PHL Navy ships for RIMPAC now in Cebu

Naval Task Force (NTF) RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific), the Philippine Navy’s delegation to the world’s largest maritime warfare exercise is now in Cebu. According to Philippine Navy Naval Forces Central (NAVFORCEN), NTF RIMPAC arrived in Sugbo, Cebu City early today. This is days before the official send off for the task force on June for Hawaii.

This is the first time the Philippines is sending ships to RIMPAC. RIMPAC 2018 is scheduled to officially start on June 27 and will end on August 2.

NTF RIMPAC is composed of BRP Davao Del Sur (LD602), BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF17) with an embarked AW 109 naval helicopter, a Naval Special Operations Group (NAVSOG) team, and one Marine Company.

Components from Civil Military Operations (CMO), Training, Medical, Legal, and students from different Philippine Navy education and training schools are also joining NTF RIMPAC.

“The NTF is led by Captain Ernesto O. Baldovino as the Commander NTF RIMPAC. The Commander, Fleet-Marine Ready Force, Commodore Toribio D. Adaci Jr spearheads the contingent as its head of mission,” the Philippine Navy said.

“A Royal Malaysian Navy Ship will join the Philippine NTF as it sails from Cebu and will link up with other navies (Indonesian Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and Royal Australian Navy) along the way for the ASEAN++ Group Sail to RIMPAC18,” it added.