PHL Navy RIMPAC contingent arrives

The Philippine Navy today welcomed the 700-strong Naval Task Force (NTF) 86 headed by its commander, Navy Captain Ernesto O. Baldovino, onboard BRP Davao Del Sur (LD602) and BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF17) after their participation in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2018 from June 27 to August 2 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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National Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana joined the Philippine Navy, families and friends in welcoming NTF86 as the guest of honor.

“During the return sail, NTF 86 made a stop at U.S. Naval Base Guam where they interacted with the Filipino community there headed by Philippine Consul General to Guam, Amb. Marciano R. de Borja. The two ships also showed the flag at the Philippine Rise before finally reaching local shores,” the Philippine Navy said.

It said that its participation in a naval exercise of such magnitude is a manifestation that the Navy is steadily improving and modernizing.

“It was further validated through various exercises done ashore and at sea which provided an avenue for both our sailor and marine components to execute a stand out performance as observed and commended by RIMPAC organizers especially during the conduct of naval maneuvers, amphibious assault, and live fire exercises,” the Navy added.

“This successful participation in RIMPAC 2018 was another big leap in enhancing and advancing the organization’s core competency and operational capabilities of surface assets in naval operations to multilateral level, thereby increasing readiness and interoperability. Further, it was an opportunity to showcase that the PN can keep up with the best navies in the world in the conduct of various naval exercises and amphibious operations,” the Philippine Navy said.