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« Reply #45 on: July 06, 2018, 01:13:24 AM »
http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1040595

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PH Navy contingent to join global naval drills

By Priam Nepomuceno July 6, 2018, 2:10 pm

MANILA --- The Philippine Navy (PN) contingent to this year's "Rim of the Pacific" (RIMPAC) will participate in several maneuvers and drills, described as the world's largest naval exercise.

In a message Thursday, PN spokesperson Commodore Jonathan Zata said the Navy contingent will be participating in Helicopter Cross-Deck Trainings, Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief Exercise Control Training, Special Operations Training, Amphibious Assault Vehicle Familiarization, Life-Saving Training Exercises, and Urban Terrain Military-Operations Training.

The PN contingent will also be joining the Beach Insertion Rehearsal, Combat Life Training, Fast Rope Insertion and extraction System Training, Ground-Air Integration, Heliborne Raid Operations, Small Boat Insertion, and Shallow Water Egress Free Play.

RIMPAC started on June 27 and will end on August 2. The naval exercises will be held in Hawaii.

The PN contingent consists of the strategic sealift vessel BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602), frigate BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17), an AgustaWestland AW-109 naval helicopter, and 700 sailors and marines.

It is commanded by Capt. Ernesto Baldovino while the mission head is Commodore Toribio Adaci.

"With the vigorous support from the government and its stakeholders through the modernization program, the PN now has the capability to send a contingent to RIMPAC 2018 thus, further fulfilling its diplomatic role in keeping peace and stability in the region," Zata said. (PNA)

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Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
« Reply #46 on: July 06, 2018, 06:33:45 PM »
Enlisted military and officers from Australia, Canada, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of the Philippines, and the United States attend the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018 Marine Species Awareness Training on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hiickam July 3.

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Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
« Reply #47 on: July 07, 2018, 11:45:04 AM »
Thanks for all the updates Dr. D!

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« Reply #48 on: July 07, 2018, 03:57:24 PM »
Philippine Marines and U.S. Marines with Company A, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, practice loading drills onto a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter during an air-assault rehearsal as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise on Marine Corps Base Hawaii July 6, 2018.

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« Reply #49 on: July 07, 2018, 04:09:49 PM »
Australian Army soldiers from the 2nd Battalion (Amphibious), Royal Australian Regiment, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines conduct Shallow Water Egress Training at Marine Corps Base Hawaii during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise 2018.

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« Reply #50 on: July 09, 2018, 08:11:15 PM »
http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1040927

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PH ships in RIMPAC opened for public tour

By Priam Nepomuceno July 10, 2018, 9:53 am

MANILA -- The two Philippine Navy (PN) vessels, deployed to this year's "Rim of the Pacific" (RIMPAC) excercise, conducted an "Open Ship" while docked at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii last July 7.

This was bared by Navy spokesperson Cmdr. Jonathan Zata in a statement late Monday.

He added that the strategic sealift vessel BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602) and frigate BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) along with other ships participating in the RIMPAC exercise held a one-day guided shipboard tour for the public.

Zata said around 3,000 military and civilians experienced the world-famous “Filipino Hospitality” during the tour.

Aside from orientation of the two ships' capabilities, the tour was highlighted by the cultural performance from the students of Naval Officers Basic Course aboard BRP Davao Del Sur and live-band performance from the PN Seabees Band aboard BRP Andres Bonifacio.

RIMPAC 2018 started June 27 and will end on August 2.

"The Philippine Navy’s participation to RIMPAC 2018 trumpets the Command’s commitment in promoting multilateral cooperation to strengthen relationship and cooperation among participating navies of the world," the PN spokesperson said.

Aside from the two ships, the PN also deployed an AgustaWestland AW-109 naval helicopter and 700 marines and sailors for RIMPAC 2018. (PNA)

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« Reply #51 on: July 09, 2018, 08:25:11 PM »
http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1040754

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PH RIMPAC contingent hosts 4th of July celebration

By Priam Nepomuceno July 8, 2018, 11:07 am

MANILA -- The Philippine Navy (PN) contingent to this year's "Rim of the Pacific" (RIMPAC) naval exercise played host to the Filipino community in Hawaii for their annual 4th of July celebrations.

In a statement over the weekend, PN spokesperson Cmdr. Jonathan Zata said the hosting took place at the helideck of strategic sealift vessel BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602) against the backdrop of the Hawaiian sunset.

The ship's commanding officer, Capt. Richard David, welcomed the estimated 400 guests in a remark followed by the introduction of the main coordinator for the event.

While US Navy retired Chief Warrant Officer Alfonso Bituin and PN Naval Task Force 86 commander, Capt. Ernesto Baldovino, also addressed the guests and underscored the historical significance of this RIMPAC mission.

