Navy’s ‘Pagsasama’ kicks off PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 July 2013 11:10

The Naval Forces Western Mindanao Command  kicked off last Wednesday its exercise dubbed as “Pagsasama 2013”.

Newly promoted  NAVFORWESMINCOM Commander Rear Admiral Isabello H. Gador welcomed Commodore Alexander S. Lopez,  commander of  Fleet-Marine Ready Force who was the guest of honor during the opening program.

The exercise will continue until July 22, 2013.

NAVFORWESMINCOM Public Information Officer Lt. Sr. Grade Aemy Leslie T. Campos disclosed that a total of 133 Navy reservists, affiliated reserve units and 450 regular Navy troopers are participating in the  six-day exercise. Various  naval and maritime drill exercises are being conducted which are  designed to enhance operational readiness and interoperability.

The Exercise Director is Capt. Albert A. Mogol.

Pagsasama 2013 is an opportune time for the Philippine Navy forces to sharpen competencies and capabilities, exchange expertise and strengthen camaraderie as the real essence to call of service.

Areas of the exercise are the coastal area  of San Ramon Penal Farm, Basilan Strait and Sulu Sea. The exercise also includes refresher training and mission planning at sea events, maritime interdiction operations, gunnery exercise, amphibious operations and civil military operations.

Campos said that “Pagsasama” is a rotational  annual activity of the Philippine Navy. In 2010,  it was held in Visayas, 2011 in Northern Luzon and 2012 in Eastern Mindanao. — Allen Abastillas