PH-Aussie navies end joint maritime exercise
The Philippine Navy (PN) and the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) recently concluded their joint military exercise Monday. Capt. Carlos Sabarre, Naval Forces West (NFW) deputy commander for fleet operations said the 5th Maritime Training Activity (MTA) on was aimed at both countries inter-operability against maritime threats in the Southern border of the Philippines. The bilateral exercise between the two countries has a big role in protecting southern Palawan against all threats. “The conduct of bilateral patrols in Southern Palawan did not only enhance our interoperability but ensure that we are ready to address terrorist activities and kidnap for ransom group threaten- ing our southern borders,” Sabarre said. He said the PN’s NFW is thankful for the chance to have the joint exercise with the Royal Australian Navy becaus it is one of the most sophisticated navies in the world. “We are very grateful for the opportunity to conduct this joint exercise with you. We see you as professional sailors embodied with bravery, discipline, and professionalism worthy of emulation due to the fact that you belong to one of the most largest and sophisticated Naval Forces in the Pacific Region,” he added. The closing ceremony was attended by Naval Task Force 41 and Joint Task Group 629 Lieutenant Col. Gavin Ware, who also served as a keynote speaker, personnel of PN and RAN vessels including BRP Nestor Reinoso (PC 380), BRP Carlos Albert (PC 375), and HMAS Launceston (ACPB 94).
Naval Forces West (NFW) deputy commander for fleet operations Capt. Carlos Sabarre (left, face partially hidden) secures a pin on the uniform of a sailor of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) who participated in the recently concluded 5th Maritime Training Activity in Palawan. The training activity was concluded on October 15.