DND welcomes Bacordo as new Navy chief

MANILA — The Department of National Defense (DND) welcomed the appointment of Philippine Fleet commander, Rear Admiral Giovanni Carlo J. Bacordo, as the next Philippine Navy’s (PN) flag-officer-in-command effective Monday. Bacordo, a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 1987, will replace outgoing PN chief Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad who will be retiring … Read More

Northern Luzon naval forces hold amphibious exercise

MANILA — The Philippine Navy (PN)’s Naval Forces Northern Luzon (NFNL) is currently conducting a Fleet-Marine amphibious exercise dubbed as “PAGSISIKAP” 2019. In a statement Tuesday, PN public affairs office chief, Lt. Commander Maria Christina Roxas said the maneuvers at the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority and in the vicinity of Naval Education, Training and Doctrine Command, … Read More

PH to build 4 ‘fast attack missile craft’: Navy

MANILA — Four of the eight fast attack interdictor craft-missiles (FAIC-M), being acquired to replace the aging maritime vessels tasked for interdiction operations, will be constructed in the Philippines. “The FAIC-Ms are important, we will be acquiring about eight, four will be outside the Philippines and the remaining four will be constructed at our naval shipyard … Read More

Navy’s first anti-sub choppers to arrive first week of May

MANILA — The Philippine Navy (PN)’s first two anti-submarine helicopters, the AgustaWestland (now Leonardo) AW-159 “Wildcat”, is expected to arrive home within the first week of May. “Yes, (the AW-159s), it’s homeward bound and its expected to arrive here in Manila anytime first week of May,” said Navy spokesperson Captain Jonathan Zata when asked for an … Read More

AFP naval, air units regularly patrol Pag-asa Island: spox

MANILA — Naval and air units of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are regularly conducting “maritime domain awareness” patrols off Pag-asa Island, its spokesperson said. “Ang Navy vessel po natin doon ay hindi naman po siya stationary because alam naman po ninyo, we respond to different missions. But what we can assure you, regularly meron po tayong barko ng Navy diyan … Read More

PH, Aussie navies to hold maritime security activity in Palawan

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan — Two Australian navy patrol boats arrived here Monday to participate in a Maritime Security Activity (MSA) to enhance training, interoperability, and cooperation against terrorism and kidnapping within Palawan’s water lanes. Captain Cherryl Tindog, chief of the Public Affairs Office (PAO) of the Western Command (Wescom), said the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) … Read More

Navy needs more technically-skilled people for new assets

MANILA — With more modern assets arriving, the Philippine Navy (PN) said it is now in need of highly-qualified computer experts and engineers to man these platforms. “Sa (In terms of) personnel, in my command guidance, ang sinabi ko is specialized tayo (what I said is we are specialized). Technical ang kailangan (We need technical people) so we want engineers, we … Read More