PHL Navy joining first ASEAN-China naval wargame

The Philippine Navy will be participating in the first naval exercise between Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states and the People’s Republic of China slated to take place in Zhanjiang from October 22 to 29.

“The proposal for a joint ASEAN and Chinese exercise was submitted in February of this year during the ADMM Singapore or at the Asean Defense Ministers Meeting. It was proposed to the body and approved, so hence, it was scheduled,” National Defense spokesperson Arsenio Andolong said.

However, the exact Philippine Navy asset to be sent is yet to be announced.

“As of the moment, we are still not certain as to which vessel we’ll be sending to the exercise,” Andolong added.

Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad may possibly attend the event.

The naval exercise may include drills that will enhace humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR), anti-piracy, and improvement of the Conduct of Unplanned Encounters at Sea.