Field Artillery Battalion deployed to boost offense against Abu Sayyafs

Army Artillery Regiment of Philippine Army send-off a support unit to boost offensive efforts against the terror group Abu Sayyaf and other lawless elements in Zamboanga, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

8th Field Artillery Battalion, a newly formed battalion, will provide support to deployed troops under the command of Lt. Col. Jeffrey Cabansay.

The battalion was transported from Villamor Air Base to Mindanao using C-130 “Hercules” Monday, November 24.

During the send-off ceremony, Army Artillery Regiment commander Brig. Gen. Leandro A. Loyao III said, “as our military leadership puts their trust and confidence to the Army Artillery, I also put my trust on you, Jeff (Lt. Col. Cabansay) and your men, because it takes not only skills but also the experience to help our infantrymen on the ground as they fight in order to secure the civilian communities and eventually win the peace.”

Cabansay previously served as artillery officer leading several artillery fire support missions in Central Mindanao.

“Your mission there is very critical and any miscalculated action is unaccepted,” Brig. Gen. Loyao told Lt. Col. Cabansay.

A field artillery unit is deployed to provide support to troops in the field by conducting ranged engagements using specialized guns and launchers.