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PAF in Action; Bombing missions, CAS, ground ops,rescue
Topic Started: Aug 14 2004, 06:24 PM (24,831 Views)
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Military launches air strikes on Abu Sayyaf base in Sulu

By Joel Francis Guinto
INQ7.net

THE MILITARY has launched air strikes on a mountain base of the Al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf in Sulu province, officials said Friday.

At around 8 a.m. Thursday, OV-10 bomber planes and MG-520 assault helicopters attacked the Tumatani complex, which straddles the boundaries of Parang, Maimbung, and Indanan towns, officials said.

Some 200 Abu Sayyaf bandits, including two commanders, Doc Abu and Albader Parad, were believed to be inside the Tumatani complex at the time of the attack, said Brigadier General Alexander Aleo, commander of the anti-terror Task Force Comet.

Aleo said the bandits suffered casualties but could not say how many. There were no immediate reports of casualties on the security forces' side.

"The Abu Sayyaf has been entrenched in the Tumatani complex since we overran the Karawan complex earlier this year. We believe Doc Abu and Parad are hiding there," Aleo said in a phone interview.

A ground assault by troops from the 104th Brigade accompanied the air raid, he added.

"The enemy is strong and well-entrenched so we have to use available firepower at our disposal to dislodge the enemy from their heavily fortified bunkers," Armed Forces Deputy Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Samuel Bagasin told a news conference in Camp Aguinaldo military headquarters.

The air strikes also displaced some civilians but Bagasin could not ascertain how many. He said battalion commanders in the area were overseeing evacuation operations.

Fresh fighting between the military and the Abu Sayyaf broke out in Indanan town last November 11. Four soldiers have been killed and 22 others injured since then.

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Well, a little research will answer that LT. on what are needed in order to deploy such smart bombs. :drunk:
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Air force rescues lost priest, three others from mountain

04/24 9:49:24 AM

MANILA (AP) - Air force helicopters rescued a Roman Catholic priest and three of his companions after they got lost while climbing a mountain in the northern Philippines, the air force said Sunday.

The Rev. Ernie Pesimo and his friends had been wandering in the wilderness for days, weakened by a lack of food and water, when they were rescued Saturday by air force helicopters in a mountainous region in Nueva Ecija province, the air force said in a statement.

Pesimo and his companions started their climb from Nueva Ecija's Lupao town on Monday, but got lost on their way back. One of Pesimo's companions managed to send a cell phone text message to a friend asking for help on Thursday, the statement said.

One helicopter spotted the four before nightfall on Friday but was unable to land because of thick forest cover and the gathering darkness. Two air force helicopters returned and found them Saturday near a mountain river in the company of four farmers, who were among several volunteers searching for the missing climbers, the air force said.

Nueva Ecija is a mountainous, rice-producing region 120 kilometers (75 miles) north of Manila.

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ARRIVAL OF 65IB,PA PERS TO TOG 10 - Military Personnel from 65IB of Philippine Army arrives at TOG 10 statation to give more fire power to the government forces against MILF rebels illegaly occupying some Barangay in Lanao.


Here we could see how important the C-130 planes are, from troop transport, supplies, medevac, search and rescue, etc.

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ARRIVAL OF JSOG - Additional Military personnel (JSOG) arrives from Jolo to Lanao to give support to the military personnel station in Lanao.


Here you could see that the Fokker is also being used as troop transport and not only as VIP use as some quarters alleged.

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The ever dependable Hueys.

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Two (2) Military Chopper  from HTOG  supports on going operations on a resupply mission to 104Bde, Iligan City.


