President Aquino to check NAVSOG's skills on Friday

September 10, 2010 9:14 am 

MANILA, Sept. 9 – President Benigno S. Aquino III will visit the Navy’s elite force, Naval Special Operations Group (NAVSOG), or the Philippine Navy version of the US Navy SEALS, based in Sangley Point, Cavite City on Friday to witness their capability to readily respond during crisis situations and terrorist threats.

Among the special skills that they will show are Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure (VBSS), inland demo raid, rappelling and fast roping techniques, and training demonstration such as basic physical training exercises and obstacle course.

Two SEAL teams will assault a suspicious vessel that was taken over by terrorists in Manila Bay. They will use two 11 Meter Rigid Hull Inflated Boats (RHIB) and a special boarding equipments to conduct the raid while underway. This scenario is part of the capability demonstration that will be presented to President Aquino, who will also be onboard one of the RHIBs.

After the sea assault demonstration, President Aquino will also inspect the troops and their equipments, which include a rebreather – a special diving equipment that converts exhaled carbondioxide into breathable oxygen, a decompression chamber used in treating diving sickness and other gadgets used for bomb disposals and diving- salvage operations.

There will also be an inland demolition raid with SEALS landing stealthily on an enemy infested beach, detonating targets with explosives and their extraction back to sea.

The President will also inspect the firing range where he will try to shoot plate targets using Navy Seal weapons.

With the recent hostage-taking incident in Manila that left eight Hong Kong tourists and hostage-taker dismissed Sr. Insp. Rolando Mendoza, President Aquino’s visit intends to address the level of readiness of NAVSOG in terms of training and equipment.

Navy Captain Rommel Jason Galang, NAVSOG’s Commander will tour the President during his visit.(PNA) RMA/VR

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