Philippine military steadily improving, modernizing: Navy

“Today’s arrival ceremony is but one of the many attestations that we are indeed making headways in our thrust to be globally recognized as a game-player in the maritime security arena – we have again achieved another milestone, another first in the history of the Philippine Navy,” Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad said during the arrival of BRP Tarlac (LD 601) after successful historic visits to Russia and Republic of Korea (ROK).

The Philippine Navy said BRP Tarlac’s visit to Russia is the first time that the service visited the Russian Pacific Fleet in Vladivostok. It is also the first time the service participated in activities related to the Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS) 2018 hosted by the ROK Navy in Korea.

“The successful overseas mission is a manifestation that the Navy is steadily improving and modernizing,” the Philippine Navy said.

“This is another big leap in enhancing the organization’s core competency to further improve its readiness to engage in multilateral maritime activities and contribute to preserving regional maritime security,” it added.

The Navy said that in Russia, the Philippine contingent participated in activities that served as great avenue to learn from and enhance relationship with the Russian Navy such as visit to one of their Diesel Submarine, tour of the Russian Marine Firing Range, witnessed capability demonstration from Russian Marines, as well as having Philippine contingent ran obstacle courses and pistol firing exercises.

It added that the visit in Jeju Island, ROK strengthened ties with Navy counterparts through the conduct of different confidence-building activities in line with the WPNS 2018. The International Fleet Review held during that time marked the 70th anniversary of the ROK Armed Forces.