The Philippine Army (PA) and the United States Navy continue to strengthen the two forces’ bilateral ties in a courtesy call held in Fort Bonifacio on December 13.
Commander of Army Support Command Maj. Gen. Byron H. Calimag received on behalf of the Army Commanding General the delegates of Navy International Programs Office (NIPO) led by its Director, Rear Adm. Francis D. Morley.
NIPO and PA’s cooperation is directed towards enhancing the war capabilities of the Filipino forces particularly in countering terrorism through the additional equipment and trainings. The undertaking will also support the Army’s International Defense and Security Engagement as part of the command’s Defense Mission.
Some of the equipment that the Army was able to receive through NIPO includes unmanned aircraft systems, night vision devices, and communication equipment. Before the year ends, the PA will also get small arms weapons, ammunition, individual first aid kits, and night vision devices as well as future trainings in using the new equipment.
Morley also recognized the activation of the Army Aviation Regiment as a strategic approach against threats posed by terrorism. On the other hand, Calimag expressed his gratitude and the command’s proposed plan of conducting a Joint Visual Inspection for the TC12 Beach Craft and Whiskey Helicopter in 2020.
“Strengthening our relationship with other military counterparts is critical in boosting our capabilities and further capacitate our soldiers in addressing threats and safeguarding the land,” said Army Spokesperson Lt. Col. Ramon P. Zagala.