Navy’s AW-159 chopper crew to undergo intensive training

Naval Air Wing personnel tasked to man the two state-of-the-art AgustaWestland (now Leonardo) AW-159 “Wildcat” helicopters, will undergo extensive training on the proper handling of the Philippine Navy’s (PN) first bonafide anti-submarine warfare (ASW) platforms.

“The two AW-159s are purposely built for anti-submarine warfare. Being the latest and most advanced ASW capable platform of the PN, pilots, crew and even commanders will be undergoing extensive training to better prepare the command in properly operating and maintaining this weapon system,” Navy spokesperson, Capt. Jonathan Zata, said in a message to the Philippine News Agency (PNA) when asked what is next for the Navy after the formal commissioning of the AW-159s last June 17.

Zata said the two “Wildcat” helicopters will be deployed aboard the two Jose Rizal-class missile frigates being constructed by South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries and scheduled for delivery in 2020.

The AW-159s arrived in the country last May 7 and were acquired for PHP5.4 billion, including its munition, mission essential equipment, and integrated logistic support. PNA