Edwin Andrews Air Base

Edwin Andrews Air Base
San Roque Air Field
Moret Field
Zamboanga City, Zamboanga, Philippines
Coordinates 06°55′31″N 122°03′39″E / 6.92528°N 122.06083°E / 6.92528; 122.06083 (Edwin Andrews Air Base)
Type Air Base
Site information
Owner  Philippines
Controlled by Philippine Air Force
Condition active, as of 2014
Site history
Built by  Japan
In use December 6, 1956-present
Garrison information
  • Tactical Operations Group 9
  • 3rd Air Division
  • 206th Tactical Helicopter Squadron
  • 25th Composite Attack Squadron
  • 4223rd Supply Distribution Squadron
  • 1306th Dental Dispensary
Airfield Information
Airport type Military
Operator Philippine Air Force
Location Zamboanga City, Zamboanga, Philippines
Elevation AMSL 6 m / 20 ft
Coordinates 6°55′21″N 122°3′35″E / 6.92250°N 122.05972°E / 6.92250; 122.05972Coordinates: 6°55′21″N 122°3′35″E / 6.92250°N 122.05972°E / 6.92250; 122.05972

Location in the Philippines

Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 2,611 8,564 Asphalt

Edwin Andrews Air Base (IATA: ZAM, ICAO: RPMZ) is located in Zamboanga, Philippines. The base operates through Runway 09/27, which has a length of 2,611 m (8,566 ft), along with the Zamboanga International Airport and conducts air operations against insurgents like the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.


Edwin Andrews Air Base was built by the Spanish Alegre C. Ledesma as San Roque Airfield. The base was later renamed as Moret Field after Paul Moret, a US Marine Colonel who died in 1943 because of a plane crash. On March 15, 1945, American forces re-established their units and consecutively improved the base with the help of the U.S. Army airfield construction unit together with Filipino forces. The single runway was completed to be used to fight against the remaining Japanese forces in the Philippines and was about 4,500 feet long aligned with the prevalent winds in the area.[1]

The base was transferred to the control of the Philippine Government and became an airport for public use known today as Zamboanga International Airport. On December 6, 1956, A military airbase was established in the airport and was renamed Edwin Andrew Air Base in honor of Gen. Edwin Andrews, the first Filipino post-war PAF Commander who lost his life when the 'Lili Marlene', a C-47 transport plane carrying him and 16 others crashed in Mt. Makaturing, Lanao province in Mindanao on May 18, 1947.[2]

In January 2002, US soldiers arrived in the southern Philippines on a C-17 transport plane to help prepare for a joint military exercise aimed to fight a Muslim extremist group. US special forces moved from Edwin Andrews Airbase to Camp Basilio Navarro. 160 U.S. troops were sent to Basilan, and 250 U.S. troops will be stationed in Zamboanga.[3]

In September 9, 2013, A faction of the Moro National Liberation Front by Nur Misuari attempted to raise its flag at the Zamboanga City Hall leading to a 20-day siege called the Zamboanga City crisis in the city of Zamboanga.

Accidents and incidents

See also


  1. Martijn (January 6, 2002). "Lt. Col. Paul Moret, USMC (?-1943)". Retrieved October 6, 2014.
  2. "PAF Air bases and stations". Retrieved October 6, 2014.
  3. "American Soldiers Arrive in Philippines". Fox News Channel. January 24, 2002. Retrieved October 6, 2014.
  4. "Philippine Air Force Plane Crash Lands at the Edwin Andrews Air Base in Zamboanga City". UB Alert Disaster Network. November 9, 2011. Retrieved October 6, 2014.
  5. Legaspi, Amita (May 29, 2008). "Blast rocks Zamboanga airbase: 2 dead, 18 hurt". GMA News and Public Affairs. Retrieved October 6, 2014.

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