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BRP Jose Rizal (FF150) undergoes historic sea trials

Thursday, 21 November 2019
Headquarters Philippine Navy, Roxas Blvd., Manila – The first of the two units of multi-mission capable frigate of the Philippine Navy (PN), FF150, undergoes various sea trials from 23-27 Nov conducted by the technical crew of Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).

The 351 by 46-feet frigate will sail towards the open waters off Ulsan, Busan and Mokpo in South Korea to measure its performance and general sea worthiness. Representatives from Lloyd Registry shall witness the activity to ensure that the ship’s construction has met the required standards.

This will be the last phase of construction prior the frigate’s delivery to the Philippines scheduled tentatively in April or May 2020. This will take place six months after the vessel was launched (to the water) for the first time at HHI Shipyard last May.

General Discussion / Exercise: PAGKAKAISA (PN-PCG Joint Drills)
« on: November 21, 2019, 10:09:36 PM »
PH Navy, Coast Guard conduct 1st joint exercise
By Priam Nepomuceno  November 21, 2019, 9:56 amShare

EXERCISE "PAGKAKAISA". Philippine Navy (PN) and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) troops pose for a photo opportunity at the opening ceremony of Exercise "PAGKAKAISA" 2019 in Cavite City on Wednesday (Nov. 20, 2019) Exercise "PAGKAKAISA" is the first-ever inter-agency exercise between the PN and the PCG that aims to enhance cooperation of both agencies to harmonize their capabilities for the effective protection, security, and promotion of safety in the Philippine Maritime Jurisdiction. (Photo courtesy of Philippine Fleet)

MANILA -- To harmonize operations in securing the country's vast waters, the Philippine Navy (PN) and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) formally opened Exercise "PAGKAKAISA" 2019 at the Nonato Multi-Purpose Hall, Naval Base Cavite, Cavite City on Wednesday.

Lt. Sahirul Taib, Philippine Fleet public affairs office chief, said Exercise "PAGKAKAISA" is the first-ever inter-agency exercise between the PN and the PCG that aims to enhance cooperation of both agencies to harmonize their capabilities for the effective protection, security, and promotion of safety in the Philippine Maritime Jurisdiction.

This includes Cooperative Deployment particularly in the West Philippine Sea, Philippine Rise, Northern Luzon, Southern Mindanao; Maritime Law Enforcement Operations; Search and Rescue Operations; Shore-based and at-sea training, information exchanges, repair, and maintenance assistance and other related-maritime cooperation.

Present during the opening ceremonies was Philippine Fleet commander, Rear Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo who, in his remarks, expressed the importance of collaborative effort in the conduct of Maritime Security Operations.

"I am glad about this collaborative exercise because this will educate our Navy of what our maritime partners are capable of doing. It will also strengthen the connection between the two organizations in facing the different challenges of the service," he added.

Taib said Exercise "PAGKAKAISA" 2019 will not only enhance the camaraderie with the Philippine Coast Guard but will also boost its capability and further capacitate its personnel in the conduct of maritime security and sovereignty patrols with Navy committed to protecting the seas and securing the nation's future. (PNA)

Decommissioned - October 31, 2018

A Tomas Batillo class fast attack craft, BRP Bienvenido Salting (PC112) retires on October 31, 2018 after more than 22 years of naval service during a decommissioning ceremony at Commodore Posadas Wharf East, Fort San Felipe, Naval Base Cavite, Cavite City.

The Flag Officer In Command, Philippine Navy, Vice Adm. Robert Empedrad; the Commander Philippine Fleet, Rear Adm. Danilo Rodelas along with the Commander, Littoral Combat Force, Capt. Rey Dela Cruz spearheaded the decommissioning ceremony.


Formerly as Patrol Killer Medium (PKM) 225 she was commissioned and deployed by the Republic of Korea (ROK) in 1979. She was one of the five PKM that were transferred to the Philippine Navy’s inventory in 1995 under the RP-ROK Defense Agreement. She was commissioned in the Philippine Navy on May 22, 1996 and since then was actively deployed to conduct coastal patrol interdiction.

