The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) of the Republic of Korea (ROK), Adm. Sim, Seung-Seob arrived here earlier today as part of his two-day official visit to the country until November 30.
The Philippine Navy (PN) welcomed the visiting CNO with an arrival honors at the PN headquarters as he arrived here to pay courtesy to the Flag Officer In Command, Vice Adm. Robert Empedrad.
In his speech, Admiral Sim expressed his appreciation to the PN’s effort of maintaining a good relationship with South Korean Navy. He then underscored the importance of naval cooperation and coordination, citing his visit “as an opportunity to further enhance the relationship between the two Navies.”
For his part, Vice Admiral Empedrad acknowledged the PN’s partnership with its South Korean counterpart as strategic and beneficial to the modernization efforts of the PN and personnel capacity upgrade as part of his guidance for every sailor and marine “to work harder and perform much better, as we face new and greater responsibilities and challenges”.
Some of the official activities of South Korean CNO included wreath laying ceremony at the Korean War Memorial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani and courtesy call to the South Korean Ambassador, Han Dong-Man.
Admiral Sim graduated from the Korean Naval Academy and has served in several key positions within the Navy before he headed the Directorate of Strategic Planning of the Joint Chiefs of Staff then later becoming ROK’s Navy Chief.
This official visit and warm reception accorded by the PN reaffirm the already strong ties between the Philippines and South Korea. Today, ROKN is among the key defense partners of the PN with their noteworthy contributions to the latter’s modernization journey. NAVY.MIL.PH