Two of the AgustaWestland AW-109E "Power" helicopters of the Philippine Fleet were deployed on their maiden mission Wednesday.
Lt. (JG) Rommel Rodriquez, Philippine Fleet spokesperson, said the send-off ceremony took place at the flight line of the Naval Air Group (NAG) headquarters in Sangley Point,
The NAG operates three AW-109Es, with two more armed versions, expected to be delivered before the end of year.
Since its acquisition from
The maiden flight was inaugurated by the Philippine Fleet head Rear Admiral Jaime S. Bernardino.
He said that the helicopters will support the Armed Forces of the
He added that this will be the first time helicopters will be integrated afloat with the Philippine Navy’s capital ships, BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PF-15) and BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF-16).
Bernardino said, the pilots and crew have undergone rigorous training to meet an optimal condition of readiness for the air assets and are ready to undertake their mandated missions.
The pilots of PNH-431 are Lt. Cmdrs. Herbert June Dang-Awan and Leo Penacerada, while PNH-432 is piloted by Lt. Cmdrs. Rowene Colita and Ariel Joseph Coloma.