BRP Bienvenido Salting was one of the elements of the famed Naval Task Force “Stingray” which was extensively used in support of the conduct of Internal Security Operations and was deployed in Naval Forces Central Area of Responsibility to secure the country’s tourist spots and critical infrastructures in the coastal areas. Her presence together with other floating assets helped secure local communities amidst the threat of kidnapping and terrorism in Central and Eastern Visayas.

Videos & Images / Re: SIAI-Marchetti AS211
« on: October 01, 2018, 07:53:23 PM »
S211 Avionics Upgrade Pilot’s Inspection and lecture 26 July 2018.

Pilot’s of OV-10, SF 260 TP and MD-520 MG visited the S211’s of Air Defense Command at Clark Pampanga. MAJ WILBERT MARTINEZ PAF, the Squadron Commander of 105TH Fighter Training Squadron, assisted by other S211 pilots and maintenance personnel, accommodated the 15SW pilots, gave a short briefing regarding the S211 Avionics Upgrade and showed the aircraft with the upgrade.

General Discussion / Re: AFP Joint Exercise DAGIT PA 2018
« on: August 02, 2018, 07:48:33 PM »
Army participates in Joint Exercise DAGIT- PA 2018

FORT MAGSAYSAY, Nueva Ecija- The Philippine Army participates in the AFP Joint Exercise (AJEX) dubbed as Dagat, Langit at Lupa (DAGIT- PA) 2018 that officially kicked-off here, on August 1, 2018.

DAGIT-PA is the level up of the original Interoperability Exercise between the Philippine Air Force and the Philippine Navy, with the integration this year of Philippine Army and AFP Special Operation Forces. It is a unilateral exercise focusing on the development of the AFP capability on Joint Operations.

The Philippine Army’s participation is focused in the conduct of Command Post and Field Training activities that is anchored on Territorial Defense and Internal Security Operations as the exercise themes for this year.

The scenario that concerns Territorial Defense involves an escalating maritime security situation that would lead to crisis and conflict. In the process, the AFP will be required to apply its unilateral defense plan. The Army contingent plays a key role in the Airfield seizure and Military Operation in Urban Terrain (MOUT) as part of the scenario. Such scenario will be complemented by a counter-terrorism situation that developed in urban environment as drawn from the real world experience such as the recent Marawi conflict.

The exercise that is focused on Territorial Defense and Internal Security Operation aims to establish a common operational picture for all Army participating forces in order to effectively respond to any crisis like counter terrorism and armed conflict utilizing various support and capabilities.

Several Army units were involved in the exercise such as the Army Support Command with its Explosive and Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) units, Training and Doctrine Command, Mechanized Infantry Division, Fort Magsaysay Army Station Hospital, 500th Engineer Combat Battalion, K9 Battalion, Army Artillery Regiment, Army Signal Regiment, Civil Military Operation Regiment, and Army Aviation Battalion.

In addition, the 7th Infantry “Kaugnay” Division, aside from serving as host of the exercise also participated along with the AFP Special Operations Command with its Special Operation Forces component.

The Philippine Army generally promotes resilient, secured and peaceful Philippines to that effect with the current military capability upgrades that includes fire power, mobility assets, Command, Control, Communication and Cyber System equipment, as well as on training. The Army always put premium on training to achieve efficiency in the conduct of ground operations and to enhance personnel capacity as well as unit capabilities as part of joint and combined forces that will enable them to readily respond to address contingencies across the mission areas.

Philippine Army Commanding General, Lieutenant General Rolando Joselito D. Bautista appreciates the initiative and concept of the AFP in spearheading the Joint Exercise DAGIT-PA 2018. The activity will not only provide the Army personnel the necessary training and skills but also exposure on joint operations with other armed services which is essential amidst the current situation and operational setting.#

General Discussion / Re: AFP Joint Exercise DAGIT PA 2018
« on: August 02, 2018, 07:46:04 PM »
Philippine Air Force's Fighter Jets Arrive in Palawan for Joint Exercise

Antonio Bautista Air Base, Puerto Princesa City -- Three FA 50 fighter jets arrived and landed today on Puerto Princesa City to participate in the Armed Forces of the Philippines Joint Exercise (AJEX) dubbed as "Dagat, Langit, Lupa" or DAGIT PA 2018 which is being held in WESCOM's Joint Area of Operations and in Luzon Areas until 03 August 2018.

