The Philippine Navy has received a further three Beechcraft TC-90 King Air aircraft from Japan.
The airframes, which were formerly in service with the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) as training platforms, were formally received on 26 March in a ceremony held at the service’s Naval Air Group headquarters at Sangley Point, Cavite City.
In attendance at the ceremony were Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, and Japanese Vice-Minister of Defense, Tatsuo Fukuda. The aircraft are part of an assistance package of five TC-90s donated by the Japanese government to improve the Philippine Navy’s maritime surveillance capabilities.
The first airframe was commissioned in November 2017, while a second TC-90 was commissioned on 19 March.
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