PH Navy announced after pandemic: More training for AW-159 anti-submarine warfare (ASW) chopper crew

PH Navy announced after pandemic: More training for AW-159 anti-submarine warfare (ASW) chopper crew


The Armed Forces of the Philippines is not letting any time past without improving its capability.

The Philippine Navy (PN)’s announced that its first two anti -submarine helicopters, the AW-159 "Wildcat" is now operational but is awaiting for the easing of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic for the conduct of more intensive training for its aircrew.

In a message relayed to the Philippine News Agency(PNA) PN chief Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo said the anti-submarine helicopters were declared operational after its commissioning in June 2019 to ensure the mission-essential and operational conversion training of the crew and prepare them for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) operations in the Philippine setting.

AW-159 "Wildcat" of the Philippine Navy
(photo credit to owner)

The PN also wants to maintain the proficiency of its pilots.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, trainings had to be stopped which necessitated a travel ban on all foreign nationals, including the British instructors of the PN's AW-159s.

"At present, the remaining factory training mentioned above (mission-essential and operational) have temporarily been suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the travel ban imposed on foreign nationals due to the pandemic," Bacordo said.

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