PH Navy Joins World’s Largest Naval War Games – Manila Bulletin

The Philippine Navy (PN) will deploy a contingent to participate in the upcoming Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, the world’s first and largest maritime warfare exercise to be hosted by the United States Navy in Honolulu, Hawaii from June 29 to August 4. .

The Jose Rizal-class frigate, BRP Antonio Luna (FF151), is pictured here during her recent symbolic mooring at Subic Naval Operating Base, Zambales, as she joins Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercises of this year from June 29 to August 4. , 2022. This is the third time the Philippine Navy will participate in the U.S. Navy-led multinational exercises. (File photo courtesy of the Philippine Navy)

Commander Benjo Negranza, spokesperson for the PN, said Naval Task Group (NTG) 80.5 will serve as the country’s representative in the multinational naval exercise.

NTG 80.5 is staffed by Navy personnel aboard the Jose Rizal-class BRP frigate Antonio Luna (FF151) and an AgustaWestland AW109 aircraft.

They will sail to Hawaii from Naval Operating Base Subic, Zambales on June 8.

“The task force…will develop, maintain and enhance the Navy’s continued maritime collaboration with its counterparts through exercise, one of the PN’s key international defense and security engagement activities,” said Negranza.

According to the US Navy, 26 nations, 38 surface ships, four submarines, nine national ground forces, more than 170 aircraft and about 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennium.

This will be the 28th edition of RIMPAC since its inception in 1971 and PN’s participation will be its own after its first participation in 2018 and its second edition in 2020. The theme for this year’s exercise is “Capable, Adaptive , Partners”.

“As the world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity designed to foster and maintain the cooperative relationships that are essential to ensuring safe sea lanes and security on the world’s interconnected oceans,” said the US Navy said in a statement.

Besides the Philippines, among the participating countries are the Quad nations, namely India, Japan, Australia and the United States as the host.

Also included are Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga and UK. .

Participating forces are expected to train in a wide range of capabilities such as disaster relief and maritime security operations, sea control and complex warfare.

Trainings will also include amphibious operations, gunnery, missile, anti-submarine and air defense exercises, counter-piracy operations, clearance operations, explosive ordnance disposal and diving operations. and rescue.

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