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570th Composite Tactical Wing
570th Air Base Group
570th Air Base Wing
202nd Air Base Wing
610th Composite Tacitcal Group
Task Force Palawan

The Philippine Air Force organized a Task Force in Palawan under Table of Order AF-08-73, dated 2 March 1973, pursuant to General Orders Number 333, Headquarters, Philippine Air Force, dated 8 March 1973. The mission of this provisional unit was to perform air operations in Palawan and the Kalayaan Island Group, in support of the overal Armed Forces of the Philippine mission. The unit was designated Task Force Palawan and stationed at Puerto Princesa City was under the command of the Sulu Frontier Air Command (SUFAC).

The Task Force was redesignated as the 610th Composite Tactical Group (Provisional) on 9 September 1974 pursuant to General Orders Number 92, Headquarters, Philippine Air Force, dated 9 September 1974. The 610th CTG consisted of the 611th Composite Tactical Squadron stationed at Puerto Princesa and 612th Composite Tactical Squadron stationed at Tarumpitao, Rizal.

On 16 September 1978, the unit was expanded and redesignated as the 202nd Air Base Wing, pursuant to General Orders Number 378, Headquarters, Philippine Air Force, dated 13 September 1978. The unit was placed under the command of the 2nd Air Division, based at Mactan, Lapu-Lapu City. It had 7 squadrons, along with a Hospital, Dental Dispensary and a Home Defense Center. During 1978, the contesting claims in the Spratlys in the South China Sea became the focal point of international controversy. China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines, particularly the Kalayaan Island Group, placed claims to the area.

On 19 March 1979, the Wing was redesignated as the 570th Air Base Wing, pursuant to General Orders Number 68, Headquarters, Philippine Air Force, dated 15 March 1979. To assert Philippine ownership over the Kalayaan Island Group, the Wing constructed an airstrip at Pagasa Island. A detachment was established there on 1 Nov 1980, pursuant to General Orders Number 383, Headquarters, Philippine Air Force, dated 30 October 1980. On 16 April 1983, the 570th Air Base Wing was removed from the command of the 2nd Air Division and placed under the command of the Commanding General, Philippine Air Force pursuant to General Orders Number 93, Headquarters, Philippine Air Force, dated 17 March 1983.

On 16 June 1983, the 570th Air Base Wing was reorganized and redesignated as the 570th Composite Tactical Wing pursuant to General Orders Number 258, Headquarters, Philippine Air Force, dated 22 June 1983. Its mission was to perform tactical air operations in its AOR and to provide, operate and maintain base services at Antonio Bautista Air Base and its satellite stations.

The 570th Composite Tactical Wing remained based on Palawan Island and was the nearest PAF unit to the disputed Spratly Islands. It conducted surveillance of the islands to monitor claimant nations' construction and activities there and was also charged with disaster relief and civil military operations on Palawan. Deployed air assets included the UH-1H, N-22B, AS-211, and F-5 aircraft.

In 2006 the 4th Tactical Operations Wing activated as part of a larger PAF reorganization, pursuant to General Orders Number 90, Headquarters, Philippine Air Force, dated 16 March 2006. The 570th Composite Tactical Wing was reorganized and redesignated as the 570th Air Base Group and placed under the command of the 4th Tactical Operations Wing.

In 2007, the 4th Tactical Operations Wing was inactivated and the 570th Air Base Group was reorganzied and redesignated again as the 570th Composite Tactical Wing, taking up its former post. This was part of a larger PAF reorganization that saw the Tactical Operations Command inactivated.




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