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Thread Indices / Where in the world are the Cyclones?
« on: April 10, 2021, 04:55:54 PM »
with the impending retirement of Cyclone-class from the US Navy, it would be nice to track them:

PC1 Cyclone - transferred to PH in March 2004 and renamed as BRP Gen Mariano Alvarez PS-38
PC2 Tempest
PC3 Hurricane
PC4 Monsoon
PC5 Typhoon
PC6 Sirocco
PC7 Squall
PC8 Zephyr - decommissioned last Feb 17, 2021
PC9 Chinook
PC10 Firebolt
PC11 Whirlwind
PC12 Thunderbolt
PC13 Shamal - decommissioned last Feb 16, 2021
PC14 Tornado - decommissioned last Feb 18, 2021; awaiting for sale/transfer; rumored to be transferred to PN

PC15 cancelled program
PC16 cancelled program


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General Discussion / 4 'Super Tucano' attack aircraft now in Clark Air Base
« on: September 21, 2020, 05:35:37 PM »
4 out of the 6 are home na... 2 havent arrive yet!


image from manila bulletin


4 'Super Tucano' attack aircraft now in Clark Air Base
source PNA
By Priam Nepomuceno  September 19, 2020, 3:00 pm

MANILA – Four out of the six new Embraer Defense and Security A-29 "Super Tucano" close-air support aircraft, which are intended to beef up the Philippine Air Force (PAF)'s close-air support capabilities, have landed in Clark Air Base, Angeles City, Pampanga on Saturday.

Department of National Defense (DND) spokesperson Arsenio Andolong said the four aircraft have landed in Clark Air Base around 1:06 p.m. while the other two are still in New Delhi, India, awaiting for clearance and would be flown to the Philippines at a later date.

Embraer company pilots flew the aircraft from the company airfield in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and made fueling stops in the Canary Islands, Portugal, Malta, Egypt, Bangladesh, the United Arab Emirates, India, Thailand, and Vietnam before landing in the Philippines.

Andolong said Embraer pilots will train PAF pilots selected to fly the "Super Tucano" for two months as part of the agreement under the Technical Inspection and Acceptance Committee.

The A-29s were earlier scheduled to be delivered by the end of July but the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic and subsequent travel bans have skewed the delivery timetables.

The aircraft, which will be part of the PAF's 15th Strike Wing, will beef up the remaining North American Rockwell OV-10 "Bronco" attack aircraft used by the Air Force in strike missions.

"They are a welcome and much-needed replacement for the PAF's aged, close air support aircraft, and their mission versatility and capability to carry a variety of ordnance will be very useful in the field," Andolong said.

The Super Tucano is a turboprop aircraft designed for light attack, counter-insurgency, close air support, aerial reconnaissance missions in low threat environments, as well as providing pilot training.

The contract for the six aircraft is worth PHP4.968 billion and was issued in late 2017. (PNA)

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as posted in FB (emphasize mine) by Josephine Jaron Codilla (Joji)
source: https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=10223827425822956&set=pcb.10223827426062962

Congratulations to Col Romulo Bim Quemado, commander of the newly-activated Coastal Defense Regiment (Provisional) of the Philippine Marine Corps! Activation ceremony now happening at the PMC Headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. After relinquishing his post as director of the AFP Leadership Development Center, Col Quemado was made a member of its Core Group.  Congratulations to our beloved former director of the AFPLDC!







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Military History / M8 - Greyhound?
« on: June 25, 2020, 04:47:16 PM »
posted in FB's Philippine Armed Forces Unofficial II










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Keep them working / PNP chopper carrying PNP Chief crashes in Laguna
« on: March 05, 2020, 08:29:13 AM »
Just in (8:35AM, 03-05-2020) from DZBB..

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Military Vehicles / MX-8
« on: February 11, 2019, 09:09:54 PM »
did we lost the whole thread related to MX-8?

look what i spotted from asia.nikkei.com as posted in maxdefense...
it seems to have been taken after the jolo cathedral bombing


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Military Vehicles / Army 6 x 6 Truck
« on: December 11, 2018, 11:58:54 AM »
one tough ride!






