Navy welcomes new fleet commander

Security & Defense

The Philippine Navy welcomed its new Fleet Commander during the Philippine Fleet Change of Command and Retirement Ceremonies held at Commo Rudiardo A. Brown Beaching Area on April 15.

The Flag Officer In Command, Philippine Navy Vice Admiral Robert A. Empedrad AFP presided the change of command.

During the ceremony, Rear Admiral Giovanni Carlo J. Bacordo relieved Rear Admiral Danilo R. Rodelas as Philippine Fleet commander. Rodelas took command of Philippine Fleet in February 28, 2018.


Rear Adm. Bacordo is a native of Lapaz, Iloilo City and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Philippine Military Academy “Hinirang” Class of 1987.

“My leadership will be guided by the time-honored principles of fairness, accountability, transparency and execution,” said Bacordo to the Philippine Fleet personnel. “And what I believe to be the most important of the 11 leadership principles, and that is, setting the example.”


Prior to his post, Bacordo was the Commander of Naval Sea System Command, in addition, the commander of Naval Forces Southern Luzon, Commander of four major AFP and PN Task Forces: Joint Task Force Kingfisher in Southern Luzon Command AOR; Naval Task Force ZAMBASULTA and Naval Task Force 61 in Western Mindanao Command AOR; and Naval Task Force 41 in Western Command AOR.

As a Naval Staff for Operations N3, he formulated plans and oversaw the Philippine Navy implementation for the following contingencies in 2013 and 2014: Sabah Crisis; Ayungin and Scarborough Crisis, sinking of M/V St Thomas Aquinas in Cebu, Zamboanga Siege, Bohol Earthquake, Super Typhoon Yolanda, transport of MNLF inmates to Manila and the re-provisioning of troops in West Philippine Sea.


He also spearheaded the crafting of PN’s Roadmap “PN Strategic Sail Plan 2020 in November 2006 during his tenure as the 1st Director of Center for Naval Leadership and Excellence.

“Let us not lose that sight of the accomplishment perspective of Sail Plan 2020,” Bacordo said. “We are contributing to a secured maritime environment and highly satisfied stakeholders.”

Likewise, the Philippine Navy rendered a testimonial parade and review and retirement ceremony in honor of Rear Admiral Danilo R Rodelas in expression of a grateful nation’s sincerest appreciation for a job well done and to officially recognize his 37 years and 14 days of faithful and honorable service to God, Country and People. Philippine Fleet