Philippine Navy (PN) flag officer in command, Vice Adm. Giovanni Carlo Bacordo, and Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) counterpart, First Adm. Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Othman bin Haji Suhaili, held a virtual talk earlier today, October 6.
Discussed during the said talk were both navies roles in helping their respective governments mitigate the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic and the navies engagements such as the recent Rim of the Pacific Exercise in Hawaii and the group sail conducted by RBN vessel KDB Darulehsan (OPV07) with the PN’s BRP Jose Rizal, along with the U.S. Navy ship from Hawaii to Guam.
Other engagements such as the upcoming ASEAN Navy Chiefs Meeting in November and the maritime training activity dubbed as SEAGULL that was postponed for this year but intended to push through by 2021 were likewise tackled.
Navy chief Bacordo reassured the RBN commander of the PNs full support for its future endeavors and continued friendship. “We would like to assure you that in spite of us not seeing each other face to face or physically, the PN and RBN have all the friendship, trust and confidence (that) goes on and the relationship is very strong,” he said.
For his part, the RBN chief likewise pledged for a stronger relationship from this point forward.
The conduct of virtual meetings among leaders of neighboring navies has been the new normal in light of travel restrictions and enforcement of physical distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It just goes to show the unfaltering commitment and firm dedication of partner navies to strengthening ties and friendship toward stability and cooperation. NAVY.MIL.PH