The fourth Maritime Security Activity (MSA) between Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and Philippine Navy, through Naval Forces West (NAVFORWEST), held in Palawan was completed on Wednesday.
The closing ceremony was held at the Covered Court, Naval Station Apolinario Jalandoon, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.
“I am very grateful for the opportunity to conduct this combined exercise with you (RAN). We see you as professional sailors embodied with bravery, discipline, and professionalism that is worthy of emulation. You belong to one of the largest and most sophisticated naval forces in the Indo-Pacific region, with significant presence in the Indian Ocean and the Pacific, as well as, in worldwide operations in support of military campaigns, humanitarian assistance and peacekeeping missions,” NAVFORWEST commander Commodore Rommel Jason L. Galang said during the closing ceremony.
“Today, we hope that this strengthens our bond that is evident through the camaraderie and friendship that was established during the weeklong exercise. I hope that at the end of the day, we are all able to learn the best practices and promote cultural understanding between our two navies,” he added.
NAVFORWEST said prior to the closing ceremony, a Hotwash or After Action Review (AAR) was conducted to evaluate and assess the just concluded maritime security exercise activity.
During the sea phase of the maritime activity held July 18 to 24, participating vessels were grouped into two to patrol the Northern and Southern part of Palawan.
The Northern group was composed of BRP Ramon Alcaraz (FF16) and HMAS Ararat (ACPB 89) that conducted patrol in Dumaran, Coron, Pamalican, Cuyo Group of Islands and Tubattaha reef while the Southern group were BRP Simeon Castro (PC 374) and HMAS Wollongong (ACPB 92) that conducted patrol in the areas of Bataraza, Balabac, and Mangsee Island.
Throughout the sea phase PN-RAN vessels conducted a number of naval exercises like joint maritime patrols, Maritime Surveillance Exercise (MARSURVEX) and Visit ,Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) in their respective exercise area.
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