PH Navy, Coast Guard conduct 1st joint exercise

by Philippine News Agency | Nov 21, 2019

MANILA — To harmonize operations in securing the country’s vast waters, the Philippine Navy (PN) and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) formally opened Exercise “PAGKAKAISA” 2019 at the Nonato Multi-Purpose Hall, Naval Base Cavite, Cavite City on Wednesday.

Lt. Sahirul Taib, Philippine Fleet public affairs office chief, said Exercise “PAGKAKAISA” is the first-ever inter-agency exercise between the PN and the PCG that aims to enhance cooperation of both agencies to harmonize their capabilities for the effective protection, security, and promotion of safety in the Philippine Maritime Jurisdiction.

This includes Cooperative Deployment particularly in the West Philippine Sea, Philippine Rise, Northern Luzon, Southern Mindanao; Maritime Law Enforcement Operations; Search and Rescue Operations; Shore-based and at-sea training, information exchanges, repair, and maintenance assistance and other related-maritime cooperation.

Present during the opening ceremonies was Philippine Fleet commander, Rear Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo who, in his remarks, expressed the importance of collaborative effort in the conduct of Maritime Security Operations.

“I am glad about this collaborative exercise because this will educate our Navy of what our maritime partners are capable of doing. It will also strengthen the connection between the two organizations in facing the different challenges of the service,” he added.

Taib said Exercise “PAGKAKAISA” 2019 will not only enhance the camaraderie with the Philippine Coast Guard but will also boost its capability and further capacitate its personnel in the conduct of maritime security and sovereignty patrols with Navy committed to protecting the seas and securing the nation’s future. (PNA)

By Priam Nepomuceno, November 21, 2019