NSFA, Panacan, Davao City - Two Assault Boats from the Special Forces Regiment Airborne (SFRA) has been turned over to Eastern Mindanao Command following its arrival in the afternoon of December 26, 2017, here at Naval Station Felix Apolinario, Panacan, Davao City.
The said equipment has been formally turned over to Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Madrigal Jr., Commander of Eastern Mindanao Command by Brigadier General Ramiro Manuel A. Rey, Commander of the SFRA in a military ceremony.
In his acceptance remarks, Lt. Gen. Madrigal gave thanks to the AFP Leadership for attending to the need of the Command. Further, he recognized the assault boat as an added capability in securing the municipal waters in the area of responsibility, particularly Davao Gulf, to preempt terrorists, piracy and other security threats that are using the sea lanes.
Aside from its counter/anti-terrorist capability, the boats which are manned by Special Forces Riverine troopers can also be deployed in the conduct of water search and rescue operations.
The boats will be initially deployed with Joint Task Force Haribon which has the jurisdiction of Mega Davao.