Zata said the program continued with a cultural presentation of Filipino music and dance performed by Naval Officer Basic Course (NOBC) students aboard BRP Davao Del Sur.

One of the guests in the occasion was US Pacific Command liaison officer Col. Joseph Archog.

This was followed by a dinner which consisted of some Filipino and American dishes while PN Seabees band provided musical entertainment throughout the evening.

"At 9 p.m. the much anticipated 4th of July fireworks started and lasted for about 15 minutes. The biggest fireworks display today in Hawaii happened here inside the Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam and the event guests aboard LD-602 were treated to a spectacular firework display from the helideck of a PN ship," Zata said.

He added the PN’s participation in naval exercise with such magnitude gave opportunity to Filipino sailors and marines to exchange best practices with and learn from the best navies in the world aside from showcasing the country’s rich cultural heritage with other participants and touch base with the large Filipino community in Hawaii. (PNA)

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« Reply #52 on: July 09, 2018, 08:34:32 PM »
Article from the Honolulu Star Advertiser........

http://www.staradvertiser.com/2018/07/08/hawaii-news/philippines-marks-naval-progress-at-rimpac/?HSA=4a895cd12cb75efd08887e3570d4853c41ae33d2

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Philippines marks naval progress at RIMPAC
By William Cole
July 8, 2018
Updated July 8, 2018 12:05am

The Philippines dispatched two warships and about 570 personnel to Rim of the Pacific military exercises for the first time, sending the message that its navy is making a comeback and the island nation intends to be more of a strategic player in the South China Sea.

At Saturday’s ship visit day at a very crowded Pearl Harbor, the Philippine navy showed off the 404-foot BRP Davao del Sur. Built by Indonesia and commissioned in 2017, the $46 million amphibious ship is one of two the country has available to put marines ashore using a rear well deck and landing craft.

The frigate BRP Andres Bonifacio, the former U.S. Coast Guard cutter Boutwell, also made the voyage to Hawaii.

The Philippines is going through an ongoing military modernization to replace aging equipment that in some cases dates back to World War II.

Commodore Toribio Adaci Jr., head of the Philippine navy delegation, said participation at RIMPAC “is a statement that we show to the Filipino people and other friends and partners that the Filipino navy and the armed forces of the Philippines is trying very hard to level up its capabilities.”

The event was open to military ID holders and their families, and the Davao del Sur had logged over 2,000 visitors by the afternoon.

Mililani resident Catherine Rota took a selfie of her family group of six in the well deck, with twin landing craft behind her.

“I’m from the Philippines and this is from the Philippines, and I wanted to see inside,” she said.

The Philippines also sent an Agusta Westland AW-109 naval helicopter, with the expectation its pilots will practice landing on other nations’ ships. Landing craft will be making a ship-to-shore trek.

“There are a lot of training opportunities available in RIMPAC,” Adaci said. “Of course there are certain complex activities which we may not be able to participate in … but it’s good if we can send people to observe how they do it.”

Participation in the prestigious RIMPAC, which ends Aug. 2, is full of symbolism, not the least of which for Southeast Asian nations siding with the United States on security interests at a time when the region is caught in a tug of war between China and America.

The Philippines’ increased participation signifies the nation is maintaining its relationship with the United States, and is one element of what retired Navy captain and Hawaii Pacific University adjunct professor Carl Schuster called a counter-balance strategy.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte “has to get along with China. He doesn’t really have the capability to confront them,” Schuster told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. “At the same time, he needs to build his (military) capability and show that his capability is built to deter any (Chinese) action.”

Duterte so far has been able to juggle the benefit of Chinese investment while remaining under the U.S. security blanket.

Ralph Cossa, president emeritus and WSD-Handa chair in peace studies at the Pacific Forum, a think tank in Honolulu, said the Philippine ships’ participation in RIMPAC “is a big step forward” for that country’s navy and is being highlighted as a “coming of age” event by Manila.

“It will be interesting to see if the Chinese decide to punish Manila for this action in some subtle or not so subtle way,” Cossa said in an email. “At this point, everyone is becoming accustomed to Duterte trying to have his cake and eat it too.”

A South Korean shipbuilder has begun construction on the first of two 2,600-ton frigates for the Philippines, which also wants to acquire submarines.

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Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
« Reply #53 on: July 10, 2018, 08:49:22 PM »
Philippine Navy frigate BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) departs Joint Base Pearl-Harbor to begin the at-sea phase of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, July 10.

