The 138-man Philippine Navy team returned to Manila on Thursday after taking part in the inaugural Asean-China Maritime Exercises, feeling triumphant over their performance in the drills held in Zhanjiang, China.
Captain Sherwin Respeto said the team gained the admiration of participating countries for winning the communication drill, a five-step exercise wherein the Philippine Navy was initially tied with the Singapore Royal Navy in the first four games.
The fifth game was the tie-breaker and the Philippines was announced as the champion during the closing of the exercises that were held from October 21-28.
“Our communications team was very fast and precise in decrypting and transmitting tactical signals. This was the pinnacle of our achievement (during the exercises,” Respeto said in his speech at the arrival ceremony attended by the navy’s top leadership and Defense Armed Forces Attaché of China Colonel Sheng Dazhi.
The Philippine Navy emerged as the best in the drill despite bringing a logistics vessel, BRP Dagupan City, whose technology was inferior to the frigates brought in by the other countries.
“This, without a doubt, gave us the recognition and admiration not only by our Asean counterparts, headed by the Royal Singapore Navy, but the Chinese Navy as well,” Respeto said.#