Home : Media : News : News Article View

U.S. Military Turns Over C-130 Hercules Aircraft to Philippine Air Force

| U.S. Embassy in the Philippines | Feb. 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines -- Chargé d’Affaires (CDA) John Law, alongside representatives from the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group (JUSMAG), on Thursday turned over the first of two C-130H Hercules Aircraft to be delivered under a recent transfer to Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana and Philippine Air Force (PAF) leadership.

The United States delivered this tactical airlift capability worth Php1.54 billion ($32.2 million) to the PAF through the Foreign Military Financing grant program to strengthen the Philippine military’s logistical capacity for military and civil support operations, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) and distribution of COVID-19 supplies.

The C-130H Hercules is capable of a maximum payload of 19,000 kilograms, with a flying range of over 1,900 kilometers. The 220 Airlift Wing at the Philippine Air Force Brigadier General Benito N. Ebuen Air Base in Cebu will own and operate the aircraft.

“The C-130 is a proven aircraft and demonstrated its reach and capability to deliver COVID-19 supplies across the country over the past year. We hope this additional aircraft will continue to be a steady workhorse for the Philippine Air Force for years to come,” said CDA Law.

The United States, as a longstanding ally of the Philippines, continues to provide support to the AFP through both grants and expedited sales of arms and munitions to assist with urgent logistical and HADR requirements, bolster long-term AFP modernization goals, and buttress maritime security and counterterrorism efforts. The Philippines is by far the largest recipient of U.S. military assistance in the Indo-Pacific region. Since 2015, the United States has delivered more than Php37 billion ($765 million) worth of planes, ships, armored vehicles, small arms, and other military equipment to the Philippines, while also training side-by-side with our Filipino allies.
|
CONNECT WITH USINDOPACOM
Facebook

Like Us
Twitter
279,182
Follow Us

ENGAGE & CONNECT MORE WITH PACOM

                                                 

IN THE USINDOPACOM NEWS
Office of Defense Cooperation Chief Visits Australia’s Munitions Manufacturing Plant, Highlights Unbreakable U.S.–Australia Alliance
Thales Australia employees fill M795 155mm high-explosive projectiles at the Benalla Munitions Manufacturing Plant in Victoria, Australia.
March 2, 2021 - BENALLA, AUSTRALIA, February 25, 2021 – In an important step to strengthen the U.S.-Australia strategic defense relationship, U.S. Air Force Col. Christopher Ingleton, the Chief of the Office of Defense Cooperation located...

U.S.Indo-Pacific Command Hosted the 2021 Pacific Environmental Security Forum Virtually
March 2, 2021 - CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii -- United States Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) hosted the 2021 Pacific Environmental Security Forum (PESF) virtually Feb. 22 - 25.The PESF, launched in 2010 by USINDOPACOM, provides a unique...

Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, JMSDF Leadership Meet to Discuss Continued Maritime Partnership
Adm. Hiroshi Yamamura, Chief of Staff, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, is welcomed with honors aboard the 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19). As the U.S. Navy's largest forward-deployed fleet, 7th Fleet employs 50-70 ships and submarines across the Western Pacific and Indian oceans. U.S. 7th Fleet routinely operates and interacts with 35 maritime nations while conducting missions to preserve and protect a free and open Indo-Pacific Region.
March 2, 2021 - YOKOSUKA, Japan -- Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet Vice Adm. Bill Merz hosted Adm. YAMAMURA Hiroshi, Chief of Staff, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) along with senior JMSDF leadership Feb. 22 aboard the 7th Fleet flagship...

Hagåtña Fury 21 | CLR-3 Marines put ‘Fight Now’ Concept to the Test
U.S. Marines with Combat Logistics Regiment 3 (CLR-3), 3d Marine Logistics Group (MLG), and Navy Sailors with the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Beach Detachment Group conduct external lifts with a SH-70 Seahawk with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 8 for a vertical replenishment of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, Naval Base Guam, Feb. 25, 2021.  3d MLG, based out of Okinawa, Japan, is a forward deployed combat unit that serves as III Marine Expeditionary Force’s comprehensive logistics and combat service support backbone for operations throughout the Indo-Pacific area of responsibility. (
March 2, 2021 - CAMP Kinser, Okinawa, Japan -- During exercise Hagåtña Fury 21, Marines and Sailors with Combat Logistics Regiment 3 (CLR-3) honed expeditionary advanced base operations (EABO) and distributed maritime operations capabilities...

U.S. Army, South Korea Alliance Strengthens During COVID-19 Vaccine Operations
Col. Huy Luu, 549th HC/BDAACH Commander, ROK Army Surgeon General and ROKA Medical Command Personnel and ROKA Integrated Service of Republic of Korea Military Health Care Personnel Program nurses are posing for a picture after the tour of the COVID Vaccination Center
March 2, 2021 - WASHINGTON -- Hard times always reveal true friends, and it will also show what a strong alliance looks like. From the beginning of the COVID-19 global pandemic, U.S. Forces Korea has been working with local national agencies...