3rd C-90 Aircraft from Japan activated
The Naval Air Group on Tuesday held a ceremony for the activation and blessing of the NV394, the third out of five C-90 aircraft that were newly acquired from Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF).
Flag Officer In Command, Philippine Navy Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad, was the guest of honor and the first lady of the Navy, Blessilda Empedrad, as the primary sponsor.
The NV349 was among the three Beechcraft King Air TC-90s formally handed by JMSDF last March 26. With the turnover of the three aircraft, the Philippine Fleet now has five TC-90s. The first two were donated by the JMSDF on March 27, 2017.
Japan offered the TC-90 aircraft shortly after the Agreement Concerning the Transfer of Defense Equipment and Technology was finalized on Feb. 29, 2016.
The additional TC-90s are seen to boost the Navy’s capability in intelligence surveillance reconnaissance, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, limited transport, and maritime air surveillance.
The TC-90 has a range of more than 1,000 nautical miles, and a cruising speed of 226 knots and is capable of carrying eight passengers along with the pilot.
Following the ceremony, the Philippine Navy held the graduation of the Naval Flight Nurse Course Class-02. This is the second time that the Navy was able to produce flight nurses, who will specifically cater to the demands of Naval Air Operations in medical emergencies and other peculiarities of aviation.
Prior to the ceremony and the graduation, Empedrad was awarded the Honorary Command Naval Aviator Badge. This badge, known as Naval Wings, is given to deserving senior officers who have contributed to the development of the Naval Air Group. The activities were held at the Headquarters Naval Air Group, Naval Base Heracleo Alano in Sangley Point, Cavite City.#