Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Deputy Chief-of-Staff for Plans, J5 Major General Restituto F. Padilla Jr. visited Tarlac-class landing platform dock BRP Davao del Sur (LD-602) morning of May 31 to give insight and word of encouragement to the Philippine Navy contingent participating in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018, the Philippine Navy said.
This year’s RIMPAC, the 26th iteration, with theme “Capable, Adaptive, Partners”, will be held from June 27 to August 2 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California, United States 3rd Fleet Public Affairs said.
The Philippine Navy will be sending one landing platform dock, one frigate, and one AW-109 helicopter together with a contingent of 700 sailors and Marines.
This is the first time the Philippines will be sending ships to join the largest international maritime warfare exercise in the world.
The Philippines will join 25 other nations to bring together 47 surface ships, five submarines, 18 national land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel.
“Participating nations and forces will exercise a wide range of capabilities and demonstrate the inherent flexibility of maritime forces. These capabilities range from disaster relief and maritime security operations to sea control and complex warfighting. The relevant, realistic training program includes amphibious operations, gunnery, missile, anti-submarine and air defense exercises, as well as counter-piracy operations, mine clearance operations, explosive ordnance disposal, and diving and salvage operations,” US 3rd fleet said.
Sources: https://www.facebook.com/philippinenavy/posts/10155709954452956; http://www.pacom.mil/Media/News/News-Article-View/Article/1535723/us-navy-announces-26th-rim-of-the-pacific-exercise/; https://www.mintfo.com/security-defense/navy-chief-confirms-2-ships-participating-in-rimpac-for-very-first-time/3455/