From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Oct 1): NTF 87 NAG Pilots exalted for being part of this historic event
ON BOARD BRP TARLAC, Vladivostok, Russia (DWDD) – Pilots of the Naval Air Group under the Naval Task Force 87 has expressed exaltation for being part of this historic PN visit to Russia.
In an interview byu DWDD with LCDR Augustus Caesar B Bercades PN (GSC), Commander, Helicopter Detachment Afloat, the team is happy with their participation and see’s this as an opportunity to show other countries of the advancement the Philippine Navy has achived, from equipment to capability, in the performance of their mandate.
LCDR Bercades added that they are also excited to witness the capabilities and enjoy the culture of Russia. “It’s a great opportunity na makilala natin ang Russia as a country also to know more about their culture” saad niya.
Meanwhile, LCDR Bercades explained that the Philippine Navy’s participation in the International Fleet Review (IFR) to be held around Jeju Isalnd in South Korea is a major exposure on their part and is a manifestation of the PN’s goal of being “strong and credible by 2020”.
For LT Ariel Rallos PN, the pilot-in-command of the AW109, he considers the visit as a good opportunity, not just for the ships crew, but for all of those on-board LD 601.
He added that it is quite “historical” that the PN has sent a ship complimented with a helicopter. He believes that this visit would pave the way for further learning, not just on the aspect of “airplane system” but more over, to learn from the Russian Armed Forces itself. AES / LMC / Photo by Ssg SDablon PAF