PHL Navy ships to sail with ASEAN, Australian, Japanese ships to RIMPAC

The Philippine Navy’s contingent to Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018, Naval Task Force (NTF) RIMPAC, will be sent off for Hawaii on June 6 from Cebu. The Philippine Navy contingent will be participating in a group sail to RIMPAC.

A Royal Malaysian Navy ship will join NTF RIMPAC as it sails from Cebu and will link up with the Indonesian Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and Royal Australian Navy along the way for the ASEAN++ Group Sail en route to RIMPAC 2018.

The Philippine contingent will be composed of Tarlac-class landing platform dock BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602), Gregorio del Pilar-class frigate BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17), along with its AW-109 naval helicopter, a Naval Special Operations Group team, and a Marine company.

The contingent will also be joined by components from the Civil Military Operations, and students from various Philippine Navy training schools.

This year’s RIMPAC is the 26th iteration with theme “Capable, Adaptive, Partners”.

This is the first time the Philippines will be sending ships to join the largest international maritime warfare exercise in the world.

The Philippines will join 25 other nations to bring together 47 surface ships, five submarines, 18 national land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel.

“Participating nations and forces will exercise a wide range of capabilities and demonstrate the inherent flexibility of maritime forces. These capabilities range from disaster relief and maritime security operations to sea control and complex warfighting. The relevant, realistic training program includes amphibious operations, gunnery, missile, anti-submarine and air defense exercises, as well as counter-piracy operations, mine clearance operations, explosive ordnance disposal, and diving and salvage operations,” said United States Navy 3rd Fleet.

Hosted by Commander, US Navy Pacific Fleet, RIMPAC 2018 will be led by Commander, US Navy 3rd Fleet, Vice Admiral John D. Alexander, who will serve as combined task force (CTF) commander.