US Air Force sends anti-submarine aircraft from Okinawa to S. Taiwan and back

P-3C approached Eluanbi in Pingtung County early Thursday: Legislator Wang Ting-yu

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A P-3C anti-submarine aircraft (screenshot from Legislator Wang Ting-yu's Facebook page). 

A P-3C anti-submarine aircraft (screenshot from Legislator Wang Ting-yu's Facebook page). 

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A P-3C anti-submarine aircraft of the United States Air Force flew from Okinawa, approached southern Taiwan, and returned on Thursday (Feb. 13), just one day after three other American planes approached the island, ostensibly in response to recent intrusions by Chinese military aircraft.

Legislator Wang Ting-yu (王定宇) wrote on Facebook that the P-3C took off from Kadena Air Base in southern Japan Thursday morning and flew to a point between 70 and 80 nautical miles south-southwest of Eluanbi, Taiwan’s southern tip, before returning home, according to Liberty Times.

The flight was seen as a response to a Feb. 10 incident when a Chinese warplane crossed the median line in the Taiwan Strait to enter Taiwanese air space. On Wednesday (Feb. 12), an MC-130J transport plane and two B-52 bombers flew past Taiwan following two separate routes.

The Ministry of National Defense confirmed the Wednesday flights but has not commented yet on Wang’s new revelations, Liberty Times reported.