Philippine Navy activates another Japan-donated patrol plane

Philippine Navy activates another Japan-donated patrol plane




This is another good news for the Philippine Air Force and for the general Armed Forces of the Philippines.
The Naval Air Group (NAG), based in Sangley Point, Cavite City held an activation and blessing ceremony for the fourth Beechcraft King C-90 donated by the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF)of Japan last Monday. 

Beechcraft King C-90 donated by the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) of Japan to the Philippines (photo credit to owner)

The activation and blessing ceremonies were presided by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff, Gen. Benjamin Madrigal Jr. and NAG commander, Captain Juario C. Marayag.
"I believe that having these capabilities give an unparalleled advantage to our decision makers in the frontline. I cannot overemphasize maritime situational awareness as a factor in achieving archipelagic maritime security. Naval air operations have time and again proven to contribute in providing strategic and common operational picture. The range and speed of this C-90 are relatively unprecedented in the PN inventory,” Marayag said.
The Beechcraft King C-90 was offered by Japan shortly after the Agreement Concerning the Transfer of Defense Equipment and Technology was finalized in February 29, 2016.

The C-90 has an effective range of over 1,000 nautical miles, and cruising speed of 226 knots and capable of carrying eight passengers along with the pilots.
“With the acquisition of C-90 aircraft, we further our defense posture and reinforce our capabilities to address the emerging threat of our maritime domain," Madrigal said.


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