#UlyssesPH: Coast Guard deploys air assets

Aviation Updates Philippines – On Thursday, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) became one of the first responders to the aftermath of Typhoon Ulysses (international name: Vamco) in Luzon as it deployed aerial assets to perform rescue operations.

On its social media pages, the PCG said it deployed the Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander light utility aircraft to scour the skies and perform aerial surveillance in Marikina, Rizal, Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, and Valenzuela City areas this afternoon.

The deployment of the Coast Guard's air assets "is intended to aid the ongoing rescue operations and determine the extent of flooding in the affected areas of Typhoon #UlyssesPH," the PCG tweeted.

Moreover, the two newly-acquired Airbus Helicopters H145 helicopters, with tail numbers CGH-1451 and CGH-1452, were also deployed to conduct aerial rescue operations in Marikina.

As of 2:00 pm today, the PCG has already deployed a total of 31 teams composed of 248 personnel to aid in ground rescue operations in Metro Manila, Rizal, and Cavite. 

Several areas in Metro Manila and nearby provinces experienced moderate to severe flooding, dubbed as "the worst flooding in capital Manila in years," due to the typhoon.