Three Philippine Navy assets were deployed to Naval Forces West (NAVFORWEST) in Palawan. Philippine Fleet’s Littoral Combat Force held the send off ceremony on February 15, 2018.
Jose Andrada-class coastal patrol boat BRP Nestor Reinoso (PC380) and two (2) Multi-Purpose Attack Craft (MPAC) Mark IIIs were sent off at Captain Moya Boat Landing, Naval Base Heracleo Alano, Sangley Point, Cavite City.
A total of 3 MPAC Mark IIIs were activated to navy service in May 2017 ahead of the installation of their missile systems procured from Israel.
The ordered weapons from Israel were scheduled to be delivered in December 2017, however, delivery was moved to early this year.
NAVFORWEST is the naval component of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Command (WESCOM) responsible for combating terrorism and insurgency in Palawan and tasked to protect Philippines’ sovereignty and sovereign rights in the Kalayaan Island Group in West Philippine Sea.