AERIAL POWER

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PAF ordnance specialists are shown in photo loading conventional bombs to the bombing of Central Mindanao insurgent camps harboring lawless elements of the MILF


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Philippine Air Force aerial attacks against insurgent camps harboring lawless MILF groups


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20 January 2009 - An N-22 #B-18 Nomad, a light transport plane based in TOG 8, Tacloban was immediately dispatched and loaded with emergency provisions to locate a missing motorized boat with 7 passengers. The search and rescue mission was conducted by personnel of TOG 8 in the vicinity between the coast of Guiuan and Suluan Island in Eastern Samar. Despite the thorough search, the missing boat was not located. (Photo courtesy of 2nd AD)

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21 January 2009 - Local residents of Homonhon Island in Eastern Samar carry relief goods and emergency provisions airlifted by personnel from TOG 8, Tacloban. A total of 11,000 lbs of assorted provisions were airlifted via two (2) UH-1H helicopters. The mission was benefited 9 barangays in Homonhon Island totally isolated due to unrelenting heavy rains during the past few days. Earlier, a search and rescue mission was also conducted to locate a missing motorized boat with 7 passengers on board. While the boat was not located, some 2,197 families were supported by the relief operations. (Photo courtesy of 2nd AD)

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Air strikes launched vs fleeing MILF rebs in Maguindanao
06/07/2009 | 03:51 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Explosions ripped a forested area in the southern Philippine province of Maguindanao on Sunday as the military continued its pursuit for the more or less a hundred Moro rebels that fled from a government operation last Saturday.

Lt. Col. Jonathan Ponce, spokesman of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, said two SF-260 Marchetti aircraft delivered rocket fires twice at “fixed targets" in the outskirts of Guindulungan town in the said province.

“We used our Marchetti aircraft. We used rockets for fixed targets," he said.

The official said the first aircraft went on the sortie before 12 noon while the other went on the mission hours later. There were no immediate reports of rebel casualties from the air strikes.

“There is no report yet (from the ground troops). But we have sorties like that, the minimum will be injuries because our rockets are very accurate once the coordinates are pinpointed," Ponce said.

The troops were going after members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s (MILF) 105th Base Command, which had been responsible for the attacks on civilian targets in Central Mindanao last year.

The military last Saturday claimed at least 30 MILF members were killed after several days of spontaneous fighting at the village of Muti in Guindulungan.

The MILF, through its spokesman Eid Kabalu, denied the number of fatalities, but the military said the number was based on actual body counts.

Kabalu, in an interview over radio dzBB, said only nine MILF fighters were killed, while the military suffered 27 fatalities.

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TOG8, SAMAR - Elements of Tactical Operations Group 8 on board a UH-1H landed safely with five (5) crew members from the il-fated vessel, MV Hera, a Panamian cargo vessel that was earlier reported missing. TOG 8 immediately dispatched two (2) helicopters to conduct search and rescue in Oras, Eastern Samar were nineteen (19 survivors were rescued. (TOG8 Photo)
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DATE: 28 SEPTEMBER 2009

MAJ GERARDO M ZAMUDIO
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Typhoon Ondoy test PAF’s Sergeant Lomigo


While Typhoon Ondoy was pounding Metro Manila last September 26, Sgt. Sol Marco B. Lomigo was at Villamor Air Base in Pasay City preparing his “pet” for the inevitable action up ahead. Sarge Lomigo’s pet is a reliable M-35 military truck, specifically the 5-tonner version that will soon be tested against 2.5-tonne M-35s in Provident Village – the gated Marikina community that went under water after Ondoy poured a month’s volume of rain in just six hours on that fateful Saturday.

An eight-year veteran truck driver of the Philippine Air Force’s 419th Transport Support Group, Lomigo had been through a lot of hauling operations. From transporting munitions to PAF combat units directly engaged in combat to towing generator sets for Air Force Engineers or gingerly driving with explosives for PAF EOD units, name it and the soft-spoken, bronze-skinned Sarge Lomigo could have done it. His unit, after all, provides transport support to PAF units in need. But the mission on that fourth Saturday of September was different and something worth remembering, he soon learned.

While the city was on a standstill after Ondoy submerged all low lying areas and city roads, Lomigo got his marching orders directly from the commanding general of the Philippine Air Force himself, Lt. General Oscar H Rabena, who was personally overseeing that Saturday’s disaster response operations of the PAF. Coursed through the office of the Assistant Chief of Air Staff for Operations (A-3), Lomigo was directed to proceed to Marikina’s Provident Village to lend support to government and volunteer rescuers. He was also armed with a special mission to find and rescue an identified person from rampaging floodwaters.

