PH-Aussie navies end joint mar­itime ex­er­cise

Palawan News - - PEACE & ORDER - By Aira ge­nesa Mag­dayao Re­porter

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.

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