BRP Ramon Alcaraz, AW-109 chopper to join war games in Australia

Philippine Navy public affairs office chief Lt. Cmdr. Marineth Domingo said Philippines will be participating in the upcoming naval exercise hosted by Australia. This exercise is conducted every other year.

This year’s edition, dubbed as KAKADU 2014, will start on August 25 and will run until September 12. The drills will be held in Northern Australia Exercise Area.

Philippine Navy’s BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF-16), currently the most advance warship of our navy, with its AgustaWestland AW-109 “Power” helicopter (PNH-431) will be leaving August 17 to join the war games.

AW-109 in BRP Ramon Alcaraz. Photo by Navy

AW-109 in BRP Ramon Alcaraz. Photo by Navy

Send-off ceremony will be on Riviera Wharf, Subic Bay Freeport, Olongapo City on August 17.

Australia and Philippines will be joined by Japan, New Zealand, and Pakistan in KAKADU 2014.

While Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Thailand, Vanuatu, South Korea and India will be sending personnel as observers.

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