PHL new warship begins participation in RIMPAC 2020

The Philippine Navy’s newest warship BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150) has started its participation in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2020 after the exercise officially began in water surrounding Hawaii August 17 (HST).

RIMPAC 2020 kicked off with a published opening remarks recorded by US 3rd Fleet and RIMPAC commander Vice Admiral Scott Conn.

“RIMPAC presents a unique opportunity to strengthen relationships and build trust. The work we will do here will make us more capable and adaptive – ready to meet any challenge – be it a threat to international commerce and prosperity, or a natural disaster that requires a response from the sea,” said Vice Admiral Conn.

Philippine Navy Naval Task Group (NTG) 80.5 was represented by BRP Jose Rizal commanding officer and concurrent contingent commander Captain Jerry Garrido Jr. in the said virtual event.

“RIMPAC20 will provide resources and environment that permits international participants like the Philippine Navy to achieve their individual and collective training objectives,” Captain Garrido said.

“RIMPAC20 is a great avenue for our Navy to train participating commanders, staff and forces in planning and execution of combined naval operations. It will likewise provide an opportunity for officers and crew of FF150 to work in conjunction as a team since most of them have undergone separate, individual trainings” he added.

The Philippine Navy said “FF-150 arrived in the designated RIMPAC exercise area to form part the Task Group (TG) along with other participating naval ship, USS LAKE ERIE (CG), USCGC MUNRO (WMSL), and HMAS ARUNTA (FFH).”

“Unique for this years exercise, RIMPAC20 will be executed purely at sea to ensure the safety of all participating military forces amid the ongoing pandemic,” the Philippine Navy said.