Watch the arrival and formal transfer of two Japanese TC-90 training aircraft to the Philippine Navy as it includes a water cannon salute ritual.
Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana headed the turn-over ceremony together with Japanese State Minister for Defense Kenji Wakamiya at the Naval Air Group headquarters in Sangley, Cavite on Monday, March 27.
Navy spokesperson Captain Lued Lincuna said that the TC-90s will augment the existing Norman-Britten BN-2 Islander fleet, which the Philippine Navy uses in patrol, surveillance and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) and rapid assessment mission.
Video footage courtesy of Jamela Alindogan-Caudron
The 5 Beechcraft TC-90 King Air advanced trainer aircraft that the Japan Ministry of Defense (JMOD) agreed to lease to the Philippine military was an arrangement with the previous Aquino administration.
The Philippines will pay Japan an annual fee of USD7,000 for each of the first four aircraft and only USD200 for the fifth, for a total of USD28,200, as stipulated in the lease agreement. -JCE.