4 Navy aircraft deployed to secure PH archipelago
MANILA, Philippines—Four overhauled Navy aircraft were deployed in parts of the country to secure the archipelago, the military said.
Lieutenant Junior Grade Rommel Rodriguez, Fleet Public Affairs Officer, said the four aircraft were deployed in a send-off ceremony on Tuesday at the Naval Air Group at Sangley Point in Cavite City.
The aircraft went through the mandatory scheduled maintenance inspection, which include the repair and refurbishment as well as the retraining of its crew.
These aircraft are capable of maritime air surveillance, air drop, air lift and aerial reconnaissance missions. Each Islander has two pilots and four maintenance crew.
“SMIs are required for all Navy aircrafts whenever they reach a total of 50, 100, 300 and 500 hours of flying time. This is necessary to ensure the safety and capability of our aircrafts when they are deployed in the operational areas,” Rodriguez said.
The Islanders were deployed in San Fernando City in La Union; Cebu; Palawan and Zamboanga.
The Navy has about 10 Islanders and Cessna planes in its inventory.
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