The Philippine Navy has conducted a fleet review during its 120th Founding Anniversary at the Coconut Palace, CCP Complex, Pasay City with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on May 22.
The said fleet review is the first in the last 20 years. According to Philippine Navy, the last fleet review conducted was in 1998.
The fleet review was among the highlights of the said event with a fly by of naval fixed and rotary aircraft including the recently acquired Beechcraft King Air TC90s.
The fleet review was spearheaded by Philippine Fleet which has three forces: Littoral Combat Force, Offshore Combat Force, and Sealift Amphibious Force.
Among the vessels that participated were Tarlac-class landing platform docks BRP Tarlac (LD-601) and BRP Davao del Sur (LD-602), landing crafts, and patrol ships.
“We are slowly regaining our maritime character as a nation and our vision of: Becoming a Strong and Credible Navy that our maritime nation, Philippines will be proud of by year 2020,” Navy chief Vice Admiral Robert A. Empedrad said.
“Be that as it may, we are still too far behind compared to other navies in the region. But with the strongest support of our beloved President, the Secretary of National Defense and our political leaders, our dream will soon become a reality.” Vice Admiral Empedrad added.
Sources: http://www.navy.mil.ph/pn_web_news.php?news_id=1818; https://www.facebook.com/pcoogov/videos/451950155264464/