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PH Coast Guard’s new helicopter takes off on maiden flight

/ 02:27 PM February 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Wednesday began the maiden flight of its newly-acquired Airbus H145 helicopter.

PCG commandant Admiral Joel Garcia joined the flight around PCG headquarters in Manila, said the agency’s spokesperson Commodore Arman Balilo.

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The PCG earlier ordered two Airbus H145 helicopters worth P685 million each from Germany. It is a twin-engine helicopter equipped with high-frequency radios, emergency flotation gear, fast roping, cargo, sling, searchlight, and electro-optical systems.

The air assets are expected to perform critical missions including search and rescue, medical evacuation, maritime patrol, and maritime law enforcement, Balilo said.

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The pilots of these new helicopters have undergone comprehensive training in Germany in 2019, he also said.

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