The Philippine Navy (PN) held a send-off ceremony earlier today at Captain Salvo Pier, Naval Base Cavite, Sangley Point, Cavite City for its Landing Ship, BRP Dagupan City (LS551) for the conduct of ASEAN-China Maritime Exercise (ACMEX) 2018 from October 21 to 28 2018 at Zhanjiang, China.
The Philippine Fleet Commander, Rear Admiral Danilo R Rodelas AFP oversaw the send-off ceremony for the 200-man PN contingent led by Commander Sherwin E Respeto PN (GSC). It is expected that the PN contingent will arrive in China on October 20.
This will be latest contingent sent by the PN following its successful participation in different multilateral naval exercises such as KOMODO Exercise in Mataram, Indonesia, RIMPAC Exercise in Hawaii, USA and KAKADU in Darwin, Australia to include the recent goodwill visits in Vladivostok, Russia and Jeju Island, Republic of Korea.
The ACMEX 2018 aims to promote exchanges and cooperation between ASEAN Member States (AMS) navies and China PLA (N) focusing on maritime safety and search and rescue at sea with emphasis on the use of Code of Unplanned Encounter at Sea (CUES).
The PN’s participation to this maritime exercise conveys the Command’s commitment in promoting multilateral cooperation. It is an ingenuous affirmation of its commitment in collaborating with other navies to promote peace and stability in the region.
As with other naval engagements and exercises, these activities are expected to validate friendship, partnership and cooperative commitment that have been established and observed among ASEAN Member States, and the People’s Republic of China. PHILIPPINE NAVY