Philippine Navy to commission 2 armed AW-109Es Monday

The Philippine Navy (PN) will be commissioning into service its two armed AgustaWestland AW-109E “Power” helicopters this coming Monday. Commissioning will be done at PN headquarters at Naval Station Jose Andrada along Roxas Boulevard in Manila.

This was disclosed by PN public affairs office chief Cmdr. Lued Lincuna in a message to the PNA.

The commissioning of the two armed AW-109Es will coincide with the retirement ceremony of PN flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Jesus C. Millan who will be leaving the service after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 56. His replacement will be announced on same day.

The final two AW-109E airframes arrived in the Philippines last December. This is part of the five-helicopter deal, worth PHP1.33-billion, signed by the Philippines with AgustaWestland early 2013.

Three of the AW-109s were delivered and commissioned in Dec. 22, 2013.