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At least one of the PN's new AW109 helicopters are on board at least one of its 2 Hamilton class cutters, and assisting the search for the missing Malaysian airliner.
Phl Navy's AW-109 Helicopter Joins Search for Missing Malaysian Airlines Planehttp://www.philstar.com/headlines/2014/03/13/1300448/phl-navys-helicopter-joins-search-missing-malaysian-airlines-plane
By Mike Frialde (philstar.com) | Updated March 13, 2014 - 1:44pmMANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Navy has deployed one of its three newly-acquired AgustaWestland "Power" AW-109 helicopters to aid in the ongoing search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.Navy spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Gregory Fabic said one of the helicopters has taken part in the search for the airliner that went missing on March 8 on its way to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur.Fabic said the Navy AgustaWestland helicopter is operating in tandem with the frigate BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PF-15). The Navy received three AgustaWestland helicopters from Italy last December.Fabic said BRP Gregorio del Pilar is now somewhere in the West Philippine Sea and has been involved in the search since March 9.The AW-109 helicopters are expected to make their first shipboard deployment by the end of March.Fabic aded that this is the first time the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar has worked with the helicopter.Along with the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar, the Navy has also deployed the corvettes BRP Apolinario Mabini (PS-36) and BRP Emilio Jacinto (PS-35) and one Norman Britten 'Islander' plane to assist in the search. The Philippine Air Force has sent its Fokker F-27 to join in the search.(Photo:geminirecon@Timawa)
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The third Hamilton-class cutter, sister ships of the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PF-15) and BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF-16), is also undergoing transfer negotiation.Arevalo said that he has no idea on when this will be completed but pointed out that the third Hamilton-class cutter “is now in the pipeline”.These ships are expected to boost the country’s maritime domain awareness capability.Improvements on the Philippines’ maritime awareness capability is one of the main goals of the recently signed Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA).
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June 26, 2014Senate Report 113-198 - DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS BILL, 2015OPERATIONAL ENHANCEMENTSHigh Endurance Cutters.--The budget request proposes to decommission two high endurance cutters [HECs] and 368 associated billets. These cutters are nearing 50 years in age on average and have become increasingly unreliable. The Committee, however, is concerned that the decommissioning of two cutters in fiscal year 2015 would result in a significant cutter hour gap before new National Security Cutters [NSCs] are delivered to replace them. Historically, HECs provide the greatest resource hour contribution to the counterdrug mission, both in the Eastern Pacific and Western Hemisphere. Over the last 5 years, the Coast Guard has seized over a million pounds of cocaine with a street value of over $17,000,000. The proposed reduction of two HECs with only one operational NSC delivered in fiscal year 2015 will result in a diminished presence and fewer opportunities for interdictions and apprehensions. In addition to the counter drug effort, living marine resource enforcement operations would be reduced in the Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska, and Pacific Ocean. Therefore, the recommendation includes an additional $7,800,000 and 184 positions to maintain one of the two HECs proposed to be decommissioned in the request, saving 1,665 major cutter hours (3,330 hours annualized) that otherwise would have been cut throughout the year.US Congress
August 15, 2014 6:36pmhttp://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/375014/news/nation/phl-navy-to-send-warship-to-biggest-aussie-war-games" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">GMA NewsThe country's most advanced warship will depart on Sunday to participate in a multilateral naval exercise in Australia.In a statement Friday, the Philippine Navy said the BRP Ramon Alcaraz, acquired last year, will transport 180 Navy personnel to the exercise, which will be held from August 25 to September 12 at Northern Australia Exercise Area.Dubbed as “KAKADU 2014,” the event will be hosted by Royal Australian Navy (RAN).
By Publisher on August 21, 2014
Shortly before crossing the equator off the waters of Indonesia, the Philippine warship BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF-16) engaged in a meeting procedure the Japanese warship JS Hatakaze (DDG-171) as a passing exercise (PASSEX).
Like Alcaraz, Hatakaze is also en route to Australia to participate in KAKADU 2014, the largest international maritime exercise hosted biennially by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) which presents an opportunity to promote and enhance regional interoperability and multilateral cooperation among the participating navies.
KAKADU 2014 will formally commence on Aug. 25 and will run through Sept. 12, 2014.
While in PASSEX, the two ships conducted tactical maneuvers, visual, communication and publication exercises utilizing the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES) developed and published by the Western Pacific Naval Symposium as a means to facilitate communication when naval ships or naval aircrafts encounter each other in an unplanned manner.
The Philippine warship BRP Ramon Alcaraz (foreground) engages the Japanese warship JS Hatakaze in maneuvers during a Passing Exercise (PASSEX ) off the waters of Indonesia. Both ships are on their way to Darwin, Australia for KAKADU 2014, the largest international maritime exercise hosted biennially by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) which presents an opportunity to promote and enhance regional interoperability and multilateral cooperation among the participating navies. (PHNavy photo)
According to Capt. Ernesto O Baldovino, the Commanding officer of PF-16, the PASSEX did not only provide an opportunity to test the effectiveness of the CUES but also served as an avenue to enhance the ability and skills of the sailors and promote cooperation and interoperability between the two ships.
After the successful PASSEX, the two ships proceeded in convoy to Darwin, Australia for the opening ceremony of exercise KAKADU 2014, where, aside from Australia, Japan and the Philippines, navy ships and aircrafts from New Zealand and Pakistan navies will be participating while Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Thailand, Vanuatu, South Korea and India are sending personnel as observers, bringing to 12 the number countries participating in the exercises.
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