Philippine Navy through NAG conducted activation, blessing ceremony of 3rd TC-90 aircraft

Published May 30, 2018, 6:19 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Francis Wakefield

The Philippine Navy through the Naval Air Group (NAG) conducted on Tuesday the activation and blessing ceremony of the third Beechcraft King Air C-90 Aircraft held at Hangar 2, Headquarters Naval Air Group, Naval Base Heracleo Alano, Sangley Point, Cavite City.

Lt. Sahirul A. Taib, the fleet public affairs officer and spokesman said no less than the Flag Officer-in-Command (FOIC) of the Philippine Navy, Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad, was the guest of honor during the event.

Tahib said the activation of the aircraft took place simultaneously with the other activities of the Naval Air Group.

With its activation, Tahib said the plane will be used to conduct maritime air surveillance in the area of responsibility (AOR)
where it will be assigned.

“It will be up to higher headquarters where the plane will be deployed,” Tahib said.

Captain Juario C. Marayag, the commander of the Naval Air Group, earlier said the aircraft donated by Japan would help boost the Naval Air Group Air Operations and Maritime Air Surveillance capabilities.

He said the aircraft would also enhance the skills of the naval aviators and maintenance personnel in handling modern equipment.

“This platform will serve as the gradual transition from the humble Britten Norman Islanders to a much faster, higher and more fixed wing squadron,” he said.

It was recalled that two units of Beechcraft TC-90 training aircraft arrived in March 2017 at the Naval Air Group (NAG), Naval Base Haracleo Alano, Sangley Point, Cavite City.

Three other planes also arrived in the country in March of this year.