Navy, Army eye ‘ship to shore training’ in bid to boost interoperability

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The Philippine Army chief Lieutenant General Gilbert I. Gapay and Philippine Navy chief Rear Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo, together with Army and Navy officials have discussed ways to strengthen interoperability operations between two military services.

The discussion was held during the courtesy visit of Rear Admiral Bacordo to Lieutenant General Gapay on March 3 at Fort Bonifacio.

The Army said Bacordo’s visit “aims to further strengthen the PA and PN’s coordination in terms of interoperability operations geared at contributing to the overall mission accomplishment of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.”

As part of effort to increase interoperability, the officials discussed the possibility of joint exercises that will equip the forces in addressing future threats.

The Army noted that one suggestion is the idea of a “ship to shore training”, wherein instead of simply transporting the troops, they will undergo trainings while onboard and upon landing, they will perform exercises like island retaking.

“Let us continue our interoperability in terms of continuous training, to address future threats that hamper the peace and progress of our nation. I am positive that in our mutual endeavors, along with dedication and passion to serve our fellow Filipinos, we will be able to accomplish our mission of protecting the country,” Lieutenant General Gapay said.