AFP chief vows continued support to NAVSOG

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief-of-Staff General Carlito Galvez Jr. has vowed continued support to the Naval Special Operation Group (NAVSOG), the Philippine Navy’s special operations group trained to operate in sea, air, and land.

“Rest assured that the AFP leadership will continue to support the NAVSOG and all units of the AFP as we work together to win the peace, preserve our way of life, and secure our country’s future,” Galvez said during the 62nd founding anniversary of NAVSOG on Tuesday.

The celebration’s theme was “NAVSOG: 62 years of Honor, Duty and Patriotism” celebrated at Headquarters Naval Special Operations Group, Naval Base Cavite.

“Whether in the sea, air, and land (SEAL), the nation and our countrymen can very much depend on the mighty Navy SEALS in protecting the people and securing the State,” General Galvez added.

The Philippine Navy said the NAVSOG traces its origin from the former Philippine Underwater Operations Team (UOT) that was first established on November 05, 1956 after the UOT of the United States of America.

“The team was composed of 1 officer and 6 enlisted personnel. The pioneer members of the team were called “frogmen” as they can operate in both land and water. After years of improvement, UOT expanded its scope and core competencies which includes all facets of special operations and unconventional warfare capabilities presently known as Naval Special Operations Group,” it added.

“This year, highlights of the NAVSOG accomplishments involved of its participation in the conduct of Naval Special Operations during the Marawi Siege. They served as the first line of defense for retreating rebels and incoming reinforcements. Moreover, other than the conduct of special operations, NAVSOG were also commendable on their deployment in disaster-stricken areas in the country.,” the Navy said.

“The NAVSOG thrust remain committed to maintain and protect a safe maritime environment for the country and to continue to be more and reliable elite force towards strong and credible Navy,” it added.