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PH Navy celebrates 121st Anniversary; Commissions new air, amphibious assets, facilities
🗓 June 18, 2019

Sangley Point, Cavite City – The Philippine Navy (PN) marked its 121st year at Commo. Rudiardo A. Brown Area, Naval Base Heracleo Alano yesterday in a celebration with the President of the Republic of the Philippines and Commander In Chief of the Armed Forces, Rodrigo Roa Duterte as the guest of honor.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Gen. Benjamin Madrigal, Flag Officer In Command, PN, Vice Adm. Robert Empedrad and distinguished guests accompanied the President during the program.

With its enduring theme, “Protecting the Seas, Securing Our Future,” This year’s anniversary was made more significant with the christening and subsequent commissioning of the newest air and amphibious assets of the PN – the two (2) AW159 “Wildcat” Anti-Submarine Helicopters and four (4) Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAVs), respectively. The arrival of these assets is a boost to our capability to address our country’s foremost security concerns in the maritime environment.

The event also saw the christening of new facilities of the PN including the Magluyan Hall (Philippine Fleet Gymnasium), Headquarters Naval Special Operations Group (NAVSOG) and the Enlisted Personnel’s Barracks with the goal of providing reliable infrastructure and support to the Sailors and Marines.

Another highlight of the celebration was the momentous awarding of Wing Status to the Naval Air Group. The organization upgrade into becoming Naval Air Wing was brought about by the expanding operations of the group especially with the arrival of the new anti-submarine helicopters.

Aside from showcasing the new assets and facilities, the anniversary celebration also recognized and honored outstanding officers, enlisted personnel, and civilian employees for serving the country with honor and excellence.

Navy Chief, Vice Adm. Empedrad, in his speech, underscored, “I am confident that your Navy is now strong and credible and may very well perform its mandated mission to secure the sovereignty of our nation and protect the 7600 islands.”

The program ended with the send-off of the newly refurbished and upgraded commissioned vessels of the PN including BRP Magat Salamat (PS20), BRP Emilio Jacinto (PS35), BRP Apolinario Mabini (PS36), BRP Quezon (PS70), BRP Jose Loor Sr. (PC390), and BRP Alberto Navarette (PC394). These vessels will proceed to their respective areas of responsibilities to conduct maritime operations, logistics support missions among others and, ultimately, carry out Navy’s mandate of protecting the seas and securing our future of the Filipinos.

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