The Philippine Navy (PN) held at Pier 13 today a joint send-off ceremony for two of its ships bound for Mindanao, BRP Ang Pangulo (ACS25) and BRP Emilio Jacinto (PS35).
Navy Flag Officer In Command (FOIC), Vice Adm. Robert Empedrad oversaw the deployment of the Presidential yacht ACS25 and the lead ship of PN’s Jacinto-class patrol ships PS35 skippered by Commander (Cmdr.) Miljun Peñaflorida and Cmdr. Aldrin Gacusan, respectively.
ACS25 is being deployed to Davao City-based Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao to augment the Davao Operational Base of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) especially during Presidential engagements, while PS35 is underway to Naval Forces Western Mindanao in Zamboanga City following its weapons upgrade to further strengthen the PN presence in the area.
“BRP Emilio Jacinto will be joining our fleet assets in Western Mindanao after months of undergoing repair. She shall be performing a very important mission particularly in safeguarding our islands and preventing intrusions to our boundaries…In the same manner, BRP Ang Pangulo or ACS25 shall be sent to perform a very special role in safeguarding the second residence of our president in Davao,” said Vice Adm. Empedrad.
“Although Davao City is a generally peaceful place, the presence of ACS25 in the vicinity will also provide a much safer place not only for the president but all the people of the city. Her presence will add assurance that their navy is just a stone throw away,” he added.
Also present in the activity were Fleet-Marine Ready Force Commander Commo. Toribio Adaci Jr., Naval Internal Auditor Commo. Alberto Cruz, commander of Sealift Amphibious Force Capt. Ernesto Baldovino, commander of Littoral Combat Force Capt. Alfonso Torres Jr and PSG chief of staff Col. Randolph Cabangbang.
Deployment of these vessels to naval operational areas is crucial to the PN’s effective conduct of various operations in the areas of maritime patrol and internal security.
Moreover, they will be a great help in the ongoing relief efforts in the aftermath of several earthquakes that shook various parts of Mindanao with their logistics support and HADR (humanitarian assistance and disaster response) capabilities. NAVY.MIL.PH