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Crewmembers assigned to the “War Eagles” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 16 and personnel from the Philippine Navy pose in front of a U.S. P-8A during the multilateral exercise SEACAT 23 in Mactan, Aug. 24, 2023. SEACAT 23 is an exercise designed to train U.S. and regional partners for ‘real world, real time’ engagement and enhance their ability to communicate, coordinate and counter non-traditional maritime threats. The VP-16 “War Eagles” are based in Jacksonville, Florida, and are currently forward deployed to Kadena Air Base, Japan. The squadron conducts maritime patrol and reconnaissance as part of a rotational deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.