The Philippine Navy (PN) accorded an arrival ceremony for the members of the 9th Marine Battalion (9MBn) as they disembarked from BRP Bacolod City (LS550) at Capt. Salvo Pier in Sangley Point, Cavite City today, July 2.
The arrival ceremony presided by the Navy chief, Vice Adm. Giovanni Carlo Bacordo was conducted in accordance with the “new normal” scheme adhering to health and biosafety protocols.
In his remarks, Vice Admiral Bacordo recognized the successful deployment of 9th Marine Battalion as testament and proof to the “capability and competence of our Marines to respond to emerging security challenges”. In order to sustain these accomplishments, “it needs to level up to continue to be a proficient Marine Operating Force… [as] every Marine Battalions job is about to get harder… due to the rapidly changing, complex, simultaneous and overlapping security challenges”, added Bacordo.
9MBn, under the command of Lt. Col. Mark Anthony Arabe, arrived in Cavite City from their deployment in the island province of Tawi-Tawi, Sulu and Zamboanga City. They have been deployed in Western Mindanao Commands area of responsibility since 2010.
Now that theyre back, the Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) commandant, Major Gen. Nathaniel Casem has placed the 9MBn to non-operational status for the purpose of retraining that aims to upgrade them into a unit “capable to perform mission-essential task across the full range of military operations” as they are being envisioned “as the first Marine Amphibious Ready Unit to be attached to the Fleet-Marine Ready Force”.
The battalion had been instrumental in a wide array of operations such as security, combat, support to law enforcement, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and numerous undertakings in support of other government agencies in their area of deployment.
Among the notable accomplishments of this battalion were the neutralization of a number of Abu Sayyaf Group members, interception of smuggled lumbers, illegal drugs, human trafficking victims and illegal immigrants, and rescue of more than a hundred passengers and crew of ill-fated vessel in Tawi-Tawi.
The well-fitting arrival ceremony accorded to the brave men and women of this battalion aimed to honor and recognize their unfaltering commitment in keeping the peace and maintaining the order especially in conflict-ridden areas of the country and amid the COVID-19 pandemic. NAVY.MIL.PH