Youths get a tour of Navy’s emergency, rescue capabilities PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 August 2011 12:56

ISABELA CITY, Basilan – Students and faculty members enjoyed a shipboard tour showcasing the combat, emergency, and rescue operations of the Joint Task Force Malampaya in Palawan.

This educational tour is part of the Civil-Military Operations (CMO) activities programmed by Task Force Commander Capt. Alexander Lopez PN (GSC) aimed at fostering understanding and cooperation among the youth in the municipality.

Faculty members and students of El Nido High School (ENHS) Palawan headed by its principal Arson G Paredes were accommodated aboard the JTFM floating assets by Commander Maritime Task Group Malampaya LCDR Sherwyn Respeto PN and Captain of  BRP Filipino Flojo (PG 386), Boat Assault 484 (BA 484) skippered by LTJG Jeffrey Esteban PN  together with Philippine Coast Guard Search and Rescue Vessel BRP Davao Del Norte (SARV 3504) commanded by LCDR Genito Basilio PCG during an Open House at the El Nido pier last August 13.

Showcased during the shipboard tour were the static display of combat equipments of the Naval Special Operations Unit 10 (NAVSOU 10) and orientation briefing on the general characteristics and capabilities of each floating unit.

After the shipboard orientation tour, the ships set sail for the highlight of the activity. A joint air and sea capability and inter-operability demonstration among Maritime Task Group Malampaya (MTGM), Air Task Group Malampaya (ATGM) & Special Operation Task Group Malampaya (SOTGM).

Scenarios on anti terrorism and search and rescue (SAR) were incorporated during the exercise for the visitors who were eagerly observing the event on board the viewing vessels, especially the stealth and quick response capability of the attack boat and the special operations team led by Lt. Junior Grade Lemuel L. Rosete in handling anti terrorist concerns.

The SAR and fire at sea scenario also showcased the capability of S76 202 with Capt. Isaac L. Gomez as the pilot in command in spotting and relaying information of survivors in the water to the SAR vessel.

The viewers watched the ability of the Joint Task Force Malampaya in conducting Maritime Interdiction Operation against lawless elements at sea and search/rescue operations during disasters or ship in distress.

Likewise, the said activity showcased what the naval, air force and coast guard teams are capable of.  The mock scenario’s presented by the respective task groups which provided better understanding and profound appreciation to students and faculty members of ENHS on how to perform the function in order to save the lives
and protect our maritime domain.

More so, the demonstration exercises displayed the capability of said task groups to quickly respond in different situations involving threats to MALAMPAYA thru detection, interception, handling of apprehended persons, raid, patrolling, extraction, fire and maneuvers.