Philippine Navy chief visits RIMPAC contingent in Hawaii

Chief of the Philippine Navy Vice Admiral Robert A. Empedrad visited the Filipino contingent aboard BRP Davao del Sur (LD602) participating in the sea phase of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2018 off O’ahu Island, Hawaii on July 18.

The Philippine Navy said Vice Admiral Empedrad was flown by Philippine Navy AgustaWestland 109 (AW109) naval helicopter together with head of the delegation, Commodore Toribio Adaci Jr. from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) Airbase to the exercise area and on board LD602.

“Commander, Naval Task Force (NTF) 86, Capt Ernesto A Baldovino together with the contingent warmly welcomed the FOIC, PN and party. A sideboys honour was rendered followed by a short briefing at the wardroom of LD602,” the Philippine Navy said. “After which, he met with the rest of the members of the PN contingent for the “Talk to Men” on board the hangar deck of LD602.”

Empedrad emphasized the importance of this multilateral exercise on the navy’s quest to further modernize its capabilities, improve its war fighting tactics, techniques and procedures and increase interoperability with participating navies of the world.

Before visiting the RIMPAC Filipino contingent Vice Admiral Empedrad called on the United States Indo-Pacific Commander Admiral Philip S. Davidson and the Philippine Consulate General to Hawaii, Ambassador Joselito A. Jimeno.

He also met with the Filipino community in Hawaii after his visit to the PN contingent.

“With the vigorous support of the national government and its stakeholders through the ongoing modernization program, the PN takes pride in sending a sizeable contingent of two naval vessels and an onboard aircraft to the biggest multilateral naval exercise, RIMPAC 2018,” the Philippine Navy said.