PH Navy receives advanced drone system from US to boost security in WPS

Marje Pelayo   •   November 26, 2020   •   1397

MANILA, Philippines – The Joint US Military Assistance Group (JUSMAG) of the US Embassy in Manila formally turned over a ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) to the Philippine Navy in a ceremony held at Naval Base Heracleo Alano, Sangley Point, Cavite on Wednesday (November 25).

This new equipment will help boost the Navy’s maritime security especially in the disputed waters of the West Philippine Sea (WPS).

“This new asset will complement the same kind being operated by the 300th Air Intelligence and Security Wing at the Antonio Bautista Air Base in Palawan, which is very close to the disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea that need our consistent attention,” said National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.

The system which costs US$14.79 M or an estimated P710-M will provide intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) 71st Maritime Unmanned Aerial Reconnaissance Squadron (71 MUARS) – the AFP’s leading unit for unmanned maritime ISR operations.

“Transferring the ScanEagle system for operation by the Maritime Unmanned Aerial Reconnaissance Squadron represents the steadfast commitment by the United States to our partners in the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” US Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Kimberly Kelly.

The Philippines has received more than US$650 million (P33 billion) worth of military materiel from the U.S. military making it by far the largest recipient of US’ military assistance in the Indo-Pacific region since 2015. MNP / Raymund David

Phl Navy, Air Force air assets being used in distribution of relief to typhoon-hit areas

Maris Federez   •   December 24, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has deployed several air assets in the distribution of relief goods to areas heavily battered by Typhoon Odette.

The Philippine Navy has transported relief goods to Dinagat Island where they also conducted a feeding program and set up charging stations for affected residents in the island.

The Philippine Air Force used its C-130 plane in transporting mobile treatment plants from the Manila Water Company to Lapu-Lapu City in Cebu. This will help clean and filter raw water to make it potable for residents in the area.

Other military aircraft are continuously being used by the government in conducting relief and humanitarian efforts in different areas in Cebu and Palawan that were severely ravaged by the typhoon.

The Air Force Tactical Operations Group 8 in Tacloban is also working non-stop in reaching and distributing help to residents in Southern Leyte that were heavily affected by Typhoon Odette.

The military vows to continue being of help in the government’s relief transport mission, as directed by President Rodrigo Duterte. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent JP Nuñez)

 

Rear Admiral Adeluis Bordado named new PH Navy chief

Robie de Guzman   •   June 8, 2021

Rear Admiral Adeluis Bordado PN; 39th Flag Officer in-Command, Philippine Navy | Photo credit: NPAO

 

MANILA, Philippines — Rear Admiral Adeluis Bordado has been designated as the next chief of the Philippine Navy, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Tuesday.

In a statement, AFP chief of staff General Cirilito Sobejana welcomed Bordado’s appointment as the 39th Flag Officer in-Command of the Philippine Navy.

“His designation came at the time that the Philippine Navy is vigorously pursuing its modernization program that includes acquisition programs for surface and sub-surface assets,” AFP chief said.

He said Bordado’s wealth of experience, well-rounded education and training locally and abroad and personal attributes “make him an excellent choice to lead the Philippine Navy at this time that the AFP faces various internal and external security challenges.”

“Bordado is an accomplished naval officer who rose to the hierarchy of the 123 years old Philippine Navy passing through the different command, leadership, management, and staff positions —not only in the Philippine Navy but in the AFP as well,” Sobejana said.

“He particularly distinguished himself in the fields of operations, intelligence, information technology, budget, planning, and education and training,” he added.

Bordado will replace outgoing navy chief Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo.

The change of command ceremony will be held on Tuesday afternoon at the Philippine Navy Headquarters.

PH Navy conducts salvage ops for crashed PAF MD 520MG helicopter in Getafe, Bohol

Robie de Guzman   •   May 5, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — A joint search and recovery operation was conducted in the waters off Jandayan Island in Getafe, Bohol where the Philippine Air Force (PAF) MD 520MG crashed last April 27, the Philippine Naval Force Central (NAVFORCEN) said.

In a statement, the NAVFORCEN said the joint salvage operation was conducted by the Philippine Navy vessel BRP Abraham Campo (PC396) and the Naval Special Operations Unit 5, in coordination with personnel from 15th Strike Wing, Philippine Air Force and Coast Guard Sub-Station Getafe.

“On April 27, 2021, BRP Abraham Campo received a call from Headquarters, NFC about a reported crash of PAF 520MG at seawaters of Getafe, Bohol and immediately proceeded to the said vicinity. Coordination made with Coast Guard Sub-Station Getafe and 47th Infantry Battalion and confirmed the identities of crew of the said aircraft. They were brought to Garcia Hernandez Memorial Hospital in Talibon, Bohol,” the agency said.

PAF earlier said that one pilot was killed while three others were injured in the crash. The helicopter went down while conducting an engineering flight but the cause is still under investigation.

“After the recovery of the crew of the ill-fated helicopter, a well-studied plan was developed for the recovery of the MG520. Upon availability of the necessary materials and equipment, PC396 launched its Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) with onboard personnel of NAVSOU5, PAF and Civilian Divers and conducted underwater search and investigation,” the NAVFORCEN said.

“Upon confirming the location of the sunken helicopter, a civilian crane barge was utilized to lift and recover the said aircraft,” it added.

The agency said the recovered aircraft was transported by the BRP Abraham Campo from Bohol to Captain Veloso Pier, Naval Base Rafael Ramos, Lapu-Lapu City and was turned-over to PAF’s Tactical Operations Wing-Central.

PAF earlier said it has grounded the MG520 fleet as it investigates the incident.

 

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