Naval Task Force (NTF) RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific), the Philippine Navy’s delegation to the world’s largest maritime warfare exercise, already left Manila for its official send off from Cebu to Hawaii on June 6.
NTF RIMPAC is composed of BRP Davao Del Sur (LD602), BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF17) with an embarked AW 109 naval helicopter, a Naval Special Operations Group (NAVSOG) team, and one Marine Company.
Philippine Navy said a Royal Malaysian Navy Ship will join NTF RIMPAC as it sails from Cebu.
The Philippine and Malaysian ships will then will link up Indonesian Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and Royal Australian Navy ships for the ASEAN++ Group Sail to RIMPAC 2018.
This is the first time the Philippines is sending ships to RIMPAC. RIMPAC 2018 is scheduled to officially start on June 27 and will end on August 2.
The Philippine Navy said its participation in this undertaking is expected to advance its maritime operational capability to multilateral level thereby increasing readiness and interoperability and enabling the nation’s premiere maritime force to be more effective and efficient in the conduct of its mandated task.