The Philippine Navy’s Naval Air Group (NAG) is set to be upgraded into a wing status as its inventory of assets and capabilities grows. This was announced by NAG commander Captain Juario Marayag during the activation of fourth of five Beechcraft King Air C-90 aircraft donated by Japan.
“With this wide reach of Naval Air Group nowadays, the higher headquarters have recognized its capacity to be upgraded as a unit. The organizational upgrade into becoming a Naval Air Wing was defended before the OPB GHQ (Operational Planning Board General Headquarters) and was collectively endorsed by the board. We are now awaiting for the blessings and thumbs up from our CSAFP (Chief-of-Staff, Armed Forces of the Philippines),” Captain Marayag said at the event, as quoted by Inquirer.net.
Among the naval air assets the Philippine Navy recently acquired are five AW-109 helicopters and aircraft donated by Japan.
The Navy is also set to take delivery of 2 anti-submarine AW159 Wildcat helicopters within the first half of this year.
“The Naval Air Group has greater reach in maritime operations because of these new assets. These are the reasons for the organizational upgrade,” Marayag said.