Navy’s research vessel has new commanding officer

The Philippine Navy’s research vessel, BRP Gregorio Velasquez (AGR-702), is now under a new commanding officer after the change of command ceremony held on December 10.

Sealift Amphibious Force commander Commodore Antonio C. Palces presided the said ceremony at Pier 13, South Harbor, Manila. Philippine Fleet commander Rear Admiral Danilo R. Rodelas also graced the event.

“Cmdr. Benjo F Negranza PN former skipper of BRP Batak (LC-299) assumed as the Commanding Officer of BRP Gregorio Velasquez (AGR-702) as he received the helm from Cmdr. Joel R Tamayo PN(GSC) who commanded the vessel for 1 year and 2 days,” the Philippine Fleet said.

The Philipine Fleet said BRP Gregorio Velasquez has been a vital platform in supporting the government’s thrust of furthering hydrographic survey and marine scientific research within Philippine waters in cooperation with our Filipino scientists and cognizant agencies as well as stakeholders in this field.