The Philippine Navy sent-off new security personnel for the Kalayaan Island Group. The send-off ceremony was conducted September 28 at 2LT Lagare Tidepole Pier in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. The Navy said troop rotation, re-provisioning and replenishment on the eight island detachments in KIG were undertaken by BRP Quezon (PS70) and BRP Ivatan (AT298).
Naval Forces North West commander Commodore Jorge Amba and Western Command chief Vice Admiral Alexander Lopez were present during the ceremony. The strategic importance of the West Philippine Sea to national security and deployment of Fleet-Marine Forces in KIG were highlighted during the said ceremony.
“Immediately afterwards [the send-off ceremony], the entire force of the KIG Security Personnel embarked on BRPs Quezon and Ivatan, more than prepared and willing to selflessly serve by upholding the sovereignty and ensuring the territorial integrity of the Republic.”
Security forces were deployed to Lawak Island, Likas Island, Kota Island, Panata Shoal, Parola Island, Patag Shoal, Rizal Reef and Pag-Asa Island. They will relieve their fellow troopers who have been manning their posts for more or less three months.