The Armed Forces of the Philippines celebrated its 85th Anniversary with a fleet review and wing flyby showcasing 63 air and naval assets on December 16 near the coast of Bataan.
The BRP Jose Rizal and BRP Davao Del Sur led the contingent from the Philippine Navy, and three FA-50 and two Black Hawks headlined for the Philippine Air Force.
“The Fleet Review and Wing Flyby showcases the AFP’s development into a world-class armed forces and a regional power through the modest but well-planned AFP modernization program,” AFP Chief of Staff General Gilbert Gapay said.
Other naval assets include BRP Ramon Alcaraz, BRP Emilio Jacinto, BRP Batak, BRP Abraham Campo, and BRP Ang Pangulo.
Thirty-six fixed-wing and rotary aircraft also joined the FA-50s and the Black Hawks, including the two AW159 and three AW109.
Onboard BRP Batak, a Navy landing craft, is the Philippine Army’s Simba armored personnel carrier and the Philippine Marine Corps’ V-150.
A short ceremony was also held on-site presided by Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenza onboard BRP Tarlac that served as the viewing deck for defense officials and senior military officers attending the activity.
“We are truly grateful to our Commander in Chief, President Rodrigo Duterte, for the unprecedented support to our modernization,” General Gapay added.
“This showcase of our reliable and modern assets is our gift to the Filipino people. This is where your taxes go. The AFP as protector of the people and the state shall continue its judicious use of its resources and protect the trust and support the people have vested on us,” General Gapay concluded. — Armed Forces of the Philippines