PHL Navy hosts 1st navy-to-navy talks with Republic of Korea Navy

The Philippine Navy (PN) hosted the first PN – Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) Navy to Navy Talks (NTNT) on Tuesday, August 12.

Assistant Chief of Naval Staff for Operations, N3, Navy Capt. Jempsun V. De Guzman, chaired the PN-hosted virtual talks with his South Korean counterpart, Capt. Lee Han Dong, Head International Cooperation Branch, ROKN.

This years talks focused on the sharing of best practices between the two navies in defense against the dreaded COVID-19 global pandemic while maintaining maritime operational capability.

Despite the current pandemic, both navies proceeded with the talks, albeit virtually, taking it as an opportunity to explore technologies to continue and deepen their bilateral relationship and diplomatic ties.

This first-ever NTNT between the navies of the Philippines and South Korea was held under the Terms of Reference (TOR) signed by both parties in 2019. One of the specifics under the TOR is the conduct of biennial Navy talks which provide a forum for regular dialogue and information exchange between the two navies to discuss matters of common importance and to promote mutual interests. NAVY.MIL.PH