Newly-appointed chief vows to steer Philippine Navy into a ‘formidable’ force

Rear Admiral Caesar Taccad assumed command of the Philippine Navy today. Taccad replaced PN flag officer-in-command Vice Admiral Jesus C. Millan who formally retired after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 56. He vowed to turn the PN into a “formidable” naval force in Southeast Asia.

His assumption of command ceremonies was presided by President Benigno S. Aquino III at the Naval Station Jose Andrada, the Navy headquarters on Roxas Blvd., Manila.

In his speech, the newly-appointed PN chief recalled how a senior cadet at the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) asked him in 1980 on why he wanted to join the Navy. “Upon joining the Navy after graduation, that has been my goal in every position I landed – to make the Navy a notch better than before,” he added.

“Together with the officers, enlisted personnel and civilian employees, I shall steer the Philippine Navy towards continued transformation, modernization and professionalization and overall progress in order to provide a maritime defense and security that is expected from a strong and formidable Navy,” the PN chief stressed.

Taccad said he is confident to assume the Navy leadership, noting that he has with him the “devoted, fearless, courageous and loyal men” with him.