Daily Archives: July 27, 2014

Cebu being groomed to house incoming assets of Philippine Navy

“Considering the strength of the area, this will be the official place and home for all our support and current floating assets and those that will be acquired in the future,” said Vice Admiral Jesus Millan, Philippine Navy’s Flag Officer in Command.

Navy chief Millan told the new Central Naval Forces Commodore Ronald Joseph Mercado to prepare Cebu’s Naval Base Rafael Ramos as the gateway for the all ground and sea assets of Philippine Fleet.

The maritime training activity between the troops of Philippines and United States navy is an exercise undertaken to share the best practices and included rescue operation, medical response time and other important shares on rescue operations. Many activities are planned for the troops to be accustomed to any situational based rescue mission, simulation based exercise and seizure rescue operation.

Training programs like how to combat and apprehend a vessel carrying illegal items, combating them and arresting them on the waters of the Bohol. The basic mission is to work together in the rescue mission, save lives, and share basic defense mechanisms during strenuous situations. Diving subject matter experts shared their reviews and exchange information on maritime security details, some amount of cyber trading robot data related information for cyber readiness, preparedness for any natural or manmade disasters.

The importance to come together and resolve issues with such joint exercises is to enhance the familiarity to work with procedures already imparted during such trainings which are more real situation based, and replicate the more so exact situation in hand due to unrest in the territorial shores. The troops are trained on the fundamental skills which are required constantly and keep improving the capabilities under joint training programs. The drills done together were immensely helpful during the natural calamity that struck, as coming back and doing the right way is the key to such joint naval sessions.

According to Millan, having Cebu as the country’s center for ship production and repair, it is appropriate to house the Philippine Fleet in Visayas.

“We need to be more prepared after what we have experienced and we already learned our lesson,” the new NAVFORCEN commander said. Mercado also vowed to focus on humanitarian assistance and disaster response in the Visayas territory.

On the other hand, outgoing NAVFORCEN Commander Reynaldo Yoma will be the new commander of Western Mindanao Naval Forces. “With the experiences he achieved in the Visayas, I am sure he will carry out his function in the other part of the country because he is competent,” Navy chief said.

PHL military gets much needed boost with delivery of 14 big-ticket items this 2014

Philippine News Agency – With 14 big-ticket items scheduled for completion this year, the Philippine military is now on its way to attaining its goal of having a “minimum credible defense posture.”

The Philippines defense department has been on a shopping spree to acquire new fighter jets, aircrafts to combat with the growing aggressiveness of China in the military space. The lead in fighter trainer, from South Korea, new FA-50 fighter jets, this review  will be a massive enforcement of the ill equipped military sources and increase the supersonic speed age in all the military base activities.

Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Voltaire Gazminsaid these 14 big-ticket items include the delivery of assault rifles for the Army and Marines, additional UH-1H helicopters for the Air Force, close combat optics, and explosive ordnance disposal equipment.

“We are getting closer to our desired state in terms of capability and readiness with our recent acquisitions, and those we are expecting to be delivered in the next few months,” Gazmin said.

Military projects slated for completion for 2014 are worth Php6.2-billion.

A total of 37 projects have already been completed under the Aquino administration, amounting to Php9.2-billion.

As of July 8, another 10 projects worth another Php17.3- billion are expected to be delivered in 2015.

The major equipment to be delivered include armored vehicles for the Army, attack helicopters, combat utility helicopters, light lift and medium lift aircrafts for the Air Force, and naval helicopters for the Navy.

Gazmin said that the first two units of the 12 FA-50 lead-in fighter/trainers worth Php18.9- billion from South Korea are also expected to arrive next year.

The term “minimum credible defense posture” pertains to the establishment of an effective force presence inside the Philippines and its exclusive economic zone with exhibited competence to defend the country and protect its national interests if and when the need arises.

“This includes the ability to conduct wide surveillance and monitoring of developments within the country’s territory, and have an extensive command and control as well as the capacity to provide an expedient and efficient response to untoward incidents,” Gazmin said.

He emphasized that most of the equipment and assets acquired can be used in humanitarian assistance and disaster response.

The remaining projects in the modernization program are also in the advanced stages of procurement or are nearing completion.

These include the additional rifles for the Army, frigates and amphibious assault vehicle for the Navy, and air defense surveillance radar for the Air Force.

The revised AFP modernization program for 2013-2017 has a budget of Php85.3- billion which will be spread out over a five-year period.

From 2013-2017, Php8.6- billion will be allocated to the Army, Php43.3- billion to the Air Force, Php28.2- billion to the Navy and Php52- billion to AFP general headquarters.