PHL’s offshore patrol vessel bound for Korea, Singapore

The Philippine Navy has sent off its offshore patrol vessel BRP Andres Bonifacio (PS17) for Busan, Republic of Korea (ROK) and Changi, Singapore to participate in the ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting-Plus Maritime Security Field Training Exercise (ADMM-Plus MARSEC FTX) 2019 from 29 April to 14 May 2019.

Aboard the navy ship is a 200-man contingent. The Philippine delegation is expected to arrive in Busan on April 28.

“This allows your navy to uphold its commitment in promoting peace in the region by engaging with other participating navies as well as capitalize the opportunity for its officers and sailors to level up on the multi-dimensional requirements of naval operations,” Philippine Fleet commander Rear Admiral Giovanni Carlo J. Bacordo said during the send off ceremony.

“ADMM-Plus MARSEC FTX 2019 is the second International Defense and Security Engagement (IDSE) that the Philippine Navy will participate in this year,” the Philippine Navy said.

“The naval exercise is aimed to enhance interoperability in responding to maritime threats in a common operating procedure. This will also validate the decades of friendship, partnership and cooperative engagement amongst participating countries in responding to maritime security challenges,” it added.