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.

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