The Philippine Navy (PN) through Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM), and Royal Australian Navy (RAN) have completed the 2nd PN-RAN Maritime Security Engagement which started March 13. The closing ceremony was conducted on April 2 at Officers’ Club, Naval Station Romulo Espaldon, Bagong Calarian, Zamboanga City.
“The Closing Ceremony was attended by Lt. Col. Judd Finger, the Commander of Joint Task Group 629 as the Keynote Speaker and Rear Adm. Rene V Medina, Commander of Naval Forces Western Mindanao represented by Capt. Joe Anthony C Orbe, the Acting Commander of Naval Task Force 61 (NTF 61),” NFWM said.
In the conduct of the MSE, BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF15), BRP General Mariano Alvarez (PS 38), BRP Felix Apolinario (PC 395), BRP Filipino Flojo (PC 386), BRP Florencio Inigo (PC 393), HMAS Broome (ACPB 90), and HMAS Launcestaun (ACPB 94) were utilized.
Patrol activities for the MSE were conducted along the Area of Operation of Joint Task Force Tawi-tawi, Sulu and Basilan.
“Overall, the maritime cooperation accomplished all its objectives on improving the interoperability, enhancing professional skills and capabilities during the conduct of tactics and procedures aboard ship and exchanging of experiences on maritime operations that turn out to be highly beneficial for both parties,” NFWM said.
It added that it will continue to perform its mandated tasks of securing the maritime domain of Western Mindanao unilaterally or in partnership with its allies.
The 1st PN-RAN Maritime Security Engagement held 4th quarter last year.