The Philippine Marine Corps (PMC)’s 9th Marine Battalion (9MBn) will be undergoing retraining and upgrade after a 10-year deployment to Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Mindanao Command (WESTMINCOM) area of operations.
PMC commandant Major General Nathaniel Casem placed the Marine batallion on non-operational status for retraining that aims to upgrade them into a unit “capable to perform mission-essential task across the full range of military operations” as they are being envisioned “as the first Marine Amphibious Ready Unit to be attached to the Fleet-Marine Ready Force”.
The 9MBn was welcomed by Philippine Navy at Captain Salvo Pier in Sangley Point, Cavite City on July 2.
Navy chief Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo said in order to sustain accomplishments of the Marines “it needs to level up to continue to be a proficient Marine Operating Force – every Marine battalion’s job is about to get harder – due to the rapidly changing, complex, simultaneous and overlapping security challenges.”
“Among the notable accomplishments of this battalion were the neutralization of a number of Abu Sayyaf Group members, interception of smuggled lumbers, illegal drugs, human trafficking victims and illegal immigrants, and rescue of more than a hundred passengers and crew of ill-fated vessel in Tawi-Tawi,” the Philippine Navy said.