Philippine Navy receives three TC-90 aircraft from Japan
March 23-27, 2018
The Philippine Navy on March 26,2018 formally received the three remaining units of the Beechcraft TC-90 aircraft from Japan, which would be used to enhance the maritime surveillance capability of the troops.
The arrival and transfer ceremony, which was held at the headquarters of the Naval Air Group in Sangley Point, Cavite City.
The arrival of the air assets, which marked the completion of the transfer of five units of Beechcraft TC-90, was accorded the traditional water cannon salute. The whole project was in pursuant with the agreement between the Philippines ang Japan that was signed in Manila on February 29, 2017.
Two units which were previously commissioned were leased to the Navy in March last year. Empedrad, however, said that “because of amendment in Japanese law that allows the grant of defense equipment to foreign countries,” all five aircraft will be formally granted to the Navy.
Ages Aviation Center, Inc. provided full Ground Handling Service to facility the transfer of the the TC-90s from Japan to the Philippines. The TC-90s first landed in Laoag International Airport (LAO/RPVL) where the Ages team was waiting to provide full support. The aircrafts transferred to Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL/RPLL) and parked at the Balagbag “AGES” Ramp where it was prepared for the formal turnover the following day.
Ages Aviation Center, Inc. hangar and lounge became home for the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) Crew as preparation went under way to complete the transfer of the remaining 3 TC-90s to the Philippine Navy. The JMSDF Crew stored in the Ages hangar some of their tool and spare parts during the preparation and enjoy the amenities of the Ages lounge.