1st fleet review in 20 years: Philippine Navy shows off capabilities, assets

Image capture of video by Presidential Communications, RTVM, The Inquirer via YouTube
  • The Philippine Navy staged a fleet review for the first time in 20 years
  • The Navy showcased its capabilities and assets during its 120th anniversary celebration on Tuesday at the Coconut Palace
  • Guest of honor and the Armed Forces’ commander in chief President Rodrigo Duterte witnessed the air and naval assets while facing the Manila Bay

After 20 years, the Philippine Navy staged a fleet review as it showcased its capabilities and assets during its 120th anniversary celebration on May 22 at the Coconut Palace in Manila.

“I consider today’s event as historic and momentous because we will showcase your Navy’s capability through a fleet review that will also highlight the Fleet-Marine amphibious strength,” said Navy flag officer in command, Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad.

The last time the Navy held a fleet review was exactly 20 years ago, in 1998.

The guest of honor and the Armed Forces’ commander in chief President Rodrigo Duterte witnessed the air and naval assets of the Navy gathered at the anniversary venue facing Manila Bay.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana was also with the President on the special occasion.

The Marines Special Operations Group, together with the Naval Special Operations Group also staged a simulation firefight between “friendly and enemy forces,” which aimed at displaying the “fusion of skills of Philippine Navy personnel and reliable and cutting-edge assets in action.”

In April, 2018, the Philippine Navy had its first short-range missile system acquired from Israel. It will be fitted to the local multipurpose attack craft and will be operational by July.

In 2020, some of the assets expected by the Navy are two anti-submarine warfare helicopters with torpedoes and two missile-capable frigates.

“I believe 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’ is very well crafted,” Vice Admiral Empedrad said.

President Duterte along with Navy officers and other government officials:

Image by Presidential Communications and RTVM via The Inquirer’s YouTube video

One of the country’s Navy ships, with a helicopter aboard:

Image by Philippine Navy’s Facebook post

The Philippine Navy is vigilantly ready when called upon to respond in calamities and other emergency situations.

Image by Philippine Navy’s Facebook post

Watch this video of RTVM and Presidential Communications shared by The Inquirer via YouTube:

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