Palawan-based joint task forces take down gas-oil platform in exercise

Joint Task Force (JTF) West and JTF Malampaya, both operating under Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Command (WESCOM), has conducted a Gas-Oil Platform Takedown (GOPLAT) Exercise 2020 at Matinloc Platform, El Nido, Palawan.

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According to WESCOM, the exercise highlighted the “conduct of air insertion through helideck landing and recovery (takedown) of observation Post (OP) and the conduct of non-compliant Visit, Board, Search, and Seizures (VBSS) involving personnel from the newest platform of the Philippine Navy the BRP Jose Rizal (FF150) with an onboard AW109 Helicopter (NH434), Patrol Crafts 380 and 389, Boat Attack (BA484) and Palawan Coast Guard (PCG) Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boat (RHIB) and EOD team, NAVSOU-10 Patrol Boat Light (PBL) personnel, NAVSOU-4 RHIB and also WESCOM’s Medical team.”

The GOPLAT drill was carried out “to test the operational readiness and inter-agency coordination mechanism among WESCOM Joint Task Forces (JTFs) and partner agencies,” WESCOM said.

WESCOM noted “it was primarily evolved on a security situation at Malampaya Natural Gas to Power Project (MNGPP) Platform (OP Matinloc) and how WESCOM’s JTFs will handle such emergency situation with support from Law Enforcement Agencies.”

“I am proud to note this successful exercise by team WESCOM and spearheaded by the Joint Task Force West and Joint Task Force Malampaya. With the successful result, you have shown today in protecting one of the Country’s critical project, I am very much confident that it will continuously be safe and productive throughout its remaining years of service,” said newly installed AFP Vice Chief Of Staff and who was concurrent Commander of WESCOM Lieutenant General Erickson R. Gloria.

Incoming WESCOM commander Rear Admiral Ramil Roberto B. Enriquez, also witnessed the exercise.