Marine battalion deployed to COVID-19 frontline

The Philippine Navy deployed the 12th Marine Battalion (12MBn) to the frontlines of the government’s interagency efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 through placing the entire Luzon under the enhanced community quarantine.

12MBn or the “Spartan” battalion was originally projected to be deployed to Sulu upon completion of retraining by the end of this month but was called upon to support the fight against this unseen enemy that threatens public health and security.

The additional Marine troops augment the Navy’s fleet-marine deployment under the Naval Task Group-National Capital Region manning the quarantine assistance stations in Rizal, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Cavite and Laguna.

Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Henry Espinosa rallied his troop on this deployment to be “always steadfast in performing our mission in tandem with fleet forces. It will test our mettle, but we will never falter, we will hold the line. Your Marines will work silently, out of prying eyes of the general public. This is who we are, this is what we do… this is the essence of soldiery”.

PMC commandant, Major Gen. Nathaniel Casem and Fleet-Marine Ready Force commander, Commo. Toribio Adaci already visited the troops last week and emphasized the importance of safety and health as they perform their duties.

The deployment of the sailors and marines is consistent with the flag officer in command’s directive to proactively assist the national government and other non-government organizations in their resolve to contain this pandemic. NAVY.MIL.PH