Navy joins Battle of Sibuyan Sea 75th commemoration

The Philippine Navy (PN), in partnership with the Department of History of the University of the Philippines-Diliman, the Provincial Government of Romblon, the Municipality of Alcantara, and the Philippine Normal University commemorated the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Sibuyan Sea with a ceremony October 24 in Alcantara, Romblon.

The commander of Naval Forces Southern Luzon, Capt. Jose Ma Ambrosio Ezpeleta attended the ceremony representing the Flag Officer-in-Command, Vice Adm. Robert Empedrad, who also delivered a message in the latter’s behalf.

The sailors of BRP Tausug (LC-295), headed by Lt. Cmdr. Michael Volante, fired the 21-gun salute during the wreath laying ceremony while the Philippine Marine Corps Drum and Bugle Team graced the morning activities.

A commemorative symposium was held later in the afternoon wherein Mr. Patrick John Mansujeto from the Office of Naval Strategic Studies delivered lectures about the Battle of Sibuyan Sea and the Second World War in the Philippines.

Seventy-five (75) years ago today, the Allied Forces fought the Imperial Japanese Navy in the Battle of Sibuyan Sea during the Second World War. It was part of the larger Battle of Leyte Gulf, considered to be the greatest naval battle in history.

It exemplified a complex naval warfare in an inland sea, in which, the infamous Japanese battleship, Musashi, one of the two largest battleships ever built, was sunk.

It has always been a victory of the Allied Forces, that led to the eventual liberation of the Philippines from the Japanese Occupation. NAVY.MIL.PH