Chief of Philippine Navy Vice Admiral Robert A. Empedrad conducted a visit to Tarlac-class landing platform dock BRP Davao del Sur (LD-602) on May 28 to inspect readiness of the ship and troops for deployment to Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018 to be held from June 27 to August 2 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.
“During the said visit, VAdm Empedrad talked to the troops to address on their issues before their departure, while also emphasizing the importance of this multilateral exercise through focused training and increased interoperability with their counterparts,” the Philippine Navy said.
The Philippine Navy added that with the vigorous support of the national government and its stakeholders through the ongoing modernization program, the Navy takes pride in sending not just one but two naval vessels and an aircraft to the biggest international maritime exercise in the world.
This year’s RIMPAC is the 26th iteration with theme “Capable, Adaptive, Partners”.
This is the first time the Philippines will be sending ships to join the largest international maritime warfare exercise in the world.
The Philippines will join 25 other nations to bring together 47 surface ships, five submarines, 18 national land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel.
Sources: https://www.facebook.com/philippinenavy/posts/10155712217097956; http://www.pacom.mil/Media/News/News-Article-View/Article/1535723/us-navy-announces-26th-rim-of-the-pacific-exercise/