By Francis Wakefield
The Philippine navy (PN) will make an appropriate arrival ceremony Monday for the recurring 700-man contingent onboard BRP Davao Del Sur and BRP Andres Bonifacio who participated in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise 2018 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Cdr. Jonathan Zata, director of the Naval Public Affairs Office, said the arrival ceremony will take place at 9:00 am at Pier 13, South Harbor, Manila.
Minister of Defense Delfin Lorenzana will honor the event as a guest of honor and, together with the families and friends, welcome the future seafarers and marines.
RIMPAC 2018 is & # 39; the world's first and largest joint and combined sea-exercise organized by Pacific Fleet of the US Navy.
This year it was the very first time that the Philippine navy sent a contingent to a naval exercise of such size, allowing Filipino sailors and marines to exchange best practices with and learn from the best marine in the world.
"The participation of the Navy in the world's largest international maritime exercise validates the various tactical procedures for combined maritime and marine operations of the two cutting edges of the Philippine navy, the Philippine Fleet and the Philippine Marine Corps, & # 39; Zata said.
"The exercise was held until August 2, 2018 and allowed RP sailors and marines to exchange best practices with and learn from the best marine in the world," he added.
The BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF17) and BRP Davao Del Sur (LD602) of the Philippine navy sailed to the sea last month where they join more than 50 other participating warships and aircraft to carry out the At Sea Phase of the exercises.
The Filipino Navy said Filipino sailors began the first day of the At Sea Phase with series training courses that included visit, governance, search and seizure (VBSS); shooting practice (GUNNEX); addition to the sea; and combined anti-submarine and anti-air warfare exercises.