Philippine Navy vessel BRP Salvador Abcede (PC114) and participants from Philippine Army 802nd Infantry Brigade conducted a joint gunnery exercise (GUNNEX) on January 24 in waters off South of Camotes Island.
The GUNNEX was dubbed as “1st PA-PN Joint Gunnery Exercise of Eastern Visayas”.
“The GUNNEX simulated a scenario of hot pursuit to fleeing insurgents onboard motorized bancas after a firefight with Army Company at a certain coastal municipality,” Philippine Navy’s Naval Force Central (NAVFORCEN) said.
“The Navy contingent composed of PC114 with onboard special operations team from 802nd Brigade, PA and two (2) patrol boats from the 5th PB Division were tapped to interdict the target,” it added.
NAVFORCEN noted that a naval gunnery target balloon, “killer tomato”, was used as the target during the GUNNEX using onboard naval guns of Navy and small arms of the Philippine Army contingent to maintain a state of readiness in target acquisition and gunnery skills.
“Additionally, a camera drone from 802nd Brigade, PA was also used to cover the activity,” NAVFORCEN said. The 1st PN-PA Joint GUNNEX in Eastern Visayas was crafted and implemented successfully enhancing the principle of “jointness” to attain synergy among Navy sailors and Army troopers fighting against the same enemy. It also intended to maintain a high level of proficiency and combat readiness in a maritime environment. Tactical maneuvers were performed by PC114, PB356, and PB358 throughout the scenario.”