MANILA – Despite the lack of modern ships and weapons, the Philippine Navy (PN) has proven to be able to work on an equal footing with more modern partners during the recently concluded "Rim of the Pacific" (RIMPAC) exercises on Hawaii.
"It (the exercise) also confirmed the age-old principle that it is always the men behind the cannons that will eventually make the difference, that despite the current capabilities of the navy we could still perform very well and with our modern partners" , said PN spokesman Jonathan Zata Friday, when asked what lessons the navy learned in such maneuvers.
Zata added that many lessons can still be gathered once the report of the mission after the mission of the PN quota has been submitted and evaluated.
"These are just some of the observations." More details on the many lessons learned have yet to be gathered from the post-mission report to be submitted by the quota, "he said.
The PN deployed the strategic sealiftship BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602) and frigate BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17), an AgustaWestland sea helicopter and 700 sailors and marines for the exercises, which began on June 27 and ended on Aug. 2.
The assets participated in various RIMPAC exercises, such as helicopter-cross-decking, live-fire exercises, a special operation training, ground-air integration and a supplement to the sea.
"The participation of the Philippine navy in RIMPAC 2018 convinces the deployment of the order in promoting multilateral cooperation to strengthen the relationship and cooperation between the participating naval forces in the world," the PN spokesperson said earlier. (PNA)