(From left to right) Mr. Toshihiko Fujii, Assistant Commissioner of Japan’s Acquisition Technology and Logistics Agency, Secretary of National Defense Delfin N. Lorenzana, and Commanding General of the Philippine Air Force LTGEN Rozzano D Briguez inspect the UH-1H parts and maintenance equipment donated by the Ministry of Defense of Japan during the turnover ceremony held on March 19, 2019 at Clark Air Base, Angeles City, Pampanga.
The Department of National Defense (DND) received the first batch of excess UH-1H helicopter parts and maintenance equipment worth JPY5.309 billion (about PHP2.5 billion) from the Ministry of Defense of Japan (JMOD) in an acceptance and turnover ceremony held at Clark Air Base, Angeles City, Pampanga on March 19, 2019. Secretary of National Defense Delfin N. Lorenzana and Mr. Toshihiko Fujii, Assistant Commissioner of Japan’s Acquisition Technology and Logistics Agency, led the ceremonial transfer of the first batch of parts and equipment from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force to the Philippine Air Force (PAF). “
With these latest spare parts and maintenance equipment for our UH-1H helicopters (from the Japanese government), the Philippine Air Force could now start the restoration of several ‘Huey’ assets parked in its hangars back to operational status again,” Secretary Lorenzana said. The parts will be used by the PAF to restore the UH-1H helicopters deployed under the 505th Search and Rescue Group and the 205th Tactical Helicopter Wing, primarily for the humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HADR), and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
“With more UH-1H flying our skies, our capabilities would be enhanced,” the Defense Chief added. The first batch of the donated parts and equipment was successfully transported to the Philippines from Iruma Air Base in Saitama, Japan on March 13, 2019, and was primarily composed of dynamic power systems, rotor systems, and electrical systems. The second batch is expected to be delivered in the third quarter of 2019. “The Philippines is very fortunate to be the very first country in the ASEAN group of nations to receive Japanese excess defense equipment,” Secretary Lorenzana noted.
“Moving forward, I sincerely hope that this increasing and growing Philippine and Japanese defense alliance and close partnership would expand further in the years to come.”
The turnover ceremony is the culmination of the discussions and agreements between the governments of Japan and the Philippines which began in 2017 when the JMOD signified its intent to donate excess UH-1H parts and maintenance equipment. The Exchange of Notes for the grant was signed by the Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. and Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda on November 7, 2018. A ceremonial signing of turnover of documents was held in Japan by JMOD on March 12, 2019, attended by Defense Undersecretary Raymundo D.V. Elefante and Assistant Secretary Jesus Rey R. Avilla.