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10 brand new choppers turned over to Philippine Air Force

THE Philippine Air Force on Monday received 10 brand new helicopters as part of the billion-peso modernization program for a country trying to build a minimum credible defense amid China’s expansion in the South China Sea.

Eight of the choppers are Bell-412 EPs worth P4.8 billion, which will be used for combat support and humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations. Three of these will be temporarily deployed to the 250th Presidential Airlift Wing to transport VIPs in the upcoming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Summit.

Video of the Philippine Air Force Brand New Helicopters

Five of the Bell-412 EPs will be deployed to the 205th Tactical Helicopter Wing.  They were repainted similar to the vintage Huey choppers.

Two other brand new helicopters are the AgustaWestland 109Es which will be used for close air support, armed air reconnaissance, forward air control and armed escort. The Air Force is expecting six more of these in the coming months. All the eight attack h…

Philippine Navy christens 2 new choppers, 2 transport ships

THE Philippine Navy christened two brand new armed naval helicopters and two transport ships donated by Australia on Monday.

The joint ceremony was led by Flag Officer in Command Vice Admiral Jesus Millan, hours before he retired as Navy chief, at the Navy Headquarters along Roxas Boulevard. He was replaced by Rear Admiral Caesar Taccad in the afternoon.

Colonel Benifranco Rada, the Naval Chief Chaplain, led the blessing of the ships, which was followed by the unveiling of the vessels’ names and the traditional smashing of bottle of wine for good luck and safe voyage. Bottles of champagne were poured to the nose of the choppers.

The two landing craft heavy vessels donated by Australia were named BRP Ivatan (AT-298) and Batak (AT-299), in recognition of two ethnic groups of Palawan and Batanes.

The ships will be used for transport of personnel and equipment, as well as aid during humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.

The two brand new AW109 units, meanwhile, are equi…