PHL, Australia complete patrol activity in southern Philippines

The Philippine Navy (PN), through Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM), and Royal Australian Navy (RAN) have concluded the 3rd iteration of PN-RAN Maritime Security Activity on June 5 at Officer’s Club, Naval Station Romulo Espaldon, Calarian, Zamboanga City.

NFWM said part of the activity was series of maritime patrols in the Sea Lines of Communications (SLOCs) particularly in the waters of ZAMPELAN, Basilan and Tawi-Tawi.

Various ship drills aboard PN and RAN vessels for the benefit and readiness of crew on board were also conducted.

“It’s been 23 days ago since we had kick-off the conduct of the 3rd PN-RAN Maritime Security Activity (MSA). It was during the opening ceremony that I had posted a challenge among you through my Deputy Commander for Marine Operations, to make this maritime cooperation a successful one. Challenges posted was primarily to maintain our year of stride of zero case of abduction at sea. Secondly, was to maximize the learning through the conduct of joint training exercise. And thirdly, to be acquainted to our different cultures through engaging in social activities,” NFWM commander Rear Admiral Rene V. Medina said.

“The closing of this MSA brings us to a higher level of mutual cooperation as together we endeavour to recollect the undeniable lessons we have gained from this activity,” he added.

PN assets that participated in the MSA were BRP Dioscoro Papa (PC 381) and BRP General Mariano Alvarez (PS 38).

Armidale-class patrol boats Her Majesty Australian Ship (HMAS) Albany (ACPB 86) and HMAS Glenelg (ACPB 96) participated for RAN.