The Philippine Navy (PN) warship, BRP RAMON ALCARAZ (FF16) together with the other participating navy vessels for the Exercise KAKADU 2018 (KA18) started the Fleet Tactical Exercise (FTX) today until 13 September 2018 in the Northern Australian Exercise Area (NAXA). These involve 24 ships and submarines, 21 aircrafts and about 3,000 personnel from the 27 nations from Asia-Pacific, Indian Ocean and Middle East.
Prior the event, the PN contingent led by the Naval Task Force Commander, Capt Junjie B Tabuada conducted briefing and talk to men. He said that, “We are now in the next phase of the Exercise KAKADU… the reason why we are here. Let’s take advantage of this opportunity to learn and enhance our knowledge and skills.” He added, “Safety will always be paramount at all times.”
The aim of the FTX phase is to exercise multilateral forces in a realistic scenario to prove the level of information interoperability. On this sea event, series of training and evolutions will be conducted. The Fleet Integration Training include the communication, ships formation and maneuvers, personnel exchange program and replenishment at sea. More so, tactical exercises for air defence, naval guns, combined anti-submarine and anti-air warfare will also be conducted.
KA18 is a biennial exercise hosted by the Royal Australian Navy that provides a venue to work together with the regional partners in a multinational training environment to enable interoperability in maritime and air domains and strengthen the regional ties.
The PN’s participation in this exercise affirms its commitment in promoting multilateral cooperation and collaboration with other navies for peace and stability in the maritime region. It validate the decades of friendship and partnership that has been established and observed between the Philippines and Australia. PHILIPPINE NAVY