NAVAL BASE HERACLEO ALANO, Sangley Point, Cavite (DWDD) – The Philippine Navy (PN) commissioned 2 Beechcraft King-air TC90 donated by the Japanese government.
According to Lt. Sahirul Taib, spokesperson Philippine Fleet, Philippine Navy Fleet Commander Rear Admiral Gaudencio Collado Jr. led the blessing and commissioning ceremony.
Lt Taib added that they have already upgraded the said aircraft with navigational equipment that can be used by the Philippine Fleet for its maritime air surveillance, while its pilots already underwent orientation and training.
Currently, the two aircrafts have not been given any specific task and it will depend with the higher headquarters on where it will be deployed.
At present, the Philippine Fleet has 6 Islander aircraft, 5 Augusta Westland helicopter, at the latst addition, the 2 of 5 TC-90 Beechcraft planes.
“Yung TC90 natin mas malaki siya kesa sa Islander na meron ang Philippine Navy, so with this new aircraft TC90 mas mapapalawak ang maritime air surveillance at kung ano anong activities na pwedeng magamit para sa kaniya,” according to Lt Taib. AES/ALS