French, PHL navies hold bilateral meeting

The Philippine Navy and French Navy has conducted a bilateral meeting on March 12 at Ecole’Militaire’ Paris, France.

The meeting was led attended by Philippine Navy Flag Officer-in-Command Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo and French Navy Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Pierre Vandier.

“Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo J Bacordo PN was formally welcomed and briefed with the thrust and direction of the French Navy,” the Philippine Navy said.

The Philippine Navy added that “the Staff-to-Staff discussions on French submarine organization and capability concept has provided important inputs of utmost consideration in the establishment of Philippine Navy’s Submarine Force.”

“Joining Vice Admiral Bacordo during the bilateral talks are Capt Edwin M Nera, Commander, Submarine Group and Capt Emerson C David, Director, PN Modernization Office.Significantly, the Chief of the French Navy has expressed support in the efforts of the PN in capability development, wherein their Directorate for General Armaments (DGA) and Défense Conseil international (DCI) can assist for the aspects of acquisition and training, respectively,” it added.