The Philippine government will reopen the former US naval base in Subic Bay and will station new fighter jets and two frigates in the once one of the biggest US naval facilities in the world. This is in response to the Chinese continued expansion in the South China Sea.
The naval base was shutdown in 1992 after the senate terminated a bases agreement with Washington. Manila converted the facility into an economic zone.
Using the Subic Bay would allow the Philippine Air Force and Philippine Navy to respond to Chinese moves in the West Philippine Sea more effectively.
The full squadron of FA-50s would be based at Subic, two of which will arrive in December.