PH Navy officer tops Patrol Craft Officer Course in Mississippi

Photo courtesy of Naval Special Operations Command

The Philippine Navy’s Naval Special Operations Command (NAVSOCOM) sent four officers to the Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School (NAVSCIATTS) in John C. Stennis Space Center, Mississippi, for the Patrol Craft Officer Course (Coastal).

LTJG Robert Royce De Guzman, a PN officer, finished on top in the class at the completion of the course.

On July 26, 2021, ten students from the Philippines, including four NAVSOCOM officers, two Army Special Forces officers, and four Coast Guard officers, travelled to Mississippi, USA, to attend the Patrol Craft Officer Course (Coastal). This is a 45-day training program that runs from August 9 through September 24, 2021. There were 15 students from the Bahamas, Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines among them.

There were difficulties encountered, which occurred when Hurricane Ida struck. Hurricane Ida was a violent and destructive Category 4 Atlantic hurricane that made landfall in Louisiana, becoming the second-most damaging and ferocious hurricane on record. To assist people who had been affected by the typhoon, the training was changed and a class was started.

On September 24, 2021, the course was finished on time.

The students returned to the Philippines on September 26, 2021, and were quarantined for 14 days in accordance with IATF guidelines and protocols.

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