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Military Vehicles / Kia KM-451 1/4 with Gun Turret
« on: December 11, 2018, 11:56:27 AM »
spotted in CDO









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General Discussion / PNP Mahindras
« on: July 04, 2018, 10:57:54 AM »
1stK - im trying to search Mahindra patrol car but cannot find it.. so i'm creating a new thread.. this is for merging if we have one




PNP vows to cooperate in probe on police purchase of patrol vehicles

Read more: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1006672/pnp-vows-to-cooperate-in-probe-on-purchase-of-patrol-vehicles-pnp-coa-spokesperson-durana-mahindra#ixzz5KFc1bnCh
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The Philippine National Police (PNP) has committed to work with possible investigating bodies after the Commission on Audit (COA) flagged the purchase of police service vehicles from Columbian Auto.


PNP Spokesperson Sr. Supt. Benigno Durana. INQUIRER.net photo / Gabriel Pabico Lalu

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has committed to work with possible investigating bodies after the Commission on Audit (COA) flagged the purchase of police service vehicles from Columbian Auto.

“Well, definitely the Philippine National Police will fully cooperate in whatever investigation that will be conducted by a competent body, be it the Ombudsman or the Senate,” PNP Spokesperson Sr. Supt. Benigno Durana said in a press briefing on Tuesday inside Camp Crame.

“Taking off from the pronouncement of the President that any agency, whether it’s PNP, has the duty to care, to make sure that people’s money should be spent for the benefit of the people only,” he added.

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In its audit report of the PNP for 2017, COA said that the purchase of patrol jeeps Mahindra Enforcer and Mahindra Scorpio “pushed back” the police force’s Capability Enhancement Program (CEP), because the vehicles frequently broke down.

In the same briefing, Durana reiterated PNP’s stand that they should not be blamed regarding the issue, because it was the Department of Budget and Management of the previous administration who made the purchase.

“Well, definitely the Philippine National Police will fully cooperate in whatever investigation that will be conducted by a competent body, be it the Ombudsman or the Senate,” PNP Spokesperson Sr. Supt. Benigno Durana said in a press briefing on Tuesday inside Camp Crame.

“Taking off from the pronouncement of the President that any agency, whether it’s PNP, has the duty to care, to make sure that people’s money should be spent for the benefit of the people only,” he added.

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Humor / FIFA WORLD CUP
« on: June 28, 2018, 01:20:40 PM »
meanwhile in FIFA, its Griffen vs Geagle

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sir A - can we consolidate changes here for easy tracking instead of creating new thread per new appointment?

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6th ID's Dela Vega to lead Western Mindanao Command
John Unson (philstar.com) - May 22, 2018 - 2:14pm

Read more at https://www.philstar.com/nation/2018/05/22/1817621/6th-ids-dela-vega-lead-western-mindanao-command#kikQExeCCBuxriTe.99

COTABATO CITY, Philippines — A peace advocate is set to take over the military Western Mindanao, which covers provinces beset with security issues that Malacañang is trying to resolve peacefully.

Gen. Arnel Dela Vega, who graduated from the Philippine Military Academy in 1985 and commands the Army's 6th Infantry Division, is popular in central Mindanao for his involvement in multi-sectoral programs complementing the government's peace process with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

He was also imvolved in the surrenders in recent weeks of 15 members of the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters. The BIFF operates in the fashion of the Islamic State and is scattered across central Mindanao’s adjoining Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat and North Cotabato provinces.

Dela Vega will take over WestMinCom’s highest post from Gen. Carlito Galvez, Jr., whom the president designated last month as chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Galvez was also at the helm of 6th ID before he became WestMinCom commander in early 2017.


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Keep them working / Keeping the PN Trainer Aircraft flying
« on: May 17, 2018, 06:09:09 PM »
ModifyRemove
from PHILGEPS
https://www.philgeps.gov.ph/GEPS/Tender/SplashOpportunitiesSearchUI.aspx?menuIndex=3&BusCatID=59&type=category&ClickFrom=OpenOpp

publish date / closing date / title

may 11 / may 30 / Supply and Delivery of Spare Parts for the SMI and ARAS of PN Trainer Aircraft (NVT324, NVT330, NVT331 and NHT423), Aircraft Spare Parts, PN BAC SECRETARIAT, AFP PROCUREMENT SERVICE

