PH Navy marks 120th anniversary
The Philippine Navy recently conducted a fleet review of its vessels and a fly by of naval fixed and rotary aircraft including the recently acquired TC90s, as it marked its 120th founding anniversary.
The last fleet review conducted was in 1998, the Philippine Navy said as it celebrated its anniversary at the Coconut Palace, CCP Complex in Pasay City, with the theme “Protecting the Seas, Securing Our Future.” President Rodrigo Duterte, the Armed Forces’ Commander In Chief, was the guest of honor and speaker.
The celebration was also highlighted by a capability demonstration on amphibious operations, counter-terrorism, and hostage rescue by the Naval Special Operations Group and Marines Special Operations Group.
Aside from showcasing the Navy’s capabilities during the event, outstanding Philippine Navy units and officers were recognized for serving with honor and excellence, enabling the navy to better accomplish its mission.
“We are slowly regaining our maritime character as a nation and our vision of becoming a strong and credible Navy that our maritime nation, Philippines, will be proud of by year 2020,” Navy Chief, Vice Adm. Robert A. Empedrad, said in his speech during the event.
“Be that as it may, we are still too far behind compared to other navies in the region. But with the strongest support of our beloved President, the Secretary of National Defense and our political leaders, our dream will soon become a reality,” Empedrad added.
During the event, Duterte recognized the efforts of the Navy and Marines in the liberation of Marawi and their continued assistance in the rehabilitation of the war-torn city. He also noted the Navy’s contributions in humanitarian assistance, maritime law enforcement, counter-terrorism, and disaster relief operations.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, AFP Chief of Staff Gen Carlito Galvez, members of the Cabinet, and other key officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines also attended the ceremony.#