Teodoro tells Philippine Navy on its 111th anniversary: "Exceed your achievements"

May 22, 2009 12:30 pm 

MANILA, May 22 –- Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr. congratulated on Thursday the Philippine Navy on its 111th founding anniversary as he challenged its leadership to continue with its achievements towards peace and development.

”I congratulate you… and at the same time challenge you once again not merely to rise up, because you have risen up to the occasion, but to exceed your achievements,” said Teodoro, who was the guest of honor and speaker during the ceremonies held at the Navy Headquarters along Roxas Blvd.

”From her Excellency, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, our commander-in-chief, we bring to you our sincerest greetings, our thanks from a grateful Filipino people, for all that you have done for the country in this 111th anniversary,” Teodoro said.

Navy Flag-Officer-in-Command Vice Admiral Ferdinand Golez, for his part, vowed to continue the unwavering services of the Navy to the Filipino nation.

”We take this day as an opportunity to remember the long line of dedicated sailors, the gallant Marines and the committed civilian employees –- all of us shall continue to pledge our services to keep the flames burning as we transform to our future Navy, your Navy,” said Golez.

Also present during the occasion were Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief Gen. Victor Ibrado, Army chief Lt. Gen. Delfin Bangit, Air Force chief Lt. Gen. Oscar Rabena, other top-ranking AFP officers, Paranaque City Rep. Roilo Golez, a brother of the Navy chief; and Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim.

With the theme, “Team Navy: A Vital Partner for Lasting Peace, Progress and Development of a Maritime Nation," the Navy anniversary celebration was highlighted by the blessing of five vessels –- the newly-repaired BRP Apolinario Mabini, three newly-acquired multipurpose attack crafts (MPACs), and a Landing Craft Utility AT-295 –- and capability showcase.

The three newly-acquired MPACs were also launched into active service and demonstration of the vessels' unique features was held.

The MPACs are light, water-jet propelled craft performing low-profile stealth amphibious assault and raids, and maneuvering or landing of troops on sandy and rocky beaches without worry of getting damaged hull. It is also capable of executing a 360-degree turn in an almost stationary position, reaching top speed in only a few seconds and achieving an immediate stop from high speed.

”These MPACs will be deployed in the southern Philippines and the Malampaya Natural Gas Power Project area in Palawan to increase security against hostilities and ensure safety of priority government projects with high economic value,” said Navy spokesman Marine Lt. Col. Edgard Arevalo. (PNA) scs/MM

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