air and maritime domain awareness operations U.S. Pacific Command’s Air Contingent is conducting out of the air base, as it is capable of loitering close to the surface for extended periods to allow for excellent visibility over land and sea domains. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington)

A U.S. Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II taxies prior to takeoff from Clark Air Base, Philippines, on an air and maritime domain awareness mission April 21, 2016. The aircraft is part of the Air Contingent stood up by U.S. Pacific Command at the invitation of the Philippine government, demonstrating the U.S. commitment to partners and allies in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. The aircraft are flying in and around the South China Sea within international airspace, demonstrating freedom of navigation and providing transparency of operations in these areas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington)

A U.S. Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II taxies prior to takeoff from Clark Air Base, Philippines, on an air and maritime domain awareness mission April 21, 2016. The aircraft is part of the Air Contingent stood up by U.S. Pacific Command at the invitation of the Philippine government, demonstrating the U.S. commitment to partners and allies in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. The aircraft are flying in and around the South China Sea within international airspace, demonstrating freedom of navigation and providing transparency of operations in these areas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington)

A U.S. Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II flies over Clark Air Base, Philippines, upon return from a maritime domain awareness mission April 21, 2016. The aircraft can be serviced and operated from various bases with little dependency on facility types, additionally; many of its parts are interchangeable left and right, including the engines, main landing gear and vertical stabilizers. These unique aspects of the aircraft allow the aircrew and maintainers to deploy with minimal equipment and still ensure the jets are ready to fly missions out of Clark AB at a moment’s notice exercising the rights of freedom of navigation in international waters and international airspace. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington)

A U.S. Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II flies over Clark Air Base, Philippines, upon return from a maritime domain awareness mission April 21, 2016. The aircraft can be serviced and operated from various bases with little dependency on facility types, additionally; many of its parts are interchangeable left and right, including the engines, main landing gear and vertical stabilizers. These unique aspects of the aircraft allow the aircrew and maintainers to deploy with minimal equipment and still ensure the jets are ready to fly missions out of Clark AB at a moment’s notice exercising the rights of freedom of navigation in international waters and international airspace. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington)

A U.S. Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II taxies down the runway at Clark Air Base, Philippines, after completing an air and maritime domain awareness mission April 21, 2016. The aircraft is part of U.S. Pacific Command’s Air Contingent stood up at the invitation of the Philippine government. The Air Contingent demonstrates the U.S.’s commitment to maintaining a consistent presence in accordance with international laws and norms in the Western Pacific, as has been done for decades. (U.S. Air Force by Capt. Susan Harrington)
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A U.S. Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II taxies down the runway at Clark Air Base, Philippines, after completing an air and maritime domain awareness mission April 21, 2016. The aircraft is part of U.S. Pacific Command’s Air Contingent stood up at the invitation of the Philippine government. The Air Contingent demonstrates the U.S.’s commitment to maintaining a consistent presence in accordance with international laws and norms in the Western Pacific, as has been done for decades. (U.S. Air Force by Capt. Susan Harrington)

U.S. Air Force Capt. John Meyers conducts a pre-flight check on an A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft at Clark Air Base, Philippines, before flying a maritime domain awareness mission over international waters west of the Philippines April 21, 2016. Meyers, along with five A-10Cs, three HH-60G Pave Hawks and 200 Airmen are deployed as part of U.S. Pacific Command’s first Air Contingent. The stand up of the Air Contingent at the invitation of the Philippine government is just one way the U.S. exercises continued presence and commitment to partners and allies in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington)
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U.S. Air Force Capt. John Meyers conducts a pre-flight check on an A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft at Clark Air Base, Philippines, before flying a maritime domain awareness mission over international waters west of the Philippines April 21, 2016. Meyers, along with five A-10Cs, three HH-60G Pave Hawks and 200 Airmen are deployed as part of U.S. Pacific Command’s first Air Contingent. The stand up of the Air Contingent at the invitation of the Philippine government is just one way the U.S. exercises continued presence and commitment to partners and allies in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Stella Glojek reviews an A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft maintenance record before taking off from Clark Air Base, Philippines, on a maritime domain awareness mission in the vicinity of Scarborough Shoal April 21, 2016. These missions are designed to provide greater and more transparent air and maritime situational awareness to ensure safety for military and civilian activities in international waters and airspace. Additionally, the A-10 presence enhances the presence of U.S. military assets in the region upholding freedom of navigation and over flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington)
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U.S. Air Force Capt. Stella Glojek reviews an A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft maintenance record before taking off from Clark Air Base, Philippines, on a maritime domain awareness mission in the vicinity of Scarborough Shoal April 21, 2016. These missions are designed to provide greater and more transparent air and maritime situational awareness to ensure safety for military and civilian activities in international waters and airspace. Additionally, the A-10 presence enhances the presence of U.S. military assets in the region upholding freedom of navigation and over flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington)

A U.S. Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II sits the flight line at Clark Air Base, Philippines, after flying a maritime domain awareness mission April 21, 2016. The A-10C is perfectly suited for these types of operations, as it is capable of loitering close to the surface for extended periods to allow for excellent visibility over land and sea domains. Through these missions, the Air Contingent seeks to provide transparent maritime situational awareness while ensuring safety of military and civilian operations in international waters and airspace. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington)
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A U.S. Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II sits the flight line at Clark Air Base, Philippines, after flying a maritime domain awareness mission April 21, 2016. The A-10C is perfectly suited for these types of operations, as it is capable of loitering close to the surface for extended periods to allow for excellent visibility over land and sea domains. Through these missions, the Air Contingent seeks to provide transparent maritime situational awareness while ensuring safety of military and civilian operations in international waters and airspace. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington)

CLARK AIR BASE, Philippines --

Five U.S. A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft with the 51st Fighter Wing, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, part of U.S. Pacific Command’s first iteration of an Air Contingent, completed their second mission at Clark Air Base, Philippines, April 20, 2016. The Air Contingent was established at the invitation of the Philippine government in order to strengthen cooperation and interoperability between the U.S. and Philippines. The Air Contingent, consisting of five A-10Cs, three HH-60G Pave Hawks and 200 Airmen, provides forces capable of a variety of missions including force projection, air and maritime domain awareness, personnel recovery, combating piracy, assuring access to the air and maritime domains in accordance with international law and ensures safety and transparency of operations in international waters and airspace.