One of the two Tarlac-class landing platform docks of the Philippine Navy will be sailing to Japan before the year ends to pick up Huey helicopter spare parts for the Philippine Air Force.
“Ano ‘yun, iti turn-over na sa atin kasi paubos na ‘yung Huey nila eh,” a source told Manila Bulletin. “Ang request lang nila is gumawa tayo ng facility to store it properly.”
These Huey spare parts from Japan will help PAF Huey helicopters to be on flying condition.
The Philippine Navy earlier revealed that one of the Tarlac-class landing platform docks will sail to Japan for the said mission.
“If the mission to Japan will push through this November, this will be the very first time that a PN-commissioned vessel will be calling on one of the ports in Japan,” Philippine Navy spokesperson Commander Jonathan Zata said.
In June, the Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) under Japan’s Ministry of Defense (MOD) announced that the request of Philippines for transfer of Bell UH-1H helicopters spare parts was approved.
ATLA said in a statement that at the sidelines of Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on June 2 the Japanese MOD informed Philippines’ Department of National Defense of the decision.
ATLA said the helicopter spare parts will be transferred free of charge.
In early May, Philippine Air Force (PAF) chief Lieutenant General Galileo Kintanar said the spare parts from Japan are enough to keep around 80 Hueys flying until 2020.
Sources: https://news.mb.com.ph/2018/10/23/japan-makes-available-spare-parts-to-help-pafs-fleet-of-huey-helicopters; http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1051886; http://www.mod.go.jp/atla/pinup/pinup300602.pdf; https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-philippines-defence-japan/philippines-seeks-parts-from-japan-for-huey-helicopters-idUKKBN1I80ZG