WESCOM conducts GOPLAT Exercise 2020

by Warren Ryan Revoltar

Western Command through Joint Task Force West and Joint Task Force Malampaya held the Gas-Oil Platform Takedown (GOPLAT) Exercise 2020 at Matinloc Platform, El Nido, Palawan in order to test the operational readiness and inter-agency coordination mechanism among WESCOM Joint Task Forces (JTFs) and partner agencies.

Further, it was primarily evolved on a security situation at Malampaya Natural Gas to Power Project (MNGPP) Platform (OP Matinloc) and how WESCOM’s JTFs will handle such emergency situation with support from Law Enforcement Agencies.

The exercise was executed by JTFs Malampaya and West, which highlights the conduct of air insertion through helideck landing and recovery (takedown) of observation Post (OP) and the conduct of non-compliant Visit, Board, Search, and Seizures (VBSS) involving personnel from the newest platform of the Philippine Navy the BRP Jose Rizal (FF150) with an onboard AW109 Helicopter (NH434), Patrol Crafts 380 and 389, Boat Attack (BA484) and Palawan Coast Guard (PCG) Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boat (RHIB) and EOD team, NAVSOU-10 Patrol Boat Light (PBL) personnel, NAVSOU-4 RHIB and also WESCOM’s Medical team.

The activity was graced by the newly installed Vice Chief Of Staff and concurrent Commander of WESCOM Lt. Gen. Erickson R Gloria. Also along with him is Rear Adm. Ramil Roberto B Enriquez, the incoming commander of WESCOM and the District Director of PCG, Commodore Lim.

During the closing ceremony, Lt. Gen Gloria said, “I am proud to note this successful exercise by team WESCOM and spearheaded by the Joint Task Force West and Joint Task Force Malampaya. With the successful result, you have shown today in protecting one of the Country’s critical project, I am very much confident that it will continuously be safe and productive throughout its remaining years of service.” — Western Command Armed Forces of the Philippines

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