The Philippine Army today, October 6 commissioned to active service 2 donated R-44 Raven Light Training Helicopters.
Army commanding general Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana led the commissioning ceremony at Aviation “Hiraya” Regiment, Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija.
“The rotary aircrafts will be utilized for the training of the incoming rotary pilot students of the Regiment,” the Army said.
The Army chief also graced the closing ceremony of the Aviation Qualification Course where 16 new Army aviators graduated.
“A part of the class will undergo Rotary Wing Aircraft Training in Fort Magsaysay while the rest will be deployed to the Special Mission Aviation Company in the Visayas and Mindanao,” the Army added.
Lieutenant General Sobejana commended the new aviators for completing the rigorous training. He also led the ribbon-cutting ceremony during the inauguration of the newly-built administrative building at the Hiraya Headquarters.
“The Philippine Army envisions to meet this demand of rapid-response ground forces, supported by aviation capabilities. And, at the heart of this capability are the Army aviators. These pilots help the Force effectively respond to security requirements,” Sobejana said in his remarks.