Joint Philippine Navy and Royal Australian Navy exercise held PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 17:35

By ELY DUMABOC

The Philippine Navy (PN) and the Royal AustralianNavy (RAN) conducted  3-day joint maritime patrol at the vicinity of Sulu Sea.

Naval Forces Western Mindanao Commander (NFWM) Rear Admiral Rene V. Medina said  the  exercise  also include Passing Exercises (PASSEX) and  Communications and Electronics Exercise (COMMELEX) that  culminated  last Monday.

Medina said the exercise was aimed to  strengthen the defense relationship of both navies during the conduct of  joint maritime patrols in the region.

Del Pilar Class Frigate BRP Ramon Alcaraz (FF16) under Commander Glen Z Dizon joins the exercise with  counterpart her Majesty Australian Ship (HMAS) Parramatta of the RAN.

The Defense Attaché, Australian Embassy, Capt. Bradley Ian White RAN, headed the delegation of HMAS Parramatta.

On September 13, 2017, Capt. White RAN visited Medina to personally coordinate his intention to conduct COMMELEX exercise and joint maritime patrol with the Philippine Navy in the Western Mindanao Region.

Medina explained that the exercise between the Philippine Navy and the Royal Australian Navy is embodied in the Code of Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES).

The CUES is an agreement signed by 21 countries including the Philippines and Australia that limits the occurrence of incidents at sea and prevents the escalation of tensions betweennavies in agreement, he further explained.

The NFWM and the Philippine Navy is now assured that the strong defense relationship and continuous conduct of joint maritime patrols with the Royal Australian Navy will further boost its capabilities and service to the maritime nation especially in the Western Mindanao region where the exercise is being held, he said.(Ely Dumaboc)