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🗓 February 26, 2020

ROXAS BOULEVARD, MANILA The Philippine Navy (PN) concluded the two-day Western Pacific Naval Symposium International Fleet Review (WPNS-IFR) Final Planning Conference held Thursday, February 27 at the Diamond Hotel in Manila.

Said planning conference was spearheaded by the Fleet-Marine Warfare Center (FMWC) of the Naval Education, Training, and Doctrine Command (NETDC) , and was attended by representatives coming from 17 participating countries, different Philippine government agencies and non-government partners. It aimed to finalize the planning for the WPNS-IFR, confirm the concept of the IFR Plan and related activities, synchronize the planning of the different Phases of Execution, and resolve issues and concerns of all parties related to the conduct of WPNS IFR scheduled this May 2020 to be hosted by the Philippines.

NETDC commander, Rear Adm. Loumer Bernabe, graced the opening day urging all the attendees to give their sincere involvement and proactive participation to ensure the success of this event. He said that the PN is “proud to host the Fleet Review that serves as a testament to the cooperation and camaraderie inspired by the shared aspiration of a free and safe Western Pacific" and further reverberated the theme for this year’s WPNS which focuses on “shared ocean governance”. Later that day, the PN hosted a dinner which provided an opportunity for all participants to share naval stories and build camaraderie in line with the spirit of the WPNS-IFR.

The participants along with key PN officers tackled on second day the Finalized Working Group Outbrief and presented the queries of the foreign delegates together with the PN’s responses. Throughout this, Fleet-Marine Ready Force commander and Naval Task Group-IFR head Commo. Toribio Adaci gave clarifying remarks and information for the foreign delegates. FMWC director, Capt. Richard David, then presented the PN-level Task Organization for the WPNS-IFR and recapped the whole event. He then shared the outcome of the event in which the attendees succeeded in accomplishing the objectives they set for the first day of the event.

The two-day planning conference wrapped up in a closing ceremony graced by the Naval Inspector General and concurrent Chief of Naval Staff in acting capacity, Rear Adm. Sean Anthony Villa, who lauded the attendees for meeting the objectives of the event. He reminded all attendees of having the “4Cs” – Cooperation, Coordination, Collaboration, and Commitment – that ensured the success of this event and the smooth conduct of the WPNS-IFR proper.

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