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Keep them working / Keeping the Naval Helicopter (AW109) Flying
« on: May 17, 2018, 06:07:09 PM »
from PHILGEPS
https://www.philgeps.gov.ph/GEPS/Tender/SplashOpportunitiesSearchUI.aspx?menuIndex=3&BusCatID=59&type=category&ClickFrom=OpenOpp

publish date / closing date / title

may 05 / may 30 / Supply and Delivery of Spare Parts for the Aircraft Ready Available Spares(ARAS) of Naval Helicopter (NH430, NH431, NH432, NH434, NH435), Aircraft Spare Parts, PN BAC SECRETARIAT, AFP PROCUREMENT SERVICE

may 05 / may 30 / Supply and Delivery of Repair Parts for CEIS Equipment of Four (4) AW109 (NH430, NH431, NH432, NH434) and Two (2) ASW (ASW-1, ASW-2) Helicopter, Aircraft Spare Parts, PN BAC SECRETARIAT, AFP PROCUREMENT SERVICE



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sighted in Subic - USNS Walter S. Diehl (T-AO-193) is a Henry J. Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler of the United States Navy. She was named after Captain Walter Stuart Diehl, USN, a career naval officer and aeronautical engineer. (Wikipedia)




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General Discussion / PCG: OCEA FPB72 Mk.II 24-meter patrol boats
« on: May 16, 2018, 06:31:57 PM »
Administrator's note: The loss of the original forum also meant loss of the discussions that led up to the selection of the OCEA FPB72 boats. The following two articles provide background for this purchase.

See also:

BRP Boracay (2401)
BRP Panglao (2402)
BRP Malamawi (2403)
BRP Kalanggaman (2404)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgxUlGqluck

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Philippines, France Ink New Defense Pact
Defense agreement lays out framework for bilateral cooperation.

By Prashanth Parameswaran
May 16, 2016
     
https://thediplomat.com/2016/05/philippines-france-ink-new-defense-pact/
 
Last week, the Philippines and France inked a new defense pact in a boost for bilateral cooperation.

Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and French Ambassador to the Philippines Thierry Mathou signed the agreement at a ceremony at the Department of National Defense in Camp Aguinaldo on May 11. Both sides had been negotiating the defense pact since 2014.

According to a statement by the French Embassy in Manila, the cooperation agreement provides an overall framework to develop relations between the defense agencies and armed forces of the two countries as well as to promote defense collaboration relating to defense equipment, logistics and the defense industry.

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When Will the Philippines Get Its New French Vessels?
A closer look at a deal that is set to be realized soon.

By Prashanth Parameswaran
September 13, 2017

https://thediplomat.com/2017/09/when-will-the-philippines-get-its-new-french-vessels/

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This particular project, which was formalized with a contract signing between the Department of Transportation and French shipbuilder OCEA in September 2014, was expected to see the Philippines receive five vessels – one 82-meter Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) and four 24-meter Fast Control Boats (FPB). It also includes five-year preventive maintenance, spare parts for five years, and technical assistance and training for the crew.

The project has continued to move along under new Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who took office in June 2016. For instance, in April, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade visited the OCEA shipyard in Sables d’Olonne, France to inspect the four 24-meter fast patrol boats.

On September 6, Department of Transportation Undersecretary for Maritime Affairs Felipe Judan and OCEA’s director of maritime safety and security, Fabrice Weinbach, signed the contract effectiveness agreement for the acquisition of the vessels. The signing was witnessed by Secretary Arthur Tugade and French Embassy representative Laurent Estrade.

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as quoted from Maxdefense FB
https://www.facebook.com/Maxdefense/

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One of our community members forwarded this Twitter post from France showing one of the OCEA FPB72 Mk.II 24-meter patrol boats heading for the Philippine Coast Guard. The boat is named BRP Boracay (2401) based on the markings on the hull.

The Philippine Coast Guard is tp receive 4 such boats and an 84 meter Offshore Patrol Vessel from OCEA, which are funded by a development loan from France diverted by the Aquino administration from a failed RORO port project under former Pres. Arroyo's Strong Nautical Highway project.

Link to the original Twitter post can be accessed below.

https://mobile.twitter.com/Marsattaque…/…/996062546640670722
#MaxDefense #MaxDefensePH #OCEA #PCG #FPB72MkII #BRPBoracay







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