At exactly 9:00 PM, Lomigo’s five-tonner roared out of Villamor’s main gate, turning right in Sales Road under the new Skyway towards Fort Bonifacio. In his company are Airman Second Class Edwin L Cetron and Airman Sherwin B de los Reyes, newbies who joined military service, respectively, 14 and two months earlier. The junior soldiers showed their inexperience in similar operations by wearing combat boots while Lomigo, the veteran, was shod in rubber sandals to compliment his combat uniform. For easier maneuverability, he reasoned.

Driving down the deserted Lawton Avenue in Fort Bonifacio until he exited to C5 near Market Market was a cruise, the intermittent rain notwithstanding. C5’s northbound lane was traffic-free until he descended the flyover in Ugong, Pasig where stalled vehicles as far as his eyes can see stood in front of him.

After extricating his lumbering truck from the trap, he drove it through waist deep floodwaters as soon as he crossed Julia Vargas just before Tiendesita’s. He has now the feel of the truck’s power, plodding through a deepening flood as he progressed towards Libis, and was in fact eventually able to catch up with the PNP SAF convoy that overtook him earlier in Ugong as he was about to turn right towards the Philippine Army Engineering Brigade camp in a Libis road to also leads to Marikina’s Riverbank.

Sensing slower progress should he stick it out using the same route, he turned back and headed towards Camp Aguinaldo, turned right in Katipunan, descending in the Aurora Boulevard service ramp and turned right towards Marikina City where he again meet the PNP SAF convoy. He was soon joined by other M-35’s from the AFP NCR Command, Philippine Army and Presidential Security Group. One of the M-35s, it turned out, was bearing President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, MMDA Chair Bayani Fernando, his wife, Marikina Mayor Marides Fernando, and PNP SAF’s General Santiago. Soon, as the trucks were wading through a neck-deep flood along Andres Bonifacio Avenue near the Marikina Riverbank entrance, all M-35s except Sarge Lomigo’s stalled as vehicles upon vehicles lay trapped and submerged, some with drowned victims inside the vehicles.

He tried pushing the heavier truck to the limit, amidst the cold wind draft that accompanied Ondoy’s rain. Soon, sheer road inaccessibility forced the tougher, heavier version of the M-35 military to stop. Otherwise, he could have trampled on hapless cars that lay submerged on the flooded road.

Ever the soldier, Lomigo lead other two – A2C Cetron and AM de los Reyes, the three of them basically representing the entire Philippine Air Force in the multi-agency effort that night in Provident Village – in locating their precious target by hitching a rubber boat ride aboard a Philippine Navy rescue team. Inside Provident Village, the strong current from canalized flood was too strong it swept parked cars. Yet they were able to find their target, shivering on top of a house’s roof, which they eventually rescued and transferred to a safer place.

Meanwhile, while the team was maneuvering back towards the PAF’s M-35, residents of Provident Village sought the help of the three in retrieving a drowned househelp in one of the village’s submerged bungalows. After a few minutes A2C Cetron and AM de los Reyes emerged with the victim and quickly turned over the drowned 19-year old to the Army contingent.

On their way out, they gave a truck load of flood victims a ride towards higher grounds near Katipunan Avenue.

Reaching back Villamor Air Base at 9:00 AM Sunday morning, the heroic trio proclaimed victory with a realization that they’re drenched, hungry and in need of sleep. “Yet happy that we were able to have rescued some individuals,” added Sgt. Lomigo.

They, with mud clearly all over their combat uniforms, claimed that they were not worried about their soiled uniform nor about getting wet in the process. In fact, their uniforms may have been physically soiled but it was the kind of dirt that they can proudly claim to their children as having earned them satisfaction as soldiers and protectors of the hapless citizens, with A2C Cetron sheepishly showing off a glance of his once white briefs turned khaki by flood waters.

Sarge Lomigo, the motorhead, recalled with pride that Typhoon Ondoy was the toughest operation he did, claiming it was also an opportunity to really test his pet 5-tonne version of the M-35 military truck.

