PHL Navy activates second aircraft from Japan

Philippine Navy’s Naval Air Group officially activated the second Beechcraft King Air TC-90 Aircraft (NV392) donated by the Japanese government on March 19 during an Activation and Blessing Ceremony at Headquarters Naval Air Group, Naval Base Heracleo Alano, Sangley Point, Cavite City.

The ceremony was graced by Philippine Fleet commander Rear Admiral Danilo R. Rodelas. The activation was held after completing the installation of the aircraft’s navigational equipment and paintings.

“The first C90 aircraft was activated last November 21, 2017 and made her maiden flight conducting Maritime Air Surveillance at Bajo De Masinloc on January 31, 2018 under the Operational Control of Northern Luzon Command,” the Philippine Fleet said.

Rear Admiral Rodelas said activation of the second TC-90 aircraft “will bolster our surveillance capabilities as we patrol our vast sea lanes of communication and maritime borders.”

“The threats that we face as a maritime nation, namely piracy, terrorism, border protection and even climate change dictates that we must be perpetually ready to address any contingency. In time, this aircraft will be deployed in areas of critical interest to our national security. The experiences that we as a navy will gain from the utilization of this aircraft will hopefully prepare us for a strong and credible navy that we all dream to be,” he added.

The Philippines is set to receive three more TC-90 aircraft from Japan.