The Philippine Navy’s (PN) brand new and first missile-capable frigate, BRP Jose Rizal (FF150), with an embarked naval helicopter arrived in Joint Base Pearl Harbor-HICKAM, Hawaii, USA, today August 15 (Philippines time), to participate in the upcoming Rim of the Pacific Exercise 2020 (RIMPAC20) to be conducted from August 17 to 31.
While entering Pearl Harbor, the crew of FF150 conducted manning the rail and further rendered salute to USS Missouri and USS Arizona in honor of the fallen heroes during World War II.
The contingent were welcomed by the officials from Philippine Consulate General to Honolulu, Hawaii, led by Consul General Joselito A. Jimeno.
In line with the COVID-19 protocols, the PN contingent were not allowed to get off the ship, instead, the task force commander and skipper of BRP Jose Rizal, Capt Jerry Y Garrido talked with the Consul General via telephone after the mooring of the ship.
Capt Garrido thanked the consul general for the warm welcome rendered to them. With the arrival of FF150 in Hawaii he considers this exercise as an opportunity to “provide the PN with the latest training and techniques in modern naval warfare.”
FF150 will be moored for three days to the port for logistical purposes with the personnel not leaving the ship. This is to observe health and biosafety protocols in ensuring the welfare of around 120 sailors and aviators due to COVID-19 pandemic.
The RIMPAC20 exercise will be executed purely at sea. All key components of the NTG shall simultaneously participate in the Surface, Air, Sub-surface and Maritime Security Operations serials of the exercise.
The exercise will give a unique training opportunity for the participating nations including the PN to enhance their proficiency to integrate into an international force and improve readiness to contribute to a wide range of potential coalition operations.
The Philippine Navy, through this participation, aims to advance its maritime operational capability to multilateral level thereby increasing readiness and interoperability. NAVY.MIL.PH