The said aircraft are participating in the Field Training Exercise (FTX) phase of the DAGIT PA 2018 which will be staged in the eastern part of Palawan.

The AJEX DAGIT PA 2018 started on 23 July 2018 with a Staff Exercise (STAFFEX) phase which was participated in by the key staff officers of Western Command led by their Commander, LtGen Rozzano D Briguez. This phase trained the participants on Contingency and Crisis Action Planning, and Command and Control of joint forces.

"We are thrilled to have our fighter jets joining the FTX phase of this year's AJEX in WESCOM's Area of Operations, along with our naval assets and ground troopers, because this will give us the opportunity to test our interoperability doctrine, jointness and readiness as One AFP," said LtGen Briguez.

"It is highly significant that our forces and assets train together in the spirit of jointness in order to enhance our ability to respond to any contingency in the future. This AJEX DAGIT PA provided us with such important training," he added.

The AJEX DAGIT-PA, on its 4th iteration this year, is a unilateral exercise that focuses on the development of the AFP's capacity on joint operations and enhancing interoperability of its forces from the Navy, Air Force and Army. The said exercise will also enhance the individual capacity of personnel and unit capabilities to enable them to be readily deployable to address contingencies in all mission areas. ###

General Discussion / AFP Joint Exercise DAGIT PA 2018
« on: August 02, 2018, 07:42:59 PM »
Wescom hosts DAGIT PA 2018

Wescom Public Affairs Office chief, Capt. Cherryl Tindog, said in a statement that AJEX started on July 23 but will be continuing until August 3 in some areas in Luzon and in its area of operation on the eastern side of the province.

“It is highly significant that our forces and assets train together in the spirit of jointness to enhance our ability to respond to any contingency in the future. This AJEX DAGIT PA provided us with such important training and this will give us the opportunity to test our interoperability doctrine, jointness, and readiness as One AFP,” Commander of Western Command, Lt. Gen Rozzano Briguez said.

The exercise will also train the participants on contingency and crisis action planning and command and control of joint forces.

General Discussion / Re: Araw ng Kalayaan 2018
« on: June 12, 2018, 05:42:18 PM »

Naval Station Jose Francisco, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City

1. The Philippine Navy through the Philippine Navy Bids and Awards Committee (PNBAC) invites all
contractors/suppliers/manufacturers/distributors to bid for the project as stated below:

Nomenclature/Activity: AC-PNBAC-2018-08 Supply and Delivery of Repair Parts for CEIS Equipment of
Four (4) AW109 (NH430, NH431, NH432, NH434) and Two (2) ASW (ASW-1, ASW-2) Helicopter

Approved Budget for the Contract (PhP): P 5,914,867.00

Price of Bid Documents (nonrefundable): P 10,000.00

Pre-Bid Conference (PBC): April 12, 2018 9:00 AM (Thursday)

Submission & Opening of Bid Envelopes (SOBE): April 25, 2018 9:00 AM (Wednesday)

Delivery Period: One Hundred Twenty (120) Calendar Days upon receipt of Notice To Proceed (NTP)

2. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected during the Bid Opening. Interested
Bidders may obtain further information from PN BAC in the given address below from 8:00 AM to 5:00
PM, Monday to Friday.

3. Issuance of Bidding Documents: April 5 to 24, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday to Friday

4. PNBAC Secretariat will provide a complete set of Bidding Documents to the interested Bidders upon
payment of a non-refundable fee in the amount indicated above at CRB, CPMU, Philippine Navy
Finance Center (PNFC), Naval Station Jose Francisco, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

The Philippine Navy activates its 2nd C90 Aircraft Donated by Japan

The Philippine Navy through the Naval Air Group (NAG) conducted Activation and Blessing Ceremony of the 2nd Beechcraft King Air C90 Aircraft on March 19, 2018. The ceremony was held at Headquarters Naval Air Group, Naval Base Heracleo Alano, Sangley Point, Cavite City with Rear Admiral Danilo R Rodelas AFP, Commander, Philippine Fleet as the Guest of Honor.