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« Reply #54 on: July 10, 2018, 08:54:58 PM »
Philippine Navy landing platform dock BRP Davao Del Sur (LD 602) departs Pearl Harbor to begin the at-sea phase of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, July 10.

https://www.dvidshub.net/video/612774/brp-davao-del-sur-ld-602-departs-pearl-harbor-during-rimpac-2018#.W0V-Z2ssQDw.facebook

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« Reply #55 on: July 10, 2018, 10:12:13 PM »
http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1041083

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RIMPAC sea phase starts Wednesday

By Priam Nepomuceno July 11, 2018, 12:26 pm

MANILA -- The two Philippine Navy (PN) ships deployed for this year's "Rim of the Pacific" (RIMPAC) exercise in Hawaii are scheduled to sail out anytime Wednesday (Manila time) to participate in the so-called "Force Integration Phase" (FIP) of naval maneuvers.

"(The two ships will be sailing) at sea or the FIP of the exercise where various naval maneuvers and free-play exercises will be conducted.

This is also the phase where live-fire will be done," Navy spokesperson, Commander Jonathan Zata, said in a message to the Philippine News Agency (PNA).

The PN contingent to RIMPAC 2018 consists of the strategic sealift vessel BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602), the frigate BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17), an AgustaWestland naval helicopter, and 700 sailors and marines.

The FIP will last until July 19, Zata said, adding that BRP Andres Bonifacio will participate in the live-fire phase with its 76-mm Oto Melara main gun and 25-mm secondary cannons.

RIMPAC is the world's largest joint and combined naval exercise. This year’s exercises began June 27 and will last until August 2.

"Participating nations will demonstrate the inherent capabilities of their respective naval forces through a wide range of realistic exercises that include human assistance and disaster response, maritime security operations, sea maneuvers, and complex war fighting.

The exercise not only aims to harness each nation’s naval capabilities but also to bolster cooperation among participating nations to secure the maritime commons against threats," the PN spokesperson earlier said. (PNA)

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« Reply #56 on: July 11, 2018, 09:38:59 PM »
Featured on "Faces of RIMPAC" is Philippine Navy Lt. JG Maryam D. Balais of the BRP Davao del Sur (LD 602)


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« Reply #57 on: July 14, 2018, 05:59:55 PM »
Philippine Marines, along with Chilean and US Marines in a noncombatant evacuation operation (NEO) training event as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, July 12, 2018. A NEO is conducted to evacuate citizens whose lives are in danger. RIMPAC provides high-value training for task-organized, highly capable Marine Air-Ground Task Force and enhances the critical crisis response capability of Marine units in the Pacific.

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« Reply #58 on: July 15, 2018, 08:54:26 AM »
The Philippine Navy landing platform dock BRP Davao Del Sur (LD 602) volleyball team won the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) sand volleyball tournament, July 6.

https://www.dvidshub.net/video/613476/brp-davao-del-sur-team-wins-rimpac-2018-sand-volleyball-tournament

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« Reply #59 on: July 16, 2018, 08:29:09 PM »
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Special Operations Forces Practice Submarine Insertion During RIMPAC

PACIFIC OCEAN
07.09.2018
Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton
Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet

PACIFIC OCEAN - Members of the multinational special operations force supporting the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise participated in a submarine insertion evolution at sea off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, July 9.

Special Operations Forces (SOF) from the United States, Republic of Korea, Republic of the Philippines, Indonesia, India, Peru, and Japan participated in the event designed to enhance each countries maritime interoperability.

"The main purpose of RIMPAC is to bring countries together and build partnerships," said Cmdr. John C. Roussakies, commanding officer of the Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Hawaii (SSN 776). "Developing that interoperability is important because it's a big ocean out there, and we cannot do the job ourselves."

The submarine Hawaii, using a reconfigured torpedo room, transported approximately 30 multinational SOF operators to a debarkation point off the coast of Oahu.

"It sounds like it should be easy, but it's a lot of work," said Roussakies. "It took five to six sailors to carry each raft onto the sub, and the vessel will be 'rocking and rolling' on the surface."

SOF personnel used the submarine's lockout chamber to exit the ship, inflate rigid hull inflatable boats, and make an amphibious landing.

"For some of our partner-nation special operators, submarine evolutions like today were new," said Army Capt. Matthew Song, detachment commander of Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha from 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group based out of Okinawa, Japan. "We rehearsed the day before, and that set us up for success because they executed pretty well today."

Song said dry dock launches like the one performed during this exercise are essential because it provides critical standoff distance for our special operators during maritime operations.

"At the end of the day RIMPAC is about partnerships, everything that we are doing is purposely designed so that we can operate together with our partners," said Song. "The relationships we are building today are important, and we hope to maintain them so that when there is a problem, we can all come together to solve it."

Twenty-five nations, 46 ships, five submarines, about 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 27 to Aug. 2 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity while fostering and sustaining cooperative relationships among participants critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security of the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2018 is the 26th exercise in the series that began in 1971.