PH ships in Thai­land for Asean naval drill

Sun.Star Cebu - - NATION - / / PNA

BRP Tar­lac ( LD-601) and the BRP Gre­go­rio Del Pi­lar (FF-15), the coun­try’s par­tic­i­pants to the Asean Mul­ti­lat­eral Naval Ex­er­cises 2017 (AMNEX), docked at the Chuk Samet Port in Chon­buri District, Thai­land Mon­day.

The first-ever mul­ti­lat­eral naval ex­er­cise con­ducted by Asean is sched­uled from Novem­ber 13 to 22.

Capt. Donn An­thony L. Mi­raflor, Naval Task Group 80.5 Com­man­der, said BRP Tar­lac, the Philip­pine Navy’s largest ves­sel to date, is car­ry­ing an Agus­taWest­land AW-109 com­bat util­ity he­li­copter.

All 10 Asean mem­ber states and nine non-Asean coun­tries will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the naval drills which will be held at Sat­tahip and Pat­taya Bay in Thai­land.

Mi­raflor said the ex­er­cises are in con­junc­tion with the In­ter­na­tional Fleet Re­view hosted by the Royal Thai Navy The PN con­tin­gent headed by Com­modore Al­bert A. Mo­gol of the Fleet-Ma­rine Ready Force.

The PN con­tin­gent also con­sist of the Naval Task Group 80.5, Naval Spe­cial Op­er­a­tion Group and Civil-Mil­i­tary Op­er­a­tion, among oth­ers.

AFP FILE FOTO

DIS­PUTED SEA. This photo taken on April 21, 2017 shows an aerial shot of a reef in the dis­puted Spratly is­lands.

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