After completing the installation of its navigational equipment and paintings, the 2nd C90 aircraft is ready for operation. The activity was formally opened by Captain Juario C Marayag PN (GSC), Commander, Naval Air Group who emphasized the worthiness and usefulness of NV390 (C90 Aircraft) in maritime air surveillance which is vital in producing critical and sensitive information necessary for maritime situational awareness. The first C90 aircraft was activated last November 21, 2017 and made her maiden flight conducting Maritime Air Surveillance at Bajo De Masinloc on January 31, 2018 under the Operational Control of Northern Luzon Command.

The Guest of Honor, assisted by the Commander NAG headed the symbolic name revelation of the aircraft’s tail number: Naval Vessel (NV) 392. This was followed by the blessing of the aircraft by the Fleet Chaplain, Commander Alejo Simon A Araño CHS and the symbolic pouring of a bottle of wine on its nozzle by the Guest of Honor’s wife, Mrs Maya M Rodelas.

As part of his remarks, Rear Admiral Rodelas said that, “as we activate the 2nd C90 aircraft, it will bolster our surveillance capabilities as we patrol our vast sea lanes of communication and maritime borders. The threats that we face as a maritime nation, namely piracy, terrorism, border protection and even climate change dictates that we must be perpetually ready to address any contingency. In time, this aircraft will be deployed in areas of critical interest to our national security. The experiences that we as a navy will gain from the utilization of this aircraft will hopefully prepare us for a strong and credible navy that we all dream to be.”

With this milestone, the PN is indeed proceeding into a stronger and more credible Navy that the country will be proud of by 2020.

General Discussion / "Sanay Sibat" : PAF's Red Flag Exercise
« on: March 09, 2018, 07:49:00 PM »

The 5th Fighter Wing participated in "Sanay Sibat" exercise – the first in the last 23 years – from February 26 to 28, 2018 at Clark Air Base, Pampanga with a series of simulated combat missions.

Sanay Sibat is a live air defense exercise that provides avenue for fighter pilots to test their skills and combat readiness in various missions.

Pilots from the 7th Tactical Fighter Squadron "Bulldogs" and the 105th Fighter Training Squadrons "Blackjacks" flew a total of 61 hours in 29 sorties utilizing the FA-50PH and S-211 aircraft for the three-day exercise, which culminated with a tactical demonstration flight for the Commanding General of the Philippine Air Force, Lieutenant General Galileo Gerard R Kintanar Jr AFP, aboard the FA-50PH Fighting Eagle.

Participants of the exercise are organized into two: red defensive forces and blue offensive forces with the 580th Aircraft Control and Warning Wing and Philippine Air Defense Control Center as controlling agencies.

For this year’s iteration, the 7th TFS Fighting Eagles acted as the blue force while the 105th FTS S-211 provided assets for the notional "red country."

A total of five scenarios were conducted for the three-day exercise involving Suppression of Enemy Air Defense, Tactical Air Intercept, and Combat Air Patrol missions.

At the end of the exercise, Lieutenant General Kintanar performed a tactical demonstration flight aboard the FA-50PH and broke the sound barrier at 40,000ft. Surface Attack and Air-to-Air Tactics were also flown to demonstrate the capabilities of the FA-50PH.

“The exercise was successful and an eye-opener...We were able to identify capability gaps that we can build on. We will continuing to conduct this exercise to enhance and strengthen our air defense competencies towards the future" said the Wing Commander, Colonel Fabian M Pedregosa PAF (GSC).

Sanay Sibat is akin to the Pacific Air Forces-sponsored Cope Thunder initiated in 1976 at Clark Air Base. The goal of Cope Thunder aimed at providing each pilots with vital missions (typically first eight to ten missions), increasing their chances of survival in combat environments. Cope Thunder was transferred to Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska after the Mount Pinatubo eruption and later re-named Red-Flag Alaska. With the withdrawal of the US Forces in Clark and the transfer of Cope Thunder, the PAF organized exercise Sanay Sibat. The exercise was last held in 1995 with the F-5 Freedom Fighters and the AS-211 aircraft.

Courtesy of Information and Historical Office of the 5th FW

Hello, sirs! If I may ask, does the Naval Reserve Command located in Intramuros conducts S/BCMT? If not, I hope someone can provide info regarding training centers that provide S/BCMTs within Manila area. Thank you!

Military Vehicles / Re: M-113s with Elbit 25mm turret
« on: January 09, 2018, 06:21:00 PM »

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