The Philippine Navy is committed to pursue multilateral cooperation as it takes part in the first-ever ASEAN-China Maritime Exercise (ACMEX).
The Philippine Navy on Wednesday morning formally sent off the logistic support vessel BRP Dagupan City (LC-551) and a 200-man contingent in Sangley Point, Cavite City. At the ceremony was Navy fleet commander Rear Admiral Danilo Rodelas.
“It is an ingenuous affirmation of its commitment in collaborating with other navies to promote peace and stability in the region. As with other naval engagements and exercises, these activities are expected to validate friendship, partnership and cooperative commitment that have been established and observed among ASEAN Member States and the People’s Republic of China,” Navy spokesperson Commander Jonathan Zata said in a statement.
The Navy contingent for ACMEX 2018 is headed by Commander Sherwin Respeto.
Zata said this will be the latest contingent sent by the Philippine Navy following its participation in different multilateral naval exercises: the KOMODO Exercise in Mataram, Indonesia; RIMPAC Exercise in Hawaii, USA; and KAKADU in Darwin, Australia.
The Philippine Navy also had goodwill visits recently in Vladivostok, Russia and Jeju Island, Republic of Korea.
ACMEX 2018, slated from Oct. 21 to 28 in Zhanjiang, will be hosted by the Republic of Singapore Navy and China’s People Liberation Army (PLA) Navy.
BRP Dagupan City is expected to arrive in China on Oct. 20.
“The ACMEX 2018 aims to promote exchanges and cooperation between ASEAN Member States navies and China PLA (Navy) focusing on maritime safety and search and rescue at sea with emphasis on the use of Code of Unplanned Encounter at Sea,” Zata said.
Earlier, Department of National Defense spokesperson Arsenio Andolong said the proposal for a joint ASEAN and Chinese naval exercise was submitted during the ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting in Singapore last February.#