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Philippine Navy Naval Air Group (PN-NAG)
« on: July 06, 2017, 10:13:16 PM »
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To organize, train, equip and maintain assets for air operations that is the mission of the Naval Air Group, Philippine Navy. It was manned by the most competent and abled workforce of officers and enlisted personnel with naval aviation skills and specialization like pilots, aircraft maintenance, and technicians. It is lead and commanded by Commander Naval Air Group (CNAG) assisted by his deputy commander, chief of staff, three special staffs and seven regular staffs.

Aside from the regular squadrons which are MF-30, MH-40, NATS-50, and GSS, the Naval Air Group Organization has activated the Aircraft Inspection and Maintenance Squadron (AIMS) bringing the total number of squadrons under the group of five with five naval air unit strategically located all over the country. This Naval Air Units are the Naval Air Unit Northern Luzon located in Poro Point in San Fernando, La Union, the Naval Air Unit Sothern Luzon in Legaspi City, Naval Air Unit West in Puerto Princesa Palawan, Naval Air Unit Central in Cebu, Naval Air Unit Eastern Mindanao in Davao and Naval Air Unit Western Mindanao in Zamboanga City while there are 6 BNIs, 4 Cessna, 5 AW109E, and 2 R22BII aircraft inventory.

Naval Air Group has numerous capabilities and can perform different tasks. In Maritime Air Surveillance, they observe closely any moving or static target whether a photo or a video coverage through the Naval Aircraft. In Search and Rescue, they locate and aid persons in distress condition or in danger. In a medical evacuation, they transport the patient from an isolated area to a medical facility where then can give treatment to the person in need. Naval Air Patrol catches and stops hostile enemy forces from entering our land. When it comes to Parajump operations, troops are for aerial disembarkation for deployment or in the performance of combat missions. In Airdrop Operations, they resupply of ground units through Navy Aircraft dropping provisions while airborne is at a safe altitude. In Insertion and Extraction operations, in a hostile environment a rapid deployment and recovery of the operating troops to perform special operations. While in Pilots and Crew Training conducts aviation course for officers and aircraft crew for enlisted personnel.


History of the Naval Air Group of the Philippine Navy
by Francis Karem Elazegui Neri

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HISTORY OF THE PN NAVAL AIR GROUP: Founded on 07 October 1947, the Naval Air Group was first established as the Naval Air Section of the Philippine Navy, then called the Off-Shore Patrol... It was jointly manned by the Philippine Air Force and Philippine Naval Patrol personnel under the leadership of then Air Force CAPTAIN CONDRADO C CHUIDIAN JR,,.

The Piper L-5, with a crew of one officer and two enlisted personnel, was the unit’s first aircraft and was mainly used for target practice by the OSP vessels... Two years after the founding of the unit, a second aircraft, a PT-13 biplane, was acquired... This plane, together with the older L-5, was converted into a seaplane after being refitted with floatation gears in 1951 with the help of then COLONEL BLAKE LAMBERT of the US Air Force... These planes were used for anti-smuggling, recon, air evacuation, and mercy and admin flights in support of operating task forces...

In December 1960, the Naval Air Section became the Naval Air Unit after the OSP was renamed Naval Operating Forces... With these changes, the Navy acquired three new De Havilland L-20 (U-6A) Beavers which were used for maritime patrol, recon and admin support missions... The often extreme demands for high-risk missions, coupled with scant funds for maintenance, eventually took their toll on unit’s aircraft... The last of the Beavers crashed on 30 January 1973 while ferrying COMMODORE RUDIANO BROWN in Lamao, Bataan...

With these tragic losses, the air arm, vital to naval operations, had to be revived quickly... It was in 1974 that then LT DEOGRACIAS C CABALLERO took the helm of the Naval Air Unit and rescued it from a time he describes as “the lowest point in Philippine naval aviation history”... The Philippine Navy negotiated for the purchase of six BN Islanders and six BO-105C Helicopters from the Philippine Aerospace Development Corporation, which gave birth to a unit more capable of performing heavier tasks... On 16 September 1975, the Naval Air Unit became the Naval Air Group or NAG... The Navy’s first Britten Norman Islanders were flown from Bainbridge, England to Manila in 1975, the historic flight was led by LT CABALLERO... Additional Islanders were received in 1976, and 1977... The Navy’s first helicopters were all brand new Bolkow Bo-105C type and acquired from Philippine Aerospace Development Center from 1994-1997...

In February 1979, NAG was formally detached from the Naval Defense Forces and was designated as a special unit of the Philippine Navy under the operational and administrative control of the Flag Officer in Command... It then continued supporting surface assets in the attainment of the Philippine Navy’s two-fold mission of national security and national development...

From 1988-1993, four BN Islanders were turned over to the Navy from the Air Force and one from the Department of National Defense... In 1989, two L-4J Piper Cubs were delivered to the Navy hangar, however, one incurred severe structural damage during a typhoon in the same year while the other suffered a landing mishap in 1993... The year 1990 was marked by the arrival of NAG’s first Cessna, the 177B Cardinal, in 1997, another fixed wing aircraft was delivered, Cessna 152 Aerobat... The Naval Helicopter Acquisition Project (NHAP) has an eventful history... The project was started in 2009 and was completed in 2013, a good four years in the making... On December 2013, AW109 helicopters were delivered and commissioned into service...

Today, the NAG is a proud unit, which has undergone evolution as product of the changes implemented, and the many challenges that arise... The present Naval Air Group performs functions demanded by the current challenges but still adhering to the same tradition of excellence NAG is known for through the years... Its VISION is to be a full mission capable unit for maritime air operations by 2020 with a MISSION: To organize, train, equip, and maintain assets for air operations in order to contribute to the accomplishment of the Philippine Fleet’s mission... In the future, NAG shall activate additional units in anticipation of the air assets that will be acquired, among these includes anti-submarine helicopters, medium-lift helicopters and amphibian aircraft or seaplanes... The NAG is projected to be reclassified into Naval Air Wing to further increase its table of organization and equipment ceiling to be able to continue to organize, train, equip and maintain its air assets...
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« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2017, 10:15:23 PM »
Photo taken from Naval Air Group FB page



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Four BN Islanders were refurbished and returned to service in January 2014. Timawa discussion here. Photo c/o Philippine Navy Website.
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« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2017, 10:27:07 PM »
Photo taken from padc.com.ph

Philippine Navy's BN Islander

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« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2017, 10:30:51 PM »
Second Robinson R22 helicopter of the PN-NAG

Photo taken from International Plastic Modelers Society (IPMS) Philippines - Bert Anido group via MaxDefense

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