The Philippine Navy officially sent off Naval Task Force (NTF) RIMPAC together with Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) frigate KD Lekiu (F30) during a ceremony in Cebu City today, June 6.
Philippines’ NTF Rimpac with the Malaysian frigate will be sailing together en route to Hawaii for the US-led international maritime warfare exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018.
NTF RIMPAC is composed of landing platform dock BRP Davao Del Sur (LD602), frigate BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF17) with an embarked AW 109 naval helicopter, a Naval Special Operations Group (NAVSOG) team, and one Marine Company.
NTF Rimpac and the Malaysian frigate are expected to link up with warships from Indian Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force, Republic of Korea Navy, Royal Australian Navy, and the New Zealand Navy for Group Sail to RIMPAC18.
“The maneuver is a strong display of these countries’ commitment to preserving peace, security, and upholding the rule of law in the maritime domain,” the Philippine Navy said.
RIMPAC 2018 is scheduled to officially start on June 27 and will end on August 2.
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