BRP Jose Rizal joins World War II ending commemoration in Hawaii

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The Philippine Navy’s BRP Jose Rizal (FF150) with aboard Naval Task Group (NTG) 80.5 participated in the 75th commemoration of World War II ending along with other navies that participated in the recently concluded RIMPAC Exercise 2020 on September 1.

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“FF150 was in full dress (signal flags and pennants strung along the length of the ship) on the surrounding Hawaiian waters to pay tribute to the fallen heroes during WWII whose sacrifices brought about the end to the worlds most destructive and expensive war,” the Philippine Navy said.

“The Philippines naval presence in this important event solidifies our country and PNs commitment to forge stronger ties with other foreign navies as we share common history and the desire to work together to prevent that fateful part in our era from happening again,” the Philippine Navy said.

The Navy noted that both Pearl Harbor in Hawaii and Manila, Philippines suffered aerial bombing by the Imperial Japanese Military on the same day at the height of WWII in 1941.

“WWII officially ended on Sept. 2, 1945 upon Japans signing of the document of unconditional surrender with Gen. Douglas MacArthur aboard USS Missouri. The battleship is now a museum ship at Pearl Harbor,” it added.