The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has formally welcomed into its Aviation Force the new PCG 2081, which is expected to significantly boost its efficiency.
The aircraft, which is a Cessna Grand Caravan EX, will be used for the coast guard’s aviation service during “humanitarian missions and law enforcement such as search and rescue operations, disaster relief, surveillance, maritime domain awareness, and ferry mission.”
It will be replacing the agency’s aging Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander units – acquired more than 30 years ago.
The acquisition of the new plane is part of PCG’s modernization program under the Duterte Administration.
In preparation for the flying of PCG 2081, the Coast Guard Aviation Force sent pilots and crew to the United States for training.
The aircraft was delivered to the country in September but was only formally added to PCG’s fleet late last month after undergoing rigorous qualification testing.
Here’s a closer look at PCG 2081.
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