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DOOR-TO-DOOR DELIVERY. Philippine Air Force soldiers have devise a simple yet effective method of delivering relief goods to the needy residents – door to door delivery. It drew support from community leaders who have to contend with duplication in receipt of relief goods. Photographed above are soldiers penetrating the worst-hit portions of Santolan, Pasig on foot with every soldier weighed down by the goods they’re set to deliver. (Left), a lady pilot deliver her relief goods to an appreciative resident, and (Right), soldiers single-filed their way in a narrow alley just to reach the affected families.(PIO, PAF Photos)POSTED: 4:54 PM - 02 OCT 2009

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PENETRATING DEVASTATED COMMUNITIES. Philippine Air Force soldiers, under orders to maximize their contribution to the post-typhoon efforts all over the affected areas, have devised a simple yet effective method of delivering relief goods to the needy residents – door to door delivery to eliminate duplication in receipt of relief goods. Photographed right are soldiers penetrating the worst-hit portions of Santolan, Pasig on foot with every soldier weighed down by the goods they’re set to deliver. They form human chains in muddied areas (Left) and single-filed their way in narrow alleys (below) just to reach the affected families. (PIO, PAF Photos) POSTED: 4:54 PM - 02 OCT 2009

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BACK TO SCHOOL. Rushing before the students show up after a school of emergency stoppage in the holding of classes, Philippine Air Force personnel deployed to clean up Sta Elena High School in Sta Elena, Marikina are shown ready to haul their subject – mounds of silt left by the historic flood. PAF continued fielding its personnel and equipment to assist other groups in one of the major post-disaster clean activities ever held in Metro Manila and nearby areas. (PIO, PAF PHOTO)

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INTEROPERABILITY. Philippine Air Force personnel deployed to conduct disaster response operations showed seamless interoperability with other groups involved in mitigating the effects of Typhoon Ondoy to the affected residents and communities. Shown above are two different photographs of PAF airmen collaborating with firemen fielded by the Bureau of Fire Protection during an early morning clean up of Sta Elena High School in Sta Elena, Marikina today. (PIO, PAF PHOTO)
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PAF rescue 713 victims, commit 8 helicopters to Ondoy efforts

Philippine Air Force disaster response operatives rescued 713 victims all over Metro Manila afterwhich it committed eight (8) helicopters in last weekend’s operation to save residents from the after effects of typhoon Ondoy, a report from Villamor Air Base revealed.

Lt. General Oscar H Rabena, PAF commanding general, said that their men began farming out to various points in the city as early as 1:30 PM Saturday when Ondoy was lashing through Metro Manila and nearby areas, adding that the rescuers initially combed Pasay, Makati and Paranaque where the M-35 military trucks transported residents trapped by the sudden rise in floodwaters as well as stranded commuters.

The rescuers could have done more if not for the traffic standstill that likewise trapped the military trucks, he added.

The PAF, however, fielded more vehicles, Rabena said, adding that they were left with no options but to do it, otherwise “we will effectively limit our service to the needy public, he added.” Two wrecker trucks and the smaller 1.25-tonner military trucks were likewise fielded to assist in clearing the road of stalled vehicles and to transport additional stranded citizens. On Sunday, the command committed eight helicopters to the efforts of both the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Department of National Defense to support all search and rescue efforts in the aftermath of the worst typhoon to hit the country in 40 years.

PAF airmen on board the fielded trucks alsoshowed quick decision making by transporting rubber boats and rescuers of other agencies along the way.

A team that was dispatched to help UERM evacuate patients from the flooded hospital encountered heavy floods in the vicinity of San Juan, Metro Manila where stalled vehicles made Aurora Boulevard virtually impassable. It was, however, able to maneuver out of deep waters and instead proceeded to lend support to a rescue effort at Araneta Avenue, one of the worst-hit residential areas in Quezon City.

The PAF rescuers literally soaked themselves in this operation, some reaching back Villamor Air Base at 9:00 AM Sunday, he said, adding that most of them though wet and hungry were in high spirits after rescuing the needy typhoon victims.

Last Sunday’s operation saw PAF rescuers reaching UST in Espana, Provident Village in Marikina and the flooded areas in Pasig.

We have also started sending out our planes to conduct aerial survey of typhoon areas, he said, adding that they may even airlift relief goods to inaccessible areas.

As of press time, the responding airmen are still under the orders of the National Disaster Coordinating Center as to where they will conduct search and rescue operations.

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