The Philippine Navy (PN) on Thursday officially sent its contingent to the Rim of the Pacific (Rimpac), the world’s largest US-led military exercise at sea, to be held in Hawaii.
PN officials led by Vice Admiral Adeluis Bordado conducted the commissioning ceremony in Subic for Navy Naval Task Force 80.5 aboard the BRP Antonio Lunawho will participate in the naval exercise from June 29 to August 4.
“Rimpac’s theme indicates a positive interdependent relationship between nations and the cooperative nature of maritime security management,” Bordado said.
“It also resonates with the direction of the Philippine Navy’s intent to elevate the level of its involvement in international defense and security engagements,” he added.
PN spokesperson Cdr. Benjo Negranza said the Navy’s presence at Rimpac should convey the command’s “commitment and cooperation with the United States and other regional navies.”
Rimpac, considered a global naval exercise, is held every two years to promote regional stability in the Pacific region. This year marks the third time the Navy has joined the exercise.
At least 27 countries from Southeast Asia and other parts of the world will join the Rimpac.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) and U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific (Marforpac) conducted capacity building training on Rapid Artillery Rocket System Infiltration on Wednesday. High Mobility (HIMARS) (HIRAIN) at Laoag International Airport in Ilocos Norte. .
The exercise was part of ongoing bilateral military training involving both maritime forces.
Navy spokesman Maj. Emery Torre said the Philippine Air Force and Marforpac participated in the protest, which was attended by Laoag City Mayor Michael Marcos Keon and representatives of the Presidential Commission on the Visiting Forces Agreement headed by Bryce Advincula.
HIRAIN lectures and demonstrations focused on training related to airfield seizure by air assault and HIRAIN as a rapid deployment application for coastal defense.
Torre said that prior to the exercise, Col. Gregorio Hernandez Jr., Deputy Director of Exercise Headquarters (EDH) for Marine Aviation Support Activity 2022 (MASA 22), provided an update on the development of PMC capabilities in support of maritime security and area denial.
The development includes the acquisition of the HIMARS which reinforces the coastal defense of the archipelago.