PHL, Brunei navies conduct maneuvers off Puerto Princesa, Palawan

November 11, 2014 5:25 am 

MANILA, Nov. 10 — Units from the Philippine Navy (PN) and the Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) are now conducting Maritime Training Activity (MTA) "Seagull" off the waters of Puerto Princesa City in Palawan.

The naval maneuvers started Nov. 10 and will end on the 16th.

Lt. Cmdr. Marineth Domingo, PN public affairs office chief, said MTA "Seagull" seeks to strengthen the bilateral relationship and enhance the mutual cooperation and understanding between the two navies.

It will focus on enhancing the capability of both navies in combined naval operations.

She added that the exercises will be divided into two major activities, the in-port activities and at-sea training events.

In-port activities will include subject matter expertise exchanges on visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS), firefighting and damage control and gas oil protection and takedown (GOPLAT) while at-sea events include tactical maneuvers, live gun firing and cross deck training.

To promote camaraderie and enhance friendship between the participating troops, social interactions such as goodwill games, courtesy calls and fellowship dinner will also be conducted.

The participating ships from the PN are the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PF-15), BRP Apolinario Mabini (PS-36) and one Naval Special Operations Group (NAVSOG) team.

On the other hand, RBN forces will be composed of one Darussalam Class Offshore Patrol Vessel, one fast patrol boat and one diving section.

This year is the sixth iteration of the training which is held every other year and hosted alternately by the two countries. (PNA)

LAM/PFN

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