31 March 2017

Despite the inclement weather and short notice, the Philippine Air Force through the 220th Air Lift Wing pilots, Major Carlo M Ribaya PAF and 1Lt Janice M Laude PAF, picked up the three (3) Malaysian kidnap victims who were recently rescued by the government forces utilizing the N-22 Nomad with tail number 68 that took off from Sanga-Sanga, Bongao in Tawi-Tawi to Jolo on March 27, 2017.

The rescued Malaysian nationals were transported to Zamboanga for debriefing and turnover.

The Malaysian boat crew members Mohammad Jumadil Rahim, Mohammad Ridzuan Bin Ismail and Fandy Bin Bakran were taken by the rebels last July 19, 2016. They were safely rescued by the government forces after a series of combat operations, both in land and sea, against the rebel forces in Mindanao.

At present, the Wing has three (3) N-22. These aircraft are deployed in Palawan and Zamboanga which perform maritime patrol over the West Philippine Sea, assist in the combat operations and transport VIPs and operational requirements in the different islands of Mindanao. The N-22 could land in short and unprepared runways making it very efficient not just in assisting military operations and patrolling, but also in conducting humanitarian assistance and disaster response to the farthest islands in Mindanao Sibutu and Mapun, to name a few.

Through the thrust of its Wing Commander, Brigadier General Nicholas C Parilla AFP, the Nomads are ensured to always be fully mission capable and ready to respond to the requirements of the AFP and the Filipino people.

Credits to 1Lt Janice M Laude PAF of the 220th Airlift Wing