Navy’s ‘Pagsasama 2013’ ends PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 22 July 2013 11:25

The Philippine Navy’s annual exercise dubbed as “Pagsasama 2013” culminated yesterday morning at the Philippine Coconut Authority’s  coastal area in San Ramon, Barangay Talisayan.

Exercise Director Capt Albert A. Mogol, in his message, said the annual undertaking is a rotational activity. This year’s activity was hosted by Naval Forces Western Mindanao. In 2010 it was held in Visayas, 2011 in Northern Luzon and 2012 in Eastern Mindanao.

The program of activities started on Wednesday, last July 17.

“This annual exercise of the Philippine Navy is an activity for the maintenance of peace and order at sea and stability on the protection and preservation of the environment in maritime cooperation with the Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine National Police and the whole of Armed Forces. It is an annual activity that the Navy  will bring closer to the people and all stakeholders in the country  for progress and development,” Mogol said.

Newly promoted NAVFORWESMIN Commander Rear Admiral Isabello H. Gador was not able to attend the culmination program as he was preparing for the pinning of his star rank in Malacanang.

Patrticipants to the acitivities were Philippine Navy  regulars, Philippine Marines troopers and reservists. Among the various activities were beach landing  supported with attack helicopters like what took place in Normandy, France  during  the World War II,  rescue hostage victim. commando operations with Naval Special Operation Unit which the equivalent of US Navy SEALS, troopers battalion movement at beach landing and warship attack formation.

Some 500 people benefitted from free civic medical and dental operations held at the covered court of Talisayan  conducted by the Philippine Navy and Marines  doctors, dentists, nurses, paramedics and reservists.

The Exercise Director also anoounced that the Philippine Military Academy, Philippine Navy and the Philippine Marines are  now recruiting young patriotics who are ready to serve the country. — Allen Abastillas