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BRP Andres Bonifacio arrives in Manila after naval exercise in Korea, Singapore
🗓 May 22 ,July 2019

Pier 13, South Harbor, Manila–The Philippine Navy (PN) rendered an arrival ceremony for BRP Andres Bonifacio (PS17) here today, after a month-long naval exercise in Republic of Korea (ROK) and Singapore.

The Naval Task Group 80.6 Commander, Capt. Roy Vincent T. Trinidad, led the 200-man contingent after its successful participation in the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus Maritime Security Field Training Exercise (ADMM-Plus MARSEC FTX) 2019 from April 29 to May 13, 2019.

Eighteen countries from ASEAN and non-ASEAN region participated in this year’s exercise which was co-hosted by ROK and Singapore. The combined exercise held its first phase in Busan, ROK and the second phase in Changi, Singapore.

In between this exercise, the Philippines joined India, Japan, and the US in a maritime cooperative activity from May 03 to 09, 2019 while in transit in the international waters to Singapore.

The quadrilateral sail with the US, Japanese and Indian navies was one of the highlights of this overseas mission as it showed the PN’s commitment in strengthening its relationship with partners in the Indo-Pacific region. This served also as an opportunity for the PN to actively engage with the like-minded navies.

As the ADMM-Plus MARSEC FTX 2019 culminated in Changi, Singapore, the PN participated in two other major maritime activities, these include: the Maritime Information Sharing Exercise (MARISX) 2019 which coincided with the 10th Anniversary Commemoration of the Information Fusion Center (IFC); and the International Maritime Defense Exhibition (IMDEX) 2019. Both activities were attended by the Philippine Navy chief, Vice Admiral Robert A. Empedrad.

This year’s exercise is co-chaired by the Republic of Korea Navy and the Royal Singaporean

The PN’s participation in the ADMM-Plus MARSEC FTX reflects its aspiration and commitment in promoting cooperation among ASEAN navies so that in the future it can collectively be a viable guarantor of peace and stability in Southeast Asian region.

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