JGSDF transferring Huey parts and equipment to Philippine Air Force

The Japanese Embassy in Manila said that Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. and Ambassador of Japan to the Philippines Koji Haneda exchanged notes on November 7 at the Department of Foreign Affairs on the turnover of UH-1H Parts and Maintenance Equipment from the Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) to the Philippine Air Force (PAF).

The Japanese Embassy added that these parts and equipment will be useful for the Philippine Air Force as it deploys UH-1H helicopters to conduct activities relating to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, transport, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

“After the exchange note ceremony, Japan’s Ministry of Defense and the Philippines’s Department of National Defense will coordinate the details of the transfer procedure and the schedule for the turnover,” the Japanese Embassy added.

“We hope that this defense equipment transfer will contribute to further cooperation between Japan and the Philippines in such area as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief as well as maritime security,” it noted.