Navy to reap benefits from BRP Jose Rizal’s participation in RIMPAC naval exercises

by Warren Ryan Revoltar

Philippine Navy (PN) Vice Adm. Giovanni Carlo Bacordo said Monday that the participation of the BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150), the country’s first missile-frigate, in this year’s “Rim of the Pacific” (RIMPAC) naval exercises in Hawaii will help the Navy in the development of its doctrines on surface warfare operations.

When asked for updates on BRP Jose Rizal’s deployment for the international naval exercise slated on August 17 to 31, Bacordo said: “The experience acquired in this exercise is also an important input in the development of our doctrines in surface warfare operations ensuring that the PN is responsive against modern-day threats. Moreover, PN’s participation enhances our cooperation and inter-operability with other foreign navies.”

Bacordo also stressed that the participation of the PN’s first modern frigate will also help in the overall development of knowledge and skills of their naval personnel, as well it will give the PN an opportunity to see the ship in action, showcasing its capabilities in naval warfare.

“The crew of FF-150 have been conducting various training in preparation for the exercise. Training and drills are scheduled every day to make sure that the crew is in its highest state of readiness. The training not only focuses on ship emergency drills but also on combat information center drills simulating actual combat scenarios,” said Bacordo.

Stressing that the crew of BRP Jose Rizal will get to witness live-fire and sinking exercises first hand, Bacordo said: “This is a great opportunity for the ship and its crew to observe and learn how other countries utilize weapons against air, surface and sub-surface threats.”

“The ship is also logistically prepared and has enough provisions for the entire voyage. Various refueling and reprovisioning points have also been identified as part of the planning,” he added.

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